Advanced Tutor Training Opportunities
Each semester, we offer one or more supplemental training sessions for our tutors. These sessions are given by local educational experts who donate their time to help improve your experience with Schools of Hope. These sessions are free for all Schools of Hope volunteers. In March, we will be offering two Advanced Tutor Training sessions, both at the Sonoma Valley Unified School District office in the Professional Development Room, located at 17850 Railroad Ave, Sonoma, CA 95476. Light refreshments will be offered.
When: Wednesday, March 12: 1:00-2:00 p.m.
Where: SVUSD office (see above)
Presenter: Gretchen Werner, M.Ed, Volunteer Center of Sonoma County
Topic: Strategies for working with young readers
When: Wednesday, March 26: 1:00-2:00 p.m.
Where: SVUSD office (see above)
Presenter: MaryAnn Nickel, PhD, Sonoma State University
Topic: How to better engage students in reading comprehension
Space is limited to a maximum of 24 guests per session. Please RSVP to Geoff Johnson at Geoff.Johnson@unitedwaywinecountry.org by March 3 for the March 12 session or by March 17 for the March 26 session.
We thank our partners, the Sonoma Valley Education foundation and Sonoma Valley Unified School District for organizing and offering use of their facilities.
Education Matters in California
More than ever, evaluators and policymakers are looking at California’s education system through a critical lens. The implementation of the Common Core State Standards Initiative is a new beginning for education reform in our state.
Children Now of Oakland recently released the 2014 California Children’s Report Card. This report, subtitled “how kids are doing in our state and what needs to be done about it” details the necessities of education, health and child welfare in California. The executive director of Children Now spoke on-air with Michael Krasny of KQED Forum in January. You can hear the segment, entitled “Majority of State’s Fourth-Graders Fall Short on Reading” at the following link:
Our voice was heard — and read — in the segment at the 18m30s mark. We encourage anyone interested in education to listen to the segment and browse the literature linked to on the KQED webpage.
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Join the #StrongStart for Children State of the Union Campaign!
During the annual State of the Union address the President lists out his goals and agenda for the upcoming year. We want to make sure that early learning stays at the top of the list and we need your help! Click Here
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Sonoma County Health Insurance Guide
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Schools of Hope Tutor Cliff Ferrell won the 2012-2013 Volunteer of the Year award. Thanks you Cliff!
Medtronic Spirit of the Wine Country Award
Demonstrated exceptional leadership in philanthropy through their employee giving campaign, corporate contributions, event sponsorship, volunteerism and overall commitment to advance the common good.
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With United Way support, Committee on the Shelterless “Ready to Learn” program supports the parent/child relationship by offering parenting skills to better create a foundation.
Youth Advancement Project
We provided a grant to Redwood Children’s Services teen resource centers, which offers mental health services, peer support, social services and computer classes.
Site Coordinator of the Year
The 2013 Earn It! Keep It! Save It! Site Coordinator of the Year is Chuck Pheil. With 20+ years providing free tax assistance, Chuck has helped 1000s.
Gloria Pearson was named the 2013 tax seasons Earn It! Keep It! Save It! Program.
Financial Empowerment Program
We supported this YWCA program that provides financial literacy training to clients who are fleeing domestic violence.
Microenterprise Business Development
We provided funding to this Cloverdale Alliance for Financial Education (CAFÉ) program which works with low-income individuals and families to increase their incomes by starting or improving a micro-business.
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Monroe Elementary Schools Kimi Ogg won the 2012-2013 Schools of Hope Site Coordinator of the Year award. We could not do the program without people like you.