Call for Proposals: 2016 Tutor Institute

Posted by Mayor's Commission on Literacy on September 12, 2016

Present at Tutor Institute 2016

2016 Tutor Institute

Making Impact That Matters
Connection. Conversation. Creativity. Confidence

Request for Proposals
Adult Education tutors and mentors play a critical role in supporting the many adults in Philadelphia who function below basic literacy skill levels or seek to obtain their secondary school diploma. Whether they are working one-on-one with a learner, with a small group of learners, or assisting learners struggling to keep up in classroom setting – tutors and mentors strive to positively impact the lives of adult learners (aged 16 and over).

Under the theme, “Making Impact that Matters”, the goal of the 2016 Tutor Institute is to provide tutors and mentors with tools and strategies to help them be more effective in their work. Attendees of the institute will gain confidence, engage in meaningful conversations, make connections, and ignite their creativity.

We invite you to submit a proposal for a dynamic 75-minute session that features practical and creative strategies to use when working with adult learners. Priority will be given to proposals that are practice-based and participant-centered. Experienced tutors and mentors are encouraged to submit.

The session may be presented in any of the following formats:

  • Panel Presentations (typically three to four presenters including the submitting and facilitating presenter)
  • Roundtable (a short presentation followed by a facilitated discussion)
  • Hands-on Workshop (an interactive presentation that engages the participants in activities to help build knowledge or skills.)
  • Presentations must have specific and measurable learning objectives, be interactive and be relevant to a diverse audience (see submission form).

Below are a few suggestions for topics related to the theme. We welcome submissions on these, and any other topic related to the theme.

  • Managing learner expectations
  • Cultural competency skills for tutors working with ESL and ABE learners
  • Creative strategies for mentoring adult learners
  • How do you know if you are actually making a difference with a learner?
  • What do you do when all your teaching strategies are not working?
  • Staying committed and motivated when learners are not coming
  • Rethinking ‘success’ and ‘failure’ for learners
  • Understanding where tutoring fits in the broader context of adult literacy
  • Working with returning citizens
  • Strategies for motivating and retaining adult learners
  • Using technology to motivate learners
  • Creative instructional techniques such as drama-based instruction and the like
  • Presentations must also make reference to “Workforce Standards for Adult Teachers and Tutors of Adult Education” and at least one of The Standards below must be referenced and modeled.


Application Deadline: September 14, 2016.

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