Early Literacy Tutor Continuous Learning Resource Bank

Supporting the Whole Child

Resources from the most time intensive training scope and sequence in the recipe book are also included in this resource bank. Providers that use the ~72 hour (or more) sequence will see some resources reappear in this bank.

Resources Your Organization Can Have Tutors Learn from to Accomplish Goals:

Supporting Students to Develop Socio-Emotionally

  • PBS’s Core Competencies of Socio-Emotional Learning, a collection of six videos that​​ define and explain each of the core SEL competencies and offer practice examples for how to help children develop them. The videos were developed for educator professional development and parent training.

Helping Children Regulate, Relate, and Reason

  • Dr. Bruce Perry’s Regulating Yourself and Your Classroom is an 8:12 minute video explaining how students and educators can often impact each other’s moods and brain function and find effective strategies that help students and adults calm and regulate, decreasing behavioral challenges and improving academic engagement. While the video targets schools and classrooms, the suggestions are equally relevant to tutors.
  • Van Ness Elementary School and Transcend Education have documented a set of rituals and routines, called Strong Start Morning Routine, that get students ready to learn by fostering a sense of safety, belonging, community, and self-efficacy. Strong Start includes seven elements, not all of which will be applicable or feasible in the tutoring context. Elements of Strong Start that may be most relevant for tutors include Greetings, Breathe & Focus, and Purposeful Partnering (applicable to small group tutoring contexts). Each ritual includes an explanatory video, sample classroom videos across grade-levels, and a written quick guide that explains how to implement the ritual and offers rationale. Modifications for virtual environments are included. Video examples are set in whole class environments and in early childhood-elementary settings.
  • Van Ness Elementary School and Transcend Education have documented a set of strategies that demonstrate how adults model Intentional Language and Tone with students, in order to be both compassionate and assertive. Each strategy related to Intentional Language and Tone includes a narrated, explanatory video with a classroom model, audio examples of the strategy, and a written quick guide that explains how to implement and offers rationale. Modifications for virtual environments are included. Specific strategies include (1) Set Clear Expectations; (2) Maintain Composure; and (3) Uphold Expectations. Video examples are set in whole class environments and in early childhood-elementary settings.
  • Saga Coach is an online evidence-based tutor training program that gives educators tools they need to assist their learners. Recommended modules include:
    • Growth Mindset teaches psychologist Carol Dweck’s concept of “growth mindset” and the importance of holding that mindset toward students and toward yourself as a tutor.
    • J-Factor explores ways tutors can bring joy to their tutoring sessions, as one way to build relationships with students.