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Trainings–one of the Benefits of Volunteering thru CSV

December’s program-wide training event was a notable evening for CSV. It was a night of firsts:

  •  the first time that five separate workshops were offered to attendees;
  •  the first time that CRLS Guidance Counselors and CSV’s college planning expert shared the spotlight on a panel; and even
  •  the first time that there were scrumptious desserts courtesy of Empire Boston (chocolate truffles and red velvet cupcakes!), Rosie’s, and Finale. 

The dinner, which included chicken, falafel, rice, hummus, and salad, was donated by the Middle East Restaurant. More than 85 volunteers and staff attended.

If you weren’t there, you missed an instructional and fun evening.  Two of the five workshops focused on math (one for early grades and the other for middle/high school); one got participants talking about English Language learning; a fourth had pairs working together on science; and the fifth brought together this year’s college program volunteers with professional college counselors. Thank you to our team of professional workshop leaders!

Once you’ve become a Cambridge School Volunteer, we encourage you to attend the frequently scheduled trainings and workshops held throughout the year. Why? Because we know that even after your initial CSV orientation, there are invariably issues or questions that arise with your placement. And, we know it can be useful to hear from “experts” in the field as well as from other volunteers with similar concerns. High school program director Laura Margosian calls this the “networking piece” – how volunteers make connections at the trainings, engaging in meaningful conversations over dinner.

CSV recognizes the need for such ongoing events and loves providing these opportunities. During the fall, CSV offered a volunteer workshop on the middle school math curriculum together with the district’s math department.  Attendees focused on how to clarify and deepen their student’s math class experience under the guidance of Shaun Berry, who is one of the Upper School Math Coaches. And at another event, elementary literacy volunteers were fortunate to have Angie UyHam, Literacy Coach, and Tracey Delucia, Early Literacy Intervention Specialist, lead a workshop in November on Supporting the Primary Writer.

Let us know what information you would like us to provide for future workshops. CSV would be delighted to accommodate you, our volunteers, in any way possible.