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130 E. Franklin Street, Appleton, WI 54911
Phone: (920) 991-9840
Tutor In-Service Schedule
Attend In-services in person or check our tutors' facebook group page for recordings. Please click on the title of each in-service to sign up.


Dyslexia: What to Watch for and How to Help (Webinar, Live only)
Monday, February 3, 12:00 - 1:00 PM
If an adult learner comes for literacy programming and mentions they’ve always had learning difficulties, are there signs to look for, in the absence of a formal diagnosis? If an adult learner says they think they have dyslexia what strategies can volunteer tutors use? What are controlled readers? How do they work? Are they helpful for adults? Where can we get them? 

Civic Engagement for Learners: Voting and the Census (Webinar, Live only)
Friday, February 7, 10:00 - 11:00 AM
Learn from experts on census and voting and how you can help learners engage in these important areas. 

Learning Differences and Individualized Instruction with Anne Schauman
Wednesday, February 12, 9:15 - 10:15 AM - Appleton Public Library, Room C
Anne Schauman from the Alternative Center for Education will offer an overview of some key learning differences and techniques for tailoring instruction to students' needs. You will leave with more confidence and skill to lead effective classes for students at all levels, with and without known learning differences or disabilities.

Slavery by Another Name Film Screening with Portia Norris
Thursday February 27, 5:30 - 7:30 PM - Fox Valley Literacy
​Based on Douglas A. Blackmon's Pulitzer Prize-winning book, the film illuminates how in the years following the Civil War, insidious new forms of forced labor emerged in the American South, persisting until the onset of World War II. Following the documentary, we will discuss the effects of this part of our history on society and individuals today.


The 2020 Census with Andy Wilson
Tuesday, March 3, 5:00 - Fox Valley Literacy
Come learn about the 2020 census, get accurate information after the Trump administration attempted to include citizenship questions on the census, and learn how to participate! This event will be offered in English and Spanish.

Zero-Prep Speaking Activities with Dani Long
Monday, March 9, 9:30 - 10:30AM - Appleton Public Library, Room A
This session will equip you with speaking activities for one-on-one or small group, to get your ELL student talking (so you don't have to!).Dani Long has taught ELL students PreK-Adult. At a TESOL International conference one year, she attended a session "Zero Prep" and became an true advocate for the idea! Focus less on prep and more on your student!

​Community Book Club: The Latehomecomer by Kao Kalia Yang (through Fox Cities Reads)

Adult Literacy Education: The International Journal of Literacy, Language, and Numeracy
Read two articles from the Adult Literacy Education journal and email Heather three ways in which they impact your tutoring.

Email Heather which webinars you watched and three things you learned from each. You're welcome to watch webinars in the office on our laptops.

Suggested webinars:

10 Reading Strategies that Support Comprehension

Pathways To Citizenship: Teaching Civics To English Language Learners

Making Difficult Math Concepts Simple

Digital Literacy For Citizenship And Integration: Digital Literacy Resources For Adult ESL Learners

Teaching Reading 1, 2, 3—the Order Matters

If you missed our inservice, check out the recording: Pathways to Citizenship: Overview of the naturalization process with attorney Sarah Griffiths 
Part 2 here

Wisconsin Literacy On Demand Tutor Training Refresher

Other webinar options are available here: 

COABE webinars


Sub or shadow a conversation circle in place of one in-service!
Call or email Heather for more information.