Tutor-Created Resources from the 2014 Tutor Leader Summit

On Saturday, September 27, the Edison Writing Center (EWC) and its directors, Ms. Jensen and Ms. Trentacoste, hosted the first ever CAPTA Tutor Leader Summit. Over 60 high school writing center tutor leaders, hailing from 13 secondary school writing centers in the Capital area attended this conference.

We invite you to check out the tutor-created presentations, their abstract summaries, and their Prezis and PowerPoints below. We look forward to continued conversation among the tutor leaders at future CAPTA events.

Here We Go: Revamping High School Writing Centers with Websites that Schedule, Record, and Report  Parmvir Chahal, Edison High School

This presentation discusses challenges writing centers face that inhibit      their incorporation of technology and then shares creative renderings of the Thomas A. Edison High School Writing Center’s (EWC) use of technology in the past and present. It will demonstrate how the EWC uses a website and app-in-development to streamline its daily operation. After the presentation, participants will engage in discussion about the the future use of technology in writing centers. Technological creativity is encouraged!

Write It Down: Reimagining Tutor Logs Emily Wilson & Katie Wolfteich, Edison High School

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Following a session’s conclusion, most tutors will record what happened in a log. How can these logs truly reflect the session? This collaborative presentation will examine the various aspects of an effective tutoring log, highlighting reflective learning strategies. They will discuss viewing privileges, and they will explore new doors opened by online logs. Participants will discuss fresh and  innovative strategies to improve tutoring logs, making them more efficient in assisting the writing center community.


Sprinkling our Fairy Dust: Influence of a Writing Center on Younger Generations Amna Baloul, Brenna Coogan & Susana Zelaya, Edison High School

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Framed by the perspectives of three high school tutors, this presentation explores the impact of a writing center collaboration with elementary schools as a form of service learning and community outreach. Through first-hand experience and reflections on a pilot initiative, tutors will address the benefits of a learner-centered peer tutoring approach and its influence on both high school tutors and elementary school tutees.


Moving Off Main Street: How to Make New Paths and Reach New Students Dean Bryant and Michael Rhinehart, Hayfield Secondary School

High School writing center tutors Dean Bryant and Michael Rhinehart will present a poster board that demonstrates all of the different and new strategies their writing center has implemented to encourage more students to attend and work on writing assignments in their writing center.


Enchanted: How to Charm and Captivate Through Advertisements Donna Imadi & Zoe Wilkerson, Hayfield Secondary School

High School writing center tutors Zoe Wilkerson and Donna Imadi will implement a presentation for the attendees which will illustrate how the utilization of new media and technologies have helped spur creativity within the newly founded writing center at Hayfield Secondary School.

You’ve Got a Friend in Me: Supporting New Tutors with the Mentoring System Erin Coogan, Elise Mai & Tina Malhotra, Edison High School

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Through the Edison Writing Center’s unique, technology-based mentoring system, veteran tutors familiarize incoming tutors with the writing center life, hone their writing skills, and foster their individual tutoring style. In this interactive workshop, led by a pair of second-year high school tutors, participants will discover how mentors facilitate new tutors’ magical transformation from anxious to confident, explore creative and innovative ng methods, and discuss how writing centers can implement or strengthen their mentoring system.

Some Things Are Worth Working For: Tutoring a Student With Learning Disabilities Sarah Velasco-Kent, Edison High School

With the varying tutees that tutors encounter, how do we best help a student with a learning disability? A third year tutor and high school senior explores this question, looking specifically at students with autism, dyslexia, and dysgraphia. Participants will analyze issues they may face when tutoring those with learning disabilities, effective methods of tackling problems, and how to make the writing center a comfortable refuge for these students.

Imagineering Individuality in the Writing Center Daniel Herrera, Edison High School

The growth of writing centers in educational institutions has become profound; however, considering the limitations which may exist within some writing centers, it seems that more can be done internally to encourage a more efficient growth. This presentation, led by a second year and a third year high school tutor, will seek to determine the various changes and students initiatives that can be taken to promote a more efficient growth of writing center.


Be Our Guest – Increasing Student Utilization of the Writing Center Monty Westendorff, Edison High School

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As writing becomes a more necessary skill to possess in today’s educational institutions, writing centers can work to help students, faculty, and administration reimagine what the center does to help all students, regardless of subject, writing aptitude, etc.  Presenting on student outreach in an increasingly diversifying student body, one third year tutor and member of the Leadership Committee in the Thomas Edison Writing Center, will present useful strategies in helping students reimagine the writing center

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