Tutor Leadership Conference 2014

COWLLC is proud to announce its

2014 Tutor Leadership Conference

“Learning from Each Other”

COWLLC? What’s that?

COWLLC is a micro-regional organization of the International Writing Center Association for schools interested in promoting literacy through peer tutoring that nurtures learning and a love of learning. COWLLC also seeks to bring together professionals and tutors from across the Chicagoland area.

Tutor Leadership Conference? What’s that?

The Leadership Conference is an opportunity for each center to send a select group of tutors who will be taking on leadership positions in their centers in the 2014-2015 school year. At this time, we are asking centers to limit their participants to 6 students. There may be a possibility for more tutors from your school to participate, and, as a part of the registration, you may request to be contacted if that is the case. Each participating school is required to submit at least one presentation proposal, but are strongly encouraged to submit more as this will make for a more well-rounded conference for all participants. (Follow this link to see examples of past presentations.) Members of the Conference Subcommittee will be available to help schools through the submission process. If your school is not yet a member of COWLLC, this will be a great opportunity for your school to gain membership.

When and where is the conference?

Wednesday, October 1, 2014 at IMSA (Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy, 1500 Sullivan Road, Aurora, IL)

Conference Overview

The 2014 Tutor Leadership Conference will be an opportunity for tutors from across the region to come together to share with each other their best practices, team building exercises, and experiences. The conference is also designed for college and university tutors to come share what it is like to be a tutor in the post-secondary context.  lt will be a day of sharing and learning.

The Call for Tutor Presentations

Our theme for this tutor conference is Learning from Each Other.

As we have all come to learn, in order to become better peer tutors, we need to practice our tutoring as often as we can. We have also learned that in order to create a center that thrives, we need to create a team of tutors who make our spaces inviting and exciting.

For high school tutors, this conference gives you the opportunity to collaborate with your peers from across the Chicagoland area who tutor in many different settings. You will get to share what you have learned as a peer tutor and to learn from your peers about their experiences with tutoring and team building.

For college and university tutors, this will be a unique opportunity for you to encourage young people to continue to be educational advocates and to learn more about the important work of tutoring at the secondary level.

Conference Format

The day will be broken up into a starting and ending whole-group meeting and four workshop sessions. Each session will be approximately 35 minutes. Workshops can be of any format (BE CREATIVE!), but should be interactive. Get 'em out of their seats!

Your presentation proposal should include contact information, title of the presentation, description of the session with a rationale for the format and explanation of the goal/importance of the session (200 words maximum), and any audio/visual/space needs.

Proposals may be submitted at the COWLLC website and are due by Friday, May 2, 2014. Proposers will be informed of their program status by Friday, May 16, 2014.

This year's conference is being chaired by Erin Micklo of IMSA. Please contact her with any questions.

If you have any questions or would like to brainstorm with someone, please contact a member of the Conferences & Meetings Committee!