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Register now for the upcoming Summer Institute for Mentor and Tutor Trainers! The Summer Institute will be held July 15-18, in St. Louis, Missouri, at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel. Participants will sign up for either the Mentor Trainer Track or the Tutor Trainer Track. Registration is strictly limited per track in order to keep the groups small and allow for one-on-one interaction with faculty members. Registration is $675 for CRLA members and $775 for non-members. Registration includes the Institute registration fee, breakfast and lunch on July 16 and 17, and brunch on Wednesday. Click here to register now.

The CRLA board is watching with great interest as legislative battles over learning assistance take place around the country. California Bill AB 1935 is an active bill pending referral which should be of great interest to us.

Please consider sharing this information with your own representatives and other interested parties. The CRLA Board provides this information to you as a tool, and encourages you to become more active in the legislative arena.

Thank you for your support of learning assistance!

2018 IMTPC Outstanding Mentor Award

Do you have an undergraduate student who exemplifies what it means to be a mentor? Nominate them for the 2018 IIMTPC Outstanding Mentor Award!

History of the Award

The IMTPC Outstanding Mentor Award was established by CRLA's International Mentor Training Program Certification (IMTPC) committee. The award is given annually to an undergraduate student mentor from any one of our certified mentor training programs. It honors individuals who contribute much to the success of their peers and motivate and inspire others through their dedication and passion for their work.

Who are we looking for?

  • We’re looking for the best of the best! Applicants must:
  • Be a current undergraduate student at the time of nomination with at least 3.0 GPA,
  • Currently serve as a mentor in a CRLA IMTPC-certified program,
  • Have earned recognition at level 1, 2, or 3 through a CRLA-certified mentor training program (at the highest level the program currently is certified for),
  • Have a strong history of development and success as a mentor.
    **NOTE: Programs may only submit one nominee for consideration.

What does the Outstanding Mentor receive?

Award recipients will receive:

  • A plaque and $250 honorarium
  • Invitation to CRLA Annual Conference in Albuquerque, NM
  • Recognition at the CRLA Annual Conference, including the opportunity for brief remarks at the Awards Brunch
  • Publicized biography on the CRLA website and in CRLA Annual Conference materials
  • Reimbursement of up to $250 of travel expenses to attend CRLA Annual Conference, at winner’s request (not transferrable).

How do you nominate a mentor for this award?

Application Process:

To be considered for this award, applications should include:

  • Application form completed by the mentor’s supervisor
  • Attached to the application, you must upload the following:
    • Letter of support from a faculty member
    • A copy of the nominee’s unofficial transcript to verify GPA
    • A copy of the nominee’s highest-level IMTPC certificate of completion
    • A copy of the mentor’s most recent mentor evaluation (dated within a year of nomination).
    • Nominee’s essay (see below for the prompt and requirements)

Student Essay
In addition, the nominee should write an original essay of 500-750 words addressing the following topic:

“Ways of mentoring: The impact of peer support on student success”

This original essay must be double-spaced in Arial or Times New Roman, with the mentor’s full name and nominating university or college name in the header. References, if used, do not count toward word limit, but should be cited using either MLA or APA guides. Essays should address the prompt specifically while also showing insight into the mentoring process as a whole.

To submit documentation:

  1. Please upload each document as a separate file in application itself, named with the mentor’s name.

a. Example:

i. Smith, Josie- Letter
ii. Smith, Josie- Transcript
iii. Smith, Josie- Certificate
iv. Smith, Josie- Evaluation
v. Smith, Josie- Essay

NOTE: To upload files to the application, you will need to sign into a Google account. If you do not already have a Google account, you can make a Google account for free, using your current email address at this link: https://accounts.google.com/SignUpWithoutGmail

All applications, including attachments, must be received no later than 11:59 PM on May 15, 2018. Partial or incomplete applications will not be considered. Applicants will be notified by email of receipt of their application packets. Application materials will not be returned.

Once an award recipient has been chosen, all nominees will be notified via email.

Questions?
Please send an email with the subject line “OMA 2018” to: Ashley Lewis, IMTPC Assistant Coordinator, at alewis@westga.edu

 

cassie headshot 0022017 Outstanding Mentor Award Recipient: Cassie Brooks

The 2017 Rick Sheets Outstanding Mentor of the Year Award recipient is Cassie Brooks. Cassie Brooks, a senior Nursing student, is a certified IMTPC Level 1 Mentor with Salisbury University’s Supplemental Instruction program. Since 2016, Cassie has committed to the success of over 200 students she has mentored through general chemistry courses. Beyond making a significant influence on the students in her SI course, Cassie extends her mentorship to those who serve alongside of her as SI leaders. There is never a time when Cassie is not in “mentor mode,” as she always seeks opportunities to support, help, and guide. As her students simply say it, “She’s always there to help; She’s the best!

 

CRLA News

The College Reading and Learning Association (CRLA) is accepting proposal submissions for its 51st Annual Conference, in Albuquerque, New Mexico, October 24-27, 2018. The 2018 CRLA conference theme — En Route to Student Success — makes reference to famous Route 66, which runs through the heart of diverse and dynamic Albuquerque. For more than a half-century, we, a community of reading and learning researchers and practitioners, have been on a journey to enhance student academic success. In our everyday work, we cross geographic, cultural, and socio-economic borders; merge disciplinary and technological boundaries; overcome age and language differences; and narrow gaps in high school, college, and career transitions. Join us at our 51st Annual Conference as we continue our journey together in sunny Albuquerque, New Mexico! We are accepting proposals for 60 and 90-minute concurrent sessions, 60-minute round tables, and half and full-day pre-conference institutes. The pre-conference institutes are held on Wednesday, October 24, and last three hours for the half day and six hours for the full day institutes. Please consider submitting a proposal to present at the conference. The proposal submission deadline is April 2, 2018. Please contact Page Keller (conferencechair@crla.net) if you have any questions. We hope to see you in Albuquerque! To download the full Call for Proposals, click below: http://www.crla.net/conference/2018/img/2018_CRLA_Call_For_Proposals.pdf.

December 31, 1969, 6:00 pm

WEBINAR: The Newly Revised Standards from CAS for Learning Assistance Programs THIS FRIDAY, March 2, 2018 (2 p.m. EST, 1 p.m. CST, 12 p.m. MST, 11 a.m. PST, 10 a.m. AKST, 9 a.m. HST) Overview The Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education (CAS) recently approved the revised Learning Assistance Program (LAP) Standards, which learning assistance programs may use for self-assessment and program evaluation. This webinar will describe how the recently-updated CAS Learning Assistance Program (LAP) standards may be used for program self-assessment and evaluation. The Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education (CAS), a consortium of forty-two professional associations in higher education in which CRLA has membership, develops and promotes standards to guide higher education institutions in their work with college students. The Learning Assistance Program (LAP) standards and guidelines address twelve essential areas relevant to learning assistance program evaluation; this webinar will describe each of those areas and describe relevant data sources and criteria for program evaluation. Included in the webinar will be a description of CAS resources available to CRLA members and learning assistance center personnel. Presenter Patricia Mulcahy-Ernt, Ph.D., our presenter, is a Professor of Education in Reading and Language Arts at the University of Bridgeport, where she is also the Director of the Graduate Literacy and English Education Programs in the School of Education. She is a CRLA Past President, and a Past President of the CRLA Northeast Chapter. She currently serves as the CRLA representative on the Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education (CAS) Board of Directors. Reserve Your Spot This webinar is a member benefit and is available free to CRLA members. Since space in the webinar is limited, you can register here: www.SignUpGenius.com/go/20F0E4DA4AC29A20-crla.

December 31, 1969, 6:00 pm

The College Reading and Learning Association (CRLA) is now accepting proposal submissions for its 51st Annual Conference, in Albuquerque, New Mexico, October 24-27, 2018. The 2018 CRLA conference theme — En Route to Student Success — makes reference to famous Route 66, which runs through the heart of diverse and dynamic Albuquerque. For more than a half-century, we, a community of reading and learning researchers and practitioners, have been on a journey to enhance student academic success. In our everyday work, we cross geographic, cultural, and socio-economic borders; merge disciplinary and technological boundaries; overcome age and language differences; and narrow gaps in high school, college, and career transitions. Join us at our 51st Annual Conference as we continue our journey together in sunny Albuquerque, New Mexico! We are accepting proposals for 60 and 90 minute concurrent sessions, 60 minute round tables, and half and full day pre-conference institutes. The pre-conference institutes are held on Wednesday, October 24, and last three hours for the half day and six hours for the full day institutes. Please consider submitting a proposal to present at the conference. The proposal submission deadline is April 2, 2018. Please contact Page Keller (conferencechair@crla.net) if you have any questions. We hope to see you in Albuquerque! To download the full Call for Proposals,click below: http://www.crla.net/conference/2018/img/2018_CRLA_Call_For_Proposals.pdf

December 31, 1969, 6:00 pm

December 31, 1969, 6:00 pm