Summer 2021 Programs

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Summer Support for Students

Our summer programs are designed to help students of all ages strengthen their executive functioning skills. Our interactive sessions give students actionable strategies they can use in school and in their daily lives. Please use the Contact Us form below to get started.

Financial Literacy

Length:

2 weeks (intensive option) OR 6 weeks (standard option)

Schedule:

Registration is rolling.

Format:

Group program or 1:1 format available, conducted remotely via Zoom

Age Level:

Middle School

Pricing:

Group format pricing: $900, which includes (5) 75-minute group lessons (1x/wk), (5) 15-minute 1:1 meetings with each student for project and presentation review (1x/wk), and (1) 75-minute Small Business Pitch Showcase. Contact us for pricing for individual format.

Description:

This course focuses on teaching students essential Financial Literacy skills through an executive functioning lens with a combination of hands-on exercises, collaborative work with peers and mentors, and individually tailored research projects.

Along with participating in weekly group lessons, students will create and develop small businesses selling either a product the student can make or a service the student can offer, and present their complete business pitches during Week 6. Students will complete this course with a newfound sense of independence, responsibility for their mathematical work and enthusiasm for math and its practical applications.

About Course Instructor Lisa Rogers, PhD:

Lisa received her Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. She has over 15 years experience in teaching mathematics to students of all ages, backgrounds, and cognitive levels. Throughout her career, Lisa has mentored students with complex learning profiles to help them improve STEM study skills, research techniques, managing stress, and setting academic goals. Lisa prides herself on the creation of comprehensive, individualized study plans for students grappling with dyscalculia, dyslexia, dysgraphia, and attentional/executive functioning difficulties. She draws on her own experiences with test anxiety and lack of mathematical confidence to help students work through challenges and develop the critical thinking skills necessary for long term retention. Lisa always provides her students with a safe and nurturing work environment, allowing them the space to make and learn from their mistakes without the burden of fear. Lisa originally designed and taught her popular Financial Literacy program in 2018 for PS 41, The Greenwich Village School, to introduce primary school students to the real life applications of math. 

Students will gain the skills necessary to understand:
  • How to create and manage a budget using spreadsheets
  • How to keep track of funds and balance a checkbook
  • How financial institutions work, why we need them
  • Concepts of taxes and interest, how to plan for paying both
  • The difference between Debit and Credit, how to utilize each
  • Setting reasonable Financial Goals for individuals and families
  • Entrepreneurial concepts including profit margins, equity, stocks, capital, customer acquisition cost, and the laws of Supply and Demand
  • How to plan and present their ideas in a creative, concise fashion

Mindfulness Theater Club

Length:

Five weeks

Schedule:

Registration is rolling. Instructor will coordinate scheduling with group members once the enrollment minimum is met.

Format:

Group format, conducted remotely via Zoom

Age Level:

All ages; We will organize this program based on the age distribution of the students who register.

Pricing:

$500 Total, which includes five 75-minute group sessions

Description:

The interactive group program will guide your student in developing an understanding of their own thoughts and feelings through meditative practices and theater techniques. Over the years, we have learned the benefits associated with guided meditations, meditative activities, and creative expression. Theater skills such as acting, playwriting and performing require components of mindfulness meditation such as concentration, active listening, and emotional memory. Our goal is to provide students with the foundational techniques to couple these two beneficial practices, which will guide self-expression and improve executive functioning skills. Led by one of our expert coaches, each weekly session will focus on selected skills associated with mindfulness, executive functioning and theater.

About Course Instructor Peter Halligan, MS:

Peter Halligan earned a Bachelor’s degree in childhood education and Master’s degree in special education from Touro College. He has been working with children in educational settings since 2007. Certified by the State of New York to teach both general education grades K-6 and students with disabilities grades K-6, he supports students with unique learning profiles while collaborating with school psychologists, counselors, social workers, and families. Peter has extensive experience creating and implementing interventions related to executive functioning skills such as planning, prioritization, organization, task initiation, time management, and sustained attention. As a member of the school district’s building leadership team, he works to create social emotional programs for students that will foster interpersonal skills and build a sense of community. In his spare time, Peter is a passionate actor, currently in his own third-tier intermediate acting class, a skill he brings to the Mindfulness Theater Club.

Course Structure:
  • Week 1: Introduction to mindfulness, acting basics and theater games
  • Week 2: Mindfulness games, visualization activity and introduction to beginner scene work
  • Week 3: Scene work continued, mindfulness activity, theater and improvisational games
  • Week 4: Contentless scripts based on building a character, new meditation activity and intro to superhero yoga stories
  • Week 5: Mindfulness game, visualization exercise, and scene work concluded

Resilient Writers Club

Length:

Six weeks

Schedule:

Registration is rolling.

Format:

Group program or 1:1 format available, conducted remotely via Zoom

Age Level:

Elementary – Middle School

Pricing:

Group format pricing: $700 Total, for six 75-minute group sessions, including three 15-minute 1:1 coaching sessions and a Writer’s Showcase during the sixth group session. Contact us for pricing for individual format.

Description:

Organizational Tutors created this club to support reluctant writers in overcoming resistance to writing. Through this program your student will build resilience and approach a fresh academic year with new confidence. Together we will explore why writing presents a particular challenge. Our goal is to equip your student with tailored strategies based on their unique learning profile to build the skills, growth mindset, grit, and persistence to push through and become comfortable with writing. Led by one of our expert coaches, each weekly session will focus on selected skills associated with a different component of executive functioning and how it impacts writing.

This is a great opportunity for students to receive a condensed writing overview without the commitment of longer-term tutoring.

About Course Instructor Meghan Michalski, MA:

Meghan completed her master’s of liberal arts at Harvard University in the field of Clinical Psychology. She has ten years of experience in clinical psychological research and clinical training, public health, and education. She has tutored students from elementary through high school in reading comprehension, writing, math, and science. Notably, Meghan addresses these subjects with a cognitive approach, assessing how the student processes information, and teaches concepts and effective organizational strategies adapted to fit into the student’s perception and understanding. Meghan also works to build a student’s confidence, skills, and knowledge of why these strategies are important to improve academic performance and interest in learning. She particularly enjoys working with students to find areas of passion in their studies to build motivation and help them become lifelong learners. Meghan is an avid reader of fantasy and science fiction, and enjoys sharing her passion for books with her students.

Course Structure:
  • Week 1 (75 minutes): Initiation – How to overcome the obstacles to getting started
  • Week 2 (75 minutes): Planning – The importance of preparing a plan before writing
  • Week 3 (60 minutes): Organizing and Writing – Breaking the Writing Process into its Parts and drafting. This week includes a flexible 1:1 15-minute coaching session to support independent follow-through
  • Week 4 (60 minutes): Jumping Hurdles – How to identify hurdles and the emotions they bring up and create a tailored toolkit for pushing through. This week includes a flexible 1:1 15-minute coaching session to support independent follow-through
  • Week 5 (60 minutes)– Editing and Revision – The importance of accepting feedback and engaging in the revision process. This week includes a flexible 1:1 15-minute coaching session to support independent follow-through
  • Week 6 (75 minutes)– Wrap Up – Writers’ Showcase: Students will share their work with an emphasis on process and growth vs work product

Writing Better Together

Length:

Five weeks

Schedule:

Registration is rolling.

Format:

Group program or 1:1 format available, conducted remotely via Zoom

Age Level:

High School

Pricing:

Group format pricing: $650 Total, which includes four 60-minute group sessions, a Writer’s Showcase during the fourth group session, and one 30-minute 1:1 coaching session. Contact us for pricing for individual format.

Description:

In this supportive virtual workshop, students will progress together through the essential phases of essay writing: Brainstorming/Research, Outlining, Writing, and Revision. Students will conclude the course with a polished essay, a deeper understanding of the writing process, and a new-found confidence in their writing skills.

About Course Instructor Sarah Bernstein, MFA:

Sarah is a professional writer who has worked with students around the globe as a private tutor, workshop leader, and college professor. As a tutor, she has worked with private writing students to grow their skills, confidence, and passion, helping each writer to develop effective, personalized strategies for channeling their creativity and organizing their ideas. Since 2013, Sarah has taught at Writopia Lab, leading creative and expository writing workshops for kids and teens, and recently taught undergraduate playwriting at Hunter College. With Organizational Tutors, Sarah has worked to strengthen executive functioning skills with a number of students with a range of learning profiles, including dyslexia, ADHD, processing issues and reading and writing weaknesses.

Course Structure:
  • Week 1: Building & Brainstorming — Students will build an essay outline template together, developing a shared language that demystifies terms like “analysis” and “evidence” and clarifies how each element of an essay relates to the others. Students will also use a creative brainstorming exercise to help choose an essay topic that excites them.
  • Week 2: Research & Outlining — Now that students have a topic and a template, they’re ready to begin the outlining phase. The group will start by discussing the elements of a strong thesis. As students start filling in their outlines, they will identify the questions they still need to answer with further research.
  • Week 3: Giving & Receiving Feedback – Students will share their completed outlines with the group, soliciting feedback from their peers and from our expert tutor on how to strengthen their arguments or clarify their thinking. Now students can begin to write!
  • Week 4: One-on-One Meetings — Students will sign up for a 30-minute window to meet 1:1 with our expert tutor to discuss their essays. Meeting 1:1 with their tutor will address students’ specific writing challenges and help them to implement the lessons of the previous three weeks. After this meeting, students should feel confident in their ability to complete a draft by the next session.
  • Week 5: Writers’ Showcase, Workshopping, & Revising — Students will share their full essays with the group and solicit feedback. This will give students an opportunity to see how each essay has evolved through the writing process, and to use everything they’ve learned about essay writing to offer thoughtful, constructive feedback about their peers’ work.

The Fundamentals of Executive Functioning (EF)

Length:

Six weeks; registration is rolling

Format:

1:1 coaching, conducted remotely via Zoom

Age Level:

All ages; all content is modified in a developmentally appropriate way for each stage of learning

Pricing:

$750 Total, which includes six 60-minute 1:1 coaching sessions

Description:

This customized program will equip your student with the executive functioning skills they need to tackle learning with confidence. Your expert coach will provide your student with a better understanding of the way they learn and with concrete organizational skills. Each weekly 1:1 session will focus on selected skills associated with a different component of executive functioning. All sessions will incorporate mindfulness exercises and include time for reflection and troubleshooting from the weeks prior. Your expert coach will also email you and your student a summary of key takeaways following each session. This program is a great opportunity for students to receive a condensed organizational overview without the commitment of longer-term coaching.

Course Structure:
  • Week 1: Physical Environment – Study Space & Materials
  • Week 2: Schedule Systems – Calendars & Reminders
  • Week 3: Time Management Techniques – Understanding, Estimating and Tracking Time
  • Week 4: Limiting Distractions & Procrastination Strategies
  • Week 5: Critical Reading, Annotations & Note Taking Strategies
  • Week 6: SMART Goal Setting, Visualization & Reflection

Summer SELF — Supporting Executive Functions & Learning

Information for those who would like to support this pilot program

Program Mission Statement:

For the past fifty years, there have been increasingly significant gaps in opportunity growing among children in the United States. A wide array of factors including socioeconomic status, race, and discriminatory laws, policies, and structures leave children, particularly those with multiple marginalized identities, at an unfair disadvantage in their education. During the COVID-19 pandemic, staggering rates of learning loss disproportionately impacted students with reduced resources and more limited support systems, widening existing learning and opportunity gaps.

Absent timely intervention, students are vulnerable to longer term impacts from losses during formative years when they are developing foundational skills in reading, writing, and math. Increasingly, research has shown that frequent, 1:1 or small group tutoring sessions can effectively combat loss of learning. Organizational Tutors’ mission is to increase access to strength-based, targeted Executive Functioning (EF) tutoring. We aim to equip students with the skill sets and framework foundational to shaping their educational landscape, achieving their learning goals, and thriving more independently in the classroom and beyond.

In late June 2021, Organizational Tutors will launch a summer program to provide free coaching services with expert Executive Functioning tutors to students with economic need who have fallen behind in their learning. Our goal with this program is to empower these students with effective tools and skills to get back on track in their learning in preparation for the fall term and beyond. 

Program Description

During the six weeks of the Summer SELF program, tutors will introduce students, across developmental levels, to fundamental skills associated with executive functioning. Specifically, all students will receive coaching and support around improving their physical organization, time management skills, goal setting, and planner systems. Tutors will integrate into sessions an introduction to mindfulness, as a powerful tool for self-regulation, and metacognition, which can help a student develop greater insight into themselves as a learner and how they learn best. 

Additionally, over their six weeks together, tutors and students will dive deeper into an important aspect of a student’s academic self based on their specific area of need. Tutors will integrate aspects of executive functioning across focus areas, as they create plans to achieve specific academic goals. 

Program Support:
$600 will secure a complete Summer SELF six-week session package for one student. The package cost covers tutoring, supervision, training, curriculum, and materials. Organizational Tutors will not profit from this initiative.

 

Our goal is to enroll at least 100 students in this our pilot of Summer SELF. The generosity of our community members can make this goal a reality.

We are grateful for the contributions we have received to date, which have allowed us to lay the framework for Summer SELF.  We still need more financial support  to put this program into action and reach 100 students who need us this summer. Can you help us achieve our goal? 

If you are able and would like to provide financial support, we can accept direct contributions via Venmo @OrganizationalTutorsLLC. If you can contribute this way, please reference Summer SELF in the memo and the email address where we should send your receipt. If you prefer to send a check or Zelle, please email our Operations Director, Katie Barzee, at [email protected] with the amount you would like to contribute towards purchasing Summer SELF sessions for students. Every amount makes a difference. Thank you! 

**Please note that the Contact Form at the bottom of this page does not apply to this program. Thank you.**

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