We are sure that many of you are wondering what happened to the 2013 conference?
How could we not hold a conference?
This is a bold move on the part of the Officers and the Board of Director, we admit. However, this year, NTA has become active with several extremely large grant and corporate supported tutoring projects. We are working with the L.E.A.D. Program and AT&T to provide tutoring to at-risk youth in six major cities across the country. In some cities we are working with as many as nine high-schools. If the project is successful, we will expand to 18 cities next academic year.
In addition, we are working with the Lear Corporation in Detroit to train Tutor Trainers online through Crossroads of Learning. These trainers will train and certify hundreds of students who want to become peer tutors and help stem the incredibly high attrition rate that exists in that city. Next, we are working with Communities and Schools programs in two major cities to become NTA Regional Training Centers. Finally, our trainers have been busy traveling to colleges across the country providing face-to-face certification trainings. The first week of November 2012, Avery Austin (our new Tutor Training Coordinator) and Dr. Dan Weinstein traveled to Chicago to provide training for the entire Chicago City College system.
Basically, the officers and Board had to weigh our resources: helping thousands of students and establish numerous programs or coordinate a conference. We felt that our community obligation was clear. We also feel that for your patience and continued support, our members should be rewarded. To that end we are already working to make the 2014 conference in Boston, MA, something really special. We hope to present an “irresistible” event. Profits from this conference will endow two college scholarships for deserving tutors. Presenters and keynotes will include an award winning actor, a leading brain learning researcher, and much more.
Plan now for April 5-10, 2014 in Boston and watch our website for details as they become available. In the interim, it’s not too early to submit your session proposal.