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Volunteer Training and Resources

Volunteer Workshops Available to Help You Support Students

Volunteer Orientation Training Dates

Volunteer orientation and training are mandatory for all new volunteers. This workshop provides you with valuable information you need to have a successful school experience. 
Please register for the workshop that meets your availability. All orientation workshops are held at Richard Pfaff Alternative School 160 Percy Street Classroom 3

Wednesday, January 17th, 2018 9:30 to 11:30 Register here, please and thank you!

Please contact Lee-Ann Scott lscott@onfe-rope.ca to request online Volunteer Orientation training if you do not want to attend Orientation in person.  

OttawaReads Read Aloud Training Dates

Read Aloud training workshops for volunteers who will be reading to children one-on-one in JK to grade 3 classrooms. 
All candidates must attend a workshop to be trained for the OttawaReads read aloud program.
Training takes about 2 hours.

 Workshops are held at Richard Pfaff Alternative School 160 Percy Street Classroom 3

January 17th, 2018, 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM Register here please and thank you!

Please contact Lee-Ann Scott lscott@onfe-rope.ca to request additional training opportunities. 

New Volunteer Training Opportunites:

Ridgemont High School Excellence in Literacy Program Training January 18, 2018

At Ridgemont High School, Christopher Bell teaches an English Language Development class for students who have never been to school before and are learning how to read and write for the first time (in many cases). The Excellence in Literacy Foundation (ELF), in partnership with OVIE, will provide volunteer training and structured workbooks for volunteers who are interested in supporting student learning English in Mr. Bell’s class.  Volunteer commitment: at least once per week for 2 hours during the school day. 

Training: January 18, 2018
12:00 noon to 5:00 PM (food will be provided)
Richard Pfaff Alternative School 160 Percy Room 3
Registration required, please click here. 

To learn more about ELF visit  http://www.excellenceinliteracy.org/ 

How to Support Indigenous Students January 24, 2018

The Ottawa-Carleton District School Board (OCDSB) is committed to working with First Nation, Métis, and Inuit (FNMI) community members in the Ottawa-Gatineau region to ensure that First Nation, Métis, and Inuit students have opportunities and resources to achieve academic success and to further their personal well-being. Presented by Jody Alexander, System Vice Principal, First Nations, Metis and Inuit Education and the Indigenous Education Team - Nancy Henry, Instructional Coach and Kareena Butler Itinerant Teacher. 

Please join us on Wednesday, January 24th from 1:00-3:00 PM to learn more about our FNMI students and how you can help support their learning needs. 
Richard Pfaff Alternative School 160 Percy Room 3

Register here please and thank you. The room is limited to 20 people.

Mental Wellness Workshop for Volunteers  Supporting Syrian Refugees January 31, 2018

The goal of the program, is to offer better care for Syrian refugees, to understand their culture, their journey, and their emotional struggles. Additionally it aims to support workers by providing them with the right self-care tools to look after their health, and offer them ongoing support.

Full day workshop from 9a.m. – 4p.m January 31, 2018
Richard Pfaff Alternative School 160 Percy Room 3
Register here, please and thank you as the room is small and limited to 20 volunteers.

Brain Development and Numeracy February 14, 2018

From brain development to early numeracy skills! The Early Literacy Specialists, from the Parent Resource Centre,  invite you to join them for a hands-on workshop to increase your understanding of early brain development as well as explore the world of early numeracy skills.  From new vocabulary to inquiry, to hands-on exploration, this workshop will provide some important information to support you in your role working with young children.  Arrive ready to learn and play!

1/2 day workshop from 1:00p.m. –3:30 p.m February 14, 2018 
Richard Pfaff Alternative School 160 Percy Room 3
Register here, please and thank you as the room is small and limited to 20 volunteers.

Supporting Anxious Children,  February 21, 2018

The Parent Resource Centre will be facilitating a support group and information session for volunteers who support students with anxiety in OCDSB schools in Ottawa through the Ottawa Volunteers in Education Program. The goal of the workshop is to give you knowledge, skills and tools to support your students. Bring your questions and share your experiences: this is an interactive workshop. 

1/2 day workshop from 1:00p.m. –3:30 p.m February 21, 2018 
Richard Pfaff Alternative School 160 Percy Room 3
Register here, please and thank you as the room is small and limited to 20 volunteers.

Walk and Mile in My Shoes Learning Disabilites Simulation March 7, 2018

“Walk a Mile in My Shoes” LD Simulation Workshop facilitated by Linda Barbetta, learning disabilities expert. The  presentation is designed to foster a better understanding of Learning Disabilities so you can support students in your care.

Richard Pfaff Alternative School 160 Percy Room 3
9:30 AM to 12:00PM
Register here please and thank you, as the room is small and limited to 20 volunteers. 

Part 1 - Mindfulness for Volunteers in Education April 11, 2018

The goal of this workshop is to provide information to volunteers about mindfulness and meditation as well as various strategies, tips and techniques for establishing your own mindfulness/meditation practice.  (Desks are available but if you prefer, bringing your own yoga mat is an option if you wish to sit on the floor during the practice period.)  

Workshop from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., April 11, 2018
Richard Pfaff Alternative School 160 Percy Room 3
Register on this link please and thank you!

Facilitated by Marlene Stallabrass, Mindfulness and Meditation Instructor

Part 2 - How Volunteers Can Teach Mindfulness to Elementary School Children April 18, 2018

The goal of this workshop is to provide information, ideas, and suggested practices for teaching mindfulness to elementary school-aged children. (Desks are available but if you prefer, bringing your own yoga mat is an option if you wish to sit on the floor during the practice period.)  

Workshop from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., April 18, 2018
Richard Pfaff Alternative School 160 Percy Room 3
Register on this link please and thank you!

Facilitated by Marlene Stallabrass, Mindfulness and Meditation Instructor

New Online Self-paced Training!

In addition to Volunteer Orientation, we offer several online courses for volunteers and volunteers aspiring to be educators. Send an email request to lscott@onfe-rope.ca.

Volunteering with Poverty in Mind

As a volunteer, you can play an integral transformational role in a child's life. The information for this course is taken directly from author and educator Eric Jensen’s book,  “Teaching With Poverty in Mind: What Being Poor Does to Kids’ Brains and What Schools Can Do About It.”

“If life experiences can change poor kids for the worse, can’t life experiences change also change them for the better?”  Eric Jensen

Researcher, Eric Jensen makes three claims:

  • Chronic exposure to poverty causes the brain to physically change in a detrimental manner.
  • Because the brain is designed to adapt from experience, it can also change for the better. In other words, poor children can experience emotional, social, and academic success.
  • Although many factors affect academic success, certain key ones are especially effective in turning around students raised in poverty.

In this course, we will review some aspects of Jensen’s research that can be applied to volunteers assisting in schools. To obtain a copy of the book, google: Jensen, E. (2009). Teaching With Poverty in Mind: What Being Poor Does to Kids’ Brains and What Schools Can Do About It.  

Learning Strategies: Skills you can teach students for academic success:

This online course focuses on learning strategies to help the students that you support as a volunteer become better, more independent learners. You will learn literacy and numeracy skills, personal management skills, and interpersonal and teamwork skills that you can pass onto your students to improve their learning and achievement in school, the workplace, and the community. Teaching the students learning strategies will build their confidence and may motivate them to pursue opportunities for success in secondary school and beyond. You may even learn a few new tips to improve your own productivity!

How to Support English Language Learners:

This training is meant specifically for those interested in supporting English language learners (ELLs) in Ottawa District School Board (OCDSB) schools. Most of the students you will be working with are recent newcomers to Canada, some will have gaps in their learning or not yet developed age-appropriate literacy skills in their first language but due to a variety of factors. Some will be Canadian-born students, who also learning English as an additional language. There some students from Metis, Inuit or First Nations communities who are attending school in Ottawa. Others are students living in international communities in Ottawa where English is not being spoken at home. Other ELL students include international students attending OCSDB schools.

Training Objectives: Volunteers completing this course will:

  • Become familiar with additional language teaching: definition and basic concepts.
  • Develop an understanding and appreciation for ELLs and how you can help support them in a culturally responsive manner.
  • Gain insight into the four language skills (speaking, listening, reading, and writing) and how to  support ELLs in their learning environments as they develop these language and literacy skills.
  • Learn various skills and strategies for successful support and inclusion of ELLs.
  • Develop skills to help students with their social and emotional learning, such as building relationships, making friends, and learning how school works.
  • Embed theory into practice upon successful completion of the training through a volunteer placement in an OCDSB school or program through OVIE.

Assistive Technology Online Self-paced Training

A 20-hour self-paced course for volunteers aspiring to become educators, learning strategists or assistive technology trainers. Send an email request to lscott@onfe-rope.ca.

Training Outcomes:

  • Better understanding of the different types of assistive technologies and how they offer independent and academic support for English language learning students.
  • Knowledge of learning strategies to help all students
  • Experience and knowledge of the accessibility laws and rights of students with disabilities
  • Teacher specific information for those who want more training
  • Hands-on experience
  • Job readiness for those wanting to be educators or assistive technology trainers
  • Knowing you can make a difference in a child's life by being their champion. 

Length of Time: The time you take to complete the entire course is personal as those who want to work in Education take the time to fully understand the information which can take several days. The typical timeframe is approximately 20 hours.  

Volunteer Resources

Volunteering to help a student is one of the most fulfilling ways to be part of your community. OVIE, in collaboration with our partners, has pulled together a few resources to help you support your students.
Remember the best source of information is the school where you are volunteering. If you have questions or need additional support, speak to the Classroom Teacher or Learning Resource Teacher. They can provide you with valuable information on how to help your student and give you access to additional resources (math manipulatives, language development resources and much more!)
Please send us your “tried and true” resources to post on this site to share with others.

We’ve divided the resources into the following categories, click on the link that applies to you:

First Nations, Métis, Inuit Student Support

Learning Styles, Learning Differences

  • All volunteers must watch this video to give you context, "HOW DIFFICULT CAN THIS BE?" The F.A.T. City Learning Disability Workshop by Richard Lavoie. F.A.T. City stands for the Frustration, Anxiety and Tension which comes from living with a learning disability. Borrow this video from your local library or from the Ottawa-Carleton Learning Disabilities Association
  • Anxiety, Depression and Behaviour: Wonderful tools to help you support all learners: The Supporting Minds
  • Learning Strategies help students learn new skills; organization, SQ5R reading strategy, note taking, writing and studying. Learn strategies that you can pass onto your students.
  • Learning Disabilities 35% of children with learning disabilities drop out of high school. This is twice the rate of students without learning disabilities. Learn how you can support these students.
  • Assistive Technology Support for K-12 Students AT provides the "wings" students with language learning challenges need to "fly". Watch these videos sign up for AT training through ONFE.
  • Assistive Technology Support for High School and Post-Secondary Students Getting student ready to attend post-secondary education, whether it be college, university or an apprenticeship program, this site provides wonderful resources to create a transition plan, learning strategies, and assistive technology training and support.
  • Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is an educational framework based on research in the learning sciences, including cognitive neuroscience, that guides the development of flexible learning environments that can accommodate individual learning differences
  • How to Support Gifted Students click here for a list of great resources and videos.  
  • Learn about the Ontario Accessibility Guidelines to help you support students with disabilities. It will take approximately 30 minutes to complete. Enjoy the course!
  • Yale Centre for Dyslexia and Creativity -- loads of resources! 

Early Literacy

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