Pasadena, CA–For two days across the final weekend of March 2017 (Friday, March 31 and Saturday, April 1), hundreds of learning assistance educators convened at the beautiful and serene Pasadena City College campus for Tutor Expo ’17, the flagship conference event produced by 3CSN’s Learning Assistance Project. Tutor Expo is an annual spring conference by and for learning assistance professionals (i.e., tutors, faculty coordinators, managers, and staff) within the California Community Colleges. Attendees represented 54 of the 113 California Community Colleges system. On Friday, Kirsten Corbin, Dean of Basic Skills & Noncredit Curriculum for the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office, provided opening words and spoke about her experience serving as a tutor as a first step toward a career in higher education. On Saturday, Dr. Barbara Illowsky, Chief Academic Affairs Officer for the statewide Online Education Initiative, delivered remarks on Saturday to an eager crowd and also encouraged all tutors in attendance to pursue their degrees, follow their dreams, and recognize the importance of their roles as learning assistance educators. 3CSN’s Arnita Porter, Co-Coordinator for the Equity Project, delivered the Friday morning keynote on the topic of tutoring as a practice for student equity.
The sold-out conference was divided across two days and featured more than 40 presentations on topics ranging from student equity and student empowerment to how to handle stress and avoid burnout. Overall, an emergent theme was respecting the dignity and abilities of all students to achieve their academic goals with the appropriate support and guidance from learning assistance programs and services. Participants remarked about the positive energy and spirit of Tutor Expo, and expressed appreciation to their colleagues with whom they learned, shared, and connected.
For more information about Tutor Expo, the Learning Assistance Project, and/or to get involved, please contact one of the LAP Coordinators: Crystal Kiekel (firstname.lastname@example.org), Mark Manasse (email@example.com), or Danny Pittaway (firstname.lastname@example.org).