Volunteer Training Program

All course descriptions, instructor bios, and course outlines are listed in chronological order. Please scroll down to review the materials. They will all be virtual, are currently in development and may be subject to change. 


Virtual Tutor Preparation

Support for volunteers, who wish to help SFPS students through distance learning.
Thursday, January 14, 2021
9:00 AM to 11:30 AM
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Thursday, January 21, 2021
9:00 AM to 11:30 AM
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Friday, February 5, 2021
2:00 PM to 4:30 PM
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Tuesday, March 16, 2021
2:00 PM to 4:30 PM
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Course Description

As we move into a new virtual norm, the work volunteers do with students will be online. This course will help volunteers understand virtual teaching concepts and platforms, while sharing the framework and skills to engage our students and secure an exceptional education for them to be successful emotionally and academically. The course will go over best practices and expectations that differ from the traditional classroom and will provide ideas on full support for teachers and students during this time of distance learning and the hybrid model of classroom re-entry

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 Instructor Biography
PHoto of sabra romero  Sabra Romero is the Santa Fe Public Schools (SFPS) Volunteer Coordinator under the Diversity, Equity and Engagement Department. She has held the position for four years and has built a comprehensive, all inclusive volunteer program. Last year, she launched the very first ever SFPS Volunteer Training Program and continues to expand the program and engage volunteers who work to ensure student success through supporting District and school goals.

Culturally Relevant Volunteering: Part B

Understand the history, culture, and environment of our students. Work with students to facilitate relationship building and overcome barriers.

LGBTQ+101-New Course!

Thursday, January 28, 2021

Time: 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM To join training, Click Here
Beyond Blue and Pink

Friday, January 29, 2021

Time: 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM To join training, Click Here

Course Description

LGBTQ+101 - “I Am Me: Understanding the Intersections of Gender, Sexuality, and Identity” is an educational training video that explores the challenges that lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, etc. (LGBTQ+) young people face, and how adults can be supportive allies. The 46-minute video defines the concepts of gender identity, gender expression, and sexual orientation, and provides an in-depth picture of how LGBTQ+ young people are marginalized in their everyday lives and the serious outcomes they face as a result. With personal stories from LGBTQ+ young people and adult advocates woven throughout, the main theme of adult allyship is exemplified through LGBTQ+ youth sharing how they need to be supported, as well as a helpful checklist at the end of the video on how to participate in acts of allyship for LGBTQ+ youth. “I Am Me” and the accompanying toolkits were created by Communities of Care, a project of the New Mexico Children, Youth, and Families Department, in partnership with 12FPS and Jenn Jevertson of Prevention at Play. It won the Silver Award in SAMHSA's 2016 Excellence in Community Communications and Outreach in the category of Professionals. To view the course outline, Click Here
Beyond Blue and Pink - Beyond Blue and Pink: An introduction to terms, best practices, and the creative navigation of binary systems for Trans/Gender Nonconforming/Non-Binary communities. More Trans/GNC/NB people are coming out than ever before. This progression in Trans visibility means that families, peers, and community organizations are quickly needing guidance on how to best support Trans/GNC/NB people in a system not built for their needs. Jess Clark, the Education and Prevention Manager at Solace Crisis Treatment Center will lead an interactive discussion on basic terminology while re-framing common myths and exploring ways to move in solidarity with Transgender/Gender Nonconforming/Non-Binary communities.   
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Instructor Biographies

 Photo of Jenn Jevertson Jenn Jevertson, M.S., is the Prevention Coordinator for the Office of Student Wellness of the Santa Fe Public Schools (SFPS), and oversees the District’s wellness and prevention efforts. Additionally, she oversees the SFPS Safe Zones Program and the Gender Support Plan process for transgender and gender nonconforming students, as well as serving on SFPS’s Diversity and Equity Council. Jenn has over eighteen years experience utilizing experiential education and therapeutic adventure methodologies with children, youth, adults, schools, and organizations. Her expertise includes the content areas of experiential education, bullying, suicide, substance use, anti-bias, anti-oppression, gender/sexuality, and youth-driven work, and is an experienced trainer and facilitator.
Photo of Jess Clark

Jess Clark is the Education and Prevention Manager for Solace Crisis Treatment Center in Santa Fe, NM. His work over the last decade has focused on increasing youth capacity to interrogate systems of oppression, exploring queer/trans masculinities as a site of violence prevention, and supporting organizations in better serving transgender communities through policies, best practices, and learning to be like his grandma. Jess is Vice Board Chair for Girls Inc. of Santa Fe and serves on the Santa Fe Public School District’s Diversity and Equity Council.


Reading Quest Tutor Preparation: Part B

A continuation of Part A, for those tutoring students who are reading at a kindergarten to a third grade level.

Monday, February 8, 2021                 

10:00 AM to 12:00 PM

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Course Description

Reading Quest Tutor Preparation: Part B continues where Part A left off. Reading Rules, online games, digital notebooks, concrete support for teaching reading online and plenty of time for questions and sharing! To view the course outline, Click Here

Instructor Biography
Photo of Rayna Dineen Rayna Dineen loves teaching and learning, and has worked in education for 38 years. She received a master’s degrees from Teachers College, Columbia University, in addition to doing doctoral work at Colorado State University. She co-directed the Santa Fe Public School based Cariño Community Children’s Program and has worked as an education consultant for EL Education in America, India and Australia. Rayna founded the Santa Fe School for the Arts & Sciences here in Santa Fe in 2000 and served as their teaching principal for 13 years. She is the founder and executive director of Reading Quest, a non-profit organization which provides year-round, high quality reading tutoring for students who are one or more years behind grade level in reading.

English Language Arts: Parts A and B

Part A: Reading Comprehension

Wednesday, February 17, 2021

Time: 1:00 PM to 3:20 PM
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Part B: Teaching Writing

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Time: 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM To join training, Click Here

Course Descriptions

Part A: Reading Comprehension- Tools for Success
This seminar will focus on the reasons that students struggle with reading comprehension and present concrete strategies for helping students build comprehension skills. To view the course outline, Click Here
Part B: Teaching Writing- Tools for Success
This seminar will focus on the reasons that students struggle with writing tasks and present concrete strategies for helping students structure their writing and become more confident, successful writers.
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 Instructor Biography
 Amy Miller  Amy Miller is founder and Executive Director of May Center for Learning, a school
and outreach center for students with learning differences in Santa Fe, NM.  She
earned her BA in Literature and Education from American University, her MA from
St. John’s College, and her MFA in Writing from Arizona State University. Amy is a
nationally Certified Academic Language Practitioner (CALP) and a certified trainer
for the SEE Multi-Sensory Language Teaching Program. She is a frequent
professional development provider for school districts, schools, and non-profit
organizations, focusing on best practices for students with learning differences,
the science of teaching structured reading and writing, and the importance of
structuring the learning environment to improve executive functioning skills. Amy is
also Chair of Outreach on the board of the Southwest chapter of the International
Dyslexia Association (SWIDA), and she co-chairs The Reading Group, a literacy
initiative focused on improving reading outcomes for students in Santa Fe in
collaboration with the City of Santa Fe, Santa Fe Public Schools and Opportunity
Santa Fe. Last year, she founded the Dyslexia Justice League, a community that
connects students with dyslexia with adult mentors through superhero stories and
artistic expression as a vehicle for learning about self-advocacy and their own
personal strengths. Where I Come From, a book that Amy co-authored with May
Center students, won the 2014 New Mexico/Arizona Young Adult Book of the

Basic Math Tutor Preparation: Part B

Date: TBD Time: TBD To join training, Click Here


Course Description

To Be Determined
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