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Training Opportunities

RITE Training Opportunities: General Information

Purpose and Objectives:
Training programs are offered for teachers, trainers, tutors, college/community college trainers, community leaders and others interested in improving motivation and the social and learning abilities of those they serve.

All programs have handouts, accompanying media, hands-on activities, role playing, breakout groups for specific age groups and seminar follow-up. Training can be held on the university campus, or you can inquire about having it at your agency when you contact RITE.

Assessment is available for those who utilize the programs and receive follow-up support for each training program. Assessment will be determined by the advisory committee, composed of a representative of those who will be trained, their administrators, RITE staff, community, business and student representatives. Cost is based upon the requests and needs of the client.

All presenters are nationally known educators. They may be selected from RITE board members who represent each of the universities in the area and teach in the following disciplines: Special Education, Psychology, Science Education Mathematics, Communication, Administration, Reading Education, Early Childhood and Elementary Education. The RITE board is also comprised of representatives of ten of the largest youth serving agencies in the area.


RITE Training and Technical Assistance programs include:

Kid Training for Volunteers, (Training and Videos available)
These videos are used during training and can be purchased for supplemental training after the session is complete.
To purchase call 516-7268.

Content: The cognitive, social and language development of children K-12 is presented. “Kid Training” introduces adults to what is known about child development. Experts in education, psychology, youth culture and educational policy then reflect on the impact of community, school and family involvement for children’s development. Based upon the last fifty years of research in child development, the training assumes that those who work with children can be more effective if they understand how and why children behave as they do.

Materials: Each age level (primary, middle, and high school) has a 30 minute video. All three videos can be viewed to provide a complete view of child development from five to eighteen years of age. Workbooks contain resources for future reading, discussion activities, and additional information on child development.

Practical Strategies for Helping At Risk Youth

Audience: K-12 Workers

Content: Learning components that are needed by at-risk youth are identified. Ten inexpensive practical strategies for each learning need are made for each age group. Break-out sessions have participants developing the materials for the activities so they can begin the next session with intersting, new, practical strategies for those youths they have been unable to reach.

Study Skills for Youth

Content: Speed reading, study and survival skills units focus around the testing needs of K-12 youth. College and university level programs are also available. Study strategies include how to read and prepare for different test formats, how to answer different types of questions, how to write essays and study for standardized and teacher-made tests. Effective use of time is also included in this training. The text is Speed Reading and Study Skills – each participant will have their own copy.

Blueprint for Reading Success – A proven program for increasing reading skills

Content: A consistent, flexible, individualized tutoring program aligned with national reading standards. Tutoring is based upon research identifying the most common difficulties in reading throughout the country.

Materials: Particpants are provided with a notebook that describes how to determine the reading deficit and the theory behind successful tutoring (Part I), the forms needed to establish successful tutoring and conduct learning measurements (Part II), and the activities one does to address difficulties (Part III).

Blueprint for Reading Video : Please take a few minutes to watch the video that we made recently with AmeriCorps volunteers. Note: It may take a few minutes to download.

Blueprint for Reading Video

Academic Athletics – Combine athletics and reading for proven success
This motivational program improves both math and reading skills while learning about athletics. Professional and college athletes are part of each program. Participants learn how to increase student motivation by applying reading, writing, and mathematics skills to relevant athletic experiences. Content includes clinics in available sports with statistical, reading, and writing follow-up activities.

Materials: Material includes biographies, math activities for sports and other sports resources. Frequently the program includes visits to sporting events at local universities or stadiums.

Communication Skills
Effective communications strategies are introduced and practiced in role playing situations. Research on communications patterns that are most successful for those in the helping professionsl (social workers, teachers, nurses) are demonstrated and discussed. The participants will learn how to handle commuincation with youth to get the results they intend.

Careers in Our Community
Employee needs from the world of work and local businesses are the basis for this career exploration program. The regional industries who need employees provide information on career opportunities.

Continuing Education Opportunities and Certification
You may receive certification through Continuing Education at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Please inquire about training certification when you contact the RITE office or when scheduling workshops.