The 2015 CAPTA Directors’ Retreat Agenda

Writing Center Directors:

Are you planning to join CAPTA for our first annual CAPTA Directors’ Retreat at Albemarle High School in Charlottesville, VA, this Saturday, January 10? If so, check out the agenda below!


8:30 – 10:00               Check-in, Light Breakfast, Meet & Greet in Library

Albemarle High School Tutors


8:45 – 9:45 Info Session for Prospective Directors

CAPTA Executive Board

♦What is a writing center and what are its benefits?

♦How do you go about starting a writing center?

♦What is CAPTA and how can it help you?

10:00 – 10:30            Welcome, Introductions, and Overview of the Day

Hannah Baran, Albemarle High School


10:30 – 11:20            Discussion #1: Working with Tutors

Related Topics:

♦Tutor recruitment and retention

♦Meaningful leadership positions & tutor mentorship

♦Professional development opportunities & conferences

♦Partnerships with local post-secondaries & organizations

♦Advanced Composition / Writing Center Tutor Training

◊Tutor training syllabus & materials

◊Differentiating for returning tutors

◊Training tutors when there is no course


11:30 – 12:20            Discussion #2: Working with Faculty & Staff

Related Topics:

♦Building relationships and collaborating with colleagues

♦Building relationships with administrators and central office

♦Spreading awareness and gaining support

♦Proposing a class


12:30 – 1:50               Keynote and Lunch

Dr. Pam Moran, ACPS Superintendent

Remarks and Discussion, followed by informal planning & collaboration time


1:50 – 2:40 Discussion #3: Working with the Student Body

Related Topics:

♦Advertising & special events

◊Leveraging social media

◊Fundraising ideas

♦Increasing *voluntary* student participation

♦Special populations (ESOL, Special Ed, AVID, AP/IB/DE)


2:50 – 3:40 Discussion #4: Working with Data

Related Topics:

♦Managing your class electronically

♦Distance / asynchronous tutoring

♦Digital reservations — is there an app for that?

♦Keeping records on center usage & client feedback

♦Making use of your usage & feedback data


3:40 – 4:30 Informal Planning & Collaboration Time

4:30 – 5:00 Conclusion & Wrap Up

Hannah Baran

Lingering questions, Take-aways, Next Steps, Exit Survey


5:00+                            Optional Dinner at a local restaurant

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