Osbourn’s Eagle Writing Center CAPTA Trip!

Contributing Writer: Brandi Hart || Images: CCN-
The Eagle Writing Center is a program available to Osbourn students who need help with their writing. The center is run by Ms. Trisha Vamosi and currently  composed of 18 student tutors.
On Friday, November 11th, the writing center tutors, along with Ms. Trisha Vamosi and Mrs. Luz Kresge had the opportunity to attend CAPTA. All 18 tutors applied for a fee waiver and 8 were chosen from Osbourn!
The day started off by us all arriving to Osbourn at 6:50am to board a bus that would take us to the conference. After a 45 minute ride, we arrived at George Mason University in Arlington, Virginia. We went inside for registration and picked up a sticker with our name on it. We then went into the Multi-Purpose Room to wait for the keynote speaker, Dr. Jennifer Wells, the author of The Successful High School Writing Center, telling us about how she got to where she is today and how the writing center impacts students.
After the Keynote Address, it was time for our first presentation of the day! Prior to the conference, everyone was able to build their schedule and choose presentations that they thought would best benefit them. Each presentation was 45 minutes long, and presented by other high school tutors. My first presentation was about spreading positivity in the writing center and ways to bond with the other tutors in my center.
After the first presentation, we had 15 minutes to get to our second presentation. My second presentation was about how to deal with students who come to the writing center stressed, anxious, and angry. During each presentation, we took notes on things we thought would be effective and that we would like to implement into our own writing center.
After the third presentation it was time for lunch. We were offered sandwiches with chips and a cookie. After finishing our lunch, we headed to our third presentation. In my third presentation, they showed us different tools we could use online that would help us tutor ESOL students, and how to make them feel more comfortable coming into the center. This was personally my favorite presentation because I learned a lot of new ideas that I’m excited to use.
After the third presentation, we had our fourth and final presentation of the day. Mine was about different techniques to use in order to effectively tutor an ESOL student. This presentation was also very useful in my opinion. It kind of connected to my previous presentation, and will help our center tremendously.
At the end of the day, we headed back to the Multi-Purpose Room for some closing remarks and a little favor. We then boarded the bus again to head back home.
Overall, attending the CAPTA conference was very useful. We were all able to communicate with other high school tutors and share ideas. Since we’re a fairly new writing center, it was nice to hear other schools’ experiences with their own writing centers. I learned a lot, made new friends, and would definitely attend the conference again.

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