Free online webinar on reading tutoring

Reading Tutoring Webinar: “How to Do What Matters Most”

When: Wednesday, January 22, 2020, 8:30-9:30 pm

Join the Haas Center for a free online webinar on reading tutoring. In accordance with research by the National Institute for Literacy, National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, and the U.S. Department of Education, this workshop highlights essential tools and skills needed for working with Kindergarten through 3rd graders.

The webinar will utilize Connie Juel’s seminal research on literacy acquisition, showcasing the 5 Pillars of Reading Instruction: Phonemic Awareness, Phonics, Reading Fluency, Vocabulary, and Comprehension.

Join early education practitioners, Renee Scott, Early Education Program Director at the Haas Center for Public Service, and Rebecca Silverman, Associate Professor of Education at Stanford’s Graduate School of Education, as they share their expertise on: effective lesson planning engaging in phonics instruction text comprehension instruction motivating reading engagement with children working with bilingual learners.

Please use this link to register.

Workshop “Tutor Tips” on January 15

Wednesday, January 15, 2020: “Tutor Tips
7:00 – 8:15 pm
Central Middle School Library

The workshop will be led by White Oaks School teachers, Melissa Brenner and Tracey Mitchell-Ardwan. They will be able to address questions about working with students across a wide range of grade levels. During the workshop, we will practice math games that you can work on with your students to practice basic facts and strategies to help the reluctant writer and many more aspects of tutoring. We guarantee you will come away with some new ideas. We hope to see you on January 15th!

To RSVP for the Tutor Tips Workshop or New Tutor Orientation, please go here to our Evite.

New Tutor Orientation

Wednesday, January 15th, 2020
6:30 – 6:55 pm
Central Middle School Library

Just before the Tutor Tips session, we will have a short tutor orientation session. The orientation is a chance for us to welcome new tutors, give new and potential tutors more information about our program and answer questions about Healthy Cities Tutoring. Please join us for this if you have not been to one of our prior orientation sessions and tell any one you know who might be interested in becoming a tutor.

Tutor Fun Day on Sunday, November 17


Do you want to get to know your student or tutor outside of a classroom setting? Want to spend time together playing games and having fun? Then drop-in on Sunday, November 17th, between 2:00pm-3:30pm at the White Oaks School Multi-Use Room (1901 White Oak Way, San Carlos) for an afternoon of games, activities, and fun to catch up with your student!

The day will include face painting, minute-to-win-it games, and a fun snack! We hope to see you and your student there! All are welcome – tutors, students, their families, and tutor/student pairs! RSVP here.

Questions? Please contact Cynthia Wiggin.

New Tutor Training on October 16

Healthy Cities tutoring provided tutors for 508 students at 14 schools in San Carlos and Redwood City during the 2018-2019 school year. Additional tutors are needed again this year to meet the need.

Volunteers range in age from 14-96 and no prior tutoring experience is needed – just an interest in helping a child for 45 minutes once a week. Scheduling is flexible, before, during or after school.


  • Where: White Oaks School, Multi-use Room, 1901 White Oak Way, San Carlos
  • When: Wednesday, October 16
  • Time: Two identical sessions offered: 8:30-10:30 AM and 6:30-8:30 PM.

 We need more tutors like YOU! Hope you can join us on October 16! 

If you can’t make the October 16 training, no worries! We have more training sessions scheduled. For a complete schedule of tutor training and orientation dates click HERE.

Volunteer Recognition Reception on May 28th


Please join us for our 23rd annual Volunteer Recognition Reception as we honor the 2018-2019 Healthy Cities Tutoring volunteers. Everyone involved in the program is welcome: tutors, students, parents, teachers, staff, donors and community members.

All volunteers will receive a Certificate of Appreciation and a small gift of thanks. Refreshments will be provided following the program.

To rsvp click here. For questions or more information call (650) 508-7327 or email Karen Molinari at

We hope you will join our celebration!

Workshop on Social Emotional Learning on April 9

How do people learn best and in what environments? How do we help students deal with anxiety about not wanting to fail? Or those that have a hard time sitting still or concentrating? We know positive emotions increase learning. We will share examples of how tutors and parents can use social/emotional learning tools and tips to help their students.

April 9, 2019
7:00-8:15 pm
Arroyo/Central Middle School Library
Presented by Jill Greenberg, MAPP, SEL Consultant & an HCT Tutor
Please RSVP via our Evite at
Open to Healthy Cities Tutors, Parents and Para-Educators


Want to tutor? Arrive early to hear about volunteer tutoring opportunities in our local schools.

6:15-6:50 pm Orientation “How to become a tutor?”

Redwood City Neighborhood get-together

You’re invited!

Join us on Sunday, March 24th at the home of your neighbor (and one of our volunteer tutors!) and learn how you can make a difference in the life of a child in your community.

Sunday, March 24, 2-4 pm

Email or call (650) 508-7327 for more details and to rsvp.



Healthy Cities Scholarships

Healthy Cities Tutoring is excited to continue the Scholarship Award Program we initiated last year. We want to acknowledge and recognize our graduating high school tutors who are committed to service and giving back to those younger than themselves.  Click here for more information.

Donna Becht is the San Carlos Citizen of the Year!

Come celebrate on February 1st!

As most of you know, Donna retired as Executive Director of Healthy Cities Tutoring after founding and leading the organization for 22 years. We are so excited that the San Carlos Chamber of Commerce is honoring Donna as the 2018 Citizen of the Year.

The San Carlos Chamber of Commerce and the City of San Carlos cordially invite you to attend the Annual Citizen and Business Recognition Dinner on Friday, February 1st at 5:30 pm.

You may purchase tickets to the event by clicking on the button below which will lead you to the the San Carlos Chamber of Commerce website. The team at Healthy Cities Tutoring will definitely be there to celebrate Donna. We hope to see you there!