SUPPORT OUR STUDENTS

Funding for the program comes from a range of supporters, including Brown Memorial. Eighty percent is raised through generous donations from individuals and foundations committed to advancing literacy and helping the children of Baltimore City succeed.

Consider volunteering to tutor. Tutors commit roughly 90 minutes a week during the public school year. Come visit us to experience the joy and magic that occurs daily.

Get Involved

For more information about becoming a volunteer tutor, please contact Martha Socolar, Program Director, at msocolar@browntutoring.org. If you would like to donate or to learn about other ways to support the Brown Memorial Tutoring Program, please contact Tracy Cerrato, Development Director, tracy@browndowntown.org Or you can call the Tutoring Program directly: (410) 523-1542, ext. 108.

Our Leadership

The Brown Memorial Tutoring Program is a nonsectarian program overseen by a Commission (or Board).

commission

  • Anne Fallon Arnold
  • Brian Boles
  • Sana Brooks
  • Diana Cohen
  • Karen Dates Dunmore
  • Rob Kasper
  • Coppie MacFarlane
  • Jennifer McDowell
  • Thorsten Moenig
  • Mary Obrecht (Chair)
  • Terri Smith
  • Viviane Thorpe

staff

Martha Socolar, Director

Molly Higgins, Assistant Director

Tracy Cerrato, Development Director

“Mindfulness” Prepares Tutoring Program Students to Learn

 

“Close your eyes and listen as far outside as you can. Listen for the birds or a car driving by. Now listen in the building…listen for the children laughing downstairs. Now listen in the room … for the clock ticking. Now listen for your heartbeat … and breathe.”

This might sound like a yoga class, but the students in the Brown Memorial Tutoring Program are starting their sessions with a 5-minute mindfulness exercise, preparing their minds and bodies for concentration and work with their tutors.

Last fall, the Tutoring Program hosted an opening day presenter and trainer from the Holistic Life Foundation, an organization that provides mindfulness workshops and mentoring to more than 14 Baltimore City schools, who shared statistics of increased attention span, fewer fights and outbursts of anger, and a decrease in suspensions in the schools that they serve.

Brown Memorial’s tutors were impressed with the results and willing to implement these techniques during opening group time, before starting their individual sessions with students. This year Tutoring Program staff and tutors are observing a more peaceful beginning to sessions, an increase in focus and a decrease in behavioral issues.

A 5th grader in the program from Mount Royal Elementary School pointed out that practicing mindfulness is important to people. “It can help you calm yourself down from whatever you were doing before.”

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SUPPORT OUR STUDENTS

Funding for the program comes from a range of supporters, including Brown Memorial. Eighty percent is raised through generous donations from individuals and foundations committed to advancing literacy and helping the children of Baltimore City succeed.

Consider volunteering to tutor. Tutors commit roughly 90 minutes a week during the public school year. Come visit us to experience the joy and magic that occurs daily.

Get Involved

For more information about becoming a volunteer tutor, please contact Martha Socolar, Program Director, at msocolar@browntutoring.org. If you would like to donate or to learn about other ways to support the Brown Memorial Tutoring Program, please contact Tracy Cerrato, Development Director, tracy@browndowntown.org Or you can call the Tutoring Program directly: (410) 523-1542, ext. 108.

Our Leadership

The Brown Memorial Tutoring Program is a nonsectarian program overseen by a Commission (or Board).

commission

  • Anne Fallon Arnold
  • Brian Boles
  • Sana Brooks
  • Diana Cohen
  • Karen Dates Dunmore
  • Rob Kasper
  • Coppie MacFarlane
  • Jennifer McDowell
  • Thorsten Moenig
  • Mary Obrecht (Chair)
  • Terri Smith
  • Viviane Thorpe

staff

Martha Socolar, Director

Molly Higgins, Assistant Director

Tracy Cerrato, Development Director