Jeff Ross & Irena Levy team up to teach the teachers with their innovative tutoring activity

October 14, 2008

MESA, Ariz. – During their years of teaching English, Jeff Ross and Irena Levy have impacted the lives of students with a caring attitude and a set of stellar teaching skills.
Now their expertise has caught the attention of the Arizona English Teachers Association.
On Oct. 25, Ross and Levy will co-present a session entitled An Embedded Tutoring Activity that Works at the 2008 Annual Statewide Arizona English Teachers Association Conference hosted by Arizona State University’s Polytechnic Campus in Mesa, Ariz.
“The 50-minute presentation describes how we successfully implemented a tutoring project at our Superstition Mountain Campus,” Ross explained. “I made tutoring sessions part of the class requirement for my English 101 and English 102 classes last year.”
Ross and Levy will use a PowerPoint presentation along with anecdotal information from tutors, instructor samples, student surveys, participant-based discussion and soft data to educate the teachers who are attending the conference.
“Students worked with tutors both face to face and online to determine how appropriately and accurately they responded to essay assignments - based on their syllabus requirements,” Ross said.
A longtime employee at Central Arizona College, Ross started at the institution in 1979 and spent more than two decades (1985-2008) as a professor of English. He retired from teaching in June and now is serving as the editor of the college’s systems portfolio for accreditation until January of 2009.
Ross holds a master’s degree in English and an educational doctorate in curriculum and instruction (composition instruction). He has published more than a half-dozen articles over the last two years on dealing with the community college mission and purpose.
Levy took over the position of coordinator of The Learning Center at Central’s Superstition Mountain Campus in the fall of 2005. She holds a master's degree in English from UCLA and a master’s degree in education from Arizona State University.
Levy has more than 30 years of experience in the classroom and in learning centers in the state of Hawai‘i.


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