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The MATCH Corps training binder is the 2.5"-thick monster that guides the MATCH School's 15 day tutor training program. For more about the school in general, see the notes from Ari and Alia.

Contents of 2010 Binder


Days begin at 7:30 a.m. and go until sometime between 4 and 7 p.m. All agenda items are one hour unless otherwise noted.

Day 1:

  • Meet the staff (.5)
  • MATCH Expectations
  • Key beliefs
  • Icebreakers
  • School culture w/ principal (.5)
  • Residence training
  • Optional book discussion ("Relentless Persuit")

Day 2:

  • Icebreaker (.5)
  • Overview of non-tutoring duties
  • Handbook/code of conduct (1.5)
  • Academic resources overview
  • Sexual harassment training
  • School culture w/ principal (1.5)
  • Professionalism
  • Big picture educational policy w/ MATCH founder
  • Email training
  • Optional book discussion ("Mindset")

Day 3:

  • Icebreaker (.5)
  • MATCH Board of Trustees speaker
  • Interventions
  • Technology and operations (.5)
  • Intro to first year reading groups
  • School culture w/ principal (1.5)
  • Sports and activities
  • Big picture educational policy w/ MATCH founder
  • Corps alumni panel
  • Optional book discussion ("Why Are All the Black Kids Siting Together in the Cafeteria?")

Day 4:

  • Ice breaker (.5)
  • Data system (Powerschool) training
  • Book discussion ("Teach Like A Champion")
  • Mixer (1.5)
  • Student panel (2)
  • Principal on "being data driven"
  • Teacher Residency Program intro (a 2 year extension after MATCH Corps) w/ founder
  • School culture w/ principal (.5)

Day 5:

  • Principal on "using data" (2)
  • College counseling overview (.5)
  • BESTutor Survey (.5)
  • Facebook quiz (faces to names, grade 9)
  • Discover Boston! (5)

Day 6:

  • All school kickoff! (4)
  • Taxonomy training
  • Taxonomy practice (2)
  • Tutored course session
  • After-school training (2)

Day 7:

  • TA/AA work time (2)
  • Tutored course session (2)
  • Intro to parent phone calls
  • Taxonomy training (1.5)
  • Taxonomy practice (2)
  • Student's with IEPs

Day 8:

  • TA/AA work time (1.5)
  • Data system (PowerTeacher) training (.5)
  • Tutored course session (2)
  • Facebook quiz (grade 10)
  • Taxonomy training (1.5)
  • Taxonomy practice (2)
  • Introductory letters to parents

Day 9:

  • Cultural competency (2)
  • Tutored course session (2)
  • Facebook quiz (grade 11)
  • Taxonomy training (1.5)
  • Taxonomy practice (2)
  • Coaching group time

Day 10:

  • Final icebreaker (.5)
  • First aid and emergency prep (.5)
  • Duties and assemblies training
  • Day 1 run through (2)
  • Taxonomy training (1.5)
  • Taxonomy practice (2)
  • Master Facebook quiz (2)

People and Events

  • Contacts sheet (all staff and corps members contact info)
  • Bios of all staff members
  • Complete school year calendar for MATCH events and vacations

Discussion Guides

  • Expectations and rules
  • Handbook review and summary notes
  • Residence guide (all tutors live on the 3rd floor of the school)

Emergency Procedures

What to do in case of a fire, bomb threat, intruder, etc.

About Improving Teachers

Article about Doug Lemov and Deborah Ball

Example Performance Review

A rubric to evaluate the volunteers. Each item is ranked 4 (excellent) to 0 (unsatisfactory). Items are groups into sections. Sections include:

  • General professionalism (e.g. punctuality)
  • Professionalism in communication with staff and with students (e.g. exhibits good character and role model qualities)
  • Courage (e.g. shows initiative by taking on new projects)
  • Discipline (e.g. exercises good time management)
  • Perseverance (e.g. demonstrates a positive attitude despite challenges)
  • Inputs (e.g. makes phone calls home consistently)
  • Student outcomes (e.g. students have made measurable gains in corps-supported classes)

Note that the last section, student outcomes, is weighted the heaviest by far (about half of the total points)

Corps Staff Bios

A page for each of the six corps members returning as staff for a second year.

Personal Notes

Covers mission, educational policy, rules, motivation, and other topics.

Secondary Projects

A packet of all of the secondary roles filled by tutors (e.g. development assistant or class TA).

Employment Manual and Health Insurance

All of the things the government forces you to include as an employer stating the rights of the employees in different situations. This section also includes information on health insurance and helpful reference information.


Reference packet on professional relationships with students, staff, parents, and corps members.

Demerit System

Presentation notes from a PowerPoint on why MATCH uses demerits, how demerits are distributed, and why it is critical that everyone enforces demerits consistently.

Freshman Independent Reading Group

19% of incoming students are at or above grade level. 29% are more than 3 years behind. This visual packet explains how IRG helps to change this and gives the tutor a sense of what they personally will be doing.

IT and PowerSchool

Reference packets on useful IT information, including personal items (like email) and school items (like laptop carts). It also covers how to log into and use PowerSchool.


Documents describing a wide variety of useful things to know, such as rules for purchases, event procedures, parking, and other logistical things.

Front Office

What they do, supplies they hold, general procedures, FAQs.

Using Data

MATCH's general manner of using data begins with identifying a problem, creating an action plan with specific goals, tracking progress through the data system, and then re-assessing. The packet includes many charts that show progress.


A few example scenarios to discuss in small groups about a tutor interacting with a troublesome student.


A short presentation on methods to build strong relationships with students and their parents. This is based on the Sposato Method.

Freshman and Sophomore Tutorial Content

This large section includes example assignments in 9th and 10th grade math and English. These are used to get a better view of what content the students will be coming to tutorial with each day. It also includes large excerpts from the MCAS standardized test that all students must pass to graduate in Massachusetts.

Junior Tutorial

The tutorial period for juniors is focused on study skills. Instead of helping students with homework, the tutor will spend time teaching the student how to stay organized, practice concepts, and practice memorizing vocab or other facts needed for tests.


Information on corps member duties for meal times and the meal plan itself. Because of state and federal laws, this is a more complicated job than you would expect.

Student Health and Abuse

Resources for corps members when helping a student with a personal issue. This ranges from not getting enough sleep to self-injury to parental abuse. Provided by a local community organization.