Education

Tutoring

At heart, Mindport is about education, and we recognize and celebrate its many forms and guises. In addition to our exhibits, Mindport offers a number of other educational opportunities.

Tutoring

Science DemoWorking closely with students, their families and teachers, we design and carry out tutoring sessions that support learners’ immediate and long-term interests, needs, and goals –whether it be mastering math facts, origami cranes, or college writing skills. The work we do with students relies on careful listening, a wide-ranging curiosity and love of learning, and a belief in the importance of developing self-awareness.

Mail Art Classes

Know a group of folks who might be interested in collage, letter-writing, highly- accessible art forms, community connections, creative re-use, and/or the USPS? We are delighted to help open the door to the wonderful world of sending art through the mail with a two-hour, supplies-provided, class. We can come to you, or you can come to us.

Correspondence Club

A free monthly meet-up for those who delight (or think they just might, given the chance) in making/writing, sending/receiving mail. Held in Mindport’s mezzanine classroom, all are invited to use our substantial collection of typewriters, paper scraps, envelope templates, and odds and ends in the pursuit of making it a good mail day.  Our fall meetings are (Saturdays): September 16, October 21, November 25, and December 16, 10:30-12:30.  If stairs make this event inaccessible, it can be moved to the ground floor with advance notice.  Please be in touch with Tallie at tallie@mindport.org or 360-647-5614.

Traveling Exhibit

The History of Writing Technologies is an interactive exhibit that allows visitors to learn about the development of writing technologies – from writing systems and reed pens, to Braille and electric typewriters- not only by reading about them, but by trying them out.

Tallie Jones, Instructor

Tallie JonesRaised in Bellingham, Tallie has been involved in Mindport since its founding in 1995.  She has worked with young people in a variety of settings, including the San Francisco Girls Chorus, public and private schools in San Francisco and Whatcom County, and Western Washington University, where she was a lecturer in the History Department. She has significant experience serving as a teacher in traditional high school and college classroom settings as well as teaching and tutoring in small, alternative schools. Tallie holds a B.A. in Music from the Colorado College and an M.A. in History from Western Washington University. She is also a graduate of Western’s Woodring College of Education and is a certified Secondary Education teacher.