Author: Kathleen Brennecke

Nov 16

Engaging Early Learners Virtually With PBS SoCal

In this 60-minute webinar, PBS SoCal’s early learning content specialist will explore strategies and concepts to aid educators in working with early learners via Zoom and other digital mediums.


About the Presenter: Suzie Hicks is PBS SoCal’s early learning content specialist, merging high-quality public media with engaging and effective curriculum both in and out of the classroom. Her background comes from informal educational institutions (aquariums, summer camps) and digital media. She is currently in production for her first book, Zaynab the Great and the Giant Plastic Monster, and works with local youth on STEM and environmental education initiatives.

Download a PDF of the slides HERE.

Jun 26

The School on Wheels Podcast Presents: Online Tutoring With John Reece

Welcome to tutoring in the time of Coronavirus. As School on Wheels tutors move online in droves, we rounded up some of our most experienced online tutors to share their stories and give advice to those transitioning.

John Reece has tutored our students both in-person and online. His unique view of the world makes him an ideal tutor for older students, and they’ve always got something positive to say after working with him. In this episode, John talks about his journey to tutoring online, living history, and teaching students to question everything, among other things. Hold onto your seats, this one’s a wild ride! 

Note: the audio quality is a bit rough in this one. The interviews are recorded over wifi, which we can all agree is temperamental at times. Thanks for sticking with us!

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Jun 16

Helping Students Build Consistency and Obtain Academic Success in Uncertain Times

Due to COVID-19, remote learning has become one of the premier ways of teaching and tutoring. However, for vulnerable populations where day-to-day living is inconsistent and challenging, there are many obstacles that hamper our students’ ability to learn. This webinar will discuss strategies on how you can help your student build a routine and some consistency to help them be successful during tutoring sessions. We will also talk about different ways to connect and build relationships with students that work even in a digital setting.


About the Presenter:

Natalie Platon is entering her 6th year as an elementary school teacher at KIPP Iluminar Academy, which was recently announced as the top Los Angeles public school for closing academic gaps for Latino students. Natalie currently teaches 28 students in 2nd grade. Prior to teaching, Natalie served as a Summer Associate at School on Wheels, a Lead Residential Counselor at St. Anne’s Transitional Home, an after-school Site Coordinator at Think Together, and an AmeriCorps Member at City Year Los Angeles. Natalie has a B.A. in Psychology and Spanish from UC Irvine and a Multiple Subjects Credential from CalStateTEACH and was a volunteer tutor with School on Wheels from 2014 to 2018. She enjoys learning languages, playing video games with her students, and going on walks and runs with her husband and their 9-month-old son.

Jun 15

Social and Emotional Learning Program 2020

Now more than ever, our students’ lives can be very stressful. Many of our tutors have seen how that stress can affect tutoring sessions. Join us on a walk through our newly updated SEL program, which will help our tutors teach their students tools that can be used to combat stress and explore character traits like grit and empathy. We will explain the rationale, context, and step-by-step instructions needed to begin this program just in time for summer.


About the Presenters:

Allison Maldonado has worked in the field of education for almost 20 years. She began her teaching career as a community college mentor for non-traditional students such as single mothers, first-generation college students, and disabled persons. She then worked as a Special Education teacher at a specialized school. As a teacher, she worked with students living with Autism, emotional disturbance, learning disabilities, speech and language impairment, and various other disabilities. She spent the last 7 years at School on Wheels as the Skid Row Learning Center Instructor where she oversaw our after-school program for the students living in the Skid Row area of Downtown LA. She recently transitioned to her new role where she coordinates/oversees the ABC Literacy Program, Scholarship Program, and Social-Emotional Learning.

Jason Wright has been a part of the School on Wheels team since 2016. Prior to taking his current role, he served as the Skid Row Specialist for our learning center, working closely with the Skid Row community to ensure that School on Wheels reached as many students as possible. Jason earned his bachelor’s degree in Sociology from the University of California, San Bernardino. In his free time, he loves to cook, bake, read, and listen to music.

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May 15

The School on Wheels Podcast Presents: Online Tutoring With Mara Miyashiro

Welcome to tutoring in the time of Coronavirus. As School on Wheels tutors move online in droves, we rounded up some of our most experienced online tutors to share their stories and give advice to those transitioning.

Online tutor Mara Miyashiro gives us a look into her experience transitioning to online tutoring with her 6-year-old student. Mara talks about reading, patience, and Magic Schoolbus viewing parties, among other things.

Previous episodes:
Executive Director Charles Evans
Digital Learning: Ian Chan and Emma Gerch
Online Tutoring: Diana Peterson
Online Tutoring and Attention: Dorrie LaMarr

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May 7

The School on Wheels Podcast Presents: Online Tutoring and Attention With Dorrie LaMarr

Welcome to tutoring in the time of Coronavirus. As School on Wheels tutors move online in droves, we rounded up some of our most experienced online tutors to share their stories and give advice to those transitioning.

In this episode, School on Wheels tutor and child therapist Dorrie LaMarr walks Katie through some simple ways to help keep your student centered and focused as you both get used to online tutoring. Step 1: at the beginning of your session, acknowledge the change. Step 2: throughout your session, build and use your toolbox. Step 3: at the end of your session, make a plan for next time.

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Previous episodes:
Executive Director Charles Evans
Digital Learning: Ian Chan and Emma Gerch
Online Tutoring: Diana Peterson

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