Mar 25

Technology Tips for Tutors

Technology is a buzzword in education, more so than ever before. Is it all just hype? How can it work along with traditional tutoring without replacing one-on-one attention? At School on Wheels, we have a plan to improve outcomes for homeless students in our program through the use of technology and blended learning. Learn about digital learning tools that can help you as a tutor to enhance and improve instruction for your student.

In this online workshop, we discuss new tools available to you such as assessments to identify gaps in learning, individualized lessons that give practice in these area, and access to more engaging activities.

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About the Hosts:

Natasha Bayus is the Education and Training Coordinator for School on Wheels and has been with the organization since 2007. She currently supervises the AmeriCorps VISTA project that is working towards enhancing the program at School on Wheels through technology and digital learning.

Matt Raab is a former elementary school teacher who has worked for School on Wheels in many different capacities for the past nine years. As Program Director, he develops and oversees the infrastructure of the program and supports team members in doing outreach to families, partner organizations and donors in the community.

Ryan Locante has been with School on Wheels since 2009. As Operations Coordinator, Ryan is responsible for all operations functions, including utilization of technology in our program.

Beth Romero spent 9 years in the elementary classroom and conducted an action research study entitled Using Computers at the Skid Row Learning Center for her recently received MAED, Curriculum & Instruction.

Mar 13

Engaging Students in Reading

Have you ever asked your student to summarize what he/she just read and been met with a blank stare? Translating reading into comprehension is a difficult skill that requires the use of multiple strategies to succeed. We partnered with Denise Burgher, a former high school English teacher in South LA, to provide this online workshop opportunity for School on Wheels tutors. Denise covers an introduction to effective reading strategies for all ages.

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Jan 30

Tutoring Solutions: Advice and Tips to Suit your Student’s Needs #3

Being a volunteer tutor is a rewarding experience, but what do you do when you hit a roadblock with your student? Even his or her report card or Individualized Instruction Program (IEP) can be quite difficult to navigate. School on Wheels is providing a unique and personalized workshop to help you through difficult situations while tailoring your sessions to your student’s needs.

This workshop serves as a question and answer session for tutors seeking assistance in helping their student. We discuss the differences between elementary, middle, and high school grading systems. Many of our students have mild to moderate learning disabilities, so we also spend some time learning how to quickly decode their IEP and help you target your student’s weakest areas. We share ideas, strategies, methods and accommodations for students in varying grades and with a variety of needs — academic or behavioral.

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About the Host:

Allison Maldonado, Skid Row Learning Center Instructor, began her teaching career as a community college mentor for non-traditional students such as single mothers, first-generation college students and disabled persons. After graduating from UCLA with a degree in English Literature and Composition, Allison worked as a Special Education teacher for five years. As a teacher, Allison worked with students living with Autism, emotional disturbance, learning disabilities, speech and language impairment and various other disabilities.

Oct 15

The Importance of Building Resiliency

Resiliency has been defined as “the ability to overcome challenges of all kinds–trauma, tragedy, personal crises, plain ‘ole’ life problems–and bounce back stronger, wiser, and more personally powerful.” (Resiliency in Action, 2012). It is one of the reasons why some of the children and youth we tutor are able to succeed in spite of experiencing the inconsistencies and stresses of homelessness.

This workshop discussed the importance of resiliency and offered tangible strategies to use to help both students and tutors learn the tools necessary to overcome adversity.

About the Host:

Renee Longan has worked with children and families in crisis for the past 20 years. In addition, she has provided multiple trainings on self-care for professionals, caretakers and volunteers. She believes strongly that volunteers are the heart and soul of any nonprofit and that the gift of being present is invaluable to those who are struggling. Renee has also been a tutor with School on Wheels since 2007.