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.

View/Download Slideshow of the Workshop (PDF)

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.