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.
School on Wheels beat the world record for the longest line of backpacks. With help from volunteers, military personnel, and Pepperdine Students we lined up over 2,700 backpacks.
In 2013, The Malibu City Council congratulated School on Wheels on its twentieth anniversary and thanked their volunteers for continuing to offer homeless children in Southern California the support and assistance necessary to ensure they have access to the educational opportunities every child deserves.
Villages at Cabrillo recognized School on Wheels as the Service Provider of the Year 2013 for the educational services we provide homeless children each year.
This workshop served as a question and answer session for tutors seeking assistance in helping their student. We shared ideas, strategies, methods and accommodations for students in varying grades and with a variety of needs – academic or behavioral.
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.
Getting and keeping a student’s attention is a critical factor in maintaining a successful session. This workshop discusses the timing, structure and content that maximizes attention and learning. Sample lessons, practical tips on finding academic resources and materials, as well as suggestions for tackling homework are provided.
Lesson Planning and Session Management (Slides)
Lesson Planning Website Resource List
About the host:
Kristin Andersen began teaching special education in 1992 and has experience on both elementary and middle school levels. She has a Master’s in Education and has served as the Chairperson for the Committee on Special Education and as a 504 Coordinator for a public school in her home state of New York.