Category: Workshops

Jul 31

Practical Advice for Working with English Language Learners and IEPs

During this presentation, Lauren Reed discusses working with English Language Learners (ELLs) as well as students with an Individualized Education Program (IEP). We learn the background of these terms, the challenges the students in these programs may face, and strategies tutors can use to help students overcome these challenges.

About the Presenter: Lauren Reed has a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education from Arizona State University. She has taught in Phoenix, Arizona for 5 years, working primarily with English Language Learners (ELL’s). Lauren is also a very proud mom of two boys, ages 3 and 1.

Jun 19

25 Workshops Every Tutor Needs To Watch

As 2018 is our 25th Anniversary and in celebration of all things 25 we are posting a series of lists to help you our volunteers make the most of our resources.  Summer is a great time to catch up and hone your tutoring skills.  Our Education team are constantly creating and sharing workshops and webinars on various topics relating to tutoring and mentoring and here’s our TOP 25!

  1. Literacy Strategies for Older Students Struggling to Read

  2. Tutoring Solutions: Advice and Tips to Suit your Student’s Needs #6

  3. Intro to Group Tutoring and the Digital Learning Model

  4. Tutoring Commercially Sexually Exploited Children – CSEC 101

  5. What to Do When There’s Nothing to Do

  6. Changing Attitudes and Behavior in Your Tutoring Sessions

  7. Tutoring Solutions: Advice and Tips to Suit your Student’s Needs #5

  8. Back to School: A Tutor’s Guide                                                                   

  9. How Khan Academy Can Enhance Your Tutoring Sessions

  10. Mentoring Teens

  11. Group Tutoring Best Practices

  12. Demystifying K-7 Math Common Core Standards

  13. Tutoring Students with Special Needs

  14. Making Math Fun

  15. Get Creative with the Arts!

  16. Building College Knowledge for All Ages

  17. Tackling Teens – Working With Students in Group Homes

  18. Making Common Sense of the Common Core

  19. Technology Tips for Tutors

  20. Engaging Students in Reading

  21. Tools for Success: Lesson Planning and Session Management

  22. College Planning: A Positive Future Within Reach

  23. Taking the Struggle out of Teaching Basic Math

  24. Building Connections with Group Foster Home and Runaway Teens

  25. A Positive Approach to Tutoring


Apr 27

Literacy Strategies for Older Students Struggling to Read

Often children will develop basic reading skills, but struggle to move on to more advanced material. We explore the main roadblocks that kids face when learning to read and learn how they engage with the material from their own perspective. We also learn one easy game that you can play to make a dramatic difference in older students ability to become a strong reader. It works like magic!

About the Presenter: Mary Beth Fletcher was a public school teacher in Pomona Unified School District for 17 years and she has taught every grade level. For the last 7 years, she has been working as a private reading specialist and tutor.

Mar 20

Tutoring Solutions: Advice and Tips to Suit your Student’s Needs #6

This workshop serves as a question and answer session for tutors seeking assistance in helping their student. Allison covers some highly requested topics including solutions to common behavior issues, resources for creative curriculum, tips to deal with the pressure of achieving goals within the grading periods, and strategies in special education.

About the Presenter: Allison Maldonado, Skid Row Learning Center Regional Coordinator, 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.

Feb 1

Building Resiliency and Cross Cultural Connections

In this workshop on cultural awareness and volunteer resiliency, School on Wheels Trainer and Regional Specialist Cody Reed focuses on strategies and methods to better equip tutors to work with our diverse student body and to effectively and conscientiously deal with challenges they might encounter. Using his experience in the Peace Corps, Cody discusses cultural sensitivity, including positive ways to communicate cross-culturally and build connections and trust with students of disparate backgrounds.

About the Presenter: Cody has a cultural anthropology degree from Cal State Fullerton and joined SOW in 2016 after working three years total in Sub-Saharan Africa (in Uganda with Krochet Kids and as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Malawi helping to improve opportunities for women and girls).