Category: Workshops

Aug 26

Back to School: A Tutor’s Guide

Join School on Wheels for important tips to prepare you for a new year of tutoring. Staff discusses best practices for easing your student into the school year. Topics include setting goals, getting organized, and communicating with teachers and parents. We share ideas for grades K-12 and answer tutoring questions.

View/Download Workshop Slides (PDF)

About the Presenters: Volunteer Engagement Team members Amanda Carr and Natasha Bayus are committed to empowering and educating volunteer tutors. To learn more about them, click here.

Jul 28

How Khan Academy Can Enhance Your Tutoring Sessions

How do you know what topics your students need help with? What can you do to make sure you’re prepared for each tutoring session? The School on Wheels Digital Learning Team explains how our academic assessments, the Khan Academy program, and our apps database can help enhance your tutoring sessions by providing more structure and personalization for your students. You will learn how to start with your students and make the most of all of your tutoring sessions. This workshop is highly recommended for all School on Wheels tutors in order to better serve our students.

Jun 9

What You Need to Know About Family Homelessness

In this workshop, LAHSA’s Sylvia Williams provides an overview of the process families go through when they find themselves homeless or under eviction. She also discusses general trends and the current state of family homelessness in Los Angeles County. This workshop will give School on Wheels tutors a better understanding of what life is like for the students they tutor.

View/Download Homeless Family Solutions System Fact Sheet (PDF)

View/Download LA County Service Planning Areas Map (PDF)

About the Presenter:

Sylvia Williams is a Homeless Systems Analyst with the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA). During her fifteen years at LAHSA, she has worked with all homeless populations with a concentration on Homeless Family Solutions System (HFSS) and, for the past five years, Victims of Domestic Violence. She has worked in public services for most of her career with the Los Angeles Housing Department (LAHD).

Apr 21

Mentoring Teens

Working with teens can be a challenging and rewarding experience. In this workshop, experienced tutors/teen mentors Jake Troxell, Chris Van Nest, and Alana Johnston discuss the foundations and building blocks for establishing a successful relationship with older students. Topics include forging an initial connection, listening and questioning, and dealing constructively with challenges that may arise.

Mar 28

Group Tutoring Best Practices

In this workshop, experienced group tutor Monica Carrillo and School on Wheels Regional Coordinator Kyle McDonough discuss the challenges of group tutoring. Topics include establishing a routine, behavior issues, and time management. The presenters offer tips and best practices and provide resources for volunteers currently working in or curious about group tutoring settings.

Jan 22

Tutoring Solutions: Advice and Tips to Suit your Student’s Needs #4

This workshop serves as a question and answer session for tutors seeking assistance in helping their student. Allison Maldonado shares 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 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.