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.
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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.
This workshop addresses the pervasive catchphrase “college and career readiness” and offers tutors age-appropriate activities to engage students in career exploration and preparation. The webinar also introduces participants to three popular online navigation systems currently used by schools to help students identify and inventory their job interests, and then apply to the appropriate colleges based on these interests.
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About the Presenter: Janie Dam has taught middle school and high school math for 16 years. She has served as testing and data coordinator for Granada Hills Charter High School in the San Fernando Valley area since 2007. Prior to becoming an educator in Southern California, Ms. Dam practiced law in Chicago, Illinois, where she spent many hours doing pro bono work in support of incarcerated youths to attain literacy. She is currently working on her Doctor of Education dissertation at Alliant International University.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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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).
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.