In this workshop, tutor coordinator/tutor Chris Ruoff presents the group tutoring model in both shelter and school environments. He introduces you to what to expect as well as discusses best practices, tools and resources, and how to prepare for success. Chris also examines the digital learning model and how it can be used to supplement traditional homework tutoring. This workshop is intended for tutors that are currently involved in group tutoring or are considering this as an option.
About the Presenter: Chris Ruoff has been a volunteer tutor coordinator and tutor for School on Wheels for the past year, exclusively working in group environments at shelters and a school. He helped launch School on Wheels’ first digital learning after-school program in Orange County at an elementary school in Santa Ana. He is also an accomplished business development manager, public speaker, and community leader. Chris is very passionate about giving back and tutoring our students in need.
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.
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Curious about using technology in your tutoring but aren’t sure where to start? In this workshop, School on Wheels digital learning staff shows you how to integrate technology into your tutoring sessions to enhance your student’s learning experience. First, get started with one of the easiest ways to help your student by using our list of 20+ apps, which target specific skill areas by grade and subject. Next, learn how to use our adaptive learning program to track your student’s progress, find personalized worksheets to use during your tutoring sessions, and improve your student’s academic performance by a whole grade level. Finally, learn about online tutoring and how you can utilize it to connect with your student wherever you are, so that your schedule or location never gets in the way of helping your student.
Digital Learning Program Guide (PDF)
About the Presenters:
Sarah Ikemoto, Digital Learning Center Specialist; Ian Chan, Digital Learning Coordinator; Alisa Lemke, Digital Learning Support; Matt Raab, Program Director
Technology is a buzzword in education, more so than ever before. Is it all just hype? How can it work along with traditional tutoring without replacing one-on-one attention? At School on Wheels, we have a plan to improve outcomes for homeless students in our program through the use of technology and blended learning. Learn about digital learning tools that can help you as a tutor to enhance and improve instruction for your student.
In this online workshop, we discuss new tools available to you such as assessments to identify gaps in learning, individualized lessons that give practice in these area, and access to more engaging activities.
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About the Hosts:
Natasha Bayus is the Education and Training Coordinator for School on Wheels and has been with the organization since 2007. She currently supervises the AmeriCorps VISTA project that is working towards enhancing the program at School on Wheels through technology and digital learning.
Matt Raab is a former elementary school teacher who has worked for School on Wheels in many different capacities for the past nine years. As Program Director, he develops and oversees the infrastructure of the program and supports team members in doing outreach to families, partner organizations and donors in the community.
Ryan Locante has been with School on Wheels since 2009. As Operations Coordinator, Ryan is responsible for all operations functions, including utilization of technology in our program.
Beth Romero spent 9 years in the elementary classroom and conducted an action research study entitled Using Computers at the Skid Row Learning Center for her recently received MAED, Curriculum & Instruction.