School on Wheels Literacy Leader Rebecca Glaser discusses psychological safety and its impact on learning. This topic is especially relevant as we – tutors, students, families, and communities – undergo the communal stress of the COVID-19 pandemic and are now exploring what it will mean to return to “normal”. During this webinar, she goes over what brain science tells us about safety and learning, short-term and long-term stress responses, and the power of tutoring. She also shares practical strategies to use with students and why they work, and tries a few of them out with attendees.
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About the presenter: Rebecca Glaser specializes in developing educational programs, especially aimed at building foundational learning skills for students experiencing poverty. She has 15 years of experience in education as a direct service provider, researcher, and social-emotional specialist. Previously, she developed and ran an initiative aimed at making social-emotional learning & trauma-informed care more engaging, accessible, and understandable for students and their families in Los Angeles County. She has her M.A. (2013) in Human Development & Psychology from UCLA’s Graduate School of Education & Information Studies and B.A. (2007) from Oberlin College.
In this 60-minute webinar, PBS SoCal’s early learning content specialist will explore strategies and concepts to aid educators in working with early learners via Zoom and other digital mediums.
About the Presenter: Suzie Hicks is PBS SoCal’s early learning content specialist, merging high-quality public media with engaging and effective curriculum both in and out of the classroom. Her background comes from informal educational institutions (aquariums, summer camps) and digital media. She is currently in production for her first book, Zaynab the Great and the Giant Plastic Monster, and works with local youth on STEM and environmental education initiatives.
Now more than ever, our students’ lives can be very stressful. Many of our tutors have seen how that stress can affect tutoring sessions. Join us on a walk through our newly updated SEL program, which will help our tutors teach their students tools that can be used to combat stress and explore character traits like grit and empathy. We will explain the rationale, context, and step-by-step instructions needed to begin this program just in time for summer.
About the Presenters:
Allison Maldonado has worked in the field of education for almost 20 years. She began her teaching career as a community college mentor for non-traditional students such as single mothers, first-generation college students, and disabled persons. She then worked as a Special Education teacher at a specialized school. As a teacher, she worked with students living with Autism, emotional disturbance, learning disabilities, speech and language impairment, and various other disabilities. She spent the last 7 years at School on Wheels as the Skid Row Learning Center Instructor where she oversaw our after-school program for the students living in the Skid Row area of Downtown LA. She recently transitioned to her new role where she coordinates/oversees the ABC Literacy Program, Scholarship Program, and Social-Emotional Learning.
Jason Wright has been a part of the School on Wheels team since 2016. Prior to taking his current role, he served as the Skid Row Specialist for our learning center, working closely with the Skid Row community to ensure that School on Wheels reached as many students as possible. Jason earned his bachelor’s degree in Sociology from the University of California, San Bernardino. In his free time, he loves to cook, bake, read, and listen to music.
Our students’ lives can be very stressful, and many of our tutors have seen how that stress can affect tutoring sessions. We have developed our new Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) Program to give our tutors tools that can be used to help students combat stress by teaching them to pause, breathe, and get in touch with their feelings before responding to an emotional situation. The program also integrates lessons on valuable character traits that will help students in school and their daily lives. This webinar provided attendees with the rationale, context, and step-by-step instructions they need to begin this program with their students.
About the Presenter:
A former school teacher, Matt Raab has been working with children experiencing homelessness since 2000. He joined School on Wheels in 2004 and currently serves as the Chief Education and Programs Officer, overseeing the education, training, and engagement of our students, volunteers, and staff.
Research shows that Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) leads to increased academic performance, improved behavior, and positive outcomes related to children’s long-term mental, physical, and economic well-being. This webinar provides an introduction to SEL and the reasons why it is so important for children and teens experiencing homelessness. Katie goes over basic SEL strategies and best practices that can be easily used during tutoring sessions.
About the Presenter: Katie Brush is a Research Associate at the Ecological Approaches to Social and Emotional Learning (EASEL) Lab at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, where she works on several research projects related to the analysis, development, and implementation of K-12 SEL programming in the US and abroad. Prior to joining the EASEL Lab in 2015, Katie served as an AmeriCorps tutor, mentor, and after school coordinator with City Year Boston, a nonprofit organization that partners with urban public schools to help students stay on track to graduate high school. Katie has an Ed.M. in Human Development and Psychology from Harvard, a B.A. in History from Tufts University, and has been a volunteer tutor with School on Wheels for one year.