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.
Students experiencing homelessness face a number of unique challenges that may affect their emotional well-being. High levels of stress, trauma, and the possibility of specific mental health needs can affect their ability to concentrate on school work as well as how they relate with their tutor during sessions. Any of our students may experience unexpected emotional crises at any time.
In this collaborative webinar, regional coordinators Jesse Pasquan and Angie Allmendinger discuss trauma-informed care for crisis intervention during tutoring sessions. This webinar will empower volunteers to address a variety of students’ emotional needs while maintaining healthy boundaries and sticking to School on Wheels policies.
About the Presenters:
Jesse Pasquan recently moved to California and started with School on Wheels earlier this year. Prior, he was heavily involved with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Washington State Chapter by delivering prevention services across the state. He is excited to bring his experience from serving as a Certified Peer Counselor for youth experiencing system involvement and mental health conditions.
Angie Allmendinger has served as regional coordinator for School on Wheels for more than two years. In that time, she has conducted a variety of mental health-based seminars for School on Wheels staff and volunteers, including The Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children and Trauma and Homelessness. In her free time, Angie serves as a California Office of Emergency Services Crisis Counselor and as an advocate for sexual assault survivors.