This workshop discusses the rationale behind and the implementation of common core standards in math. Participants learn how the standards are organized, including both general and grade-specific standards. Participants also gain a better understanding of the way in which the standards are taught and the rationale behind the new teaching practices and techniques. While focusing on three specific math standards, Kelsey Ritzel provides examples to help tutors teach the basic math functions in their sessions
Kelsey Ritzel is the Associate Director of the High Road School in Norwalk, CT, a nonpublic Special Education school for children with emotional and learning disabilities. Prior to moving to New York, Kelsey worked as an elementary and middle school Special Education teacher in Los Angeles and Baltimore. While living in Los Angeles, Kelsey volunteered as a tutor at the School on Wheels Skid Row Learning Center. She earned her MA in teaching from Notre Dame of Maryland University with a dual certification in Elementary Education and Special Education.
It can be a challenge to work with students with ADHD or other special needs, but it can also be incredibly rewarding. In this workshop, special needs advocate Danielle Wiltchik emphasizes tutoring to address the behavior, not the diagnosis, and she offers helpful tips and techniques to make sessions more productive for both tutor and student. Topics include dealing with homework difficulties, improving attention and lowering stress through mindfulness, and understanding the myths and misconceptions of ADHD.
Danielle Wiltchik is a special education tutor with master licensure in mild/moderate needs and a master’s degree in Special Education Cognitive Disabilities. She has over 16 years of experience teaching children with differentiated abilities in private and public settings across the grade levels. A parent of two boys, she is also the owner of Special Needs OC, a private consulting and service provider that specializes in supporting individuals and families with Learning Differences, ADHD, Autism, and other disabilities across the lifespan.
This workshop reviews ways to identify your student’s ‘math break,’ while also providing tips and techniques to make math fun for both you and your student. Increasing the ‘fun factor’ during tutoring sessions will keep your student engaged and help eliminate learning gaps.
Anita Weir started college as a math major, before eventually earning a degree in Business Administration from University of Phoenix. She recently retired from her third career as an Executive Assistant. In previous careers she worked as an Insurance Claims Examiner and an Employee Benefits Specialist. She has been tutoring School on Wheels students since 2012. She lives with her family in Playa del Rey, CA.
In this workshop, Lauren Kinney presents arts activities — drawing from music, creative writing, and visual arts. Utilizing the arts in tutoring can create a more lighthearted environment that may reach unengaged students and provide them with ways to shine while they learn. The arts activities presented reinforce skills and topics from language arts and math, integrating these subjects in fun and creative ways.
Lauren Kinney is a musician and writer in Los Angeles currently working on her master’s in creative writing with an emphasis in fiction. She has taught K-8th grade general music for 2-1/2 years after being trained in Orff Schulwerk, a music education approach that incorporates movement, drama, and speech in the general music classroom. She is passionate about arts education and is interested in the ways that the arts can be a vehicle for social-emotional learning.
This presentation is the first of many resources that will be available to the School on Wheels staff/tutors to help make the move towards Common Core aligned curriculum. It gives a brief overview and background of what the Common Core Standards are, specifically looking at English Language Arts (ELA) and Math for grades K-12, and what materials are being developed for School on Wheels tutors. This shift in curriculum will be vital in helping our students achieve academic success, becoming college and career ready, and ultimately stopping the cycle of homelessness in their lives.
Amy Ezhaya recently joined the School on Wheels team as the curriculum and outcomes measurement specialist. This position was newly created in order to help School on Wheels better meet the needs of homeless students in their program by providing them with the highest level of educational materials and tracking their progress to ensure success of the program.
Kelsey Ritzel is a Special Education teacher at Frederick Douglass Academy Elementary School. She holds a Masters degree in Education from the University of Notre Dame of Maryland, and has worked in various Special Education settings for the past 5 years. Kelsey has received training in the implementation of Common Core Standards through the Los Angeles Unified School District’s Math fellows program. She has been a dedicated tutor for the School on Wheels Skid Row Learning Center for over a year.
Have you ever asked your student to summarize what he/she just read and been met with a blank stare? Translating reading into comprehension is a difficult skill that requires the use of multiple strategies to succeed. We partnered with Denise Burgher, a former high school English teacher in South LA, to provide this online workshop opportunity for School on Wheels tutors. Denise covers an introduction to effective reading strategies for all ages.