Due to COVID-19, remote learning has become one of the premier ways of teaching and tutoring. However, for vulnerable populations where day-to-day living is inconsistent and challenging, there are many obstacles that hamper our students’ ability to learn. This webinar will discuss strategies on how you can help your student build a routine and some consistency to help them be successful during tutoring sessions. We will also talk about different ways to connect and build relationships with students that work even in a digital setting.
About the Presenter:
Natalie Platon is entering her 6th year as an elementary school teacher at KIPP Iluminar Academy, which was recently announced as the top Los Angeles public school for closing academic gaps for Latino students. Natalie currently teaches 28 students in 2nd grade. Prior to teaching, Natalie served as a Summer Associate at School on Wheels, a Lead Residential Counselor at St. Anne’s Transitional Home, an after-school Site Coordinator at Think Together, and an AmeriCorps Member at City Year Los Angeles. Natalie has a B.A. in Psychology and Spanish from UC Irvine and a Multiple Subjects Credential from CalStateTEACH and was a volunteer tutor with School on Wheels from 2014 to 2018. She enjoys learning languages, playing video games with her students, and going on walks and runs with her husband and their 9-month-old son.
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.
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.
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.
This webinar serves as a question and answer session for tutors seeking assistance in helping their student. Allison covers several 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.
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.