Over 200 students also had a blast when they met Santa at our Annual Holiday Party and enjoyed an amazing lunch on the beach. 30 School on Wheels students were the guests of honor at The LA Lakers Christmas day game. They walked out onto the court with the players and received holiday gifts. Students from our Skid Row Learning Center enjoyed time on the ice at the Pasadena skating rink thanks to our friend, Lexie Looker, and The Looker Foundation.
Month: January 2016
Join us for 3 screenings of the documentary Most Likely To Succeed.
For most of the last century, entry-level jobs were plentiful, and college was an affordable path to a fulfilling career. That world no longer exists. The feature-length documentary Most Likely to Succeed examines the history of education, revealing the growing shortcomings of our school model in todayʼs innovative world. Film Threat stated that “this film should be a required course for all parents and educators.” Most Likely To Succeed is an official selection of many of the nation’s top film festivals, including the prestigious 2015 Sundance Film Festival and Tribeca Film Festival.
University of California Irvine, Student Center
Crystal Cove Auditorium
Monday, February 8th, 6:30 p.m. (Free)
Inner City Arts, Downtown LA
The Rosenthal Theater
Wednesday, February 17, 6:30 p.m. (Free)
Ventura County Community Foundation, Camarillo
Tuesday, February 23, 6:30 p.m. (Free)
Registration and Directions here
All current and former School on Wheels volunteers are invited, and may bring up to one guest.
Join us for a free night of film and conversation, sponsored by School on Wheels in partnership with the University of California Irvine, Inner City Arts, and the Ventura County Community Foundation.
Our Marketing Director, Sinead Chilton, was interviewed for the KIIS FM radio segment Community Council to talk about School on Wheels!
This workshop serves as a question and answer session for tutors seeking assistance in helping their student. Allison Maldonado shares ideas, strategies, methods and accommodations for students in varying grades and with a variety of needs – academic or behavioral.
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.
Question: “I have been working with my student for a month and she’s getting her report card next week. I want to review it with her but I’m not sure how to go about doing this, especially considering her low grades. I’m concerned about embarrassing her. Do you have any tips?“
Report cards are a great way to track student progress throughout the school year. They include useful feedback from teachers, and grades (or points) are assigned to show whether or not students are reaching grade level standards. On the other hand, grades can easily decrease a student’s confidence if he or she is performing below grade level and receives low grades. As tutors, we can help our students by using report cards (or any other evaluations) as a way to reflect on academic performance. When reviewing a report card, we can ask our students the following questions to help them learn how to reflect, rather than dwell, on grades they earn:
- How do you feel about this semester?
- What are your strengths? Why do you think you were so successful? Think about specific things you did this semester.
- What are some things we can work on? What skill can we develop during our tutoring sessions to improve this grade?
- What are three realistic goals you can make to sustain or improve your grades?
- Finish these sentences: 1. I am proud of myself because… 2. I would like to improve in…. 3. I will commit to… to achieve my personal goal next semester.
All in all, we should remind students that in life, evaluations (like report cards) are necessary, but we must remember to take the time to reflect on our performance and strive for personal growth.
About the tutor: Jackie Romo has been a School in Wheels tutor for nearly 9 years. Aside from tutoring, she teaches first grade in Rowland Heights and recently earned a MS in reading. She is happy to help in any way she can to make your tutoring sessions successful!
Have a question for our Ask a Tutor feature?
Email askatutor [at] schoolonwheels.org or use the #AskATutor hashtag on any of our social media sites.
Yoomi Chin, a Ph.D. student at UCLA, has created a startup with a friend that offers an app that helps instructors take class attendance while also helping students keep track of course requirements and deadlines. But the app has a twist: The higher the class attendance, the larger the donation the startup makes to a nonprofit that helps homeless K-12 youth.