Author: School on Wheels

Apr 27

Literacy Strategies for Older Students Struggling to Read

Often children will develop basic reading skills, but struggle to move on to more advanced material. We explore the main roadblocks that kids face when learning to read and learn how they engage with the material from their own perspective. We also learn one easy game that you can play to make a dramatic difference in older students ability to become a strong reader. It works like magic!

About the Presenter: Mary Beth Fletcher was a public school teacher in Pomona Unified School District for 17 years and she has taught every grade level. For the last 7 years, she has been working as a private reading specialist and tutor.

Mar 20

Tutoring Solutions: Advice and Tips to Suit your Student’s Needs #6

This workshop serves as a question and answer session for tutors seeking assistance in helping their student. Allison covers some 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.

Feb 1

Building Resiliency and Cross Cultural Connections

In this workshop on cultural awareness and volunteer resiliency, School on Wheels Trainer and Regional Specialist Cody Reed focuses on strategies and methods to better equip tutors to work with our diverse student body and to effectively and conscientiously deal with challenges they might encounter. Using his experience in the Peace Corps, Cody discusses cultural sensitivity, including positive ways to communicate cross-culturally and build connections and trust with students of disparate backgrounds.

About the Presenter: Cody has a cultural anthropology degree from Cal State Fullerton and joined SOW in 2016 after working three years total in Sub-Saharan Africa (in Uganda with Krochet Kids and as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Malawi helping to improve opportunities for women and girls).

Oct 26

Intro to Group Tutoring and the Digital Learning Model

In this workshop, tutor coordinator/tutor Chris Ruoff presents the group tutoring model in both shelter and school environments. He introduces you to what to expect as well as discusses best practices, tools and resources, and how to prepare for success. Chris also examines the digital learning model and how it can be used to supplement traditional homework tutoring. This workshop is intended for tutors that are currently involved in group tutoring or are considering this as an option.

About the Presenter: Chris Ruoff has been a volunteer tutor coordinator and tutor for School on Wheels for the past year, exclusively working in group environments at shelters and a school. He helped launch School on Wheels’ first digital learning after-school program in Orange County at an elementary school in Santa Ana. He is also an accomplished business development manager, public speaker, and community leader. Chris is very passionate about giving back and tutoring our students in need.

Sep 1

Back to School Resources

It’s time for back to school, and School on Wheels has important tips to prepare you for a new year of tutoring. Join staff to learn about best practices for easing your student into the school year. Topics include setting goals, getting organized, and updates for the 2017-2018 calendar year. We share ideas for grades K-12 and review the resources currently available on our website.

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