During this presentation, Lauren Reed discusses working with English Language Learners (ELLs) as well as students with an Individualized Education Program (IEP). We learn the background of these terms, the challenges the students in these programs may face, and strategies tutors can use to help students overcome these challenges.
About the Presenter: Lauren Reed has a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education from Arizona State University. She has taught in Phoenix, Arizona for 5 years, working primarily with English Language Learners (ELL’s). Lauren is also a very proud mom of two boys, ages 3 and 1.
Matt Raab and Ian Chan outline our summer reading program for continued learning with your student this summer.
About the Presenters: Matt Raab has been a part of the school on wheels family for more than a decade and is currently our Program Director and Ian Chan began with SOW as an Americorps Vista and is now our wonderful program administrator.
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.
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.
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).