Saturday April 25, 2015 | AT&T Park, San Francisco

Education Revolution 2015

Stand Up, Speak Out

EdRev 2015 Keynote Speaker

Photo of Gavin Newsom

Learning Differently: Lessons from my Journey

Gavin Newsom
Lieutenant Governor of California
Member of Understood Board of Advocates

 10:30 am

Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom was diagnosed with dyslexia at age five, but was not told for fear he would use his disability as a crutch. He eventually found out in fifth grade. He now speaks openly and inspiringly about his experiences, recounting the strategies and attitudes that have brought him success.

Lt. Gov. Newsom was first involved with EdRev in 2009 when he gave a video introduction to the Keynote presentation (watch it here!). We are truly honored to have Lt. Governor Newsom join us in person for EdRev 2015.


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9am | 1pm | 2:45pm

Special Tech Intro Workshop, 9 – 10:15 am

Ten Must-Know Technology Interventions That Level the Playing Field for Diverse Learners

Shelley Haven ATP, RET Assistive Technology Consultant

Technology is sometimes called “the great equalizer” for students who learn differently, and with good reason. The right tools, when coupled with sound strategies, do more than just compensate for learning weaknesses; they can also help students tap into their innate strengths, increase independence, and improve self-confidence. Join assistive technology consultant Shelley Haven as she demonstrates her choice of the top ten categories of technology that are game changers for students who struggle with reading, writing, math, taking notes, attention, organization, and planning. This session will also provide both beginners and experienced tech users with a framework for getting the most out of EdRev’s newly-designed technology section.

1 – 2:15 pm

Discover Your Super Powers with Super Dyslexia Girl! (for Kids ages 6-10, limited to 25)

Super Dyslexia Girl

Sometimes school is hard. Luckily ALL kids with learning and attention differences have strengths. Super Dyslexia Girl will help kids realize their Super Powers and identify their “Kryptonite.” During this art based workshop for kids, she will teach them how they can rely on their special Super Powers to overcome challenges inside and outside the classroom. Kids will create their own personal shield that will remind them of the amazing ways they contribute to their community and the ways that they learn best.

Enriching the Learning Environment with Language and Literacy for Diverse Learners

Alexis Filippini, PhD, Founder of Building on the Best

As humans, spoken language is our primary mode of communication and we encounter language throughout the day, not just during English/Language Arts. In this workshop, participants will develop techniques for enriching the learning environment with language and literacy during the many “teachable moments” that occur outside of dedicated literacy instruction.

Finding Your Voice- Discussion by LD/ADHD High School Students

Students from PEN’s Student Advisors for Education (SAFE) Program, Moderated by SAFE Program Facilitators

In panel format, high school students with learning and attention differences will discuss the challenges they experience as well as the strengths they possess inside and outside of the classroom. They will share how they have learned to advocate for themselves, their strategies for success, and resources that they rely on in various settings.  Their candor and unique role as students offers a new perspective on learning differences and the educational environment they have learned to work within.

Mindfulness and Parenting: Finding Grace Amidst the Chaos

Dr. Amy Saltzman MD, Director of a Still Quiet Place

Do you find the combination of living, parenting an LD child, and working in or out of the home stressful? Do loads of laundry, late office hours, a full schedule of enriching activities, or “D all of the above” make you feel irritable and a bit crazy? Do you find yourself thinking “if only I were a better Mother (Father)”? Would you like to minimize the effects of daily stress on you and your children?

Understanding ADHD: Turning vulnerabilities into strengths

David Kessler, LPC

Working with the diagnosis of ADHD presents very differently in different people. Oppositional behavior, procrastination and laziness aren’t always what they seem. This workshop will help participants decode ADHD behavior, learn simple real world accommodations to assist people with ADHD as well as developing their own skills for dealing with this dynamic population.

The Neuroscience of Dyslexia

Dr. Fumiko Hoeft, UCSF Associate Professor and Director of Laboratory for Educational NeuroScience

This presentation will address the importance of an integrated approach in understanding learning differences such as dyslexia: from genetics to brain networks, and from risk factors to protective factors.  We will discuss the latest advances in the neuroscience of learning differences, with a particular emphasis on resilient (stealth) dyslexics.  The presenter will highlight the importance of emphasizing children’s “internal environment” such as motivation, mindset, grit and resilience-developable traits that are absolutely necessary for children with learning differences to succeed.

Refining Our Understanding of Executive Function

Surina Basho, Ph.D., Director of Research in Learning Differences and Developmental Psychologist

In this workshop we will focus on the role executive function (EF) plays in learning. A brief introduction into the development of executive function and its components will be provided, followed by a discussion on how EF directly impacts learning and school. Finally, general and specific strategies for supporting executive function weaknesses in children will be presented.

Roundtable Discussions: Charting Your Career as an Individual with Learning/Attention Differences

Facilitated by Eric McGeherty, CEO of Globerunner

Roundtable conversations will be facilitated by professionals with learning and attention differences and will focus on career development and career experiences. Participants will rotate through a series of discussions moderated by individuals in a variety of fields. The conversations will focus on how learning and attention differences shaped their academic/career paths and how they currently impact their work experiences. Moderators will also share strategies they use in the workplace to experience professional success.


Panel: Adults with Learning and Attention Differences

Facilitated by Eric McGeherty, CEO of Globerunner

Panelists will share how learning and attention differences shape their lives. They will focus on how they navigated the school settings they have been a part of, share some of the resources that they rely on for support and discuss some of the challenges and successes that they have experienced in their personal journeys. Additionally, panelists will also discuss some of the strategies they have used to find academic and life success and share their unique perspective on what changes they have seen on the LD landscape in their lifetime.

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder & Executive Functioning In Children: What It Really Means

Dr. Paul Beljan PsyD, ABPdN, ABN

This session focuses on the brain basis of attention and executive functioning, specifically learning. Children identified with ADHD are widely misdiagnosed or misunderstood if the diagnosis is accurate. The high rate of over-diagnosing this condition places children at risk for being further misunderstood and mistreated as they fail to respond to traditional ADHD interventions. This interactive lecture will provide an understanding of the components involved in an intact attention and executive function system, why children are often over-diagnosed with ADHD and other psychiatric disorders, and what parents can do about it.

Education by Design

Kim Jacobson, Innovation Zone (iZone)

Educators around the world are using Design Thinking to co-create new solutions for their classrooms, schools and communities. In this hands-on workshop, you’ll explore the design thinking process with fellow educators, parents and students using some of the most instrumental design thinking methods that the Stanford d.school has pioneered.

Essay Writing for High School Students with Learning Differences: A Structured and Scaffolded Approach

Donna Austin & Laura O’Brien, Bayhill School

Participants will learn how to systematically introduce high school students to the writing process. We will cover how to break down the components of essays into manageable chunks using a system of highly structured graphic organizers. We will demonstrate how best practices in teaching reading comprehension can move easily into responses to literature, essays and research projects. This approach addresses the needs of students with difficulties in reading, writing and executive functions.

Growing up with ADHD:  Perspectives of a Child Psychiatrist Father and his Now Adult Son

Dr. Glenn Elliott and his son Mark Elliott

This presentation will provide an overview of how ADHD evolves over time, using one family’s experience to illustrate how ADHD can affect development and relationships.  The expectation is that the audience will gain a better appreciation of how ADHD affects family life, for better and worse, and learn about coping strategies that may help diminish problems, ease tensions, and enhance outcomes.

Mind-Blowing Techniques for a Successful Transition to College: Facilitate your Learning, Unlock your potential, Enhance your Brilliance

Terry M. Regan, MA, Educational Therapist/Advisor

The purpose of this workshop is to lay the groundwork for a successful transition to college for both parents and students. Understanding the paradigm shift that a student is about to undergo is critical to maximizing student strengths and minimizing weaknesses and parent worry! The college environment is distinctly different and this changes the relationship for both parents and students. Understanding how to negotiate separation anxiety will be discussed. This workshop is practical and focuses on how to negotiate services and figuring out exactly what will work for the student in question–particularly when the level of support for students is not immediate. A summer workshop is in the offering for students.

Social Emotional Learning in a Digital World

Patricia Monticello Kievlan, EdM, Writer and Educator

Today’s kids and parents face a fast-changing landscape of technology that can make social emotional learning even more complex for neurodiverse learners. This talk will feature big ideas, concrete strategies, and great take-home tools for helping kids develop social emotional skills while immersed in a digital world. This talk is appropriate for parents and kids of all ages, and especially for middle school and high school families.

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