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

Education Revolution 2015

Stand Up, Speak Out

EdRev 2015 Keynote Speaker

Photo of Gavin Newsom

Gavin Newsom
Lieutenant Governor of California
42nd Mayor of San Francisco

 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.



1 – 2:15 pm & 2:45 – 4 pm

The following workshops are confirmed for EdRev 2015. Please check back for updates about new workshops and timing of specific workshops.

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

Enriching the Learning Environment with Language and Literacy for Diverse Learners
Presenter: Alexis Filippini, PhD, Founder of

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.

Essay Writing for High School Students with Learning Differences: A Structured and Scaffolded approach
Presenters: Laura O’Brien & Donna Austin, 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
Presenter: 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.

The Neurobiology of ADHD in the Context of Family and Self Care
Presenter: 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
Presenter: 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.

Social Emotional Learning in a Digital World
Presenter: 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.

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

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