EdRev 2017 Keynote
10:30 AM – 12 PM
Parents Education Network (PEN) and Understood proudly present…
with Scott Barry Kaufman
Scientific Director of The Imagination Institute
“Hi, I’m Scott! I’m deeply interested in using psychological science to help everyone– all kinds of minds— live a creative, fulfilling, and meaningful life. A main takeaway from my work is that everyone is capable of creativity, the key is finding the thing that will let them shine the most.
I am scientific director of the Imagination Institute, and I conduct research in the Positive Psychology Center at the University of Pennsylvania, where I also teach the popular undergraduate course Introduction to Positive Psychology. I received a Ph.D. in cognitive psychology from Yale University, and an M. Phil in experimental psychology from the University of Cambridge.”
Master of Ceremonies:
Nina G, Stand Up Comedian and Motivational Speaker (website)
Nina G is west coast’s only female stand up comedian who stutters and has learning disabilities. She is also a disability activist, storyteller, children’s book author and educator. She brings her humor to help people confront and understand social justice issues such as disability, diversity, and equity.
When she isn’t performing at comedy clubs like the San Francisco Punchline or the Laugh Factory, she is playing colleges and presenting as a keynote speaker to children with disabilities and training professionals! Nina is part of the comedy troupe The Comedians with Disabilities Act, which brings laughter and awareness to audiences across the country. Full bio.
EdRev 2017 Workshops
Special Morning Workshop
9:00 – 10:15 AM
Shelley’s Must-Know Technology Tools for Diverse Learners: 2017 Edition
Shelley Haven ATP, RET Assistive Technology Consultant bio
Technology is often called “the great equalizer” for students who learn differently, and with good reason. The right tools, coupled with sound strategies, do more than just compensate for learning weaknesses; they also help students tap into their innate strengths, increase independence, and improve self-confidence.
Join assistive technology consultant Shelley Haven as she demonstrates her 2017 selection of game-changing technologies for students who struggle with reading, writing, math, taking notes, attention, organization, and planning. This session will also help both beginners and experienced tech users get the most out of EdRev’s newly-designed Technology for Learning section.
Workshop Session I
1:00 – 2:15 PM
California’s Plan for ESSA: What Changes Might You See in Your School Next Year?
Lindsay Jones, Vice President, Chief Policy & Advocacy Officer
California, and all states, are redesigning their education plans according to the new law, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). This law will impact every public school and every public school student in the nation. Join us at this session to learn about what ESSA requires, how it impacts your school, what California is doing and ways you can advocate for change! NCLD will be talk parents through NCLD’s 2 Parent toolkits – Take Action and ESSA Toolkit. Parents will leave with an understanding of the important things happening in California and how they can make sure California’s plan helps the 1 in 5 children with learning and attention issues thrive.
Collaboration is the Key to Success: How to Establish and Sustain Effective Relationships with our Children’s Teams
Jessica Corinne, Educational Specialist, Private Practice, Past Regional Manager / Executive Director for Lindamood-Bell Learning Processes
Collaboration is of the utmost importance when it comes to sustaining a fulfilling learning experience for our youth, particularly those who learn differently. Jessica Corinne, Educational Specialist, will provide an overview about the importance of team collaboration for students’ overall success. She will also discuss tips and strategies that parents and professionals can utilize to foster relationship building, proactive communication and creative problem solving. In this talk, she will help the audience to explore the key principles to collaboration in an educational environment and will provide practical, real life applications that the entire team, parents included, can put in place immediately following the event.
College Support Options for the LD Student: A Panel Presentation
Lorraine Heitell, facilitator, with panelists:
Andrew Donahue, Landmark College
Jennifer Jones-Psyzka, U-CAM at Southern Oregon University
Grant Leibersberger, Mansfield Hall
Maude Nazaire, Accessibility and Disability Services at Dominican University
Lavette Spencer, Disability Programs and Resource Center at San Francisco State University
Dr. Marci Schwartz, Thrive College Counseling
The goal of this panel is to expose parents of high school age students with the potential to go to college about support options available, helping them to understand what services each program provides, how they act to help a student to succeed in college, and what criteria to consider in determining which program is the best fit for an LD student. Each speaker will provide an overview of their program, and then parents and students will have the opportunity to ask questions.
Makayla Halbower, Author and 5th Grade Student
Makayla is a 10 year old girl and Author of the book Dyslexia Rules! She will share her experience coming to her diagnosis. A family member will speak about their perspective in Makayla’s journey. Makayla will do an Author’s reading of her book, followed by Q & A. There will be interactive activities for the children. Her area of focus is to connect with children of her age range (7-12 year olds) that have learning differences. She wishes to encourage kids to reach their potential, while also recognizing the struggles that come with having a learning difference.
Experience Dyslexia® Simulation Workshop
Northern California Branch of the International Dyslexia Association (NCBIDA)
This simulation workshop is a hands‐on activity that lets participants experience some of the challenges and frustrations faced by people with this language‐based learning disability.
Free, Flexible Strategies for Social-Emotional Learning
Nick Ratcliff, Social-Emotional Coordinator
We already know that children who are skilled at recognizing feelings, dealing with conflict, and exercising self-control are more likely to succeed in school and life. The problem we face is a lack of realistic guidance or real-world options when it comes to finding SEL interventions that work. This workshop will provide elementary teachers and parents a set of the most promising SEL strategies currently being used in evidence-based programs.
Ready, Set, Now Start: How to Jumpstart your Students to Start their Work
Cindy Goldrich, Ed. M., ACAC, ADHD Coach, Parent and Teacher Education
Often times we see our students stall, postpone (without an actual plan to do), or simply avoid doing their work. Getting started for many children (and adults!) is about feeling READY to begin: Emotionally, Physically, and Mentally. Tackling each of these issues in advance will make it easier to actually START. This workshop will address helping kids actually begin their work at an appropriate time.
Understanding Student Perspectives: Instructional Practices Informed by Changing Mindsets
Manju Banerjee, Ph.D., Vice President for Educational Research and Innovation
Instructional practice is often informed by pedagogical frameworks from an adult perspective. As a result, many students are “passive” participants in the teaching-learning process. Drawing on Carol Dweck’s work on growth vs. fixed mindset and the framework of universal design, this session will share recent research findings and recommendations for creating learning environments that engage students in innovative ways. Focus will be on high school students and transition to college.
Workshop Session II
2:45 – 4:00 PM
Find Your Power: Self-Advocacy Discussion by LD/ADHD High School Students
Christie Saccomanno, facilitator, with students from SAFE
In panel format, students will discuss the challenges and strengths facing students with learning and attention difficulties. They will explain and demonstrate strategies for self-advocacy in order to empower students, parents and teachers. Questions will be posed by both a facilitator and the audience. All of these students have learning and attention difficulties and are members of SAFE, the student branch of Parents Education Network. Audience: everyone.
Fresh Starts: Using College Admissions Essays to Strengthen Applications of Students who have Experienced Challenges
Elizabeth Stone, PhD, Author and Executive Director, Campanile College Counseling, Inc.
Students who have experienced challenges in high school must present their academic and social history on college applications. For students who have attended multiple schools, have had roller coaster grades,or have experienced disciplinary action, completing the college application may appear to be yet another challenge in itself. Participants in this workshop will learn about the multiple parts of college applications and how students can use the college essay, in particular, to share a story that allows colleges to understand those challenges that have shaped and prepared the applicant for the next step toward college.
Improving Memory and Organization: Tips and Techniques for Boosting Academic Performance
Beth Samuelson, Executive Director of SOS4Students
Have you ever sat in a lecture and felt like you were “zoning out?” It’s a good bet your working memory was on overload! Working memory and its role in school performance are often both overlooked and misunderstood. The executive brain is a work in progress with young people. Those with learning disabilities and ADHD often have executive functioning deficits and corresponding weaknesses in memory and organization, hampering performance on school tasks.
Key Factors about Developing Number Sense in Students with Learning Differences
Sharmila Roy, Ph. D. Program Chair, Educational Therapy, UCSC – Silicon Valley Campus Reed Cooper, MAS. Registrar & Director of Educational Services, UC Santa Cruz-Silicon Valley Campus
It is possible to develop number sense in students with learning differences. Using direct and explicit instruction in fun ways. An interactive workshop with quick facts, strategies to promote numeracy, real world activities, and resources.
Language-Based Learning Disabilities and the Neuropsychological Evaluation: What it Means and Getting What you Need
Melody O’Neil, M.S.Ed., Associate Director of Admission, Landmark School
This seminar focuses on identifying students with language-based learning disabilities (LBLD); understanding the differences between LBLD and a non-verbal learning disability (NVLD); and understanding/interpreting the evaluation process including neuropsychological, educational, and speech-language testing. Topics will also include how to interpret the scores (what it all means and what the specific tests measure).
Story of Self: How and When to Tell Your Story
Luke Hayes, Director of Mobilization, Understood
In this workshop, presented by Understood.org, you’ll learn how to tell your personal story in a compelling way. You’ll be given a framework for ways to organize/narrate your story and have time to practice telling that story. You’ll then learn effective ways of using your story as an advocate.
Sarah Weidman, Academic Life Coach
Parents on your back? In this workshop you will learn practical techniques for time management, organization, and making studying FUN (yes, I did say FUN).
Translating The ADHD Experience: Turning Vulnerabilities Into Strengths
David Kessler, LPC
Memory strategies and organizational skills are both components of executive functioning that are essential for deep learning and academic success. In this presentation, participants will learn how working memory “works” and best practices to both support and enhance working memory and organization for students to maximize their chances for academic success.