4:00 PM – 7:00 PM
6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
8:00 AM – 9:00 AM
Breakfast & Cohorts
9:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Speaker: Jessica Minahan, Behavior Analyst
With up to one in three children struggling with anxiety in this country, overwhelmed adults are in need of a new approach as well as an effective and easy-to-implement toolkit of strategies that work.
Through the use of case studies, humorous stories, and examples of common challenging situations, participants will learn easy-to-implement preventive tools, strategies, and interventions for reducing anxiety, increasing self-regulation, accurate thinking, and self-monitoring in students.
11:00 AM – 11:30 AM
11:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Among the many reasons new teachers leave the field within their first five years, disruptive students are on the top of the list. Without intervention, these children are at risk for poor performance, diminished learning, and social/behavior problems in school. Overwhelming, negative, and inaccurate thoughts can contribute to student disengagement. When this is the case, traditional suggestions such as incentives, offering breaks, graphic organizers, or even checklists will not help the student initiate an activity. As a result of this workshop, participants will be able to easily implement preventive tools, strategies, and interventions for reducing oppositional behavior, increasing work engagement, initiation, persistence, and self-monitoring.
Speaker: Scott Hamilton, Clinical Psychologist, Understanding Minds
Academic support staff are frequently tasked with reading and translating psychoeducational assessment reports for faculty, as well as implementing the recommended strategies. In this session, participants will gain a more nuanced understanding of the various neuropsychological constructs found in reports, learn how to spot a quality versus poor evaluation, and discover how to build effective partnerships with psychologists in your community. Additional topics will include the practical implications of standard scores, the nature (and nurture!) of intelligence, and how a student’s psychoeducational assessment profile translates functionally at school. A primary goal is to take the mystery out of the evaluation process and to increase the confidence of academic support staff in their understanding and application of psychoeducational assessment results.
Speakers: Laura Portwood, Lower School Learning Support Teacher & Robin Talamo, Learning Support Services Coordinator, Episcopal School of Baton Rouge
Join this session to learn various avenues to engage parents in the collaborative process of helping students with academic support needs. For more than 10 years, Episcopal School of Baton Rouge has run a Parents U-Knighted group with a networking approach that provides education and support. The group offers education on a variety of topics; guest speakers, including former parents and 12th grade students, who share their expertise and journey; and two book studies and workshops as a way to stay current on the latest relevant information.
This session will provide recent book selections (including the book Make It Stick), topics, formatting, and information about previous parent meetings. Collaboration will be encouraged, so bring your best parenting successes including outreach, workshop programming, and partnership programs.
Speaker: Mike Frawley, Director of Educational Technology, Woodlynde School
There are myriad free or inexpensive tools to help reluctant readers and writers engage with text (and math!) in the classroom. Increase comprehension and output with Immersive Reader, Read & Write, Equatio, OrbitNote, and Google Voice. After a brief overview of the tools, participants will have time to practice using them. Then, we’ll ask questions and generate ideas for novel applications in the classroom and beyond.
Be sure to bring your devices to the session!
12:30 PM – 1:30 PM
1:30 PM – 2:30 PM
Historically, there has been more neuroscience research devoted to literacy compared to mathematics. It is not surprising that academic support staff often report feeling more comfortable supporting struggling readers compared to students with math difficulties. Mathematical thinking is a complex interaction of cognitive and psychological processes, many of which may seem only tangential to mathematics. This session will provide an understanding of dyscalculia and related math learning challenges, with an exploration of the various breakdown points that can result in difficulty acquiring math skills. Based on the student’s strengths and challenges, implications for interventions and support will be introduced, with the goal of understanding the multiple factors that contribute to math learning.
2:30 PM – 3:00 PM
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
SMALL GROUP DISCUSSIONS
4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
5:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Speaker: Marydee Sklar, Owner, Executive Functioning Success
This interactive presentation interprets neuroscience to provide a clear knowledge base for the scope of executive functions and how they relate to time management, planning, and organization. With this foundation, attendees will come away with specific strategies and tools to support their students and themselves.
11:00 AM – 11:15 AM
11:15 AM – 12:00 PM