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November 2-4, 2018
Chicago Marriott Northwest
Hoffman Estates, Illinois 

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Thursday, November 1
 

1:00pm

Registration
Thursday November 1, 2018 1:00pm - 7:00pm
Lobby

5:00pm

 
Friday, November 2
 

7:00am

Registration
Friday November 2, 2018 7:00am - 7:00pm
Lobby

7:30am

7:30am

8:30am

Assessment Practices that Support the Whole Learner
Traditionally, an educational assessment consists of a detailed representation of a learner’s processing abilities, educational experience, and academic skills. However, taking the time to integrate the results from psychological, language, and cognitive assessments will allow the clinician to develop a more complete picture of a learner. When cross-discipline measures are incorporated into an educational assessment, the process of formulating a set of clinical objectives becomes more robust and more targeted to each learner’s specific needs. This session will present a practical approach for combining the results of various assessments by providing a model, outlining essential steps and goals, and analyzing individual case studies.


Participants will be able to: identify methodologies for combining different assessment types; utilize a systematic approach to develop clinical objectives and measure their efficacy; support effective communication with allied professionals to develop a learner’s support program; and communicate assessment results and outcomes to the learner with non-judgmental vocabulary.

Speakers
JF

John Fleming, MEd, BCET

John R. Fleming is Founder and Director of Developmental Learning Solutions, Inc., which consists of three learning centers promoting a transitional, multidisciplinary model for integrating educational therapy with learning specialties, speech pathology, and clinical psychology. John... Read More →


Friday November 2, 2018 8:30am - 10:00am
Chicago

8:30am

Enlightened Shadowing: A New Intervention Framework for Social Skills Development
Enlightened shadowing is a technique used for applying improvisational, real-world social skills scaffolding. The enlightened shadow moves deftly through various levels of support for the sensory, language, executive functioning, and social abilities of the child in order to help facilitate interactions between the child and his or her peers. Scaffolding by the enlightened shadow enables the child to enjoy and expand real relationships, while he/she gradually moves toward greater independence in the social realm. Identifying successful intervention strategies allows progress to be tracked and socially appropriate behaviors to increase. This information can also be used to remind teachers of the best customized practices for each student.

Participants will be able to: describe the five social motivators of the learner; customize social and pro-group interventions based on the child's motivation in the moment; design their own assessments based on progress across criteria; and build a customized list of strategies and tactics for each student.

Speakers
EK

Erica Key, MS Ed

Erica Key has spent a great deal of her professional life running with kids on playgrounds, conclusively proving that jumping is indeed fun. For 25+ years, Erica has taught children, parents, and teachers by sparking intrinsic motivation through emergent curriculum. She is the founder... Read More →


Friday November 2, 2018 8:30am - 10:00am
Prairie Stone Ballroom VI

8:30am

How to Build and Maintain a Professional Practice
Establishing a professional practice and maintaining a successful business is a challenge whether you are a beginner or a seasoned practitioner. This session is designed to enhance the practitioner's clinical and business skills and is aimed at fostering confidence and expanding professional expertise. The presenter will address basic business practices necessary for the successful interface of clinical responsibilities and ethical conduct. Time management, efficient record keeping, and the setting of goals and realistic expectations will be discussed in the context of professional ethics and standards.


Participants will be able to: create and update client records and procedural forms; establish policies and procedures that reflect their professional reputation and strong ethical standards; research and explain the legal and tax requirements in their state and locality; and describe methods of collaboration that support meaningful relationships with other professionals.


Friday November 2, 2018 8:30am - 12:00pm
Prairie Stone Ballroom IV

8:30am

Our Clients’ Family Systems: Understanding Our Responses and Reactions
We do not work in a vacuum with our clients. Instead, the quality of our work is as much related to our reactions to the family of the client as it is to our reactions to the clients themselves. The role of countertransference surely impacts the work we do; however, this session will reach further into the cascade of events in the broader family system. The therapist has a reaction to a parent or guardian, our response to that person in turn affects their interactions with the child, and so on. If we are attuned to what is going on interpersonally, we can be more deliberate about making the best possible choices for our client. This session will explore the ways in which our reactions to clients’ families impinge on our work and ways to deal more effectively with those reactions.


Participants will be able to: identify their own emotional reactions to a client’s family; explain how and why automatic/reflexive emotional reactions to others occur; describe the ways their reactions to family systems affect their work with clients; use their emotional reactions as sources of information for their work with clients and families; and effectively manage frustrations in their relationship with family systems.

Note: This session is available to AET member and is limited to 25 participants.

Speakers
AG

Ann Gordon, PhD, BCET

Ann Gordon, a psychotherapist in private practice with offices in Oakland and San Rafael, California, has spent more than 40 years working with children, adults, and families in educational, research and clinical environments. In Chicago in the 1980s, she founded Educational Services... Read More →


Friday November 2, 2018 8:30am - 12:00pm
Prairie Stone Ballroom V

10:00am

Break
Visit the bookstore and exhibits.

Friday November 2, 2018 10:00am - 10:30am
Prairie Stone Ballroom I, II, III

10:30am

Disability Services at the College/University Level: Key Considerations Regarding Support and Accommodations
This session will illustrate how a University/College Disabilities Services office evaluates a student’s disability, approves or disapproves accommodation requests, and ultimately partners with that student to develop his/her learning awareness. The presenter will discuss how to evaluate the contents of a clinical report and identify critical information within the report that will best support the evaluation process. In addition, the session will examine how accommodations are determined and why there is such a broad range of approaches between colleges in approving accommodations. Finally, the presenter will address how to help students understand best practices to ensure a successful partnership with the student access services office.


Participants will be able to: advise students as to information to bring to a college/university disabilities office; assist students in preparing to talk about their limitations when meeting with the college professionals; work with clinicians to develop disability documentation; explain how students’ impairments are evaluated in the accommodations process; and describe options and resources for researching colleges that can best meet their needs.

Speakers
SJ

Sven Jones, MPM, MA

Sven Jones led disabilities programs in the U.S. Army as a training officer of learning challenged soldiers and at the U.S. Federal Bureau of Prisons as a teacher of inmates with disabilities. He also served as director of services for students with disabilities at several universities... Read More →


Friday November 2, 2018 10:30am - 12:00pm
Chicago

10:30am

How to Utilize Psychological Reports to Drive and Fine Tune Progress in Educational Therapy
Teachers and Educational Therapists can sometimes feel unsatisfied after reading psychologists’ diagnostic evaluation reports. Reports’ recommendations can feel prefabricated and do not appear to further the particular instructional needs for the student. Other times, recommendations can be so general that they leave teachers and clinicians doing what they would intuitively do without the benefit of the report. These situations leave Educational Therapists and teachers wondering how to best use findings to help students improve their learning. Effective use of assessment data to plan and adjust instruction is a fundamental competency for good teaching and educational therapy.

The purpose of this workshop is to provide a practical tool for teachers and Educational Therapists to use assessment data to make instructional decisions. The workshop aims to go beyond mere listing of interventions to applying cognitive evaluation data to individualized goal setting and specific strategies. The workshop includes a discussion of abilities usually measured by common cognitive psychological tests, including phonological processing, working memory, visual spatial perception, and specific prefrontal cortical executive subskills. We will discuss how strengths and weaknesses within each area drive strategies in oral language, reading, written language, and mathematics.

Participants will be able to: demonstrate how to link assessment results to educational strategies and interventions based on a student’s unique pattern of strengths and weaknesses.

 1. Identify specific cognitive processes that interfere with the acquisition and development of academic skills; 2. Link cognitive assessment findings to evidence-based educational strategies and interventions;
3. Gather relevant information about the student, teacher, instructional materials, and educational and home environments to better inform intervention planning; 4. Select accommodations, and instructional modifications that can minimize the effects of cognitive processing deficits on a student’s ability to access the curriculum.

Speakers
avatar for Jordi Kleiner, PhD, BCET

Jordi Kleiner, PhD, BCET

Jordi is the director of the North Shore Learning Clinic in the north suburbs of Chicago. He received his undergraduate degree from Swarthmore College in Psychology and Education and his MA and PhD from Northwestern University’s Communication Sciences and Disorders Program in Language... Read More →


Friday November 2, 2018 10:30am - 12:00pm
Prairie Stone Ballroom VI

12:00pm

1:00pm

1:30pm

Keynote: From Assessment to Intervention
Jan Chappuis will address the role assessment can play in strengthening learner skills, behaviors, and attitudes. She will discuss how research-based, high-impact formative assessment practices can enhance and encourage student achievement, not merely measure it. In addition, her presentation will explore how the assessment process can maximize students’ abilities to shift into a learning orientation to their work through self-assessment, goal-setting, and reflection.

Participants will be able to: explain how techniques of formative assessment can strengthen learner skills and discuss the evidence that supports their implementation; describe the role of the assessment process in fostering student self-assessment, goal-setting, and reflection; and demonstrate three or more approaches for offering targeted feedback that lead to student success.

Speakers

Friday November 2, 2018 1:30pm - 5:00pm
Prairie Stone Ballroom IV

3:00pm

Break
Friday November 2, 2018 3:00pm - 3:30pm
Prairie Stone Ballroom I, II, III
  • Video Overview n

5:00pm

Meet & Greet Welcome Reception for All Attendees
Join AET members and all conference registrants for conversation and networking.  Browse the bookstore. Speak with our exhibitors. Grab what some might consider a light supper and enjoy a beverage as you meet and greet some very interesting folks.


Friday November 2, 2018 5:00pm - 6:30pm
Prairie Stone Ballroom I, II, III
  • Video Overview n

6:30pm

Annual Member Meeting: All are welcome!
Friday November 2, 2018 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Chicago
  • Video Overview n
 
Saturday, November 3
 

7:30am

Continental Breakfast
Saturday November 3, 2018 7:30am - 8:15am
Prairie Stone Ballroom I, II, III
  • Video Overview y

7:30am

Exhibits and AET Bookstore
Saturday November 3, 2018 7:30am - 3:45pm
Prairie Stone Ballroom I, II, III
  • Video Overview n

7:30am

Registration
Saturday November 3, 2018 7:30am - 5:30pm
Lobby
  • Video Overview n

8:15am

Program Announcements and Volunteer Recognition
Saturday November 3, 2018 8:15am - 8:30am
Prairie Stone Ballroom IV
  • Video Overview n

8:30am

Keynote: Collaborating with Teachers to Address Diverse Learning Needs
Educational therapists and allied professionals who provide direct services to students and their families have an opportunity to contribute to the development of classrooms in which student needs are a primary focus. In this session, Dr. Tomlinson will examine the “state of the art” of differentiation in today’s schools and why it matters for schools and teachers to focus on responsive teaching. The key focus of the session will be an exploration of what quality differentiation looks like in classrooms where teachers practice it well, and how educational therapists and their colleagues can contribute to both school leadership for differentiation and the practice of differentiation in classrooms. Attendees will walk away with the tools needed to foster a discussion of differentiation that helps shape teacher competence and confidence in addressing diverse student needs.

Participants will be able to: explain the philosophy of differentiation, as well as its key principles and practices; evaluate opportunities they have to impact leader awareness about the nature of and need for differentiation; and describe ways they can help shape teacher competence and confidence in addressing varied learner needs.


Saturday November 3, 2018 8:30am - 12:00pm
Prairie Stone Ballroom IV
  • Video Overview n

10:00am

Break
Saturday November 3, 2018 10:00am - 10:30am
Prairie Stone Ballroom I, II, III
  • Video Overview n

12:00pm

1:30pm

Embracing Language Samples: The Most Effective Tool You Currently Aren’t Using
Standardized test scores do not always reflect the areas of weakness that parents and teachers observe in a child’s struggles with communication. In contrast, language samples provide real-life examples of a student’s communication skills. Evaluating a language sample based on the five foundational areas of language allows the educational therapist or other clinician to successfully analyze a student’s strengths and areas of need, and create targeted goals for intervention. Learn how to use therapy time efficiently and effectively to gain pertinent information on a student in 20 minutes or less.


Participants will be able to: use therapy time efficiently and effectively to gain pertinent information on a student’s communication skills; explain how the five foundational areas of language impact reading and writing; generate and analyze robust language samples in 20 minutes or less; and use language samples to enhance students’ goals and learning outcomes.

Speakers
SB

Stacey Buck, MA, CCC-SLP/L

Stacey Buck is an ASHA-certified and Illinois licensed speech-language pathologist with over 20 years of experience teaching general and special education students in the classroom. Her focus is to help children acquire the underlying foundational skills and to develop compensatory... Read More →


Saturday November 3, 2018 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Prairie Stone Ballroom VI

1:30pm

Preparing Learners to Self-Assess and Set Goals for Next Steps
Self-assessment is one of the most important formative assessment practices, yet for those students who experience difficulty during the process of evaluating their own performance, the results can be discouraging. In this session, participants will learn how to teach students to accurately self-assess using research based practices. Participants will also discover how to engage students in goal-setting activities that maximize each student’s chance to achieve his or her goals.


Participants will be able to: identify the practices best suited to help students self-assess; and apply strategies to successfully engage students in goal setting activities.

Speakers

Saturday November 3, 2018 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Prairie Stone Ballroom V

1:30pm

The Nuts & Bolts of Being an Educational Therapist: No Matter What Your Level
We know the common definition and description of an educational therapist (ET) and his/her role in the educational community, but what does it really mean to be a practicing educational therapist? What are the benefits? What are the pitfalls? This session will focus on how to create and grow an ethical and successful practice. ETs who are new to the field will discover which necessary first steps have the potential to best define individual areas of expertise, a preferred client population, and how to establish an office at a fixed site (or even one that travels). Established ETs will explore various techniques that will help expand and grow their practices, including marketing and promotion, networking, and the use of social media. All participants will benefit from an opportunity to augment their tool box with strategies and techniques to help track and prep for sessions and streamline scheduling and payment processes.


Participants will be able to: describe the essential components of a successful educational therapy practice; identify strategies to help establish and grow a practice; explain how to streamline internal processes for documentation, scheduling, and payment; and describe the benefits of self-assessment and reflection to identify professional positives and areas of need.

Speakers
LD

Lori Dver, MA, BCET

Lori K. Dver is a longtime member of AET, currently serving on the membership committee, and living in Pasadena, CA.  Mrs. Dver’s career path took her from teacher to educational therapist to middle school head and, for the last eleven years, learning resources coordinator at Polytechnic... Read More →


Saturday November 3, 2018 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Prairie Stone Ballroom IV

1:30pm

We Didn’t Measure That! How Failure to Assess is Leading to Poor Adult Outcomes for HFA Individuals
New research shows that “high-functioning” individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) are three times less likely to have a job or post-secondary education than those with autism and intellectual disability. What explains these counter-intuitive results? What are the factors that contribute to the poor outcomes for high-functioning individuals with autism? This session will reveal systematic weaknesses in transition assessment that can be linked to poor adult outcomes. We will identify ways that educational therapists can bring relevant assessment information to light, improving the transition process for these students and ultimately their quality of life.


Participants will be able to: summarize the new data on adult outcomes of individuals with ASD; describe systematic weaknesses in transition assessment and the link to poor adult outcomes; and explain how educational therapists can bring relevant assessment information to light, improving the transition process and the implementation of supports and services for students with ASD.

Speakers
EI

Emily Iland, MA, ET

Emily Iland is an award-winning author, advocate, filmmaker, educational consultant, and researcher. As the mother of a son with autism, she brings personal insight to her professional roles. Emily is Past-President of the Autism Society of Los Angeles and an adjunct professor in... Read More →


Saturday November 3, 2018 1:30pm - 5:00pm
Chicago

3:00pm

Break
Saturday November 3, 2018 3:00pm - 3:30pm
Prairie Stone Ballroom I, II, III

3:30pm

A Framework for Reading Intervention
If you've wondered how to maintain the fidelity of reading programs while adapting to the unique needs of individual students, this session is for you! The framework relies on informal assessment and diagnostic teaching methods to create a systematic intervention that is both grounded in research and flexible enough to adapt to an individual student’s needs. It presents the findings of the Big 5 (plus morphology) in a format that allows practitioners to identify strengths and weakness, recommend programs for each area of difficulty, and provide activities to support working memory and processing speed.

Participants will be able to: integrate knowledge of reading programs into a cohesive system of assessment and instruction; informally assess a student's reading profile; design an individualized learning plan based on the assessment; and implement techniques to support working memory and processing speed.

Speakers
BP

Beth Powell, MA

Beth Powell is a learning specialist who creates individualized cognitive interventions from a variety of multisensory programs and cognitive therapies. She is trained in a wide range of research-based reading, writing, and math interventions. Beth holds a Master’s degree from the... Read More →


Saturday November 3, 2018 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Prairie Stone Ballroom IV

3:30pm

Building Skills and Educating Goal-Directed Learners in Middle School
This session will examine how various executive function (EF) skills, including remembering, organizing, prioritizing, planning, and self-monitoring, can be assessed to inform content instruction and support student achievement throughout the middle school years. The presenters will explore the confluence of research that generated an instructional model and informed a developmental, vertically-aligned executive function skills continuum for teacher reference. Application of strategies in both implicit and explicit instruction through corresponding activities will be explored.


Participants will be able to: describe a model of implicit and explicit instruction of executive function skills across the curriculum; identify strategies from the supporting research that contributed to the executive function skills continuum design; explain how EF skills can be best utilized to inform content instruction; and compare modeling, practice, and cueing strategies for EF skill development from leading researchers in the field.

Speakers
DB

Dagney Baker, MS Ed

Laura Demaria and Dagny Baker are learning specialists at Montclair Kimberley Academy Middle School. Dagny Baker previously worked as a teacher at Solomon Schechter Day School and as a learning specialist and teacher at La Cima Elementary Charter School, where she created curricula... Read More →
LD

Laura Demaria, MS Ed

Laura Demaria and Dagny Baker are learning specialists at Montclair Kimberley Academy Middle School. Laura began her career as a New York City Teaching Fellow in special education, working with elementary students. She has worked in independent schools in the New York/New Jersey area... Read More →


Saturday November 3, 2018 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Prairie Stone Ballroom V

3:30pm

The Educational Therapist: An Important Member of the Collaborative Educational Team
This session will explore how successful case management and student/family support is achieved through the process of collaboration with teachers, parents, school administrators, and allied professionals. The essential features that must be present to ensure successful collaboration have been identified by extensive research in education, government, and business. The educational therapist’s participation as a member of the educational team can be enhanced through the development of specific skills, attitudes, and behaviors that promote collaborative relationships. This presentation will describe the individual characteristics and attributes that contribute to the creation of effective teams and will demonstrate techniques and methods that promote their acquisition and use.


Participants will be able to: define collaboration and describe the essential elements of successful collaboration; explain the role of an educational therapist on a collaborative team; and apply three or more specific skills that encourage collaboration and minimize adversarial interactions.

Speakers
KR

Kaye Ragland, EdD, LMFT, BCET

Kaye Ragland received an MA in Marriage, Child, and Family Counseling, and an EdD in Educational Leadership and Change. She holds an Education Specialist Credential, a Marriage and Family Therapist license, and is a Board Certified Educational Therapist. Kaye is a retired director... Read More →


Saturday November 3, 2018 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Prairie Stone Ballroom VI

6:30pm

6:30pm

Dine Arounds (optional)
Saturday November 3, 2018 6:30pm - 9:00pm
LOCATION: TBA
 
Sunday, November 4
 

7:30am

7:30am

AET Bookstore
Sunday November 4, 2018 7:30am - 10:30am
Prairie Stone Ballroom I, II, III

7:30am

Registration
Sunday November 4, 2018 7:30am - 10:30am
Lobby

8:30am

First Do No Harm: An Exploration of Powerful Collaborations in a School Setting
Educational therapists benefit from awareness of the potential for harm in their professional relationships with teachers and schools. Using a case study and narrative format, this presentation will offer opportunities to consider real-life experiences and the complex dynamics involved in supporting students in relation to their school experience. By integrating foundational neurobiological concepts, including attunement and mindsight, participants will learn how to optimize the connection between clinical and classroom success for their clients.


Participants will be able to: identify and assess specific areas of school collaboration; support families and students in negotiating the school setting; develop plans to avoid potential pitfalls with teachers; and recognize constraints on the many stakeholders in a school.

Speakers
PM

Polly Mayer, MEd, ET/P

Polly Mayer is the Clinic Director at Raskob Learning Institute in Oakland, California. Her responsibilities include supervision of educational therapists in clinic and school settings, and consultation with classroom teachers. Polly worked as a classroom teacher for 25 years and... Read More →


Sunday November 4, 2018 8:30am - 10:00am
Chicago

8:30am

Suan Fogelson Ethics Panel
Educational therapists periodically encounter practice dilemmas that must be handled ethically and effectively. Have you ever struggled to resolve a disagreement with a parent, teacher, or allied professional? Do you find it difficult to manage boundaries when faced with a parent who demands excessive time and drains your emotional energy? What useful information might you learn by analyzing your feelings about that parent? Who can you consult for advice and support? Business practices can also present ethical dilemmas. Is it difficult for you to set fees or discuss fee collection with clients? How do you represent yourself professionally on your business cards, website, or brochures?
A panel of Board Certified Educational Therapists moderated by Risa Graff, MA, BCET, FAET, will discuss ethical issues that often arise in the practice of educational therapy. The panel will offer anecdotes from private practice and settings such as schools, clinics and learning centers. The presentation will include ample time for questions and discussion of specific case examples from the audience.
Participants will be able to: generate solutions when there are disagreements between educational therapists and other professionals or parents; decide when professional consultation is needed in order to understand and maintain boundaries that promote healthy relationships with difficult parents; and identify areas of business practice that often present us with practical and/or ethical dilemmas.


Moderators
Speakers
avatar for Jordi Kleiner, PhD, BCET

Jordi Kleiner, PhD, BCET

Jordi is the director of the North Shore Learning Clinic in the north suburbs of Chicago. He received his undergraduate degree from Swarthmore College in Psychology and Education and his MA and PhD from Northwestern University’s Communication Sciences and Disorders Program in Language... Read More →
KR

Kaye Ragland, EdD, LMFT, BCET

Kaye Ragland received an MA in Marriage, Child, and Family Counseling, and an EdD in Educational Leadership and Change. She holds an Education Specialist Credential, a Marriage and Family Therapist license, and is a Board Certified Educational Therapist. Kaye is a retired director... Read More →


Sunday November 4, 2018 8:30am - 12:00pm
Prairie Stone Ballroom V

8:30am

Video Workshop - BCET Case Study Modules
AET promotes the gold standard of excellence in educational therapy practices. Our certification workshop with Ann Kaganoff, PhD, BCET, FAET, and Marion Marshall, MS, BCET, FAET, was videotaped during the 2014 conference and has been edited into four modules:
Part 1: Getting Started - The Five Elements of the Case Study @ 8:30 am
Part 2: Presenting Problem @ 9:30 am
Part 3: Formal & Informal Assessment @ 10:30 am
Part 4: Academic & Non-academic Interventions and Closing Remarks @ 11:15 am


Sunday November 4, 2018 8:30am - 12:00pm
Prairie Stone Ballroom VI

8:30am

Who Am I and Who Are You? A Learning Disability Approach to Theory of Mind
Theory of Mind (ToM) is the ability to recognize and understand one’s own perspective and the perspective of others. Skills that contribute to ToM, while often found deficient in Autism Spectrum Disorder, are frequently presumed to be intact in individuals who are not on the spectrum. Nevertheless, people with other developmental neurological disorders such as ADHD can also have challenges with ToM. Educational therapists regularly employ cognitive strategies to remediate learning disabilities. This presentation will focus on how similar types of interventions can be used for improving ToM.


Participants will be able to: define Theory of Mind and describe the impact of ToM deficits; explain approaches and give examples of resources for teaching ToM; and summarize case studies showing the impact of targeted methods on the development of ToM.

Speakers
SP

Sheryl Pruitt, MEd, ET/P

Sheryl K. Pruitt is the Clinical Director of Parkaire Consultants, a clinic she founded to serve neurologically impaired individuals. Prior to Parkaire’s establishment, Ms. Pruitt conducted an exemplary State of Georgia Model Learning Disability Program and taught behavior-disordered... Read More →


Sunday November 4, 2018 8:30am - 12:00pm
Prairie Stone Ballroom VI

10:00am

Break
Sunday November 4, 2018 10:00am - 10:30am
Prairie Stone Ballroom Foyer

10:30am

Fixing the Foundation: Focusing on Basic Skills in Rigorous College-Prep Courses
As a college degree becomes increasingly essential, high schools must ensure that students develop the advanced skills necessary to flourish in a collegiate environment. For students with learning disabilities, the acquisition of higher-level analytical skills must be bolstered by robust work with the foundational building blocks of reading, writing, and math. This presentation will focus on approaches developed at the Wolcott School that address teaching advanced content and critical thinking skills while also remediating gaps in basic skills. Collaborative approaches used by learning specialists in the English and math departments will be shared.


Participants will be able to: explain the importance of basic skills in developing higher-level skills; use strategies to explicitly teach advanced content and skill remediation simultaneously; and develop procedures for increasing collaboration between content-area departments and learning support services.

Speakers
RS

Ravi Shah, MA

Ravi Shah is head of the mathematics department at the Wolcott School, an independent college-preparatory high school for students with learning disabilities in Chicago. He received his MA in Teaching Mathematics from the University of Southern California and is pursuing an EdD at... Read More →
CW

Claire Walter, MA

Claire Walter obtained a Master’s degree from Johns Hopkins University and is head of the English department at Wolcott School.
DS

Daphne Sajous-Brady, PhD

Daphne Sajous-Brady received a doctorate from Northwestern University and is head of Learning Strategies and Director of Student Services at Wolcott School.


Sunday November 4, 2018 10:30am - 12:00pm
Chicago