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Webinar: How to Use Qualitative Data for Identification, Instruction, & Progress Monitoring

Tue, Sep 12, 2023         06:00 PM – 07:30 PM PDT

Panelist:  Kelli Sandman-Hurley, Ed.D.

KELLI SANDMAN-HURLEY, Ed.D. is presenting a webinar on how you can use the data in your child’s testing. She’ll go over Standard Scores, The Bell Curve, Percentiles, and Benchmarks. 

These are all useful quantitative measures and we rely on them heavily to make decisions for students, and sometimes we rely on them almost entirely. But do you ever feel like all those data points are missing something? In this presentation, we will take a look at what qualitative data can tell us about our students and if that information is sometimes more valuable than the numbers we rely so heavily on. We will analyze spelling mistakes to find out what the student needs to learn.We will take a look at reading miscues to find out what strategies the student is using, or not using, when they read. Lastly, we will take a look at behavioral cues to see if we can determine what is making the student anxious during academic activities.

KELLI is an author and the co-founder of the Dyslexia Training Institute.. She is a certified special education advocate assisting parents and children through the Individual Education Plan (IEP) and 504 Plan process. She has studied Structured Word Inquiry, the Orton-Gillingham approach, Lindamood-Bell, RAVE-O and Read Naturally. She is a Past-President of the San Diego Branch of IDA. She consults with schools, trains teachers, and co-created “Dyslexia for a Day: A Simulation of Dyslexia.”

To register for this webinar, go to https://tinyurl.com/2p8dv3jw



Webinar: Social-Emotional Well-being in the Post-Covid World: Addressing the Needs of Individuals with Learning Disabilities

Tuesday 6pm PST October 24, 2023 (Standard Pacific Time)

Help! I can’t cope! We all have through the slow-motion trauma of the Covid-19 pandemic, and one way or another, it has impacted our well-being. Designed to provide attendees with usable post-pandemic information and intervention tools, this session explores common social, emotional, psychological and academic responses to the pandemic. Specific techniques for addressing social, emotional and psychological needs are included. Attendees will learn how to determine when referrals should be made while framed in the context of the pandemic, topics included are applicable to social, emotional, and psychological issues for individuals with learning disabilities in general beyond the Covid-19 experience.

Kaye Ragland, Ed.E, LMFT, BCET, FAET  Kaye holds an Ed.D in Educational Leadership and Change and an MA in Marriage, Child, Family Counseling. She also has an Education Specialist Cedential, a Marriage and Family Therapist license and is a Board-Certified Educational Therapist. Kaye is Immediate Past President of the Association of Educational Therapists (AET) on the National Joint Committee on Learning Disabilities where she leads the Public Policy Committee. She is an educational therapist in the private practice and over the course of her 50-year career, has been a teaching assistant, classroom and RSP teacher, school counselor, principal, director of special education and university instructor. Her greatest educational credential is her role as parent of a highly gifted child, a twice-exceptional child and a child with ADHD.

To register for this event, go to: https://tinyurl.com/33bjx59v



Webinar:  External Circumstances affecting academic achievement.

Date:  January 9th at 6:00 pm

Speaker:  Diana Black Kennedy

Description:  In our complex, hierarchical society, learning disabilities and ADHD interact in complex, multi-directional ways with race, class, gender, sexuality and ethnicity on neurological, behavioral and academic levels.  While neither we nor our students can escape the society in which we live, we can take concrete steps to understand and address the external circumstances of our student to become the best allies and educational therapists possible.  Join board certified educational therapist Diana Kennedy to explore the concrete steps we can take to best support ALL our students.

Bio:  Diana Black Kennedy is a board certified educational therapist with a thriving private practice in San Anselmo, California. Her extensive classroom experience spans second grade through high school; rural, urban, and suburban settings; and public and private schools. For the last 12 years, she has worked as an Educational Therapist one-on-one with a wide range of diverse, unique, wonderful students, including those with learning disabilities, those who are gifted and talented, and those who are twice exceptional. She also teaches Structured Literacy at the UCSC extension certificate program.  Diana holds a Certificate in Educational Therapy from the University of California, Santa Cruz, a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education from the University of California, Berkeley, and a Master’s Degree in English Literature from Indiana University, Bloomington.  She presents and provides professional development nationally and internationally.  She writes a blog about education at www.MindSparkLearning.com

To Register click here: https://tinyurl.com/35jjuv2y



Webinar: The Science Of Teaching Meets The Science Of Learning

Tuesday February 13,  2023 at 6:00 pm

Speaker:  Diana Black Kennedy

The recent focus on the Science of Reading has more educators exploring how people learn to read and the implications for reading instruction. It is also helping to identify where difficulties can occur in the process of learning to read, contributing to dyslexia. This session will examine the science of reading within the broader context of the science of learning, focusing on how learning happens in the brain, the cognitive skills that are the foundation for learning, and how those cognitive skills impact reading, math, and other domains. We will explain how we can use different approaches to supporting students in using their cognitive strengths and remediate weaker cognitive processes.

What participants will learn:

  • How learning happens in the brain
  • The role and importance of cognitive skills
  • The role of a special group of cognitive skills called executive functions
  • The importance of helping students understand and use their cognitive strengths
  • What happens when cognitive weaknesses are remediated

The speaker is Betsy Hill.  Betsy is President of BrainWare Learning Company, a company that builds learning capacity through the practical application of neuroscience. She is an experienced educator and has studied the connection between neuroscience and education with Dr. Patricia Wolfe (author of Brain Matters) and other experts. She is a former chair of the board of trustees at Chicago State University and teaches strategic thinking in the MBA program at Lake Forest Graduate School of Management where she received a Contribution to Learning Excellence Award. She received a Nepris Trailblazer Award for sharing her knowledge, skills and passion for the neuroscience of learning in classrooms around the country. She holds a Master of Arts in Teaching and an MBA from Northwestern University. Betsy is co-author of the new book, “Your Child Learns Differently, Now What?

To register  click here, https://tinyurl.com/ydvb34fk

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