Summer Institute Workshop Descriptions

The Summer Institute Schedule (PDF) offers an overview of all of the workshops being offered.

June 26-28, 2013 Workshop Descriptions

Plenary Sessions, Wednesday, June 26

•Expert Panel: Overview of LD: What's new in LD, ADHD and ASD? (9:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.)
•Student Panel: Challenges and Strategies: Stories of Perseverance (11:40 a.m. - 12:20 p.m.)
•How Minds Learn: A Look at the Cognitive Factors that Underlie Learning (1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.)
•Study Skills the Landmark Way (3:15 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.)

Morning workshops, Thursday and Friday, June 27-28 - choose one

Teaching Math: Why Students Struggle and What You Can do to Help! ( 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.)

"I am just no good at Math" is a term one hears far too often, but why is it that so many seem to struggle with math? This workshop will take a close look at the key cognitive and neurological factors that cause students to struggle with mathematical content including our emerging understanding of Dyscalculia. The workshop will then present evidence-based, hands-on instruction in practices that can help all students learn math.

Instructor: Ibrahim Dahlstrom-Hakki, Ph.D.

Learning and the Brain ( 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.)

This workshop is designed to provide participants with a deep understanding of the neuroscience involved in the learning process. By engaging in hands-on activities to understand the neural processes underlying attention, emotions, motivation and memory, participants will learn effective, neuroscience-based teaching methods. With as many as 100 billion neurons in each brain capable of forming trillions of connections with one another, see how many new neural connections you can form just by participating in this workshop!

Instructors: Sapna Prasad, Ph. D.

Afternoon workshops, Thursday and Friday, June 27-28 - choose one

Executive Function Deficits and Coaching (1:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.)

Why do some bright students struggle with organization, sustaining effort or attention, and getting their work done on time? These struggles could be the result of a deficit in Executive Functions (EF). EF refers to the cognitive processes which help regulate attention, goal-setting and task completion. This interactive workshop will review how Executive Function impairments can affect learning, memory, production and social-emotional functioning in students. On day 1, the presenter will provide an overview of the neurology and characteristics of Executive Function difficulties and explore strategies to support EF in the classroom. On day 2, a certified coach will discuss one-on-one coaching strategies to promote academic success.

Instructor: Sapna Prasad, Ph.D. and Karen Boutelle, M.Ed and Professional Certified Coach

Literacy for Learning: Essential Skills for Academic Success (1:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.)

Academic reading and writing are among the most challenging tasks for struggling students, and the wide adoption of Common Core State Standards raises the bar in both areas.  As students progress through high school and beyond, reading and writing assignments increase in length and complexity, placing greater demands on effort, memory, and critical thinking. This workshop will review current research in reading and composition practice, and model effective instruction that promotes academic success for secondary and postsecondary students with learning difficulties. Participants will learn how to develop strategies to improve reading comprehension and academic writing. They will have opportunities to integrate concepts and strategies covered in the workshop into their own course design/lesson plans.

Instructor: Linda Hecker, M.Ed