Our workshop formats are flexible, interactive and hands-on. We build in time for reflection and ways to apply the concepts to the work you do with students. Find details about current workshops offering.
Neuroscience of Learning
This workshop is designed to provide participants with an in-depth understanding of the neuroscience involved in the learning process. By engaging in hands-on activities to understand the neural processes underlying attention, emotions, language and memory, participants will learn effective, brain-based classroom strategies to motivate student learning. 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!
The Crucial Role of Executive Function in Student Success
Why do some otherwise able students struggle with organization, sustaining effort or attention, and getting their work done on time? These struggles could be the result of Executive Function (EF) challenges. EF refers to brain-based abilities that allow us to harness our energy and focus on goals—in short, EF allow us to manage ourselves and get things done. This interactive workshop will provide a practical model of executive function and explore how educators can use a coaching-inspired approach to support students in learning to successfully manage the EF challenges inherent in an academic setting. As a result of this workshop, participants will (1) understand EF within the context of brain development, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and Autism Spectrum Disorders, and (2) have access to an effective approach, supported by a repertoire of strategies to help improve students’ skills in time management, task completion and self-regulation.
Literacy for Learning: Essential Skills for Academic Success
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.
The 21st Century Classroom: Tablet-based Pedagogical Practices for Supporting Diverse Learners
Many schools are moving towards campus-wide tablet initiatives that put a tablet in the hands of each student and teacher. Tablets offer a great deal of promise as tools for enhancing student learning, but only when accompanied by effective pedagogical practices. This is particularly true for students who typically struggle in the traditional classroom. When practices don't meet the needs of students at the margins, they can find themselves further behind their peers than they would have otherwise been. This workshops will focus on effective pedagogical practices for supporting students with diverse learning needs and will provide examples of how Apps can be used to enhance and in some instance transform how those practices are implemented in today's classroom.
Teaching Math: Why Students Struggle and What You Can do to Help!
"I am just no good at math," is a comment 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.
Universal Design for Instruction (UDI): A Paradigm for Inclusive Instruction
Universal Design for Instruction (UDI) has recently gained the attention of educators, administrators, and policy-makers alike. This workshop will highlight the principles of UDI, introduce best practices for teaching a diverse range of students within the context of UDI, and explore the inherent benefits and challenges in applying UDI to course planning and delivery, instruction and assessment. Participants in this hands-on workshop will begin to develop UDI approaches and tools that they can adapt for instruction in their own courses.
Ubiquitous Technology: Using Mainstream App Technology to Support Students Who Learn Differently
Apps are ubiquitous, prolific, can be installed in seconds and can be accessed anyplace anytime. Several technologies that were once thought of as assistive technologies (such as speech-to-text and text-to-speech) have now moved into the mainstream. However, access to technology alone is not enough; students need to employ effective study skills to take advantage of what these technologies have to offer. This workshop will provide training on evidence-based pedagogical practices and study skills that have proven effective for struggling students. Participants will learn how to implement time tested Landmark College approaches to supporting students who learn differently using the latest iPad Apps.
Introduction to Learning Differences: LD, ADHD, ASD
In this workshop, participants will gain a core understanding of learning theories and best practices for working effectively with students who learn differently. Discussion of current definitions, trends, and research on Learning Disabilities, ADHD, Dyscalculia and Autism Spectrum Disorders, will lay the foundation for understanding how educators can provide optimal learning opportunities for all students.
Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD)
This workshop will provide an overview of autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and discuss the challenges that students with ASD face on a daily basis. Participants will engage in interactive activities to highlight the characteristics of ASD and to understand how individuals with ASD process emotions and academic environments. By the end of the workshop, participants will develop strategies to support executive functions and social cognition in their students with ASD.
Teaching Supportive Study Skills
Study Skills are sometimes called the “hidden curriculum.” Teachers often assume students know how to organize materials, manage time and tasks efficiently, take and use notes effectively, and prepare for tests. However, many students lack these essential skills and approach these tasks haphazardly. This workshop introduces classroom-tested strategies that teachers can implement within content courses, and will explore effective uses of innovative academic Apps to support organization skills, note-taking, and self-regulation.
Introduction to Assistive Technology
This workshop will provide an overview of how assistive technologies can enrich and enhance the education of students who learn differently. The presenter will provide demonstrations of Kurzweil 3000, Dragon-Naturally Speaking, and Inspiration software and discuss how to develop reading comprehension with text-to-speech software and writing skills with graphic organizers. Participants will gain an understanding of how to improve their traditional classroom instruction, assessment and accommodations with assistive technologies.
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Putney, VT 05346