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Are you interested in learning more about how to teach children with learning differences? Educator Workshop opportunities are for educators who work directly with children (teachers, administrators, youth workers, counselors, youth advocates, practitioners). Our workshops are designed to equip educators with research-proven practices to best assist children with learning differences.
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Thursday, Feb. 2
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Rethinking Discipline: Using Instruction to Teach Your Kids to Behave Themselves
Presenter: Jon Burt, Ph.D., BCBA
Most parents would agree that kids need to be taught how to behave. However, the methods we use to accomplish this goal are wide and varied. In this training, we will review the basic principles of instruction and discuss how to apply them to teach kids how to behave themselves.
- Participants will identify the 4 major components of instruction.
- Participants will practice using positive reinforcement to shape behavior.
- Participants will identify ways to generalize this technique to real-world situations.
Tuesday, Feb. 28
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Calming the Anxious Brain
Presenter: Laurie Bottiger, Ph.D.
Anxiety is actually a good thing! What, how can you say that? The physiological body reacts to stimuli in a way that is meant to protect us from harm and danger. In the 21st Century, we have many stimuli. Our bodies have to make split-second decisions about how to react. In this workshop, we will discuss and unpack ways to deal with anxiousness and how to support our brains. As we learn about “Calming our Anxious Brains,” we will use two lenses. One will focus on ways to lean into the anxious feeling and learn how to free ourselves. The other will be ways to alert our bodies, especially throughout the polyvagal nerve, to assure our physical bodies that “all will be okay.” Participants will leave with practical strategies that work whether they are 1 or 100, along with an understanding of what we experience physiologically when we feel anxiety. Join us for 90 minutes of useful strategies that work in school, at home, in the car, on a walk, or wherever you might be.
- Participants will identify ways to deal with anxiousness and how to support their brains.
- Participants will be able to describe practical calming strategies.
Wednesday, March 29
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Behavior Strategies for the post-covid classroom
Presenter: Liz McPhearson, M.Ed., Ph.D. Certificate
Upon returning to the classroom after the COVID-19 pandemic, it is evident our students need increased social-emotional/behavioral support through classroom-wide behavior practices. Teachers, more than ever, are facing the importance of implementing strategies that not only support individual students but create a classroom climate that promotes positive behaviors and social-emotional safety and builds teacher/student relationships. Our training will focus on the research and implementation behind key strategies that can make this new season of education the most successful yet.
- Teachers will be able to describe current research regarding behavioral classroom strategies.
- Teachers will be able to identify three key behavioral classroom strategies and how to implement them in their classrooms effectively.
- Teachers will complete a self-guided handout that will serve as an ongoing guide of personally relevant takeaways.
- Teachers will discuss and create a behavior crisis plan that supports their actions in any classroom behavior situation.
Kemper Academy for Teaching and Learning offers in-person and virtual workshops which focus on best practices for students with specific learning differences in grades K-8. Workshops are complimentary for de Paul families; $25 for the public (GLEC will cover cost for JCPS ECE teachers, JCPS families with students with disabilities & KSB teachers and families).
To learn more about Kemper Academy for Teaching and Learning at The de Paul School, please contact us at 502-459-6131 or via email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Kemper Academy for Teaching and Learning is grateful for the generous support from:
The Gheens Foundation
Fred B. & Opal S. Woosley Foundation