Parent Workshops

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Are you interested in learning more about how to support children with learning differences? Parent Workshops are for persons (biological relatives, non-biological relatives, extended family, community members) connected to K-8th grade children with learning differences. Our workshops are designed to equip families with research-proven practices to best assist children with learning differences.

What are learning differences?

What strategies can I use to support my child who has a learning difference?

How is a learning difference identified in a child?

What steps can I take to identify if my child has a learning difference?

Parent Workshops

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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.


    1. Participants will identify the 4 major components of instruction.
    2. Participants will practice using positive reinforcement to shape behavior.
    3. 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.


    1. Participants will identify ways to deal with anxiousness and how to support their brains.
    2. 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.


    1. Teachers will be able to describe current research regarding behavioral classroom strategies.
    2. Teachers will be able to identify three key behavioral classroom strategies and how to implement them in their classrooms effectively.
    3. Teachers will complete a self-guided handout that will serve as an ongoing guide of personally relevant takeaways.
    4. Teachers will discuss and create a behavior crisis plan that supports their actions in any classroom behavior situation.
  • Tuesday, April 25

    6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

    How to support your child during the summer

    Presenters: Administration and Faculty

    Summertime is right around the corner, and we must keep the momentum going for our students at The de Paul School. To accomplish this, there are a few things that our students can do during the summer months to ensure that they are ready for the 2023-2024 school year. This session will present specific activities students should engage in to maximize their readiness for the next school year. In addition, we will discuss ways that you can support your child during the summer months in the areas of reading, math, and executive functioning.

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).

Workshops are open to the public.

Light refreshments are provided.

All events are hybrid and will held at
The de Paul School
(1925 Duker Ave., Louisville, KY 40205).
A Zoom link will be sent the day of the event.

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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

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