2018-2019 Schedule

Location: Boulder Jewish Community Center, 6007 Oreg Ave., Boulder


What’s it about?

Tuesday, Sept. 4,

12:00 - 1:30

Developing your Child's IEP or 504: Eligibility and Beyond

Come learn about the 504 and IEP eligibility processes. Julie will highlight the differences of each plan, discuss tips for developing strong documents, collaborating with school staff, and structuring successful outcomes for your student. There will be time for Q&A.  Great for families interested in initiating the 504 or IEP process, or for those who would like to strengthen a plan already in place!  

Presenter: Julie Hagy-Hancock, M.S., is a Special Education Consultant/Child Advocate. Julie has spent the last 12 years specializing in advocacy, tutoring, behavior intervention, recreation and eligibility for students with special needs.

Tuesday, Oct. 9,

12:00 - 1:30

Demystifying Executive Functions: Science and Strategies for Success

Executive skills provide the foundation for success across all areas of functioning, including academics, behavior, and social interactions.  Learn what executive functions are, how they are associated with other skills, and what to do if your child needs a little or a lot of support with executive functions (EFs).

Presenters: Jill Gitten Aloia, Ph.D., APBB-CN and Kristin Powell, Ph.D., APBB-CN are board certified neuropsychologists.  They have spent years working with children and adolescents to evaluate, diagnose, and treat a variety of neurodevelopmental disorders involving executive dysfunction.  They are excited to share their expertise in the assessment and treatment of EFs, including their experience in guiding families to identify the skills and resources that will help their child experience success in school, at home, and in relationships.

Tuesday, Nov. 13,

12:00 - 1:30

Dyslexia and Learning

Understanding and Clarifying:

·      What dyslexia is and is not

·      Common signs of dyslexia

·      What do we know about storing and retrieving information

·      What challenges some may experience learning in other subjects

·      Strategies to enhance and strengthen new learning

Presenter: Kathy Sherman, MA, Director, Hillside School

Kathy’s lifelong passion for working with children who learn differently has led her to study and integrate the principles of neuroscience into her and the school’s work as a way to better understand all aspects of a child’s learning dynamic and well-being.

Thursday, Jan 17

6:30 - 8 PM

Evening event for parents and children

Executive Function Strategies

This evening event is for the entire family to walk away with some practical executive function strategies. Come learn about research based methods for executive function and organization skills and get your questions answered that will help your student in the classroom and beyond.

Presenter: Brandon Slade
Brandon Slade founded Mentoring Through Movement to help students with ADD and ADHD learn how to handle and be successful in school. From there he grew to not only helping students with ADHD and ADD, but also helping all students who struggle in school. The idea of Mentoring Through Movement is revolutionary and is specifically tailored to helping students use time in the most efficient way when it comes to schoolwork.

Tuesday, Feb 12,

12:00 - 1:30

Assistive Technology: What You Need To Know

When you hear the words ‘assistive technology’ do you wonder where to begin to unwrap all that is involved? When to begin using assistive technology? Will using assistive technology keep my child from learning skills like how to read or write? Join Debbie Campbell as she shares information on the following:

  • Differences among devices (tablet, computer, Chromebook)
  • Various tools and services available for students to use with their academic work
  • When to use assistive technology and when to put it to the side
  • Your student’s rights to accessing assistive technology and assistive technology evaluations

Presenter: Debbie Campbell

Debbie has worked in elementary classrooms and as an adjunct professor at both Denver University's Teacher Education Program and University of Northern Colorado's Center for Urban Teacher Education. She now owns and operates Effective Technology for Learning, LLC and serves as a technology consultant and trainer.

Tuesday, Mar 12,

12:00- 1:30

504’s and IDEA: What are your child’s civil rights?

The presentation will provide an overview of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973  and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the laws enacted to protect students with disabilities from discrimination by educational institutions.  An overview of the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights complaint process will also be provided.

Presenters: Georgia Montoya, JD, and Rebecca Tanglen, JD are Civil Rights Attorneys for Denver’s enforcement office of the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights (OCR).

Tuesday, April 9


Nervous about all the changes that middle/high school will bring– multiple teachers, lockers, harder work, being organized, new friends, peer pressure, more independence, risks, and opportunities?

Join the club! Students and parents can both have worries as they face the transition into middle school, into high school and after high school. And if you have a child with special needs, the worry is greater for everyone. Anna will discuss ways to prepare ourselves and our children for a successful and balanced transition.

Presenter: Anna Stewart, BVSD Parent, School, Community Liaison 

Tuesday, May 14

12:00 - 1:30

Summer Toolkit for Maintaining Learning

Your child just worked hard all school year to master multiplication, read with flair and fluency, and write a perfect paragraph. Now, how do you avoid the dreaded Summer Slide and the regression of all these skills? Join master teachers Jill Michaud and Rachel Paradis as they share tips and tools to maintain important skills over summer vacation and be prepared for the next school year.

Presenters: Jill Michaud & Rachel Paradis, Hillside School