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2017-2018 Schedule

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

Date/Time

What’s it about?

Tuesday, May 8

12:15 - 1:45

Transitions
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.

This morning we will discuss ways to prepare ourselves and our children for a successful and balanced transition.

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

Tuesday, Sept. 12,

12:15 - 1:45

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. 3,

6:30 - 8:30PM

Movie Night for the whole family

The Dairy Center

Adults $10

Students $5

TICKETS HERE

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The Big Picture: Rethinking Dyslexia

The myths, the stigmas, the truths, revealed

In this film a dyslexic high school student pursues admission to a leading college - a challenge for a boy who didn’t learn to read until 4th grade. Additional accounts of the dyslexic experience from children, experts, and iconic leaders at the top of their fields, help us to understand that dyslexia, a persistent problem with learning to read, can be as great a gift as it sometimes is an obstacle.

A panel discussion with students, parents, and experts will follow the showing of the film.

Tuesday, Oct. 10,

12:15 - 1:45

Dyslexia and Learning, Part I

Kathy Sherman will explain the causes and effects of dyslexia and dispel common myths.

You will learn about…

·      dyslexia - the basic facts

·      common signs to look for in your child

·      phonological processing

·      testing for dyslexia

·      factors that can interfere with academic progress

·      best ways to support success

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.

Tuesday, Nov 14,

12:15 - 1:45

Dyslexia and Learning, Part II

This forum will focus on new research related to learning and memory and why this knowledge is particularly important for dyslexic learners.

 

You will discover...

·      what we know and don’t know about ‘learning’

·      how we understand long term memory and the ‘illusion’ of mastery

·      why learning math is different

·      what is ‘spaced’ review and why is it important?

·      ideas to enhance and strengthen memory of learned information

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.

Tuesday, Jan 16

12:15 - 1:45

Mindfulness and Stress Reduction for Parents
What is mindfulness and how can using it reduce stress, improve your relationships with your children, and help you feel healthier? Come learn a variety of strategies to use at home, at work, and with your own children.
Presenter: Suzanne Neuman, MSW
Suzanne is Co-Founder and Director of Communications and Outreach at Hillside School and has been using a variety of mindfulness practices including meditation and mindful breathing to reduce stress and activate the body’s relaxation response.

Tuesday, Feb 13

12:15 - 1:45

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, Mar 13,

12:15 - 1:45

How to support your child with dyslexia

Having a child with dyslexia presents a myriad of challenges from parents. This ranges from battles with homework, issues with self-esteem, and struggles with our own fears about our child’s future. This presentation takes an inside-out look at why children with dyslexia often behave the way they do from a neuroscience lens. Practical suggestions to help manage attitudes toward school, homework battles, improving self-esteem, and managing our own anxiety about our children will be key features of the talk.

Presenter: Cynthia Divino, PhD Dr. Divino is a Clinical Psychologist who specialties in trauma, attachment, and anxiety disorders. She is passionate about mental illness prevention especially through parenting support and education in early childhood.

Tuesday, April 10

12:15 - 1:45

Nutrition and Learning

What can we do from a nutritional standpoint to make sure that our children are ready to learn when they arrive at school and throughout the day? Karrie Bach, registered dietitian, will discuss what the latest neuroscience says about how our brain functions depending upon the food we eat as well as kid-friendly ideas for meals and snacks.

Presenter: Karrie Bach, RD, CSSD, the founder of Kore +, is a Registered Dietitian, a Board Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics, a certified ISAK Kinanthropometrist (body composition expert), and an athlete and mother who has helped clients maximize their potential for over 20 years.