All Literacy Institute Speaker Series events are FREE and open to the public.
Executive Functions: What Are They, Why Are They Important, and How Can I Help?
Presented by Dr. Cheryl Chase Thursday, November 3 at 7:00 p.m.
“Executive functions” is a term to describe a broad set of cognitive skills that, when working properly, allow students to manage impulses, work in a deliberate and thoughtful manner, and organize time and materials. When development of these skills is delayed, as is often the case in those who have learning differences, academic performance suffers, but for reasons not fully understood. In her program, Dr. Chase will define executive functioning using clear and easy to understand terms and will draw on the connection between executive functioning and academics. She will provide concrete strategies that can be used to support students with weak executive functioning.
Dr. Chase is a licensed clinical psychologist in private practice in the suburbs of Cleveland, Ohio. She specializes in diagnostic and neuropsychological assessment of various conditions impacting children, adolescents, and young adults, including ADHD, pervasive developmental disorders, learning disorders, and emotional concerns. She is also an accomplished speaker, leading workshops at the local and national level on executive functioning, differentiated instruction, and creative ways to support those who struggle in school.
Thinking Differently: Reframing Learning for a New Generation
Presented by David Flink Rescheduled to Thursday, March 16 at 7:00 p.m.
What does it mean to be a “different thinker?” Where can we find the full potential of our community? How can we make strides toward creating a world in which every learner is recognized? By sharing some of his own LD/ADHD journeys, Mr. Flink will provide answers to these questions. In doing so, he’ll also provide a glimpse into the power of mentoring in the lives of different thinkers. At the core is a message of personal empowerment, academic success, and educational revolution for people who think differently
As founder and chief empowerment officer of Eye to Eye, the only national mentoring movement run for and by people with LD/ADHD, David Flink is a social movement leader on the front lines of the learning rights movement. Diagnosed with dyslexia and ADHD at a young age, Flink struggled through his pre-college education. While his parents and teachers told him he could go to college, he realized that their message would have been more impactful if it had come from a person with a learning difference who had finished college. With that in mind, he founded Eye to Eye in 1998 while attending Brown University. Through Eye to Eye, Flink has presented and given keynotes at conferences across the country. Among his many accomplishments, Flink was elected to the prestigious Ashoka Fellowship and was awarded the GQ Gentleman’s Fund Leader Award. He is the author of Thinking Differently: An Inspiring Guide for Parents of Children with Learning Disabilities, in which he sets out to enlarge our understanding of learning and offers powerful strategies for teaching, parenting, and supporting students with learning differences.
Raising Kids to Thrive
Presented by Dr. Kenneth Ginsburg Thursday, April 6 at 7:00 p.m.
How do we give our children the unconditional love they need to thrive, while also holding them to high expectations? How do we protect our children while also letting them learn life’s lessons? Dr. Ginsburg will share strategies to build resilience and promote the traits that help children become happy, successful adults, including understanding how helicopter parenting undermines successful child development, being a stable beacon that your child will turn to for guidance and self-measurement, and reducing your child’s anxiety as they venture out on their own and move into adulthood.
Dr. Ginsburg is a pediatrician specializing in adolescent medicine at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and a professor of pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. He also serves Philadelphia’s homeless youth as director of health services at Covenant House Pennsylvania. Additionally, he works with The Military Child Education Coalition to prepare military parents, health professionals, counselors, and teachers to teach stress reduction and resilience building strategies to the nation’s military-affiliated children. Through his work, he strives to translate the best of what is known from research and practice into practical approaches that parents, professionals, and communities can use to build resilience in children and teens. In addition to lecturing to national and international audiences, he has received over 30 awards for his research, clinical skills, and advocacy efforts and has appeared on CNN, NPR, The Today Show, Good Morning America, and ABC, NBC, and CBS Nightly News programs.
Woodlynde School is a private, co-ed college prep day school located in suburban Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, that serves intelligent, talented students with learning differences in Grades K - 12. Woodlynde provides a comprehensive, evidence-based Kindergarten, elementary, middle and high school program in a challenging yet nurturing environment for students with average to above average cognitive abilities (IQ) who have language-or math-based learning differences (such as Dyslexia, Dysgraphia or Dyscalculia), Executive Function Disorder, Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), or Auditory Processing Disorder. Even for those students without a diagnosed learning disability (LD), Woodlynde offers expert and caring teachers in small classroom settings that support academic success. Woodlynde School also offers a post-graduate (PG) program in partnership with Rosemont College as well as a regional Summer Camp for students who learn differently.