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Learning Differences Conference 2013
Below is the list of presenters for the conference.  The speakers are grouped depending on their type of presentation, ie.  Institutes or Workshops...

 

Institute Presenters

Institutes (taking place on April 18th and 19th, 2013.)
(in alphabetical order by presenter's last name)

 

McManmon, Michael, Ed.D.   I’m Ready for College, Work, and New Friends, But I Don’t Like Change & I Can’t Find My Keys: Executive Functioning, Cognitive Flexibility, and Social Life Strategies for Young Adults & Teens on the Autism Spectrum

Founder
College Internship Program
USA

Dr. Michael McManmon founded the College Internship Programs in 1984. He received a B.A. in English from Mt. St. Mary’s College in Maryland, a Masters in Counseling from Shippensburg University, a Masters in Human Development from the University of Kansas (through a grant from the National Institute of Mental Health), and a Doctorate in Special Education from the University of Nevada.

He is licensed as a Psychologist by the State of Massachusetts. Prior to Founding CIP, he worked for state, private and non-profit organizations in several states and was certified as a family teacher through the Boys Town Center in Nebraska.

During his 39 years of experience with students with Learning Differences and Asperger’s Syndrome, Dr. McManmon has worked on Curriculum Development, Staff Training, Program Evaluation, and Administering Community Based Programming. He speaks and presents at professional conferences nationally and internationally.

He has a unique perspective as he himself was diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome.

Dr. McManmon is a blog author for Psychology Today and his book, "Made for Good Purpose"has been published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers. He is on the board of ASTEP, US Autism & Asperger's Association, and a member of ASA, AANE, NACAC and LDA.

 

Pascoe, Diana F., Ph.D.    Teaching a Second Language through Content

Director of English for Academic Purposes Program
Saint Louis University, MO
USA

Dr. Diana Pascoe is the Director of the English for Academic Purposes program at Saint Louis University.  She has a Ph.D. in American Studies and an M.A. in TESOL.  Dr. Pascoe started her training as a language and culture teacher in Honduras, where she worked as the Language Arts and Art teacher in a bilingual school.  She also did teacher training in TEFL through the National University of Honduras.

In the U.S., Dr. Pascoe has worked at various universities in ESL and EAP programs, as well as in the graduate programs for language teachers as a Methods, Translation, English Language History and Applied Linguistics teacher.  She supervises the EAP program and has been instrumental in changing the program curriculum to one that uses sustained content-based type of instruction.  She also teaches the Cultural Keyword class in the summers as well as the advanced Grammar and Self-Editing classes.  Currently she is focusing on developing short teacher-training programs for EFL teachers from overseas.

 

 

Sax-Lane, Alessandra, Ed.D.   Inclusive Teaching Strategies for Students with Special Needs

Counseling Psychologist PK-12
ACS Athens
Greece

Dr. Alessandra Sax-Lane holds a Bachelor’s degree from Hampshire College (U.S.A.) in Psychology and Child Development.  She graduated from New York University (U.S.A.) with a Clinical Master’s degree in Clinical Social Work; Children, Adolescents and Adults.  She has currently completed her doctoral degree in Counseling Psychology and Supervision in Counselor Education at Argosy University (U.S.A.).

She has been a Psychology Lecturer of Child Psychology, Life-Span Development, Cultural Psychology, Abnormal Psychology, Advanced Psychopathology, and Group & Music Therapy.  She is also a licensed psychotherapist who has been in private practice for over eighteen years with children, adolescents and adults.

Since September of 2006, she has been working at ACS Athens Elementary as the Counselor.  Currently, she provides services to students, faculty and parents school-wide in grades PK-12.

Additionally, as of 2011, Dr. Sax has been the coordinator of the Psychology Intern Program with the Department of Student Affairs.  Dr. Sax also presents her work at Professional Conferences within the ACS Athens Community and throughout Europe and has published articles on her research interests and clinical work in the field.

 

 

Schmidt, Larry, Ph.D.   Teaching a Second Language through Content and Rhythm, Stress and Intonation: American Pronunciation Meets Theatrical Training

Assistant Director of EAP Program
Saint Louis University, MO
USA

Dr. Larry Schmidt is an assistant professor for EAP at Saint Louis University.  He holds a doctorate from the University of Missouri-Columbia in Theatre History/Critical and Cultural Theory.  Dr. Schmidt began working at Webster University in the ESL department as the pronunciation specialist beginning in 1997. Using his expertise in Lessac theatre voice training he has been developing pronunciation work that focuses on a type of oral grammar that works extremely well in the performance of the English language.  Dr. Schmidt has worked in the EAP program at Saint Louis University for the past 6 years helping to change the curriculum to one that stresses content-based learning.

He currently teaches and coordinates the pronunciation and speaking sections at SLU and is now focusing on rounding out curriculum for Western cultural understanding.

 

 

 

Swisher, Megan, Ph.D.   Inclusive Teaching Strategies for Students with Special Needs

Psychologist/Assistant Professor
Argosy University, TX
USA

Dr. Megan Swisher is a Licensed Psychologist, a Licensed Specialist in School Psychology and a Certified Special Education Teacher with over 20 years of experience in public education. After completing her bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Stephen F. Austin State University, Dr. Swisher completed her doctoral degree at Texas Woman’s University majoring in school psychology with an emphasis on neuropsychology. During her professional career she has held positions as a lead special education teacher, a consulting psychologist, a school psychologist at an APA accredited pre-doctoral internship site, a licensed psychologist in private practice, and an assistant professor.

While working as a school psychologist she conducted many assessments, provided consultation, assisted with crisis intervention and provided education and supervision to graduate students. Currently, Dr. Swisher is an assistant professor with Argosy University where she serves as full-time faculty with Argosy University Online and adjunct faculty with Argosy University – Sarasota. She is excited to teach in the College of Psychology and Behavioral Sciences and teaches courses across several programs, including Counseling Psychology, Sport Psychology and School Psychology.

Professional interests include assessment, neuropsychology, consultation and supervision, and Dr. Swisher is currently conducting research with colleagues on the topic of work-life balance. She also consults with local school districts and is one of the founding members of a local Safe and Drug Free Schools and Communities program. In addition to teaching and consulting, Dr. Swisher is an active volunteer with a local humane society.

 

Workshop Presenters

Innovation Lecture and Workshops (taking place on April 20th, 2013.)

(in alphabetical order by presenter's last name)

 

Brown, Katrina J., M.A. in Special Education    Collaborative Problem Solving

Academic Support Specialist
American Embassy School, New Delhi,
India

Katrina J. Brown has been in the field of education for fifteen years and has an expertise in working with students who have learning disabilities and difficulties with executive functioning.  One of her roles at the American Embassy School in New Delhi is to provide support in the transition to standard based grading.  In addition she has assisted in the middle school’s transition to a 1:1 iPad program.

Ms. Brown is certified in the area of special education, administration and supervision, and is currently pursuing a certification in educational technology.  Her expertise in the field has granted her the opportunity to work with the United States Health and Human Service Department, Middle States Accreditation, National Evaluation Systems, and Educational Testing Services.  Katrina believes that the educational environment needs to facilitate an atmosphere that allows educators to be creative in addressing the ever-changing needs of the student.

 

 

Carter, Ramona, M.A. in Special Education   Step Into The Student-Centered Classroom

Learning Support Coordinator and Teacher
Lahore American School
Pakistan

With a background in elementary and secondary inclusive practices, Ramona Carter has most recently developed a K-12 Learning Support Program for Lahore American School in Pakistan.  While earning her Master’s in Special Education she interned for Northern Arizona’s Institute for Human Development where she worked on a multidisciplinary team that traveled to consult with teachers in remote tribal areas.  She was hired to develop an early childhood learning support program based on inclusion practices at the American School of Kuwait.  It was in Kuwait working with other learning support teachers where she had the opportunity to learn about student-centered classrooms.  In her current role she works collaboratively with teachers peer coaching, team teaching and modeling best practices for inclusive education. She is currently coaching teachers in how to best develop student-centered classrooms.

 

 

 

Dellas, Tina, M.A.   Evidence-based Teaching in Science

Science Teacher
ACS Athens
Greece

Tina Dellas is a science teacher at the American Community Schools of Athens.  Though trained in biology, she taught ninth grade physical science for several years, an experience which confirmed the understanding that the first high school science course must not only ‘cover content’ but also provide basic training in crucial laboratory and data-handling skills.  The results presented in the workshop provide research-based evidence for this conclusion.  She is currently teaching grade 9 biology at ACS Athens and applying these findings of this study.

Ms. Dellas has been living in Greece and teaching at ACS Athens for many years.  After time in Ohio, Utah, and California, she finished high school in Duluth, Minnesota and completed a B.A in Biology at Oberlin College in Ohio, followed by a Master’s Degree in Botany at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.  At the Athens extension of Ball State University, she received a Master of Arts in Psychology.

At the University of Athens she pursued Doctoral Research on the evolutionary relationships of the Hawaiian Drosophila, in collaboration with New York University.  She has presented workshops at the National Science Teachers’ Association and the Near East Schools Association annual conferences.

 

Dotterweich, Roslyn, M.Ed.(cand.) Special Education   Let’s Inquire! Inquiry as Best Practice for ALL Students

Director of Secondary Learning Support
American International School of Jeddah
Saudi Arabia

Roslyn Dotterweich is a native of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.  She began her journey through Education as a US Peace Corps volunteer English teacher in Petropavlovsk, Kazakhstan, and has taught grades PK-5 in locales such as Seoul, Korea and Lima, Peru.  She also served as an IB/PYP Coordinator at Emirates National School in Abu Dhabi, UAE for two years, and is currently the Director of Secondary Learning Support at the American International School of Jeddah (AISJ) in Saudi Arabia.

She holds an N-12 Special Education certification in Pennsylvania from Saint Joseph’s University, and will complete an M.Ed. in Special Education with an emphasis in Response to Intervention and specialization in Autism Spectrum Disorders in 2013.  She also holds BA in Psychology from Oklahoma State University and PK-6 certification in Virginia from George Mason University.

Special education is both a profession and a personal passion for Roslyn, as she is the mother of two sweet little boys (Gabriel, 8; Noah, 4), both of whom are diagnosed with Pervasive Developmental Disorder-Not Otherwise Specified (PDD-NOS).  Roslyn is married to Daniel Dotterweich, who teaches 4th grade at AISJ.  On September 10th, 2012, they welcomed their third child, Samuel.

 

Gouleta, Eirini, Ed.D.   Developing Curriculum for English Language Learners

Associate Professor
George Mason University, Virginia
U.S.A.

Dr. Eirini Gouleta is an associate professor of education at the College of Education and Human Development (CEHD), Center for International Education (CIE) at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, U.S.A.   Her areas of expertise include international education development, education policy and language of instruction, ESL, bilingual/multilingual and special education, teacher education accreditation, learning outcomes, curriculum development, program design, evaluation and implementation, counseling and collaborative consultation.  Taught courses on education policy, instructional methodology, language acquisition research, ESL/bilingual/multilingual, multicultural, and special education in higher education institutions in the U.S. and internationally including the World Bank Institute.  Taught K-12 students in the U.S. and Greece.  Consulted for and collaborated with donor countries, bilateral and multilateral organizations and agencies such as the World Bank, U.K. DFID, GPE, UNICEF, UNESCO, CIDA, USAID, SIL International, GIZ, Save the Children, NGOs, CSOs, Voice of America, and others.

Collaborated with national and provincial governments on educational reform in Asia, Europe, Africa, and the U.S.  Conducted research, managed grants, published and presented in national and international conferences. Served as the Regional Director of Phi Delta Kappa International for Washington DC and Virginia and currently serves as the associate editor of NABE’s publication Perspectives.  A Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the District of Columbia and a certified teacher in the State of Virginia and in Greece, Dr. Gouleta received her doctoral degree from George Washington University.

 

Grigoratos, Angelik, M.A.   Promoting Positive Behavior in Students

Therapist / Shadow Teacher
ACS Athens
Greece

Angelik Grigoratos completed her Bachelors, Honors and Masters (Cum Laude) degrees in Social Science with an emphasis on Counseling Psychology at the University of Pretoria in South Africa.  She has obtained certificates to train as a Family Constellations Therapist, Lifeline counselor and as a HIV/AIDS counselor.  As a licensed psychologist (Health Professions Council of South Africa) she worked as a lifeline counselor at Lifeline in Pretoria South Africa, as an HIV/AIDS pre- and post- test counselor in Mamelodi Clinic, as an educator to train teachers in underprivileged environments to help children with learning difficulties and as a therapist at a drug and alcohol rehabilitation center.  At Tshwane University of Technology she worked as a therapist in many areas such as drama therapy, group therapy, couples therapy, career counseling, individual therapy, lectured life skills and stress management skills to 1st year students, and did psychometric evaluations and report writing.

In Greece, as a licensed psychologist Angelik has worked and is continuing working independently with students with learning difficulties such as dyslexia, ADHD, autism/asperger’s syndrome.  She is also currently a shadow teacher at ACS Athens and worked in a group setting with students with learning difficulties at the OL (Optimal Learning) afterschool program at ACS for 2 years.  Since living here from 2007 she has attended several seminars and workshops receiving specialized training in various teaching strategies for students on the autistic spectrum as well as students with learning difficulties.

 

Hanagan, Gail, M.Ed.   Inclusive Practices = Effective Teaching

Learning Support Teacher
International School of Beijing
China

Gail Hanagan has worked in learning support for the majority of her teaching career.  Her early career was spent in US public schools working with learning and behavior challenged students.  She recently spent four years as a third grade classroom teacher.  After twelve years at Singapore American School, she is now at the International School of Beijing as the learning support teacher in grade five.

She has had numerous opportunities to work with many outstanding educators.  She is thrilled to share her experiences to help other educators better meet the needs of students with learning differences in their classrooms.

 

 

 

 

Kaplani, Markella, M.Sc.   Incorporating Study and Organizational Skills in the Regular Classroom

Learning Support Specialist
ACS Athens
Greece

Markella Kaplani holds a Bachelor's in Psychology (Empire State College) and a Master's degree in Clinical-Counseling Psychology (LaSalle University).

Ms. Kaplani has academic and counseling experience with students of all age levels through her current as well as several of her former professional positions, and internship placements.  She has extensively worked with students to provide them with skills that will allow them to enhance their performance and confidence, whilst simultaneously assisting them in decreasing feelings of anxiety, frustration, and boredom, behaviors of avoidance, and thoughts of self-downing.

Ms. Kaplani is currently the Coordinator of the After School Programs at ACS Athens, as well as the Middle School and Academy Specialist Assistant at the Optimal Learning Program.  Furthermore, she also instructs all grade levels in the After-School Program, where she is responsible for assisting students in performance improvement through several courses, including Study/Organizational Skills, Test-Taking Skills, High/Middle School Survival skills, ESL courses, and more.  Moreover, she has served as a teacher/mentor in the ACS Athens Mentor Program, which addresses gifted students and their individual needs.  Finally, she has taught a summer-course in Health with the Institute for Innovation and Creativity.

 

Karageorgou, Iro, M.Ed.   Reaching Out to All Students: Planning for Differentiation in the Classroom

Teacher
Psychico College, Athens
Greece

Argyro (Iro) Karageorgou holds an M.Ed. Degree in Educational Studies from the University of Manchester.  She has taken courses and attended seminars on Differentiated Instruction.

She has been an elementary school teacher in Psychico College, since 1996, mainly teaching in the primary grades, working with beginner readers.  Since 2004 she has been implementing differentiated instruction in her classroom with promising results.

Ms. Karageorgou has published articles and given several presentations on the theory and implementation of differentiated instruction.

 

 

Karakostanoglou, Maria, M.A. DEA   RTI and Brain Gym®.  Why Movement is Important to Get your Brain Working Effectively!

Instructor
Brain Gym®, Athens
Greece

Maria Karakostanoglou was born in Athens.  She got her B.A. in English Literature from the University of Athens and then went on to do an M.A. in International Public Relations.

The business world did not prove to be her natural habitat and she got shortlisted after a rigorous examination process to participate at the European Commission's Conference Interpreting Training.  Interpreting agreed with her a lot.  She completed a second and a third M.A./DEA in Conference Interpreting and Translation and worked as a staff interpreter for the European Commission for several years.

It was during that time that she got in contact with specialized kinesiology as a client first.  Amazed by the rapid, profound and yet easy to manifest results, she attended her first training by curiosity.  She discovered kinesiology to be a different kind of interpreting, one that gives voice to the experiences, wisdom and information stored in our cellular memories and bodies.  This being a universal language that knows no boundaries she found herself, after completing the first three years of training, working in Kuwait, France and Belgium before deciding to return to Greece.

Although trained in and working with 9 different specialized kinesiology branches, she is passionate about Brain Gym® and Educational Kinesiology as she has, over the years, verified just how important intentional movement is for ease and effectiveness of learning, either academic or life-oriented learning.  She now works with various disciplines that embrace the “learning through movement” approach at the Center of Kinesthetic Learning she founded in 2003.  She is an accredited Brain Gym® Instructor/Consultant and has over 12 years of experience working in private sessions, facilitating seminars and workshops and supporting children with learning difficulties and adults willing to change.

For more information please visit www.kinesiology.gr

 

Mantarakis, Nick, Ph.D.   Reaching Out to All Students: Planning for Differentiation in the Classroom

Advisor to the President for Strategic Planning and School Self-Assessment
Hellenic-American Educational Foundation, Athens College-Psychico College, Athens
Greece

Nick Mantarakis holds a Master’s Degree in Education and a Doctorate in Leadership and Education Policy.

Since 1980, he has been with the Hellenic American Educational Foundation, (HAEF), working across all levels in Psychico College.  He has served as Head of the English Department (Grades 1 – 12), Deputy Director of the High School, Director of the Middle School, Director of the High School and Head of Schools.  He has participated in several school-wide Strategic Planning committees and was a Core Group member of the Harvard Graduate School Committee for School Improvement at the Hellenic American Educational Foundation.  Currently, Dr. Nicolas Mantarakis is Advisor to the President for Strategic Planning and School Self-Assessment.

Dr. Mantarakis has published articles and given presentations on a variety of topics including Computers in Education, Special Education in Greece, Using Rubrics and Portfolios as Assessment Tools, Teaching for Understanding, School Self-Assessment and Strategic Planning.  He has organized educational programs, conferences and seminars.

In 1996, he was awarded the Eleftherios Deliyiannis Academic Chair by the HAEF.  He is a member of Kappa Delta Pi, the International Honor Society in Education, and Phi Delta Kappa Education Foundation.  Dr. Mantarakis is an EFQM European Excellence Assessor. He is fluent in English and Greek.

 

Teacher; Scientific Adviser
National Science Center; Herakleidon Museum, Athens
Greece

Aris Mavrommatis, has studied Mathematics.  He teaches at the National Science Center in Athens, Greece and is the scientific adviser of the Herakleidon Museum.  He works mostly on research, focusing on the significance of Mathematics through interactive objects and art.  Mr. Mavrommatis has published numerous articles in Greek and foreign scientific magazines and has participated in many conferences.  He lectures extensively on Mathematics, Philosophy and the Arts.

 

McManmon, Michael, Ed.D.   Visual Thinking: How to Leverage the Visual Thinkers Strengths in School, Work & Social Interactions

Founder
College Internship Program
USA

Michael McManmon, Ed.D., founded the College Internship Programs in 1984. He received a B.A. in English from Mt. St. Mary’s College in Maryland, a Masters in Counseling from Shippensburg University, a Masters in Human Development from the University of Kansas (through a grant from the National Institute of Mental Health), and a Doctorate in Special Education from the University of Nevada.

He is licensed as a Psychologist by the State of Massachusetts. Prior to Founding CIP, he worked for state, private and non-profit organizations in several states and was certified as a family teacher through the Boys Town Center in Nebraska.

During his 39 years of experience with students with Learning Differences and Asperger’s Syndrome, Dr. McManmon has worked on Curriculum Development, Staff Training, Program Evaluation, and Administering Community Based Programming. He speaks and presents at professional conferences nationally and internationally.

He has a unique perspective as he himself was diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome.

Dr. McManmon is a blog author for Psychology Today and his book, "Made for Good Purpose"has been published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers. He is on the board of ASTEP, US Autism & Asperger's Association, and a member of ASA, AANE, NACAC and LDA.

 

Muir, Laura, M.Ed., M.Sc., Dipl. Counseling    Response to Intervention: Evaluating the Whole Child

Head of Student Support - Secondary
International Community School, London
U.K.

Laura Muir holds a masters degree in education with a focus on special education and humanities from the United States and a M.Sc. in Human Rights from the London School of Economics.  Additionally, she has earned a Diploma in Humanistic Integrative Counseling and is a member of the British Association of Counselors and Psychotherapists (BACP).

Laura has worked with special needs children with a variety of differences and trained faculty in the United Kingdom, United States, and the United Arab Emirates.  Her background is in evaluating, supporting, and instructing students with learning disabilities, on the autism spectrum, with ADHD, and with behavioral concerns.  She has managed diverse individual student plans and taught literacy, humanities, and mathematics.  Currently, she manages the Student Support department at the International Community School's secondary campus in London, where she oversaw the implementation of RTI and led the successful co-teaching initiative now used throughout the school.  Additionally, she has presented at international conferences on SEN and developed a special needs programme in Abu Dhabi.  Laura is passionate about students finding personal satisfaction and success.

 

Teacher; Scientific Adviser
National Science Center; Herakleidon Museum, Athens
Greece

Apostolos Papanikolaou, is a teacher at the National Science Center in Athens, Greece and is the scientific adviser at the Herakleidon Museum.  His postgraduate studies were on the didactics, philosophy and epistemology of Mathematics.  Mr. Papanikolaou has published many articles in scientific magazines and lectures frequently on the didactics of Mathematics.

 

 

 

 

Pascoe, Diana F., Ph.D.   Teaching Culture in a Multicultural Classroom

Director of English for Academic Purposes Program
Saint Louis University, MO
U.S.A.

Dr. Diana Pascoe is the Director of the English for Academic Purposes program at Saint Louis University.  She has a Ph.D. in American Studies and an M.A. in TESOL.  Dr. Pascoe started her training as a language and culture teacher in Honduras, where she worked as the Language Arts and Art teacher in a bilingual school.  She also did teacher training in TEFL through the National University of Honduras.

In the U.S., Dr. Pascoe has worked at various universities in ESL and EAP programs, as well as in the graduate programs for language teachers as a Methods, Translation, English Language History and Applied Linguistics teacher.  She supervises the EAP program and has been instrumental in changing the program curriculum to one that uses sustained content-based type of instruction.  She also teaches the Cultural Keyword class in the summers as well as the advanced Grammar and Self-Editing classes.  Currently she is focusing on developing short teacher-training programs for EFL teachers from overseas.

 

 

Pascolini, Sandy, M.Ed.   Inclusive Practices = Effective Teaching

Teacher
International School of Beijing
China

Sandy Pascolini has been an educator for the past 20 years.  Her teaching experience has been as an elementary classroom teacher and middle school science teacher.

She is currently a Grade 5 homeroom teacher at the International School of Beijing via the US, Prague, and Bombay.  Sandy has experience with both inclusion and pullout models.  She is happy to share her experiences.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pashalis, Despina, B.A., B.Sc.   Promoting Positive Behavior in Students

Psychologist / Shadow Teacher
ACS Athens
Greece

Despina Pashalis was born in Athens and grew up in Adelaide, Australia.  She holds a Bachelor of Behavioral Science with a double major in Psychology and Education Studies from the Flinders University of South Australia and an Honors Degree in Psychology from the University of Adelaide.

Over the past 8 years she has been working in Greece with families and children with learning difficulties or behavioral needs on a home intervention basis, where she works on cognitive, behavioral, emotional and life skills programs.  Despina has also been working in both the private and public education sector on inclusion programs for children with special needs.  At present she is a shadow teacher at ACS Athens.

Currently she is attending the Advanced Training Program on Rational Emotive Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and is ambitious to work with children with special educational needs, on a psychotherapeutic basis.

 

Rontogiannis, Labrini, B.A., B.Sc.   Get a Grip on the Flip: The Flipped Classroom

Teacher
ACS Athens
Greece

Labrini Rontogiannis was born and raised in Montreal, Canada and moved to Athens in 2004.  She earned a Bachelor of Science in Cell Biology at McGill University and a Bachelor of Education, specialization in General Science and English Literature, also from McGill.  Ms. Rontogiannis is very excited to have just completed a M.Ed. in Educational Technology through an online program at the University of Calgary.  It was a rewarding experience and she is fascinated by the Ed Tech world, and eager to use technology in her teaching and learning.

 

 

 

 

 

Sawyer, Annette, B.Sc., MBA   Opening Our Doors, Lessons from Grant Supported Training for Museum Professionals

Director of Education and Enrichment Programs
Boston Museum of Science
U.S.A.

Annette Sawyer is the Director of Education and Enrichment Programs at the Museum of Science in Boston, Massachusetts.  Annette leads the team that provides programs for educators and students, grades K – 12, including School Field Trips, Traveling Programs, Youth Programs, Overnights, Teacher Professional Development and Summer Courses.  Museum of Science programming reaches over 250,000 students and educators in the New England area.  Annette is also an adjunct professor for Tufts University teaching Engineering Leadership to undergraduate engineering majors.

Prior to joining the Museum of Science, Annette spent 21 years in the private sector, including 18 years at Polaroid Corporation.  Annette has a Bachelor's Degree in Chemical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an MBA from Boston University.

 

Schmidt, Larry, Ph.D.   Teaching Culture in a Multicultural Classroom  and  Rhythm, Stress and Intonation: American Pronunciation Meets Theatrical Training

Assistant Director of EAP Program
Saint Louis University, MO
USA

Dr. Larry Schmidt is an assistant professor for EAP at Saint Louis University.  He holds a doctorate from the University of Missouri-Columbia in Theatre History/Critical and Cultural Theory.  Dr. Schmidt began working at Webster University in the ESL department as the pronunciation specialist beginning in 1997. Using his expertise in Lessac theatre voice training he has been developing pronunciation work that focuses on a type of oral grammar that works extremely well in the performance of the English language.  Dr. Schmidt has worked in the EAP program at Saint Louis University for the past 6 years helping to change the curriculum to one that stresses content-based learning.

He currently teaches and coordinates the pronunciation and speaking sections at SLU and is now focusing on rounding out curriculum for Western cultural understanding.

 

 

 

Swisher, Megan, J., Ph.D.   An Overview of Nonverbal Learning Disabilities and Strategies for Success

Psychologist/Assistant Professor
Argosy University, TX
USA

Dr. Megan Swisher is a Licensed Psychologist, a Licensed Specialist in School Psychology and a Certified Special Education Teacher with over 20 years of experience in public education. After completing her bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Stephen F. Austin State University, Dr. Swisher completed her doctoral degree at Texas Woman’s University majoring in school psychology with an emphasis on neuropsychology. During her professional career she has held positions as a lead special education teacher, a consulting psychologist, a school psychologist at an APA accredited pre-doctoral internship site, a licensed psychologist in private practice, and an assistant professor.

While working as a school psychologist she conducted many assessments, provided consultation, assisted with crisis intervention and provided education and supervision to graduate students. Currently, Dr. Swisher is an assistant professor with Argosy University where she serves as full-time faculty with Argosy University Online and adjunct faculty with Argosy University – Sarasota. She is excited to teach in the College of Psychology and Behavioral Sciences and teaches courses across several programs, including Counseling Psychology, Sport Psychology and School Psychology.

Professional interests include assessment, neuropsychology, consultation and supervision, and Dr. Swisher is currently conducting research with colleagues on the topic of work-life balance. She also consults with local school districts and is one of the founding members of a local Safe and Drug Free Schools and Communities program. In addition to teaching and consulting, Dr. Swisher is an active volunteer with a local humane society.

 

Willms, Manisha, M.A. S-LP(C)    Time & Task Management – Improving Executive Function Skills for Students Across RTI (Response to Intervention) Tiers  and  “Play is the Work of Children” – Using Pretend Play to Enhance Language Acquisition and Social Communication in the Classroom

Speech-Language Pathologist
Saudi Aramco Schools, Dhahran
Saudi Arabia

Manisha Willms has over 20 years experience in diagnostic assessment, intervention, and educational support of students experiencing a wide range of developmental learning difficulties.

A dynamic presenter, Manisha has provided action-oriented workshops throughout her career to audiences including educators, administrators, physicians, rehabilitation staff, parents, and classroom aides.

She developed special expertise in implementing family centered services into clinical settings and went on to develop specialization in supporting young children and school aged students with attention, social communication (autism, Asperger's, NVLD), executive function, and language based learning struggles.

Whether providing individual assessment and consultation or large group workshops, Manisha strives to:

  • maintain focus on the goals of increasing student independence towards meeting their learning and communication potential
  • empower teachers, parents, and older students themselves with evidence based understanding of learning struggles and functional strategies as a foundation for advocacy and change

A firm believer in the power of collaboration, Manisha strives to prioritize alignment of goals across classroom, resource room, and home settings.  Over the past 8 years, she has developed particular expertise in supporting international schools and teaching staff with development and implementation of innovative and effective special education programs to address student needs across all RTI Tiers of service.

With a background that spans Canada, Asia, and now the Middle East, Manisha currently works for Saudi Aramco School district as a speech-language pathologist and student services team leader.