The Nora School Parent Education Series features experts in their fields talking about topics of particular interest to parents of high school students. Lectures appeal to parents of current students, teachers, and the wider community. To reserve a space, RSVP to Marcia Miller 301.495.6672 or email@example.com. Lectures are free and open to the public. PLEASE NOTE: The March 6 event has been rescheduled to Wednesday, April 24.
Wednesday, November 7, 2012, 7–8:30pm
Educational Alternatives for High School Students
Anne Wake, Rich Weinfeld, Dave Mullen.
Dr. Anne Wake received her B.A. from Bryn Mawr College and her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the George Washington University. She interned at Children’s Hospital National Medical Center. Her practice focuses on assessment and treatment of school-age children, adolescents and adults. She serves as a skills group leader and individual therapist in the Dialectical Behavioral Therapy program at the Wake Kendall Group; and she has presented Dialectical Behavioral Therapy in front of numerous professional groups, including the Maryland Psychological Association and the Washington School for Psychiatry. Dr. Wake has taught psychological assessment in the graduate school of the George Washington University. She is on the Steering Committee of the Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy Program of the Washington School for Psychiatry, and she teaches and supervises for this postgraduate program.
Richard Weinfeld directs Weinfeld Education Group, LLC. In addition to advocacy work, Mr. Weinfeld does extensive parent and staff training and consults with schools. Twenty-six years of his thirty-year career, with Montgomery County Public Schools, were spent in a variety of leadership roles in special education, including as coordinator of programs for students who are simultaneously gifted and learning disabled. Mr. Weinfeld’s books include Smart Kids with Learning Difficulties: Overcoming Obstacles and Realizing Potential; Helping Boys Succeed in School; School Success for Student’s with Asperger’s Syndrome; and Special Needs advocacy Resource Book. Mr. Weinfeld presents at numerous national conferences. Mr.Weinfeld received his Masters degree from Trinity College and is certified in early childhood and elementary education, special education, administration and supervision.
Dave Mullen, an educator for over thirty years, is in his 21th year as head of school at The Nora School. During his career he has taught instrumental music, computer programming and applications, math, world religions, and photography. He has served as president of the Washington Small Schools Association and is a founding member and president of the National Coalition of Small Schools. His three children, ages 25, 21, and 19, provide continuing education.
Wednesday, December 5, 2012, 7–8:30 p.m.
College Planning for Students Who Learn Differently
Is there a college for your student? How do you find it? How do you help your student get ready? Join us for an informative presentation on the college planning, preparation, and placement process for students with learning differences. Topics will include:
· What colleges are looking for
· Five essential skills for college success
· Psycho-educational testing: What and when?
· SAT vs ACT and test accommodations
· Support services and programs at colleges
· Making the most of high school
· Finding the right fit
Yes, there is something for everyone and the time to start preparing is now!
Joan Wittan is an independent educational consultant and works with students with a wide variety of learning differences. She loves the challenge of finding and building on their strengths and maximizing their potential. She has expertise in language-based learning differences, GTLD students, autism spectrum disorders, NLD, special education policies and procedures, accommodations and adaptations, assistive technology, and adoption. She is active in the community and proud of ongoing collaborations with the Learning Disabilities Association of Montgomery County (LDAMC), Children and Adults with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD), The Barker Foundation, and GTLD advocacy groups. Joan has developed materials and presentations to help students prepare to be independent and successful individuals and find the right fit college.
Wednesday, February 6, 2013, 7–8:30 p.m.
Counter-Intuitive Skills for Parenting Anxious Teens
Jonathan Dalton, Ph.D.
In this presentation we will discuss practical, yet counter-intuitive evidence-based skills and techniques that parents can use to help their teens experience less anxiety and develop greater tolerance for emotional distress. Specific topics include why anxiety and avoidance are teammates, how to use positive reinforcement to decrease anxiety, how to teach specific coping skills to your children, and when active ignoring of anxious behavior is the best method to decrease the child’s experience of anxiety.
Dr. Dalton, Ph.D., founded the Center for Anxiety and Behavioral Change (CABC) in Rockville, MD. Dr. Dalton served as director of the school refusal, social phobia, and group treatment programs at the Behavior Therapy Center of Greater Washington. He received his doctorate in clinical psychology from Fordham University with a specialization in child and family psychology. He completed two years of pre-doctoral training at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine – Kennedy Krieger Institute, and advanced postdoctoral training at the Maryland Center for Anxiety Disorders at the University of Maryland. He specializes in the treatment of pediatric anxiety disorders, including anxiety-based school refusal. He is also a published author and frequently lectures on the treatment of anxiety disorders and school refusal. As a child psychologist, he is frequently humbled by being outsmarted on a daily basis by his three small children.
Wednesday, March 6, 2013, 7–8:30 p.m. RESCHEDULED TO APRIL 24
Coping With Chaos: ADHD Teens and the Family
Judith Glasser, Ph.D.
ADHD runs in families. Often there are also co-existing problems such as a learning disability, depression, anxiety disorder or substance abuse. Some of these kinds of problems are also linked to genetics. Children with ADHD can create enormous stress for their parents. If both a parent and a child have ADHD, the stress is magnified. Stress can lead to parental conflict, which in turn can be harmful for children. Reducing stress and reducing family conflict should be key goals of treatment. In this workshop we will discuss the stress related to having ADHD in one or more members of a family. Specific suggestions will be made to improve functioning for all members of the family when ADHD is a part of the family system.
Judith Glasser, Ph.D., received her BA in Psychology from Oberlin College, and her Ph.D. in clinical Psychology from Catholic University. She has been in private practice in Northern Virginia as well as in Silver Spring and Rockville, MD. From 2009-2010, she served as director of child and family services for the Chesapeake ADHD Center of Maryland. She has extensive experience with diagnosis and treatment of many different kinds of problems including depression, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, ADHD, and Learning Disabilities. The difficulties experienced by many gifted children with learning disabilities have been of special interest to her throughout her career. Dr. Glasser is on the professional advisory board for the Montgomery Co. chapter of Chadd and of the Auburn School in Silver Spring, MD.
Wednesday, April 3, 2013, 7–8:30 p.m.
Healthy Relationships and the Developing Child
Janice Goldwater, LCSW-C
Children who experienced instability, breaks in attachment and/or, orphanage care in their early lives may experience a different trajectory in their educational and social development. Often, youth with these early challenges have difficulty relating to family, friends and peers. This program will provide an overview of strategies to use at home, at school, or in a social setting; to support, enrich and enhance the academic, social and emotional development of children.
Janice Goldwater, LCSW-C, is the founder and Executive Director of Adoptions Together; an agency that does far more than adoption. With a focus on creating and sustaining families, for the past 22 years the agency has embraced a broad and holistic spectrum of services to strengthen families through educational, supportive and counseling services. Located in Silver Spring, Baltimore, Herndon and the District of Columbia, Adoptions Together welcomes and serves all in need of services. Janice received her MSW with a focus on clinical practice from Washington University and a BA in sociology from Ithaca College. She is the Vice President of Governance of the board of ATTACH (Association for the Training and Treatment of Attachment in Children), a member of the “All Children All Families” advisory board at the Human Rights Campaign and on the board of the Adoption Exchange Association. Janice is the parent of four grown children, one who joined her family through adoption at the age of 10.
All talks are held in the Main Hall of The Nora School. Free parking is available in the Fenton Street Garage next to the school.