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 A Conference for Parents"

Saturday, April 14th, 2018

9:00 am-1:30 pm

St Xavier University






Join us for our fourth annual Parent Conference!  It's designed to help parents of children with dyslexia better understand the dynamics of dyslexia and more effectively advocate for their students in school. 

  • Dyslexia 101
    Jennifer Zvi, Ph.D., ERI past president
  • Understanding the Social/Emotional Impact of Specific Learning Disabilities for Students and Families 
    Mandi Croft, Ed.D., NCSP, founder of Neuro Educational Specialists
  • Parent Networking Time
  • Teen Panel
    Students from area high schools
  • Advocating for your Child
    Pam Katz, Licensed Clinical Social Worker & educational advocate

Call for Workshop Presentation Proposals

Proposal Submission Form
Co-Presenter Info & Acknowledgement Form

AET invites professionals of all backgrounds to submit a proposal for the 40th National Conference of the Association of Educational Therapists to be held in Hoffman Estates, a suburb of Chicago.

This year’s conference will focus on the connection between assessment and intervention, and how supporting consultants can best collaborate with teachers and specialists in the school setting. Proposals that support the complexity of the educational therapist’s role in and out of the classroom are welcomed.

Topics embracing assessment, academic interventions, attentional and behavioral challenges, therapeutic relationships, educational psychology, and other areas relevant to educational therapy are invited. Presentations that support the theme of the conference should also reflect the challenges and complexity of educational therapy. 

Proposal Submission Form
Co-Presenter Info & Acknowledgement Form


2018 Annual Conference 
Social Emotional Learning
Friday, April 27th, 2018
8:30am - 3pm
Every classroom. Every day.

  • Understand and engage Social Emotional Learning (SEL) skills
  • Share Best Practices in SEL Classroom Integration
  • Explore various related practices of SEL development, such as mindfulness, restorative justice, assessment, and growth mindset
  • Inspire innovation in classrooms related to SEL
  • Build a community of educators who are committed to SEL integration
  • Master practical strategies for daily integration into every classroom (all grade levels and content areas)
  • Overview: Definitions, Terms, and Conceptual Framework
  • Keynote: State of SEL Today in the US and Chicago presented by Molly Gosline, Adlai S. Stevenson High School and Kristin McKay, Umoja
  • SEL 101: An Introduction to Social and Emotional Learning presented by Tim Dohrer, PhD
  • SEL 201: Integration Workshop in Two Parts: Integrating SEL practices with a whole-school and classroom perspective presented by Tim Dohrer, PhD
  • Peace Room: Overview of Restorative Justice Practices presented by Umoja – Thomas Golebiewski, Jr. & Kristin McKay, AM
  • Mindfulness Room: Overview, Integrating, and Practicing Mindfulness, Self-Care, & Gratitude Practices presented by Barb Caines, LCSW & Thomas Golebiewski, Sr., PhD
  • Role of Play – The Neuroscience and Integration of Play in the Classroom presented by Isabelle Richards, MA, LCPC
  • PE/HealthEmotional and Mental Health, Mindfulness in Motion presented by Pete Collins & Jason Dane, New Trier High School
  • Science: A Social and Emotional Approach to Teaching Science presented by Amy Hicks, Wolcott School Science Lead Teacher
  • MathUnderstanding SEL's Role in Decreasing Math Anxiety presented by Ravi Shah, Wolcott School Mathematics Lead Teacher
  • EnglishSELf Study: Centralizing Social-Emotional Skills in the Research and Writing Process presented by Claire Walter, Wolcott School English Lead Teacher
  • Social StudiesSocial Emotional Learning Through Student-Led Discussion presented by Ryan Hurnevich, Wolcott School Social Studies Faculty
  • Expressive ArtsWalking in Someone Else’s Shoes - Creative Drama and Empathy presented by Melinda Russo, MSEd, Old Orchard Junior High
  • Learning Specialities: SEL through Student Oral Histories: A multidisciplinary approachpresented by Daphne Sajous-Brady, Wolcott School Director of Student Services and Wendy Perlin, Wolcott School Communications Consultant
Registration and Breakfast 7:30 to 8:30
Large Group Session 8:30 to 9:30
Breakout Sessions 1 9:45 to 10:30
Breakout Sessions 2 10:45 to 11:30
Lunch 11:45 to 12:30 (provided)
Breakout Sessions 3 12:45 to 1:30
Large Group Session 1:45 to 2:30
Next Steps 2:30 to 3
Wolcott School

Includes 6 PDS or CEUs, and lunch

Scholarships available
Molly Gosline – Adlai S. Stevenson High School – Molly Gosline is the Coordinator of Social Emotional Learning at Stevenson High School in Lincolnshire, Illinois. She has served as a counselor, administrator, and curriculum specialist in schools and educational organizations across the country. She has consulted with state boards of education and multiple school districts on issues related to social and emotional learning, including school climate, assessment, equity, and educator development.

Kristin McKay, AM – Umoja – McKay, A.M., '14, is the Director of Restorative Justice at Umoja Student Development Corporation. Included in her work, Kristin oversees operations of the Restorative Justice Team and 9 school partnerships, interfaces with external restorative justice organizations in Chicago, and facilitates portions of Umoja’s Restorative Practices professional development trainings for Chicago Public School (CPS) teachers and administrators. Her passion for social justice, education, and dedication to decreasing structural inequality has led her to non-punitive conflict resolution in CPS schools. She comes to this work with a background in international teaching, criminal defense work in Chicago, and a Masters Degree in Social Work from the University of Chicago.

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Professionals in Learning Disabilities and Special Education is a not-for-profit organization offering continuing education programs to inform members of current instructional practices, assessment, and policy issues in the field of learning disabilities.  PLD/SE also offers a referral service to the community, providing qualified professionals for diagnostics and remediation.  PLD/SE provides programs as a service to its members.  PLD/SE does not endorse any specific program, speaker, instructional materials, method, treatment, or evaluation center for children with disabilities.  

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