The Summit School Community Talk Series – Raising Awareness and Connecting Families to Resources

Mon. 12/21/2020

The Summit School is a leader and innovator in educating students with dyslexia and other learning differences. We are committed to not only a rigorous program designed to prepare students for success in high school and beyond, but also raising awareness of children with learning differences and connecting families to available resources.

The Summit School, through the Summit Resource Center, is pleased to announce a series of Community Talks, open to the public and free of charge. These talks will be held virtually and are designed to bring relevant, timely and actionable information to parents and educators. Participants will gain valuable information, have access to experts and highly trained professionals and will take away resources that can be used immediately.

Supporting Students During a Time of Great Uncertainty

This school year is unlike any before. Kids, parents, teachers and school administrators have so many questions about how to “do school” in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. With so many questions, each of our Talks will include information on how to support students in the midst of so much uncertainty.

  • December 15 – Anxiety and Coping with the Coronavirus: Managing Worry – Your Kids’ and Your Own
  • January 21 – Logged-In and Checked Out. The Cognitive Cost of COVID-19. Helping Students with Struggling Executive Functioning
  • February 23 – Is My Child Ready for Middle School
  • March 16 – Summer Camp / Summer Slide (coupled with COVID slide)
  • April 20 – My Child is Struggling with School, Now What?
  • May 8 – SAVE THE DATE for the Summit Spring Symposium: Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

December 15, 2020 – Anxiety and Coping with the Coronavirus: Managing Worry-Your Kids’ and Your Own 

We are all on edge because of coronavirus. Coping with COVID-19 has disrupted our daily lives and created great uncertainty. With mounting economic pressure, rising mental health concerns, a national uprising around social justice, a highly charged political election, a disrupted school year, along with a global pandemic, it’s no surprise that the ripple effects felt in the classroom and beyond are significant. It’s also no surprise that you and your child may be feeling heightened stress and anxiety during this time.

During this Community Talk we will discuss:

  • What COVID-19 is doing to our well being
  • Resiliency
  • How to support our children during COVID-19
  • Importance of student engagement and motivation at home.

Join us as School Psychologists Genevieve White and Leslie Eget discuss these topics and identify resources to support your child during this challenging time.

This session was recorded and included a variety of resources and worksheets. We will be including a link to the material shortly.

January 21, 2021  – Logged-In and Checked Out. The Cognitive Cost of COVID-19. Helping Students Struggling with Executive Functioning

Children with executive functioning challenges have difficulty with working memory, flexible thinking (cognitive flexibility), and self-control – important skills that affect learning and school achievement. Often, children with executive functions difficulties become frustrated because “they can’t do school” despite their ability to understand the concepts as they are taught. Learn:

  • Signs that your child is struggling with an executive function challenge.
  • What can co-occur with executive functions challenges.
  • How trouble with executive functions can be diagnosed.

Join us as Dr. McCarthy discusses what schools can do and what parents can do to help their struggling child.

February 23, 2021 – Is My Child Ready for Middle School?

The transition to middle school can be challenging for many students. Some have difficulty adjusting to its size and complexity. Others have problems adjusting to the social pressures. Still others have trouble adjusting to the more rigorous academic expectations. Suddenly, the work habits that enabled students to get by in elementary school may be inadequate for middle school success. If your child has a learning difference, these challenges can be even more difficult.

This Community Talk will focus on:

  • Preparing for middle school.
  • Understanding common middle school fears.
  • Transition to middle school for a child with a learning difference.

 March 16 – Learning Loss and COVID-19, What You Need to Know

Parents across the country are worried about learning loss and the long-term effects that time away from school due to the coronavirus is having on student progress and achievement.

While widespread data is scarce, available information shows the pandemic has had a large and uneven impact on student learning. This Community Talk will      focus on understanding the learning loss associated with COVID-19, what resources are available to combat learning loss, how to plot a recovery course and how parents can support their child.

April 20, 2021 – My Child is Struggling in School, Now What?

Not finishing homework, having trouble making friends, struggling in class – if these concerns sound familiar don’t be instantly alarmed – it’s natural for students to struggle at least a little in school. But if your child is consistently facing the same issues, not keeping up with their classmates, or homework is a constant battle, it may be time to find out more.

During this time of remote learning, parents have gained new insights into how their children learn. They see first-hand their child’s successes and difficulties and have an increasing number of questions about their child’s academic growth. Now, more than ever, parents know when things  just aren’t right.

This Community Talk will help parents understand their child’s learning profile. Participants will learn more about learning differences such as dyslexia, executive functions disorder, working memory challenges, attention-deficit, and dysgraphia.

Many successful people once struggled in school because they learn in a different way. Join us and learn what’s next for your bright child struggling in school.


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