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Summit Announces 2019 Community Talks and Symposium Series

Fri. 01/04/2019

The Summit School remains committed to raising awareness of children with learning differences and connecting families to necessary resources.

In this season of reflection, I’d like to share important information about children with learning differences, specifically those with dyslexia, dyscalculia, and dysgraphia. There are approximately 81,000 students in the Anne Arundel County School System; of these students approximately 16,200 – or one in five – have a learning difference. And, while research demonstrates that these students who may struggle in reading and/or math can most certainly succeed at rigorous, grade-level classwork – far too many do not get the support they need to succeed. We might ask ourselves, why does this happen? How do these kids fall through the cracks?

Dr. Joan A. Mele-McCarthy, CCC-SLP, who has served in a variety of setting s, including private practice, universities, research organizations, the U.S. Federal Government, and independent education, has identified the following factors in getting children the support they need:

  • Myths and/or misconceptions about dyslexia and other learning differences are pervasive and hinder real understanding.
  • Learning differences, because they cannot be seen, often go undetected.
  • Accurate and early identification for children with learning differences is critical but frequently not sought.
  • Without appropriate intervention these children are at great risk of not achieving their full (academic) potential.

Dr. Mele-McCarthy, Executive Director of The Summit School, believes that increased awareness is an essential component to getting these children, those with dyslexia and other learning differences, the support they need. Increased awareness among key groups, including parents and educators, will help. Parents are the best observers of their children. They are the first to notice discrepancies between performance and potential. Educators need to explore reasons for a child’s lack of progress particularly when the child seems to be average or above average and unable to achieve. As part of an overarching effort to raise awareness, Dr. Mele-McCarthy and The Summit School, are sponsoring a series of events throughout the academic year intended to strengthen awareness and understanding of learning differences. Events include those that are open to the public and free of charge and, those designed primarily for educators.  See below for a full list of events, visit The Summit School website at www.thesummitschool.org or contact Summit with specific questions.

“By providing learning opportunities such as these events, The Summit School will help raise awareness and connect community members to necessary resources,” said Dr. Mele-McCarthy. “As we look to the New Year, Summit will continue working on behalf of children with dyslexia, dyscalculia, and dysgraphia to ensure that each child is educated to their full potential.”

 

For a complete list of The Summit School’ Community Talks, click here 2019 Community Talks.

October 29, 2018, Facebook Live Event – To watch this event, please visit the Chesapeake Family Life Facebook page.

Dyslexia Myths and Truths

This Facebook live event will help to educate parents and professionals about dyslexia so that children with dyslexia can be identified sooner, receive appropriate instruction, and acquire the support they need to succeed. Learn the early signs, how dyslexia in children is diagnosed by professionals, and general research based teaching strategies that result in improved reading. Common misconceptions, many that hinder parents from seeking a proper diagnosis and intervention for their child, will also be discussed. -Dr. Joan Mele-McCarthy, CCC-SLP, Executive Director of The Summit School

 

November 3, 2018, 8:00 am – 4:00 pm  The next Summit Symposium is scheduled for March 23, 2019.

The Summit School, 664 Central Ave East, Edgewater, MD

The Summit Symposium Series: The Challenges of Reading Comprehension: A Blueprint for Instruction

Explore the role of language comprehension and how it contributes to reading proficiency. Learn evidence-informed instructional approaches necessary for developing critical competencies including vocabulary knowledge, sentence comprehension, use of text structure, access to background knowledge, and differentiated levels of understanding. -Nancy Hennessy, M.Ed.

 

December 11, 2018, 7:00 pm – 8:15 pm This topic will be presented again on April 11, 2019.

The Summit School, 664 Central Ave East, Edgewater, MD

The Summit School Community Talk: Making Sense of Mathematics for Students Who Learn Differently

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if every student learned math concepts in a way that made sense to her or him? What would this look like? What does it mean to teach and learn mathematics for understanding? Why is this important?  And, how does this work for the students who learn differently? These questions and many more will be answered. Participants will experience the activities that help students make sense of mathematics. -Dr. Honi Bamberger, Math Consultant

  • This Community Talk is one in a series – open to the public and free of charge. If you plan to attend please RSVP at referencing the date.

 

January 10, 2019, 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

South Bowie Branch Library, 15301 Hall Road, Bowie

The Summit School Community Talk: A Parent Primer on Learning Differences – When Bright Children Struggle in School

Parents often hear terms related to their child’s progress in school but they might not truly understand what these terms mean. Understanding a child’s learning profile is important to their success. Parents should attend this free seminar to learn more about topics such as dyslexia, executive function, working memory, attention-deficit, dysgraphia, and other related terms and diagnoses. -Dr. Joan Mele-McCarthy, CCC-SLP, Executive Director of The Summit School

  • This Community Talk is one in a series – open to the public and free of charge. If you plan to attend please RSVP at referencing the date.

 

January 28, 2019, 7:00 pm – 8:15 pm

The Summit School, 664 Central Ave East, Edgewater, MD

The Summit School Community Talk: Social Thinking

The Social Thinking® concepts and strategies developed by Michelle Garcia Winner (www.socialthinking.com) are successfully incorporated into the classroom to increase students’ ability to understand that their behavior impacts the thoughts and feelings of those around them. This session will include an overview of the Superflex® curriculum and the Team of Unthinkables which help students become more successful problem-solvers across all social settings. Understand the strategies and how incorporating these strategies into the classroom can improve both comprehension and social problem-solving. Applicable Grades: K-12.  Appropriate for: parents, educators and administrators.  -Eileen Wallace

  • This Community Talk is one in a series – open to the public and free of charge. If you plan to attend please RSVP at referencing the date.

 

February 28, 2019, 7:00 pm – 8:15 pm

The Summit School, 664 Central Ave East, Edgewater, MD

The Summit School Community Talk: February Learning and the Brain

How does a child learn to read, write, and develop math skills? Dr. McCarthy will share the current research on brain development and learning differences, and discuss the ways in which research-based interventions can support the needs of children with learning differences. -Dr. Joan Mele-McCarthy, CCC-SLP, Executive Director of The Summit School

  • This Community Talk is one in a series – open to the public and free of charge. If you plan to attend please RSVP at referencing the date.

 

March 7, 2019, 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Prince Frederick County – Calvert Library Prince Frederick County, 850 Costley Way, Prince Frederick

The Summit School Community Talk: A Parent Primer on Learning Differences -When Bright Children Struggle in School

Parents often hear terms related to their child’s progress in school but they might not truly understand what these terms mean. Understanding a child’s learning profile is important to their success. Parents should attend this free seminar to learn more about topics such as dyslexia, executive function, working memory, attention-deficit, dysgraphia, and other related terms and diagnoses. -Dr. Joan Mele-McCarthy, CCC-SLP, Executive Director of The Summit School

  • This Community Talk is one in a series – open to the public and free of charge. If you plan to attend please RSVP at referencing the date.

 

March 23, 2019, 8:00 am – 4:00 pm

The Summit School, 664 Central Ave East, Edgewater, MD

The Summit Symposium Series: Smart but Scattered:  Executive Dysfunction at Home and School

Understand how executive skills – the cognitive processes required to plan and organize activities, follow through on tasks, and self-regulate – impact daily living and school performance. Learn assessment strategies, how to design interventions for improvement and when and how to employ coaching as a strategy to support executive skill development. -Peg Dawson, Ed.D.

  • This is the Spring Symposium, offered as part of The Summit School’s Symposium Series. For more information click here or visit thesummitschool.org.

 

April 11, 2019, 7:00 pm – 8:15 pm

The Summit School, 664 Central Ave East, Edgewater, MD

The Summit School Community Talk: Making Sense of Mathematics for Students Who Learn Differently

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if every student learned math concepts in a way that made sense to her or him? What would this look like? What does it mean to teach and learn mathematics for understanding? Why is this important?  And, how does this work for the students who learn differently? These questions and many more will be answered. Participants will experience the activities that help students make sense of mathematics. -Dr. Honi Bamberger, Math Consultant

  • This Community Talk is one in a series – open to the public and free of charge. If you plan to attend please RSVP at referencing the date.

 

April 30, 2019, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Eastport Annapolis Neck Community Library, 269 Hillsmere Drive, Annapolis, MD

The Summit School Community Talk: A Parent Primer on Learning Differences -When Bright Children Struggle in School

Parents often hear terms related to their child’s progress in school but they might not truly understand what these terms mean. Understanding a child’s learning profile is important to their success. Parents should attend this free seminar to learn more about topics such as dyslexia, executive function, working memory, attention-deficit, dysgraphia, and other related terms and diagnoses. -Dr. Joan Mele-McCarthy, CCC-SLP, Executive Director of The Summit School

  • This Community Talk is one in a series – open to the public and free of charge. If you plan to attend please RSVP at referencing the date.

 

May 9, 2019, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Severna Park Community Library, 45 West McKinsey Road, Severna Park, MD

The Summit School Community Talk: A Parent Primer on Learning Differences: When Bright Children Struggle in School

Parents often hear terms related to their child’s progress in school but they might not truly understand what these terms mean. Understanding a child’s learning profile is important to their success. Parents should attend this free seminar to learn more about topics such as dyslexia, executive function, working memory, attention-deficit, dysgraphia, and other related terms and diagnoses. -Dr. Joan Mele-McCarthy, CCC-SLP, Executive Director of The Summit School

  • This Community Talk is one in a series – open to the public and free of charge. If you plan to attend please RSVP at referencing the date.