Finding the Right College for Students with Learning Differences, by Dr. Michelle Berg
Thursday, October 27, 7:30 pm
Darien Library Community Room
Parents and students: Please join educational advising and placement expert Dr. Michelle Berg, who will discuss ‘right fit’ colleges which includes full consideration of the academic, social and emotional realms of a student’s life. Dr. Berg will address:
- How to evaluate if a college has an appropriate level of support
- Essential skills that help students who have learning differences be successful in college
- Pros and cons of disclosing a student’s disability
Please RSVP to email@example.com. Darien SEPAC, DHSPA, and Darien Library are sponsoring this evening program.
Dr. Berg earned her B.A. in Psychology from The George Washington University, her M.A. in Counseling Psychology from Marymount University, and her Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Prior to attending graduate school, Dr. Berg provided individual, family and group therapy to adolescents and young adults in various outpatient settings. She conducted evaluations for students, formulated diagnoses, developed treatment plans and made recommendations for school placement. As a result of this work, Dr. Berg has taken a special interest in students with learning differences, and has focused her educational advising and placement practice on these students.
Dr. Berg has developed a database of schools that offer varying levels of support to help students achieve their goals, and considers each student’s academic, social and emotional needs carefully when determining the best learning environment and the appropriate level of support for students. In addition to her educational advising and placement practice, Dr. Berg serves as a consultant to The School Counseling Group in Washington, D.C. as their learning differences specialist, is a member of the National Association of College Admission Counseling, and serves on the Professional Advisory Board of Smart Kids with Learning Disabilities.
Special Education Overview for 2016-17 Darien’s Special Education Administration
Monday, September 12, 11 am
Darien Library Conference Room, 3rd Floor
Please join Assistant Superintendent Shirley Klein, and Program Directors Scott McCarthy & Shira Schwartz who will provide a brief overview of the topics below and respond to parent questions.
–Results of ESY Review
–Chromebook rollout & training
–Update on Co-Taught Classes
–Update on Progress Monitoring
Building GRIT…For Students Who Tend to Quit Difficult Tasks Due to Frustration and/or Low Confidence by Todd T. Kellogg, LMFT, BCBA
Thursday, April 28, 7:15pm, Darien Library Community Room
Research shows that the brain changes over time when faced with challenges that require effort, making mistakes, and, ultimately, persistence. One fundamental characteristic to successful learning is Grit: stamina, passion, and a determination to continuously plug-away when experiencing difficulty.
The problem that plagues many children, though, is that, instead of embracing difficulty, they shun the experience and associate challenging tasks with anxiety and stress. Others might just give up, thereby killing off the learning opportunity. It is possible to help our children learn by increasing their understanding and acceptance of Trial & Error, which is the process of how we learn a vast majority of skills over time.
Todd Kellogg, LMFT, BCBA, a licensed marriage and family therapist and a board certified behavior analyst, will offer strategies for addressing these important issues. He has worked in the field of disabilities since 1994 and has established PositiveFamilyBehavior, a private practice with offices in Trumbull and Wilton.
Please RSVP to Darien SEPAC at firstname.lastname@example.org
Colleges with Support Services Panel
Tuesday, May 10th, 7:15 PM, Darien Library Community Room
Learning differences do not need to stand in the way of a student’s pursuit of a college education. Increasingly, students with IEPs and 504 plans are participating in a range of programs that support students as they transition into and throughout college. Whether a student has ADHD, intellectual disabilities, autism, dyslexia, or other disability, post-secondary programs exist to prepare them for meaningful careers and independence.
Paul Ribeiro, Director of Guidance, Darien High School, will moderate a panel that will include the following representatives and colleges. They will share details about available academic, social and living supports.
Daneshea Palmer, Iona College, Director of the College Assistance Program (CAP)
Jacqueline Jewett, Mitchell College, Director of Individualized Services, Director of Thames Academy
Goldie Adele, J.D., Southern Connecticut State University, Director of Disability Resource Center (DRC)
Tim Pearson, Norwalk Community College/College Steps, Program Coordinator
Lauren Merritt, College Steps, Executive Director, with programs serving Norwalk Community College, Westchester Community College, Northern Virginia Community College, American International College, Southern Vermont College, Castletown University, Lyndon State College, Johnson State College
Students and Parents are invited to attend. Please RSVP to email@example.com. Darien SEPAC, DHSPA, Darien Public Schools and Darien Library are sponsoring this evening program.
Monday, June 6, 7:15, Darien Library
Twice Exceptional: Understanding Students with both Disabilities and High Abilities by Susan Baum, Ph.D.
Co-sponsored by Darien Library, Darien Advocates for Education of the Gifted (DAEG) and Darien Special Education Parent Advisory Committee (SEPAC)