Education Topics

The trainings listed in this section were developed for and have been offered to elementary, secondary and vocational-technical teachers.  When teachers from different grade levels attend these trainings, they report that the information presented and the interaction with teachers who teach different grades provides them with a better perspective about children’s struggle at different grade levels.

ES-370 Helping Children with Learning Problems to Develop Social and Life Skills: The same learning problems that impede the acquisition of basic academic skills often result in difficulties in social interaction and other life skills.  This workshop will explore some of these difficulties, especially those that directly impact interactions in school.  Through an explanation of the causes of social and life skill deficiencies, the participants will better understand how to help their students reduce the impact of the social differences and develop strategies for improving social skills.

ES-466 Inclusion: This training discusses techniques for including children with learning problems and disabilities in the regular classroom.  The techniques relate to the specific learning problems, which interfere with the learning of basic skills and other subjects.  Classroom management of behavior problems and issues of self-esteem are included in this training.

ES-520 Teaching Reading to Children with Learning Problems: Teachers report that this training provides them with many practical ideas for teaching individuals with reading problems from the non-reader to the reader with limited comprehension.  The causes of specific reading problems such as reversals and the reading of synonyms are discussed and remedies for these problems are explained and demonstrated.

ES-525 Vocabulary Development for Children with Learning Problems: Vocabulary development is critical for academic success.  This training presents techniques for vocabulary development to aid oral communication, reading comprehension and critical thinking skills.  The presenter explains techniques to assist children who have weak language skills to increase and sharpen their vocabulary.

ES-530 Instructional Techniques for Children with Weak Writing Skills: Participants will experiment with various techniques in an interactive workshop that emphasizes alternative ways to teach writing skills.  The activities will include techniques to help learners understand and use the structure of language.  Writing exercises that help learners to develop their ideas and organize their thoughts will be demonstrated.  Strategies for motivating reluctant writers to write more will also be discussed. 

ES-532 Teaching Spelling and Writing to Children with Learning Problems: This training session discusses the thought patterns of children with learning problems that interfere with spelling.  The presenter provides alternative techniques for teaching spelling and writing to children with language based learning problems.  

ES-645 Teaching Reading, Writing and Math to Children with Learning Problems: This training session provides an overview of alternative techniques for teaching reading, writing and math to children with learning problems.  Participants learn how to assist students who have problems with language development because of auditory perception and processing problems.  The section on math outlines ways to help students improve their computation and problem solving skills.

ES-740 Teaching Math to Children with Learning Problem: This training session provides information about why children with learning differences have a difficult time learning math. Alternative techniques for teaching quantitative concepts, arithmetic operations and problem solving skills are explained.  A demonstration of Tic Tac Toe Math is included.

ES-935 In-Service Course: Teaching Reading, Writing and Spelling: This 15 hour course provides participants with information about the specific learning problems that interfere with language development.  They will also learn how to teach reading and basic writing skills to children who fall into the following categories: Non-Readers, Weak Readers, Basic Readers, Readers with Errors, and Readers with Limited Comprehension.  Participants experiment with the alternative techniques for teaching reading, spelling and writing.  For example they are asked to draw an outline for a writing assignment and learn how to teach this technique to those who might benefit from it.

ES-940 In-Service Course: Teaching Math to Children with Learning Problems: This 15 hours course provides information about how learning problems interfere with the development of math skills.  Teachers learn how to increase quantitative concepts, improve problem solving and reduce the errors in computation.  Tic Tac Toe Math is part of this course; teachers learn the system and how to teach it.

ES-966 In-Service Course: Inclusion of Children with Learning Disabilities: This 15 hour course discusses the advantages, disadvantages, rewards and challenges of including children with learning disabilities in the regular classroom.  Techniques for subject instruction will be presented which relate to the specific learning problems that interfere with the learning of basic skills and other subjects.  Classroom management of behavior problems and issues of self-esteem are included in this training.

ES-970 In-Service Course: Social and Life Skills for Children with Learning Problems: This 15 hour course explores the connection between learning problems and poor social skills.  Participants review the children they have taught in the past relating their poor social skills to the characteristics of learning differences to find alternative approaches to classroom management.  Information is also provided on teaching life skills such as consumer math concepts, conflict resolution and other similar topics.

 

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