For parents interested in how to get special education services, also know as the IEP (Individualized Educational Plan) process, started for their child and then what to do once it’s implemented, Julie Hagy-Hancock was a wealth of information at our September HillTOPICS forum. In order for a student to qualify for an IEP they must […]
The inner workings of the brain have fascinated people for decades, but we are still only beginning to understand how this unusual organ works and how to teach and learn more effectively. At our HillTOPICS forum on February 7th, Kathy Sherman, Director of Hillside School, revealed some of the latest research on neuroscience and learning […]
Kathy Sherman, Director of Hillside, laid out the basic facts about dyslexia plus much more in her HillTOPICS presentation on January 10, 2017. Did you know that one in five children have some degree of dyslexia? And that many myths about dyslexia still persist, such as that boys are more affected than girls (they’re not), […]
Did you know the federal government requires schools to protect the civil rights of students with disabilities? But the devil is in the details and Georgia Montoya and Andres Ramirez, two attorneys from the Office of Civil Rights, came to our November HillTOPICS meeting to speak about the public schools’ responsibilities to protect the civil rights of […]
“That was fantastic!” “I learned so much.” Those were two of many positive comments I heard at the end of Dr. McCloskey’s presentation last night. Hillside teachers also had the benefit of meeting with Dr. McCloskey earlier in the day and received some valuable guidance as we discussed the specific challenges that children with learning […]
Dr. George McCloskey gave an entertaining and informative presentation at our 10th Anniversary Speaker’s Spotlight and Fundraiser. Our three big takeaways were… Things will change and get better as our students practice new skills and mature. Development is not a straight line. Keep a long term perspective in mind. Students with executive function challenges will improve […]
HillTOPICS hosted Dr. Nomita Chhabildas from the Attention, Behavior, and Learning Clinic at CU Boulder. She gave an informative and helpful presentation on the basics of dyslexia and ways that parents and teachers could support students who learn differently. She also explained the commonalities and differences between dyslexia and ADHD and the strategies and accommodations that are […]
Join Learning Ally’s YES! Ambassadors for an inspirational family event to explore the ‘Power of Self-Advocacy’. The YES! Ambassadors will share their personal stories, examples of self-advocacy presentations, skits that show the right and wrong ways to self-advocate and parent tips to support the process. Following the presentation, there will be a Q&A session led by these amazing students who have […]
The Peak Parent Center annual conference will be in Denver this February 12-13th. This is a fantastic opportunity to learn more about inclusive education and find resources to assist parents of diverse learners. Scholarships may be available.
Common misconceptions as well as the facts about dyslexia are covered in Dr. Chhabildas’ presentation that she gave to a crowded room during our Parent Resource Group on December 3rd. In case you missed it, or would just like to review the slides, they are here for your review.