Many parents of students with learning differences feel isolated and frustrated by the lack of clear guidance they receive and the sheer volume of information available online. To minimize these challenges, Hillside School presents our speaker series, HillTOPICS, open to all who are interested in learning about, discussing, and sharing their experiences about learning differences.
Section 504 at College: Making the Transition from High School to College
The presentation will provide an overview of the legal requirements under Section 504 and the Americans with Disabilities Act for colleges compared to high schools when it comes to serving students with disabilities. The presenters will offer practical advice for ensuring a smooth transition from high school to college.
Presenters: Athena Quezada and Rebecca Tanglen are staff members with the Denver office of the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights. Athena is a Senior Equal Opportunity Specialist, and Rebecca is a Civil Rights Attorney.
Skills for Success: What Every Parent Needs to Know about Mindset and How Learning Really Happens
Research has shown us that how we perceive our ability to learn greatly impacts our confidence, motivation, and perseverance. Executive Functions are the cognitive skills needed for academic performance, social skills, and life skills. Commonly, these are the skills utilized to organize, plan, initiate, manage emotion, shift maintain focus and use working memory. They govern the HOW you do what you DECIDE to do.
This presentation will start off by briefly explaining how Executive Function skills are developed including tips, tools, and strategies parents can use to promote optimal success in all aspects of life. I will then explore how to best help children see themselves as learners and how to best support them in developing perseverance in the face of challenge.
Presenter: Cindy Goldrich, Ed. M., ADHD-CCSP is a certified ADHD Coach and Parenting Specialist. She gives parents a unique understanding of ADHD, Executive Functioning, and their impact on children’s behavior and performance. Cindy provides tools, strategies, and resources to build on children’s innate strengths and potential while reducing the chaos, stress and challenging behaviors that often exist. In addition, she consults in schools and conducts Training workshops nationwide for Teachers and Mental Health Professionals. Author: 8 Keys to Parenting Children with ADHD, and ADHD, Executive Function, & Behavioral Challenges in the Classroom: Managing the Impact on Learning, Motivation, and Stress.
When you hear the words ‘assistive technology do you wonder where to begin to unwrap all that is involved? When to begin using assistive technology? Will using assistive technology keep my child from learning skills like how to read or write? Join Debbie Campbell as she shares information on the following:
Differences among devices (tablet, computer, Chromebook)
Various tools and services available for students to use with their academic work
When to use assistive technology and when to put it to the side
Your student’s rights to accessing assistive technology and assistive technology evaluations
Presenter: Debbie Campbell
Debbie has worked in elementary classrooms and as an adjunct professor at both Denver University’s Teacher Education Program and University of Northern Colorado’s Center for Urban Teacher Education. She now owns and operates Effective Technology for Learning, LLC and serves as a technology consultant and trainer.
Practical tips for supporting your child’s Executive Function
Local GT and Executive Function coach, Seth Perler, will teach parents about:
1. What Executive Function is in practical terms
2. The main components of EF in understandable terms
3. How to know if your child struggles with EF
4. Practical approaches to supporting your child, particularly preparing for when they grow older and the demands become more challenging to navigate
Presenter: Seth Perler, M.Ed. Gifted Education, of sethperler.com, is an Executive Function & 2e coach who helps struggling students navigate school more successfully. He has a weekly blog for parents, helping them find practical answers.
Nervous about all the changes that middle/high school will bring– multiple teachers, lockers, harder work, being organized, new friends, peer pressure, more independence, risks, and opportunities?
Join the club! Students and parents can both have worries as they face the transition into middle school, into high school and after high school. And if you have a child with special needs, the worry is greater for everyone. Anna will discuss ways to prepare ourselves and our children for a successful and balanced transition.
Presenter: Anna Stewart, BVSD Parent, School, Community Liaison
Your child just worked hard all school year to master multiplication, read with flair and fluency, and write a perfect paragraph. Now, how do you avoid the dreaded Summer Slide and the regression of all these skills? Join master teachers Jill Michaud and Trisha Thompson as they share tips and tools to maintain important skills over summer vacation and be prepared for the next school year.
Presenters: Jill Michaud & Trisha Thompson, Hillside School