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HRS Speaker Series

The HRS Speaker Series is a set of annual lectures, hosted free-of-charge by the HRS Learning Center. Each event is designed to cover topics relevant to families of students with dyslexia or other language-based learning differences. All lectures begin at 10:00 am. Doors open at 9:45 am.

2020-21 HRS Speaker Series Events

Postponed - New Date TBD

Executive Functioning and Social Skills: How to Help Kids and Teens Navigate their Social World.

Presented by Ben Wahl

Learn how executive functioning challenges can affect the acquisition of social skills for elementary and middle school students. We will look at how emotional regulation, impulse control, self-awareness and flexibility can manifest in daily social interactions. And we will explore strategies to help kids better navigate social norms, conflict resolution, making friends, handing frustration and other similar social situations.

Ben Wahl founded both the Aspiring Youth program and the Delphi Young Adults program at Ryther. He holds a BA from Wesleyan University and an MSW from the University of Washington and has worked in supporting social skills with children, adolescents, and young adults for over twenty years.

Postponed - New Date TBD

Utilizing Technology to Boost Engagement and Productivity in the Classroom

Presented by Charlotte Gjedsted, HRS Technology Teacher

Explore different built-in assistive technology tools frequently used in the classroom, as well as how these tools appear across platforms. Weigh the benefits, address the obstacles, and view examples of student work. Participants will leave the workshop with a base understanding of the uses of built-in tools in Windows 10 and iOS, as well as tools now embedded in Office 365.

Charlotte Gjedsted holds a BA from Loyola Marymount University and an MA in Curriculum and Instruction from University of the Pacific. She has worked as a teacher, in curriculum development, and as a technology specialist at schools in Washington and California, and is currently Technology Coordinator at Hamlin Robinson School.

Past Events in the 2019-20 Series

January 18, 2020

Navigating the Accommodations Landscape

Presented by Megan McCall

The process for requesting and using accommodations is not always straightforward, either at school or for standardized testing. This presentation will provide guidance on how to partner with your child's school for in-school accommodations, explore the process for accommodations at public school and private schools, and walk families through the process for requesting accommodations for standardized tests.

Megan McCall is the Director of Learning Support at Seattle Academy and a WABIDA board member. Her 18 years as an educator have focused on supporting students experiencing challenge in school for any number of reasons. Her training has focused on understanding learning differences, the functional challenges they present to students and educators in school, and tools, strategies and systems that can support students in understanding their strengths to work around their challenges.

February 29, 2020

Enhancing Learning Through Mindfulness

Presented by Tonya Kammer, HRS Middle School Teacher

Students and teachers face constant pressures to meet academic goals and social expectations. Mindfulness practices offer techniques to support and address the overall health of learners and the learning environment in order to boost creativity, concentration, flexibility, and awareness and to heighten student performance and success.

Tonya Kammer holds a CYT-200 yoga practitioner certification, with an emphasis on mindful movement and slow vinyasa yoga, and has completed Level 2 coursework in the Mindful Schools program. She also holds an MA in Special Education, and has spent the last 6 years as a middle school teacher at Hamlin Robinson School, where she leads both teacher meditation sessions and the student centered Mindfulness Club.