Dean Brian Pertl - Welcome
Brian Pertl ('86) is the Dean of the Conservatory at Lawrence University.
Prof. Bob Williams - Thinking Differently
Bob Williams is an Assistant Professor of Education at Lawrence University and a cognitive scientist who studies the relationship between what teachers do and how learners construct meaning.
This session will explore how the brain works as an organ, how people think, and how future educators can use that information in teaching exceptional learners.
Margaret Jenks - Exceptional Learners and Music
Margaret Jenks created the Bridge Ensemble, an innovative choir which paired gifted and talented students with cognitively disabled students.
This session will address how future educators can interact with exceptional learners in the music classroom. It will examine what exceptional learners can gain from being involved with music and how future educators can integrate them into their music classes alongside typically functioning students.
Robin Kottman - From a Parent's Perspective
Robin Kottman is the parent of a child with exceptional needs from Atlanta, GA.
This session will give future educators a look into the point of view of a parent who has a child with exceptional needs. It will give insight through a parental perspective into the process of diagnosis, and experiences on the education of an exceptional learner and interactions with his teachers.
Joan Helbing - ADD and AD/HD
Joan Helbing is a special education diagnostician, program support teacher, and educational consultant with the Appleton Area School District in Wisconsin.
School is often the most difficult environment for children and adolescents with ADD and AD/HD. This session will explain what the diagnoses of ADD and AD/HD are and what that means for those children and their teachers, particularly focusing on the challenges students with ADD and AD/HD have at school. Resources and strategies from an educational standpoint will be highlighted.
Jo Ellen Schwartz - Rotation: Brains That Work Differently
Jo Ellen Schwartz is the parent of a teenager with AD/HD and learning disabilities. She leads workshops for the Birmingham, MI Public School District on exceptional education awareness.
This session will give participants an opportunity to experience life in the shoes of exceptional learners in exploring what it might be like to have dyslexia, dyscalculia, or learn differently.
Amy Jordan - Rotation: IEPs and Behavioral Plans
Amy Jordan is a school psychologist in the Appleton Area School District.
Many exceptional learners will have an IEP (Individualized Education Programs) or Behavioral Plan as students. This session will explain what they are, how they work, and help to prepare future educators to be involved with that portion of their students' education.
Sandy Kletti - Rotation: Occupational Therapy
Sandy Kletti has been providing occupational therapy services to children ages 3 through 21 in the Appleton Area School District for the past 24 years.
This session will cover Occupational Therapy - What is it? What does it do for exceptional learners? How can future educators support the work being done in Occupational Therapy in their classroom?
EEL Day Coordinators
Schuyler Gardner ('08)
Schuyler Gardner is a future music educator from Mequon, WI. She is pursuing a B.Mus. of Choral/General Music Education and a B.A. in East Asian Studies with a minor in Japanese. Her primary instrument is voice.
Lindsay Schwartz ('10)
Lindsay Schwartz is a future music educator from Birmingham, MI. She is pursuing a B.Mus. of Instrumental Music Education. Her primary instrument is cello.
Jaclyn Kottman ('12)
Jaclyn Kottman is a future music educator from Atlanta, GA. She is pursuing a B.Mus. of Choral/General Music Education and a B.A. in Religious Studies. Her primary instrument is voice.
Jordan King ('10)
Jordan King is a future music educator from Columbus, OH. He is pursuing a B.Mus. of Instrumental Music Education. His primary instrument is violin.
Daniel Parks ('10)
Daniel Parks is a future music educator from Appleton, WI. He is pursuing a B.Mus. of Choral/General Music Education. His primary instrument is piano.