CANCELLED: Smart but Scattered: Improving Executive Skills to Promote School Success

  • 09 Apr 2020
  • 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Sturbridge Host Hotel & Conference Center, Main Street, Sturbridge, MA

Registration

  • This is to register after April 1 without a book.
  • Book ONLY available until April 1. Notice that you save money if you become a member and then sign up at this rate. You receive a reduced rate, the book, AND MSPA member benefits.
  • This is to register after April 1 without a book.
  • Book ONLY available until April 1. Notice that you save money if you become a member and then sign up at this rate. You receive a reduced rate, the book, AND MSPA member benefits.
  • Book only available until April 1. Notice you would get the book for free as a member as well as the reduced fee and MSPA member benefits.
  • Book only available until April 1. Notice you would get the book for free as a member as well as the MSPA member benefits.

CANCELLED DUE TO  STATE OF EMERGENCY

 Massachusetts School Psychologist Association

Western MA Chapter Spring Conference

Smart but Scattered: Improving Executive Skills to Promote School Success

Peg Dawson, Ed. D.

Thursday, April 9, 2020 Sturbridge Host Hotel & Conference Center, Sturbridge, MA

Executive skills are sometimes called “the hidden curriculum.” They are skills such as task initiation, sustained attention, working memory, planning, organization, and goal-directed persistence that are absolutely critical to school success, yet curriculum standards seldom, if ever, explicitly reference these skills. School psychologists are often called upon both to assess executive skills as well as assist in designing interventions to support students with weak executive skills.

Objectives

As a result of this conference, participants will:

1.     Be able to describe the brain processes involved in executive skill development both in typically developing children and those with executive dysfunction (such as ADHD).

2.     Be able to identify how executive skills impact school performance and daily living.

3.     Know a variety of formal and informal assessment strategies for evaluating executive skills.

4.     Learn how to make environmental modifications to support weak executive skills.

5.     Learn a process for designing a “student-centered” intervention targeting problem situations associated with executive skill challenges.

Special Note

We have made special arrangements to have the book Executive Functioning in Children and Adolescents, 3rd Edition available to members if you register and pay by April 1. If you are not a member, you can purchase the book at a 40% discount for $26 until April 1. Just make sure you register for that option and pay by April 1. 

To receive the book you MUST register and pay by April 1st and select the registration that includes the book. If paying by PO or check the payment must arrive at the email or house address (see below) by April 1.

There will be no books available for those who complete registration after that date as we need to order the books and those registration categories will not be available.

Presenter Bio 

Margaret (Peg) Dawson, Ed. D.: In over 40 years of clinical practice, Dr. Peg Dawson has worked with thousands of children and teens who struggle at home and in school. At the center of their struggles are often weak executive skills. Along with her colleague, Dr. Richard Guare, she has written numerous books on this topic for educators, mental health professionals, and parents, among them Smart but Scattered, Smart but Scattered Teens, Executive Skills in Children and Adolescents, and Coaching Students with Executive Skills Deficits.  Peg is also a past president of the National Association of School Psychologists, and the International School Psychology Association, and is a recipient of NASP’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

Accommodations & Other Information

The Sturbridge Host is handicap accessible and arrangements can be made to provide necessary accommodations.

A light breakfast and lunch is served. Please email any needed accommodations or dietary restrictions to mspawest@gmail.com at least one week PRIOR to the workshop.

Payment Information

For those wishing to pay by purchase order, please complete registration, print the invoice, and mail invoice and district purchase order at least one week PRIOR to the conference to:

MSPA-West, 114 Church Street, Ware, MA 01082

OR

PO materials can be emailed to Andy Koerner at mspawest@gmail.com, again at least one week PRIOR to the conference.

For those wishing to pay by check, please complete the registration form, print the invoice, and mail check made out to MSPA at least one week PRIOR to the conference to:

MSPA-West, 114 Church Street, Ware, MA 01082

If you have any questions, please contact Andy Koerner at mspawest@gmail.com.

Continuing Education Policy

The Massachusetts School Psychologists Association is approved by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to offer contact hours. The DESE requires the completion of a pre-test, which is to be completed prior to the workshop start time. A post-test is also required and will be given at the end of the workshop. Participants must attend the ENTIRE CONFERENCE and satisfy state regulations in order to receive contact hours. Each participant is responsible for knowing and meeting the DESE licensure requirements.

CE HOURS: The Massachusetts School Psychologists Association is approved by the National Association of School Psychologists to sponsor continuing education (CE) for psychologists. In keeping with NASP requirements, these are awarded in contact hours only. CE hours will be awarded at the close of the workshop.  MSPA maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Arriving more than 15 minutes late or failing to stay for the entire program will result in the inability to obtain a PD certificate. Certificates will only be distributed at the conclusion of the program to individuals who have arranged for payment.

*Please note that MSPA charges a $75 cancellation fee for cancellations received prior to the conference. *




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