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Session 1 Workshops Bios

List of 6 items.

  • Dyslexia and Ways to Support Dyslexic Learners

    Laurie Moloney, CLAT
    Academic Language Therapy Association
    President, DC Area Branch of the International Dyslexia Association
    Motivated by the belief that literacy is a fundamental civil right, Laurie Moloney serves students of all ages, from mildly to severely disabled. A member of the faculty of the Atlantic Seaboard Dyslexia Education Center, Ms. Moloney’s expertise includes teaching students to read, handwrite and spell fluently, to take notes from books and lectures, enlarge their vocabulary exponentially through the study of Latin and Greek morphemes, write well, manage their time and materials, remember what they learn through novel strategies, and self-advocate.
  • Executive Functioning in the Developing Brain—The Foundation of Success

    Rebecca Resnik, PhD
    Rebecca Resnik and Associates, LLC
    Rebecca Resnik is the author of the newly-published book, A Family’s First Guide to ADHD. The practice Dr. Resnik founded offers neuropsychological testing, educational testing, professional training, and therapy. A co-organizer of the first Computational Psychology Workshop at the International Association of Computational Linguistics Annual Conference, Dr. Resnik consults in the area of computational linguistics, using natural language to detect mental health problems. She has an MEd in Special Education and has worked with students with learning challenges in private and public settings.
  • Anxiety

    Daniel Pine, MD
    Chief, Emotion and Development Branch, and
    Chief, Section on Development and Affective Neuroscience
    National Institute of Mental Health Intramural Research Program

    Daniel Pine’s expertise includes biological and pharmacological aspects of mood, anxiety, and behavioral disorders in children, as well as classification of psychopathology across the lifespan. Currently, his group examines the degree to which mood and anxiety disorders in children and adolescents are associated with abnormalities in the amygdala, prefrontal cortex, and brain regions that modulate these structures. Dr. Pine has served as Chair of the Psycho-pharmacologic Drug Advisory Committee for the Food and Drug Administration, Chair of the Child and Adolescent Disorders Work Group for the DSM-5 Task Force, and President of the Society of Biological Psychiatry. 
  • Mindfulness: How It Can Improve Learning

    Frankie Engelking, MA
    Director of Student and Community Wellness, McLean School
    Frankie Engelking oversees McLean School’s community wellness endeavors, including the school’s comprehensive Mindfulness program for students, parents, and faculty. Ms. Engelking developed McLean’s Upper School Science Elective, Physiology, Anatomy, Injury Prevention and Disease (PAID). She has coordinated mindfulness training for independent and public schools throughout the DC area. Prior to joining McLean School, Ms. Engelking was a Montgomery County Prevention Consultant, and a radio host for the weekly program Perspectives in Health.
  • Brain Training: How Biofeedback and Neurofeedback Can Help Students Feel Calm and Focused

    Liz Schroth, MA, BCC, LCPC
    Transitional Insights, LLC

    Liz Schroth uses an integrated approach in her work with children, young adults, and families--one that joins traditional talk therapy and educational coaching to EEG Biofeedback, a therapeutic method that targets cognitive and emotional well-being. Ms. Schroth has held positions in the Development and Affective Neuroscience Center, the Clinical Neuroimaging Lab, and the Clinical Brain Disorders Branch at the National Institute of Mental Health. Earlier, she worked at Georgia State University’s Lab for the Study of Anxiety Disorders Across Development.

    Robin Moore, LCPC, BCC, BCN
    Educational Insights, LLC
    Licensed as both a board certified coach and a neurotherapist, Robin Moore specializes in educational counseling and neurofeedback. For three decades, Ms. Moore served as a counselor and Director of Counseling in Montgomery County Public Schools, most recently at Winston Churchill High School, helping students, parents, and faculty navigate academic and social challenges. In private practice, she offers an array of options for students who require educational advocacy, therapy, and neurofeedback to support their educational goals.

    Katherine Thorn, LCPC, BCN
    Wellness in Mind, LLC

    A licensed mental health counselor in private practice, Katherine Thorn has 18 years of experience supporting clients with depression, stress, and loss. Ms. Thorn uses counseling and education groups, as well as biofeedback, as a tool to foster optimum brain functioning. Board certified in neurofeedback by the Biofeedback Certification International Alliance, she is President-Elect of the regional organization for biofeedback. 
  • College Ready and College Bound for the Student Who Learns Differently

    Hannah Serota, MEd
    College Counselor, McLean School
    Hannah Serota brings 25 years of experience to the task of helping students identify their best college fit. Ms. Serota created McLean’s College Counseling Program in 2000, when McLean’s Upper School was established. She has worked as a private consultant, served on the University of Arizona’s Out-of-State Advisory Board, and spent nine years at Oberlin College, where she was Associate Director of Admissions.
    Marcy Ritzert, MEd
    Associate Director of Admissions, Muskingum University

    Since joining Muskingum University in 2004, Marcy Ritzert has coordinated the admissions process for the college’s nationally recognized PLUS program, a comprehensive learning support program for students with learning differences. Through PLUS, learning consultants assist students by embedding learning strategies into specific course content.

Session 2 Workshops Bios

List of 6 items.

  • Brain-Based Strategies for Math Success: How Everyone Can Grow Number Sense, Develop a Positive Emotional Attitude to Math, and Improve Mathematical Thinking

    Linda Kern-Pelzman, PhD
    Director of Academic Program, McLean School

    Linda Kern-Pelzman has taught for three decades at the university and K-12 levels--at Harvard, Brown, Georgetown, Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School, and McLean. Currently, Dr. Peltzman collaborates across divisions with creative master teachers, learning specialists, and the Academic Program Department Team to support McLean’s transformative, individualized, small and nurturing classrooms. Drawing on a wide range of best practices from 21st century pedagogy, education neuroscience, and academic technology, they strive to make education accessible to a broad range of learners. In her previous role as math specialist and department chair, she worked closely with teachers and students to excite math curiosity, exploration, risk-taking, aha! moments, confidence and joy. She passionately believes that all students can be “good at math.”  

    Sarah Baxter, MEd
    Lower and Middle School Math Specialist, McLean School

    As McLean School’s K-8 Math Specialist, Sarah Baxter teaches, advises faculty, runs the Lower School Math Club and organizes a K-6 Math Night. In 2015, Ms. Baxter received a Using Math to Teach Mathematics Grant from the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. She received her MA in Elementary Education and Creative Arts in Learning from Lesley University, and has taught and tutored math for ten years.
    Robyn Wise
    Middle School Math Teacher, McLean School

    Robyn Wise teaches Pre-Algebra and Algebra I at McLean School. Ms. Wise entered her 17th year in the classroom with renewed vision following a workshop led by Stanford professor, Jo Boaler. Inspired by brain research, she teaches an “ungraded” Pre-Algebra class with a growth mindset focused on validating student input, feedback, and self-reflection. Ms. Wise is passionate about fostering a belief in her students that, despite learning differences, they can be successful math learners.
  • ADHD: How the Brain and Behavior Impact Learning and Strategies to Support the ADHD Learner

    Alan Zametkin, MD
    Chesapeake ADHD Center

    An internationally known lecturer on ADHD, Alan Zametkin has evaluated, studied, and treated children and adults for 32 years--in private practice, and with the National Institute of Health. Working collaboratively with parents, educators, and other care providers, Dr. Zametkin’s focus has been helping patients meet the multi-faceted challenges of living with ADHD and the related disorders that often accompany ADHD. His work on adult ADHD has been featured in The Washington Post and The New York Times. Most recently, he spent three years treating military families at Bethesda Naval Hospital and Ft. Meade.
    Molly R. Zametkin, LGSW
    Northstar Academy
    Molly Zametkin, LGSW, started her training at the National Institutes of Health conducting research in the area of substance abuse. She completed her masters at the Catholic University of America and began working at the Northstar Academy, where she works as a therapist with adolescents struggling with mental health and substance abuse. Molly's primary areas of interest include health models of care, addiction, cognitive behavior therapy and ADHD. 
  • The Adolescent Brain

    Ellen Braaten, PhD
    Director, Learning and Emotional Assessment Program, Massachusetts General Hospital (LEAP)
    Track Director, Child Psychology Training Program, MGH/Harvard Medical School
    A preeminent expert in pediatric neuropsychological and psychological assessment--particularly in the assessment of learning disabilities and attentional disorders--Ellen Braaten is the author of Straight Talk about Psychological Testing for Kids, a classic for parents and professionals, and The Child Clinician’s Report-Writing Handbook, dubbed “the most comprehensive child assessment handbook available.” Her most recent book, How to Findl Mental Health Care for Your Child, is a lauded resource for parents. In addition to directing LEAP, Dr. Braaten is the primary assessment supervisor for child psychology interns and post-doctoral fellows in the School of Psychology at Massachusetts General Hospital.
  • The Out-of-Sync Child and Sensory Processing

    Carol Stock Kranowitz, MA
    President, Out-of-Sync Child

    Carol Kranowitz is the the author of 11 books--including the pioneering text, The Out-of-Sync Child: Recognizing and Coping with Sensory Processing Disorder--which The New York Times called “the parent’s bible to Sensory Processing Disorder.” Ms. Kranowitz taught for 25 years at St. Columba’s Nursery School in Washington, DC, where she developed an innovative program to screen young children for sensory processing challenges. Her writing and presentations feature a fun and functional approach that integrates sensory-motor activities into everyday life in both home and academic settings.
  • Does This Have to be So Hard? Creating Healthy Family and Sibling Relationships with Children Who Learn Differently

    Sally Neuberger, LCSW-C
    Sally Neuberger Therapy

    Sally Neuberger has been fostering healthy families for three decades. As head of the counseling department at the Katharine Thomas School, Ms. Neuberger developed social pragmatics programs and conducted workshops for parents and the community. Now in private practice, she works with children, young adolescents, and their parents, guiding them as they navigate the dynamics of social and emotional behavior in school, and helping them work towards strong sibling and parent-child relationships in the home.
  • Building a Home: Adoption, Learning, Identity, and Culture

    Vittoria DeLucia, MD
    Psychiatric Resident, University of Maryland Medical Center Sheppard Pratt
    Adopted from Korea as an infant, Vittoria DeLucia has focused on cultural identity since her own adolescence, founding Chingoo, an organization that matches Korean adoptees with Korean adopted and Korean-American mentors. Dr. DeLucia has served as Cultural Diversity Day Co-Chair for the Psychiatry Residency Program at Sheppard Pratt, and is a recipient of the Rose Memorial Award for her promotion of cultural competence in psychiatry. Prior to attending medical school, she toured Italy as an operatic performer.
Processing Speed, Learning and the Brain
Ellen B. Braaten, PhD
Director, Learning and Emotional Assessment Program at Massachusetts General Hospital

Dr. Ellen Braaten is the Director of the Learning and Emotional Assessment Program (LEAP) at Massachusetts General Hospital and the Track Director of the Child Psychology Training Program at MGH/Harvard Medical School. She is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Braaten is widely recognized as an expert in the field of pediatric neuropsychological and psychological assessment, particularly in the areas of assessing learning disabilities and attentional disorders.
Dr. Braaten is the co-author of Straight Talk About Psychological Testing for Kids, a book that has become a classic for parents and professionals. She has also written The Child Clinician’s Report-Writing Handbook, which has been called “The most comprehensive child assessment handbook available.” Her most recent book for parents is entitled How to Find Mental Health Care for Your Child, published by the American Psychological Association. Dr. Braaten brings to McLean School’s Cecily’s Advocacy Workshop a depth of understanding of many facets of learning and will share information and insights about processing speed as reflected in her book, Bright Kids Who Can’t Keep Up, in her keynote address. She will offer practical tips on the adolescent brain in her workshop. We are thrilled to welcome Dr. Braaten to McLean School.
Anxiety and the Impact on Learning
Daniel Pine, MD
Chief, Emotion and Development Branch (E & D) and Chief, Section on Development and Affective Neuroscience (SDAN), National Institute of Mental Health Intramural Research Program

 It can be particularly challenging to achieve positive learning and educational outcomes when dealing with anxiety. Dr. Daniel S. Pine is Chief, Section on Development and Affective Neuroscience in the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) Intramural Research Program and he will share information, ideas, and insights in the area of anxiety.  His areas of expertise include biological and pharmacological aspects of mood, anxiety, and behavioral disorders in children, as well as classification of psychopathology across the lifespan. Currently, his research group is examining the degree to which mood and anxiety disorders in children and adolescents are associated with underlying abnormalities in the amygdala, prefrontal cortex, and associated brain regions.  Dr. Pine has served as the Chair of the Psychopharmacologic Drug Advisory Committee for the Food and Drug Administration and Chair of the Child and Adolescent Diagnosis Group for the DSM-5 Task Force. He has received many awards, including the Joel Elkes Award from the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology, the Blanche Ittelson Award from the American Psychiatric Association, and the Ruane Prize from the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation. As so many parents, students, and teachers struggle to better understand anxiety and the way it impacts learning and performance, we are excited to welcome Dr. Pine to McLean School.

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