Rosetta Eun Ryong Lee

Opening and Closing Keynote Speaker & Workshop Presenter

Outreach Specialist
 
Parenting with Identity in Mind
8:30-9:50 am

How do we learn about our various group identities like gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, economic class, learning styles? What messages have we internalized about ourselves and others? Why do some people have a healthy self-identity and others feel own-group shame and hatred? Learn how we can instill positive self-identity in our children and coach them to be positive influences on others’ identities. Together, we can co-create genuinely affirming and inclusive communities.

 
Talking to Youth About Identity, Difference, and Justice
1:00-2:30 pm

Young people are on a constant search for who they are and where they belong. They also often bear witness to challenging or traumatic events in current events, media, and our local communities. We adults have a natural instinct to protect our children from harsh realities and yet we want to prepare them to navigate this complex world - is it possible to do both? What are ways to talk about identity, difference, and justice in age appropriate ways? How do you reinforce your values without shutting down perspectives? Walk away with tools, reminders, and resources for having sometimes hard but often rich and necessary conversations with youth.
 

Rosetta Lee
serves Seattle Girls’ School, an innovative Junior High School for girls, in dual roles. As a faculty member, Rosetta teaches subjects such as science, math, technology, art, ethics, social justice, and more. As a professional outreach specialist, she designs and delivers trainings for all constituencies of the school community, as well as the local and national educational and nonprofit sectors.
 
Since 2004, Rosetta has been a diversity speaker and trainer on a variety of topics, including cross cultural communication, identity development, prejudice reduction and coalition building, gender and sexuality diversity, facilitation skills, bullying in schools, and gender bias in the classroom. Rosetta has presented at numerous conferences and nonprofit organizations such as the White Privilege Conference, Junior League, and City Year. She has also worked with over 175 K-12 public and independent schools throughout the country, as well as a number of colleges and universities. She has served several years on the faculty of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) Diversity Leadership Institute, as well as NAIS’ diversity think-tank cadre, Call to Action.

Featured Workshop


Productive Parenting: Simple Tools to Feel in Control and Fulfilled -Live
Joy Kolb, PhD, BCBA-D
Psychologist
Alliance Pediatrics

All parents struggle while raising their children. Some parents feel as though they are surviving day to day while others go in and out of difficult phases. There is not a perfect way to parent, but there are some evidence-based strategies and approaches to make parenting easier. Even though parenting a young child, tween, and teen can look very different, there are some common themes to help parents feel empowered and successful. This presentation provides parents with applicable strategies to employ immediately. Participants will learn techniques to help decrease daily battles and move towards a peaceful and enjoyable family life.

Workshop Session 1

List of 6 items.

  • Student-Teacher Relationships Matter: McLean School as a Case Study

    Josephine Diemond, EdD
    Head of Upper School
    McLean School
     
    Dr. Diemond will present her dissertation findings that explored student/teacher characteristics, school and family supports, and pedagogical and curricular practices that lead to the success of McLean students not only in high school but also through at least the first year of college.
     
    Dr. Diemond is in her 13th year as the Head of McLean’s Upper School. Prior to McLean, Dr. Diemond served as Head of Grades 11 and 12 at The Field School, French teacher and Assistant Director of Academic Counseling at The Madeira School, and French teacher and Language Department Head at Millbrook School. Dr. Diemond received her BA in Biology from Princeton University, her MA in French Literature from New York University, and her EdD in Educational and Organizational Leadership from the University of Pennsylvania. She is passionate about the education of teenagers and the development of faculty.
  • *Updated with Resources* Turning “The Talk” Into an 18-Year Conversation: Helping Parents Navigate Age-Appropriate Conversations about Gender, Consent, Sex, Love, and Relationships (Parents of Youth, K-6)

    Molly Love, LCSW, Coordinator of Social-Emotional Programming
    McLean School
     
    Research has shown that parents are the number one influence when it comes to children’s decisions around sex, love, and relationships, yet these are also the topics that we as parents struggle with the most. During this workshop, participants will learn about the research around developmentally appropriate ways to have the difficult conversations with children around such topics as gender, sex, consent, love and relationships. Participants will be given practical tips, as well as have the opportunity to practice evidence-based communication strategies in a safe environment.
     
    Molly Love, LCSW, has worked for the past 20 years in and around the Washington, DC, area with teens, practitioners, and parents towards improving the lives of children and families. The principal focus of this work has been fostering healthy peer-to-peer relationships, promoting communication between parents and children, the prevention of teen and unplanned pregnancies and sexually transmitted infections, as well as the prevention of sexual assault. Molly is a licensed Social Worker in Maryland and is currently the Coordinator of Social-Emotional Programming in McLean’s Middle School. Prior to this she served as the Family Planning and Social Services Director of CCI Health & Wellness Services, and the Executive Director (2012-2014) and Director of Outreach (2007-2012) for Teen And Young Adult Health Connection (TAYA), which merged into CCI. Molly served for two years as the Co-Chair of the Montgomery County Interagency Coalition on Adolescent Pregnancy (ICAP). Her work in collaboration with the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and ICAP to train school nurses and community providers to help parents effectively communicate with their children and influence them to avoid risky behaviors, was recognized with a National Association of Counties (NACo) Achievement Award.  

    Slides
  • The Invisible Sibling: Family Dynamics and the Challenge of Meeting Everyone’s Needs

    Karen A. Hennessy, RN, MS, CPNP, PMHNP-BC
    Pediatric/Adolescent Nurse Practitioner & Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
    The Chesapeake Center – ADHD, Learning & Behavioral Health

    Sibling relationships are powerful. When a brother/sister is diagnosed with a learning difference or a physical or emotional illness, there is a shift in the family equilibrium. The focus is often primarily on the child with the identified need. Limited hours in a day, work, home, and financial responsibilities add additional stressors for parents who are worried about finding the right support and care. Children are sensitive and very aware of changes in family dynamics. Siblings often feel confused, sad, and resentful about getting less attention than their brother or sister. How do parents recognize a level of distress that unmet needs are causing? What is the long-term impact? Is there a silver lining for the sibling? What are realistic expectations for parents? This presentation will address these questions as well as factors contributing to siblings’ reactions and how they are affected, what is a normal vs. problematic behavior, effective communication skills, and strategies to shift the family scale to a healthy balance for everyone, including parents.    
     
    Karen Hennessy is a dual certified nurse practitioner in pediatric/adolescent medicine and psychiatric mental health. She has over 30 years’ experience working with children with cancer, learning disabilities, and mental health issues. She was the Coordinator and Nurse Practitioner for the Childhood Cancer Survivorship Clinic at Georgetown University Hospital; and received additional training in the neurodevelopment of learning disabilities to better address neurocognitive effects of cancer treatment. She collaborated with schools, advocating for resources for her patients with learning differences. Ms. Hennessy also has extensive experience working with parents and siblings to help them cope with the stress of acute and chronic illness, mental health, and cognitive issues. Ms. Hennessy is a published author of two books, peer-reviewed articles, and the scriptwriter for an educational CD-ROM for adolescents. She is the mother of three young adults, and currently is in private practice at The Chesapeake Center for ADHD, Learning, and Behavioral Health in Bethesda.
  • “Just Say YES” : Encouraging Flexibility and Persistence in Children with Unique Learning Profiles

    Sally Neuberger, LCSW-C
     
    This workshop will review the differences between wired for resistant behavior/refusal behaviors and the worry that comes with flexibility!
     
    Participants will learn strategies for coaching children with practicing and encouraging flexible, tolerant, and cooperative behaviors.
     
    Sally Neuberger LCSW-C is a seasoned mental health clinician with 35 years of experience supporting children and families in private school and private practice settings in the metro DC area. Ms. Neuberger is particularly engaging with children, young adolescents and families struggling with sensory, learning needs, behaviors, and ADHD/anxiety issues. She consults with local schools and presents to Parent Associations and professionals on a wide range of topics. Presently in private practice in Rockville, Maryland, Sally works with children and their siblings/parents using CBT model along with other modalities. For more information, please visit sneubergertherapy.com for additional information.
  • Productive Parenting: Simple Tools to Feel in Control and Fulfilled

    Joy Kolb, PhD, BCBA-D, Psychologist
    Alliance Pediatrics

    All parents struggle while raising their children. Some parents feel as though they are surviving day to day while others go in and out of difficult phases. There is not a perfect way to parent, but there are some evidence-based strategies and approaches to make parenting easier. Even though parenting a young child, tween, and teen can look very different, there are some common themes to help parents feel empowered and successful. This presentation provides parents with applicable strategies to employ immediately. Participants will learn techniques to help decrease daily battles and move towards a peaceful and enjoyable family life.
     
    Dr. Joy Kolb has been consulting with families and schools for over 20 years. She is a licensed psychologist and board certified behavior analyst in private practice in Gaithersburg, Maryland. Dr. Kolb’s treatment focuses on providing evidence-based strategies and recommendations that make noticeable differences in her clients’ lives. Her treatment emphasizes realistic interventions that are individualized to the unique needs of each family. Dr. Kolb’s clinical interests include individual treatment as well as providing trainings for caregivers and school staff.
     
  • What Works With Teens . . . For Parents!

    Britt Rathbone, LCSW-C
    Rathbone & Associates
     
    Parents of teens know – communication can be hard! Teens can act distant, defensive, or even downright rude. The natural response of many adults is to assert authority, only to experience a power struggle, creating further distance and distrust.
     
    So how can we break the cycle, keep the communication lines positive 
    and maintain a strong connection?
     
    In this workshop, Britt Rathbone, Adolescent Therapist, Author, and Adolescent Specialist will share insights from his many years of work with teens, as well as proven techniques from the latest of his co-authored books, 'What Works With Teens to help parents:
     
    • Understand the current research on how to successfully engage with adolescents, 
    • Better understand the factors that contribute to challenging adolescent behaviors, and
    • Identify specific techniques for improving parent-teen relationship effectiveness.
     
     
    Britt H. Rathbone is an expert in adolescent mental health and is committed to proving evidence-based treatments including CBT, DBT, Unified Protocol, ACT, Behavioral Activation, Prolonged Exposure, and others. He is the founder and director of Rathbone & Associates, a psychotherapy practice focusing on mental health issues and conditions of adolescence.
     
    Mr. Rathbone earned his social work degree from Columbia University in New York and has been a highly rated instructor in the MSW programs at the National Catholic University School of Social Service and the University of Maryland School of Social Work. He has decades of experience in adolescent mental health and psychotherapy and he holds the most advanced certifications available through his professional societies. His expertise has been recognized by being consistently named a top therapist for teenagers by Washingtonian Magazine and listed in Bethesda Magazine’s “Best of Bethesda” for child psychology. He is proud to be the first clinician in Maryland, DC, and Virginia to have passed the rigorous standards established by the DBT-Linehan Board of Certification and to be recognized as a DBT Certified DBT Clinician.
    Mr. Rathbone is the coauthor of the books:
    Dialectical Behavior Therapy for At-Risk Adolescents
    • What Works with Teens: An Evidence-Based, Practical Guide for Working
    Effectively with Adolescents
    • Parenting a Teen Who Has Intense Emotions

Workshop Session 2

List of 6 items.

  • Parenting with Identity in Everyday Situations

    Rosetta Eun Ryong Lee

    As a follow up to the morning keynote (and in an interactive format), we will discuss and practice ways we can coach youth in everyday situations - curiosity based questions, playground hurts, every day micro aggressions, to identity based bullying - no matter what their role in the scenario. Through practice, we can overcome paralysis and let children learn your values, be resilient through hurts, speak up when they see wrong, and make it right when they do wrong.
  • The Healthy Use of Technology: Setting Limits on Gaming and the Virtual World

    Edward Spector, PsyD, LLC
    Technology can enhance our lives in many ways. It can make us more effective, productive and efficient. It also can entertain us and can help us connect with others. Unfortunately, when used to excess, technology can negatively impact our lives. Some individuals are unable to effectively limit their use of electronic media. The excessive use of electronic media can be an attempt to cope with significant psychological problems, such as depression, anxiety, ADHD, or social skills deficits. Dr. Spector will present on the healthy use of technology, including common forms of electronic games (computer, video, phone apps), the Internet (including the use of social networking sites and online communities), and the use of smart phones.
    Goals/Objectives:
    • To provide a review of current literature regarding the compulsive use of the Internet and electronic games
    • To be familiar with the diagnostic differences between an addiction and a compulsion
    • To be able to recognize the warning signs of when someone is compulsively using technology, such as video/computer games, cell phones, and the Internet
    • To understand what variables make someone vulnerable to using technology in an unhealthy or compulsive way
    • To understand what research has to say about exposure to violent media and how it impacts people
    • To be familiar with the rating system for video games
    • To be familiar with the common or typical patterns of technology use in children and adolescents
    • To be familiar with current research regarding the positive and negative impacts of these patterns
    • To understand some of the common tools and strategies available to parents and clinicians for limiting and controlling the use of electronic devices.
    Methods
    • Multimedia PowerPoint presentation to include lecture and video clips.
    • Video clips will cover:
    1. the rate of change in technology and how it may be impacting society
    2. footage samples of teen and/or M rated video game(s)
    3. the recently proposed I.A.D. (Internet Addiction Disorder)
    • Handouts will include the PowerPoint slides and samples of Questionnaires that may be helpful for identifying someone who is using technology in a compulsive way.
    Dr. Spector is a licensed psychologist who specializes in the treatment of the compulsive use of technology and has expertise in helping children, adolescents, and adults in individual and group therapy. He completed his postdoctoral training at Kingsbury Day School and has extensive experience in a large group private practice helping clients with:
     
    • ADHD (Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder)
    • Learning Disabilities
    • Autism and Asperger’s Disorder
    • Anxiety and Depression
    • Social Skills Deficits
    • Low Self-Esteem
    • Executive Functioning Deficits
    • Poor Motivation
     
    Dr. Spector has a comprehensive knowledge of video games, computer games, and the Internet. He has helped many clients change how they use technology, so that they can lead more productive, balanced lives.
     
    Dr. Spector uses an integrative approach that employs empirically-validated techniques and treatments from multiple theoretical orientations. While there are many approaches to psychotherapy, no single one has a monopoly on the truth about how best to understand and help people. A fundamental cornerstone in Dr. Spector’s approach to therapy is the formation of a collaborative relationship where the client and therapist work together as a team to evaluate problems and to develop and implement strategies and solutions. This approach is both optimistic and pragmatic, focusing on attainable solutions and using the client's strengths to create real and lasting change. Through psychotherapy, clients identify and remove psychological barriers that are keeping them from accomplishing their goals and develop strategies and skills to ensure their success.  
  • The Conversation Club: Teaching the How and Why of Conversation Skills to Children with Social Learning Challenges

    Lynn Cannon, MED, Social Learning Specialist
     
    This presentation is for professionals and parents who work with children with social learning challenges. Difficulty with reciprocal conversation and interactions is common in children with social learning differences. The workshop will introduce you to tools you can use today that help you identify when a child is having trouble with interaction skills. You will learn about the Conversation Club intervention, which provides a comprehensive curriculum for teaching both the “how” and the “why” of conversation. It is designed to target the needs of elementary aged children with social cognition challenges. You will leave the workshop with easy to use activities and strategies that target conversation initiation, topic selection, topic maintenance, perspective taking, social motivation and body awareness, active listening behaviors, gaining attention behaviors and conversation repair.
     
    Lynn Cannon, MEd is a Social Learning Specialist at The Ivymount School and The Maddux School. Ms. Cannon received her MED in Special Education from the University of Virginia. For over 15 years, she has worked as an educator, administrator and program director, serving students with neurodevelopmental disabilities. Ms. Cannon is also a co-author of Solving Executive Challenges, a resource guide for teachers and parents and The Conversation Club, an instructional manual for teaching conversation skills to students with neurodevelopmental disabilities and The Ivymount Social Cognition Instructional Package. The IvySCIP offers a comprehensive, online system for assessing and supporting social and emotional learning in K-8 students with high-functioning autism spectrum disorders. Her research and teaching interests are in developing interventions and support materials for students with neurodevelopmental disabilities, therapists, educators, and their families. She has co-authored more than five peer-reviewed publications and has received federal funding for two research grants.
  • *Updated with Resources* Turning “The Talk” Into an 18-Year Conversation: Helping parents navigate age-appropriate conversations about gender, consent, sex, love, and relationships (Parents of Youth, Grades 7-12)

    Molly Love, LCSW, Coordinator of Social-Emotional Programming
    McLean School
     
    Research has shown that parents are the number one influence when it comes to children’s decisions around sex, love, and relationships, yet these are also the topics that we as parents struggle with the most. During this workshop, participants will learn about the research around developmentally appropriate ways to have the difficult conversations with children around such topics as gender, sex, consent, love and relationships. Participants will be given practical tips, as well as have the opportunity to practice evidence-based communication strategies in a safe environment.
     
    Molly Love, LCSW, has worked for the past 20 years in and around the Washington, DC, area with teens, practitioners, and parents towards improving the lives of children and families. The principal focus of this work has been fostering healthy peer-to-peer relationships, promoting communication between parents and children, the prevention of teen and unplanned pregnancies and sexually transmitted infections, as well as the prevention of sexual assault. Molly is a licensed Social Worker in Maryland and is currently the Coordinator of Social-Emotional Programming in McLean’s Middle School. Prior to this she served as the Family Planning and Social Services Director of CCI Health & Wellness Services, and the Executive Director (2012-2014) and Director of Outreach (2007-2012) for Teen And Young Adult Health Connection (TAYA), which merged into CCI. Molly served for two years as the Co-Chair of the Montgomery County Interagency Coalition on Adolescent Pregnancy (ICAP). Her work in collaboration with the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and ICAP to train school nurses and community providers to help parents effectively communicate with their children and influence them to avoid risky behaviors, was recognized with a National Association of Counties (NACo) Achievement Award.  

  • Music: A Bridge to Learning

    Mary Dickerson, PhD, Head of Lower School, McLean School
    Sara Hines, PhD, Master Reading Coordinator, McLean School
     
    In this workshop, we will discuss the benefits of music instruction for elementary students, as well as its potential challenges for students with learning challenges, such as ADHD, or Executive Function issues. We will also share scaffolding techniques used at McLean to make music instruction accessible to all children.
     
    McLean students will share their musical successes with workshop attendees, who will also engage in a music making activity. The session will end with a Q & A.
     
    Dr. Dickerson has been a school administrator for over twenty years in public and private schools. She holds a Bachelor of Music Education from the University of Kansas, a Master’s degree from Harvard University in Educational Leadership, and a PhD in Educational Leadership from Boston College.
     
    She is currently the Head of Lower School at McLean School. In addition, she teaches graduate level classes to aspiring school teachers.
     
    Dr. Dickerson has experience teaching music education and violin, and has used music as a vehicle to support children who learn differently. It is her passion to find out how children learn and to support them in the classroom with excellent teachers, strategies, and resources.
     
    Dr. Hines is currently the Master Reading Coordinator at McLean School. She joined McLean as the Head of Lower School in 2013.
     
    She holds a PhD in Special Education: Learning Disabilities. She is the author of numerous articles related to reading instruction. From 2007-2013 she was a Professor in the LD Department at Hunter College in Manhattan, where she was the Coordinator of the LD program.
  • Engaging the Student in Learning: 6 Research-based Active Study Methods

    Maureen Loftus, Executive Director
    LearningRx

    Schools convey what to learn but not how to learn. Yet a students’ success depends on their ability to learn and apply the information conveyed through school. Study skills are comprised of a range of integrated neurological systems that enhance the efficiency and capability of students’ ability to gain, retain, and apply knowledge. Most students use passive study techniques when studying material or preparing for tests such as reviewing study guides, re-reading notes, re-writing notes, etc. However, most exams require the application of knowledge, which requires active studying methods. We will demonstrate six research-based, active study methods that help make studying engaging, faster, and result in learning. 
     
    Maureen Loftus is Executive Director at LearningRx in Reston and Tysons. She has worked with thousands of families in the DC metro area providing one-on-one cognitive skills training. Maureen has provided guest lectures on cognitive training in the public and private schools throughout Virginia, to several professional groups including the Attention Deficit Resource Group, NoVADC CHADD, Virginia Association of School Counselors, Virginia Occupational Therapy Association (VOTA) and numerous Virginia medical/therapy practices. She is a board member, EC member and Chair of Youth and Education Committee for the Tysons Chamber of Commerce; a Board member of CHADD; an active member of the ADHD Resource Group of Northern Virginia and several other special needs resource groups.
    Prior to her career in cognitive skills training, Maureen has been leading successful start-up, high-growth and turnaround companies in the life sciences, high-tech, and financial services industries. Previous to starting LearningRx, Maureen was President of IBT Laboratories, a specialty clinical diagnostic laboratory in allergy, immunology, and infectious disease where she successfully steered a merger with Viracor Laboratories. Prior to IBT, Maureen led a turn-round of Bode Technology, a global leader in forensic DNA testing that played a key role in identifying victims from The World Trade Center disaster, the Tsunami in Thailand, and Hurricane Katrina along with helping to solve thousands of criminal cases. Preceding her foray into life sciences, Maureen was known for her leadership in technology-enabled services start-ups in biometrics, online investing and electronic payments. Before jumping into executive leadership, Maureen spent 10 years providing management, operational, and human resources consulting services to over 100 companies ranging from Silicon Valley start-ups to Fortune 100 companies.
    Maureen earned her BSBA from Washington University in St. Louis and her MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Business at Northwestern University.
     

K-12 College Preparatory School Supporting Bright Students’ Individual Strengths and Challenges.

McLean School is an independent, co-educational, K-12 day school serving Maryland, Washington, and Virginia. McLean has for over sixty years been helping students realize their full potential by providing a comprehensive college preparatory program that emphasizes small classes and differentiated instruction. We embrace both traditional learners and ones with mild to moderate learning challenges – dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyscalculia, ADHD, and challenges related to anxiety and executive functioning. Many of our students excel in some areas while benefiting from support in others.
 
8224 Lochinver Lane, Potomac, Maryland 20854  301.299.8277  admission@mcleanschool.org