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    • 1 Mar 2023
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Zoom
    • 86

    We will be discussing the book Stolen Focus: Why You Can't Pay Attention And How to Think Deeply Again  by Johann Hari.

    Many of us have noticed that our attention spans have changed (for the worse) in the past few years.  We will discuss how our attentions have changed, how our students' attentions have been impacted by COVID and technology, and what we can do to increase our ability to focus and attend.  Whether you read the book or not, join us!

    Welcome to the NEALS  "Table Talk Discussion"

    In 1999, a handful of learning specialists met around a dining table at the Hotchkiss School to connect, collaborate, and create what we know today at the Northeast Association of Learning Specialists.  In celebration of our upcoming 25th Anniversary, NEALS has decided to go back to our roots but with the technological twist of Zoom to help us expand our reach.

    Each month, we will host an online facilitated discussion for our members and like minded professionals.  We welcome colleagues who are interested in supporting students.

    Our table discussions will be held this academic year every first Wednesday of the month from 7 to 8 pm.

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    Table Talk Discussion: Grading for Equity with a Learning Specialist Lens

    Led by Chris Ouellette, Vice President of NEALS and Director of Student Support at Emma Willard School

    Many schools are currently/have made changes after reading and engaging with the book Grading for Equity by Joe Feldman. Whether your school has made a major change to grading policies, or it is offering up Professional Learning Groups (like the group I am leading at Emma Willard), or if you are just genuinely curious about all of the hype, this NEALS TableTalk Discussion is for you! Even though the majority of us do not assign grades, as Learning Specialists we regularly see the direct impact that grading policies can have on our students. It will be important for us to use our lenses to help support any of our institutions who are thinking about diving into and adopting policies presented by Feldman. 

    This session will be recorded

    • 3 May 2023
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Online

    Have you been curious to learn more about the research on effective reading instruction?  Join us for a review of current research and a discussion about how we can incorporate these methods into our work.

Past events

7 Dec 2022 NEALS "Table Talk Discussion": Managing Student Support Meetings
2 Nov 2022 NEALS "Table Talk Discussion": Affinity Spaces for Neurodiverse Students
5 Oct 2022 NEALS "Table Talk Discussion"- Assistive Technology
7 Sep 2022 NEALS September Meeting: Think Again by Adam Grant
8 Apr 2022 NEALS Annual Member Conference
2 Apr 2022 Film Screening: Normal Isn’t Real
8 Feb 2022 A Conversation About Accommodations in PreK-Grade 8 Schools
27 Jan 2022 Conversation on Accommodations at the Upper School Level
27 Oct 2021 NEALS Member Meeting: Sharing Student Information With Faculty
18 Aug 2021 Summer Seminar 3: I’M BLACK; YOU’RE WHITE—NOW WHAT? Welcome to the Status Café
29 Jun 2021 NEALS Summer Seminar Series 2: Wellness Workshop
16 Jun 2021 NEALS Summer Seminar Series #1: Exploring Career and School Options
30 Apr 2021 NEALS Annual Conference- Deconstructed Closing
23 Apr 2021 NEALS Annual Conference- Deconstructed: Social Hour
15 Apr 2021 NEALS Annual Conference- Deconstructed: Dr. Leslie Laud
9 Apr 2021 NEALS Annual Conference- Deconstructed Discussion: School Transitions
7 Apr 2021 NEALS Annual Conference- Deconstructed Kickoff: Dr. David Stein
17 Feb 2021 Coordinating Standardized Test Accommodations
10 Feb 2021 NEALS Board Meeting
20 Jan 2021 Supporting Elementary Students During Covid
13 Jan 2021 NEALS Board Meeting
17 Dec 2020 NEALS Winter Social
16 Nov 2020 Author Event- Sliding Home: Two Teachers Head for the Mountains to Teach Our Kids for a Year
28 Oct 2020 NEALS Social Hour
30 Sep 2020 September Member Meeting
22 Sep 2020 NEALS Board Meeting
19 Aug 2020 Summer Seminar Series #3
19 Aug 2020 NEALS Summer Seminar Series 3
3 Aug 2020 NEALS Board Retreat
22 Jul 2020 NEALS Summer Seminar Series 2: Dr. Robert Brooks
22 Jul 2020 NEALS Summer Seminar Series 2: Dr. Robert Brooks- NEALS Member Registration
8 Jul 2020 NEALS Social Hour
24 Jun 2020 NEALS Summer Seminar Series 1
4 Jun 2020 Celebration and Reflection: NEALS Online TALK
21 May 2020 Look Ahead: Hybrid Learning
14 May 2020 NEALS Virtual Talk- Supporting Math via Distance Learning
6 May 2020 Learning Specialists’ Role in School Decision-Making During Crisis
22 Apr 2020 NEALS Tech Talk
16 Apr 2020 NEALS Virtual Social Hour
9 Apr 2020 NEALS Virtual Happy Hour
6 Apr 2020 NEALS Annual Conference- POSTPONED
2 Apr 2020 NEALS Virtual Happy Hour and Check-In
25 Mar 2020 Try Out Zoom With Us
28 Feb 2020 Late Winter NEALS Board Meeting
10 Jan 2020 Winter NEALS Board Meeting
9 Dec 2019 Berkshires/Western Mass Regional Meeting
6 Dec 2019 Eastern Massachusetts Regional Meeting
5 Dec 2019 Maine Regional Meeting
8 Nov 2019 Fall NEALS Board Meeting
8 Nov 2019 Boston Area Get Together
24 Sep 2019 Western Massachusetts Regional Meeting
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