2017 Regional Conference

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2017 Conference

“Expanding Possibilities”  was a great success!

Friday, February 10, 2017

Praise for our 2017 Conference:

“Well organized, very informative!”

“I’m able to take back what I learned today at the conference and put it right to use.”

“Thank you for the hard work and planning!” – It was our pleasure!



Keynote Speaker

8:10 – 11:30

Dr. Cheryl Chase

Cheryl Chase, Ph.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist in private practice in Independence, a suburb of Cleveland, Ohio. She specializes in the diagnostic and neuropsychological assessment of various conditions impacting children, adolescents, and young adults including ADHD, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Learning Disorders, and emotional concerns.

“Reading and Executive Function: What is the Link?”


chris-woodinAfternoon Speaker

12:45 – 2:15

Chris Woodin

Chris Woodin is a specialist in the fields of mathematics and learning disabilities. A graduate of Middlebury College and Harvard Graduate School of Education, he has taught extensively at Landmark School in Massachusetts. At Landmark School, Elementary-Middle School Campus, he holds the Ammerman Chair of Mathematics.

“Cognition, Language and the Acquisition of Math Competency”

Learning math can be challenging, especially for students who have specific learning disabilities.  Language skills, executive functioning, motor planning, and math-specific visual processing skills all play a role in acquiring math competency.  Specific deficits and their resulting impact will be explored. Methods will be presented that use minimum language demands and whole-to-part, multimodal strategies to help students express, relate, store, and retrieve information efficiently.



Afternoon Break Out Sessions



chris-woodinBreakout Session 1: Chris Woodin

“Graphic Organizers to Teach Math Vocabulary”

Graphic organizers are powerful math teaching tools that can support students’ working memory, executive function, or language-based processes.  A variety of whole-to-part graphic organizers will be presented that model whole number and fraction concepts and procedures, word problems, equations, proportions and more. Practical demonstrations will model multimodal techniques that engage students to interact with diagrams to prompt facts or procedural sequences.




Breakout Session 2:  Amy Kelton

Amy Kelton is Assistant Head of Instruction for the Lower and Upper Elementary programs at The Shelton School and Evaluation Center in Dallas, TX. She is certified in Sequential English Education and the Association Method programs for the remediation of written language disorders, as well as advanced levels of Montessori Applied to Children at Risk. Amy holds a M.Ed. in Educational Leadership. Montessori-credentialed (E1) MACTE. Amy has worked at the Shelton School for 22 years and has been mentored by Dr. Joyce Pickering, current AMS Board President and past Living Legacy.

“Development of Self Control and Emotional Literacy”

The development of self control has a typical trajectory. This presentation will answer two important questions: what is typical and what can you do if the typical development of self control is arrested? Secondly, this presentation will examine Emotional Literacy: defining qualities, instructional guidance and the impact Emotional Literacy has on self control and building/maintaining relationships.





Renaissance Dallas Richardson Hotelrenaissance

900 East Lookout Dr, Richardson, TX 75082





Timeline for the February 10, 2017 

7:30 – 8:00 Breakfast and Registration
8:00 – 8:10 Greetings and Announcements
8:10 – 9:40 Keynote Speaker: Dr. Cheryl Chase
9:40 – 10:00 Break and Exhibitors
10:00 – 11:30 Keynote Speaker Continued: Dr. Cheryl Chase
11:30 – 11:50 Break and Exhibitors
11:50 – 12:30 Plated Luncheon
12:30 – 12:45 Break and Exhibitors
12:45 – 2:15 Afternoon Speaker: Chris Woodin
2:15 – 2:30 Break, Exhibitors and Snack
2:30 – 4:00 Breakout Session 1: Chris Woodin

Breakout Session 2: Amy Kelton








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