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Outstanding learning opportunity for general education teachers, administrators and parents interested in understanding more about mental health and learning disabilities in children and young adults.


Symposium Presentation Handouts and Resources

TopicSpeaker Resources (pdf)
Opening Keynote Presentation: Spark:  The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain John Ratey, M.D., Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, Mass.
Controlling Your Emotions and Behavior Regardless of How Disagreeably Others Treat You John Maag, Ph.D., University of Nebraska-Lincoln Professor specializing in the treatment of adolescents with emotional and behavioral disorders, Neb.
Scared, Sad, and Spacey:  Handling Emotional Distress in the Classroom Chris Bedford, Ph.D., Licensed Psychologist at the Clinic for Attention, Learning, and Memory (CALM), Minn.
The Use of Prone Restraint in School:  Minnesota’s Experience Tammy Pust, Chief Judge of the Office of Administrative Hearings, Minn.
Siblings Forever:  Brothers and Sisters Share Their Stories Moderators:  Sean Roy, Projects Director for Transition and Workforce Partnerships, PACER Center; Barb Ziemke, Parent Advocate and Project Coordinator, PACER Center, Minn.
Evan McNeil, Carleton College Student, Minn.
Sandra Richardson, Program Director of Family Resources of Health and Wellness, Sabathani Community Center, Minn.
Carleigh Sawyer, NHA, Financial Analyst, Fairview Ebenezer, Minn. 
Important Lessons learned in Parenting a Child with Disabilities PACER Center Panel, Minn.
Moderator: Jody Manning, Parent Training and Information Center Coordinator
Carolyn Anderson, Parent Advocate
Virginia Richardson, Parent Training Manager
Bonnie Jean Smith, Parent Advocate
Student Success for $100 or Less:  Free and Low-cost Assistive Technology for Students with Learning Disabilities PACER’s Simon Technology Center Panel, Minn.
Jonathan Campbell, Assistive Technology Specialist
Kasey Miklik, Assistive Technology Specialist
John Newman, Assistive Technology Specialist
From Naughty to Nice:  The Road to Positive Behavior Interventions Renelle Nelson, EBD Project Coordinator and Parent Advocate, PACER Center, Minn.
Keynote Presentation:  National Bullying Prevention Center News and Events Julie Hertzog, National Bullying Prevention Center Director, PACER Center, Minn.
Keynote Presentation: This is Your Life Minnesota Statewide Family Network Youth Advisory Board, Minn.  
Keynote Presentation: I Can’t Make You:  Attitude Shifts and Derailments for Resistance John Maag, Ph.D., University of Nebraska-Lincoln Professor specializing in the treatment of adolescents with emotional and behavioral disorder, Neb.
Closing Keynote Presentation: Stories Matter Ken Barlow, Meteorologist at KSTP-TV, Minn.  

Clock Hours

The 6 clock hours offered are designed to meet the requirement for Minnesota teachers renewing their teaching license in understanding the key warning signs of early-onset mental illness in children and adolescents. Local re-licensure committees, however, have final approval.

2013 National Speakers

Ken Barlow

Ken Barlow has been a Twin Cities television meteorologist for nearly 20 years, most recently at KSTP-TV. For the past 5 years only his family was aware of his bi-polar diagnosis, but last fall he disclosed it publicly. Through appearances and interviews, he is working to reduce the stigma associated with mental illness and addiction.

Dr. John Maag

A University of Nebraska-Lincoln Professor specializing in the treatment of adolescents with emotional and behavioral disorders, believes that changing our responses to students who have behavioral issues is key.

Dr. John Ratey

An associate clinical professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and is in private practice in Cambridge, Mass. Ratey began studying ADHD in the 1980s, founding the Boston Center for the Study of Autism in 1986, and has co-authored a series of books about the disorder. His most recent book, “Spark,” is a groundbreaking exploration of the connection between exercise and the brain’s performance.

Goal of the Symposium

The symposium is designed to enhance awareness and identify strategies for responding to mental health and learning disabilities in children and young adults from the perspective of teachers and parents.

The symposium will provide high quality professional and parent development for Minnesota educators and parents regarding:

  • children's mental health and learning disabilities
  • effective treatment planning
  • proactive, positive teaching strategies and interventions

Past Symposium Resources

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