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Monday, September 28, 2015

Register Now! Excellence in Special Education Summit Wednesday, Sept. 30th

From Ivy Street School, NESCA and
the Brain Injury Association of Massachusetts

September 28, 2015

Ivy Street School's second annual Excellence in Special Education Summit will take place on Wednesday, September 30th. Co-hosted by NESCA and the Brain Injury Association of Massachusetts,  the summit is comprised of two parts:
  • Morning and afternoon workshops held at Ivy Street School on topics relating to brain injury, autism, and effective transition programming. (Participants may be eligible for free Continuing Education Units (CEU's).)

The goal of the Summit is to highlight innovative research and its practical implications for special education.

This event is free, but space is limited; you must RSVP online to reserve your space(s). You may register separately for each component of the Summit.

Register online using the links below or at ivystreetschool.org/summit.


9:00am - Coffee/Muffin Reception and Registration

9:30 to 11:30am - Morning Workshops (See Below)

11:30am to 12:15pm - Boxed Lunch

12:15 to 2:15pm - Afternoon Workshops (See Below)

2:30 to 3:30pm - Tour of Ivy Street School

For attending any of these workshops, Continuing Education Units (CEU's) will be provided for: Nursing, Social Work, Nursing Home Administrators, Psychologists, and LMHC's.

Morning Workshops

9:30 - 11:30am

Transition to Adulthood-Strategies for Success

Kelley Challen, Ed.M., CAS
Helping young adults with special needs land successfully in the adult world is our biggest challenge. Most want very much to live independently and to be contributing members of society, but helping them make this a reality is difficult. Our panel of experts will share their knowledge about what works.


Brain Injury and Behavior-Best Practices
  • Michael P. Mozzoni, Ph.D, BCBA-D, CBIST
Each year, thousands of school-age children sustain injury to their brain that causes behavioral problems ranging from impulse control and poor judgment to short concentration spans and violence. These behaviors make it difficult for the child to succeed in the classroom as well as in the adult world.

Dr. Mozzoni will share best practices that can be used by clinicians, teachers, and parents to help these students manage their behavior and achieve success.

Afternoon Workshops


From Our Perspective - Parenting Children with Learning Difference
  • Parents of Ivy Street School Students
Facilitated by Maryellen Pambookian, Ph.D.

The members of this panel will share their experience as parents of children with special needs. They will talk about what interventions and approaches were most effective and will explain what they wish teachers and clinicians understood about working with children like theirs. 


"I Can't Think When I'm Stressed!" - Understanding the Relationship Between Anxiety and Executive Function, and How to Help
Angela Currie, Ph.D.
Children confronted by developmental, emotional, learning or other neurologically-based challenges struggle with aspects of self-regulation, including executive function.

While it is important to teach skills to compensate for such challenges, exclusively doing so often proves ineffective due to the need to concurrently address other weaknesses, particularly anxiety.

This presentation will focus on the dynamic relationship between anxiety and executive functioning, and will discuss methods for supporting the development of these skills at home and school.

When:   9:00am - 3:30pm Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Where: Ivy Street School
                   200 Ivy Street, Brookline, MA 02446

Ross Greene, Ph.D.

John Pratt Memorial Lecture

"Solving Problems Collaboratively: Nurturing the More Positive Side of Human Nature in Our Kids and Ourselves"

6:00 pm - Registration and Opening Reception

6:30pm - Program:
  • Remembrance of John Pratt 
  • Lecture 
  • Presentation of Professional Development Awards to Ivy Street School Staff 
  • Closing Reception 

Dr. Ross Greene is the is founder and director of the non-profit organization Lives in the Balance and the originator of the Collaborative & Proactive Solutions approach to improving outcomes for behaviorally challenging youth. He served on the faculty at Harvard Medical School for over 20 years, and is now adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at Virginia Tech.

John Pratt served as Associate Director of the Whitehead Institute for twenty-five years. He was also a member of the MAB Board and cared deeply about the work that MAB and the Ivy Street School do to help young people with special needs develop the skills they need to lead successful lives as adults.

The John Pratt Memorial Fund and Lecture is dedicated to facilitating the impact of research on practice at the School in order to improve student outcomes. John would be delighted to have this as part of his legacy.

When:   6:00pm Wednesday, September 30, 2015

                   9 Cambridge Center, Cambridge, MA 02142

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