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Carroll Speaker Series

Guest Speaker Series

Several times a year, Carroll hosts nationally recognized speakers who present on subjects of interest to our community. Past speakers included nationally recognized figures such as Dr. John Gabrieli (MIT Professor of Neuroscience), Dr. Brock Eide (author of The Dyslexic Advantage), Dr. Nadine Gaab, (Children’s Hospital where she investigates early signs of dyslexia in pre-reading children and infants), as well as Sarah Entine, a filmmaker, whose documentary Read Me Differently explores how undiagnosed dyslexia and ADHD have impacted three generations in her family.

Executive Function Skills and Strategies for Parents Grades 1-9
Sara Ward, M.S., CCC-SLP
Friday, February 2, 2018
1:00 pm
Lower School - Waltham

Melissa Orkin, Ph.D. Tufts University Center for Reading and Language Research
Friday, February 9, 2018
1:00 pm
Middle School - Lincoln


Highlights of Presentations Given by Previous Guest Speakers:

David Fink

David Flink, CEO of Eye-to-Eye and author of “Thinking Differently” will speak in Mamet Gymnasium on the Waltham Campus.  Eye-to-Eye is a peer mentoring program for college-aged dyslexics helping younger dyslexics.  David, himself, attended a school in Atlanta that specializes in working with children with dyslexia. 

Dr. Maryanne Wolf

Dr. Maryanne Wolf, Director of the Center for Reading and Language Research at Tufts University, will present to the Carroll Community in Comeau Gymnasium on the Lincoln Campus.  Maryanne is the author of “Proust and the Squid” and a superb, dynamic speaker who has helped Carroll develop its language programs, including RAVE-O, over many decades. 

Dr. Gordon Sherman

Dr. Sherman is one of the first neuroscientists to discover four anatomical differences in the brains of people with dyslexia and conclude that these brained-based differences alter a dyslexic’s ability to read, write and spell— spoke to a large gathering at Carroll.To learn more about Dr. Sherman’s presentation, click here.

Dr. Michael Thompson

Dr. Thompson is a preeminent child psychologist and author of numerous books including, Raising Cain: Protecting the Emotional Life of Boys and co-author with Dr. Hallowell of, Finding The Heart of the Child, gave a presentation to Carroll’s community. To learn more about Dr. Thompson, click here.

Don Deschler Ph.D.

Don Deshler Ph.D., from the University of Kansas Center for Research on Learning, recently gave a presentation to Carroll’s faculty and parents about the interrelationship between learning differently and social and emotional development.

Dr. Deshler spoke about the performance/ achievement gap with children who have language-based learning difficulties and how even very young children can realize that they are not keeping up with their peers at school. He expressed how children often have emotional and even visceral experiences in response to challenges with learning both inside and outside of the classroom. Dr. Deshler quoted Jennifer in the 10th grade who said, “…I feel so different, so left out, so lonely, and so sad. I feel like I have a dead heart.”

Before a teacher can help a student improve their academic performance, they need to be very aware of the emotional state of the whole child. Research has shown that social skills are critically important in affecting academic behaviors and, in turn, these behaviors ultimately affect academic performance. Sharing ideas, complimenting others, offering help or encouragement, recommending changes appropriately, and exercising self-control are some of the crucial social skills students need to learn in school and should be reinforced at home. Don also highlighted that students with learning challenges learn best when they are explicitly taught core skills like time management and organizational skills.

To see a video of Dr. Deshler’s presentation, click here.