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National speaker to present at next Student Learning Forum Jan. 15

Jan. 3, 2019 - Sarah Ward, a faculty member at the Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions, will be the guest speaker at the next Edina Public Schools Student Learning Forum on Tuesday, Jan. 15, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the South View Middle School Auditorium. The topic for the evening’s presentation is “Learning and Executive Function.”

Ward has more than 20 years of experience working with individuals with a wide range of developmental and acquired brain-based learning difficulties. She currently provides instruction to graduate level students in assessment techniques, development of therapeutic objectives and intervention strategies for individuals with traumatic brain injury. Ward regularly presents nationally and internationally on the topic of executive function to professional and parent organizations, school and lay groups.

Executive function is described as the set of brain processes having to do with managing oneself and one’s resources toward achieving a goal. The presentation will provide a better understanding of executive function and ways to help children from preschool to high school learn these skills to increase success. Ward’s work focuses on developing innovative strategies and educating the community to understand, care for and celebrate learning and behavioral differences in individuals with brain-based learning differences.

This Learning Forum is second in a series of presentations designed by the school district to inform and address challenges related to how learning happens and how brain-based differences can affect learning. The sessions are free but registration is required. Register online at Edina Community Education, search Learning Forums.

Save the date for two remaining forums:

  • March 5, A team from the Minnesota Department of Education will address “Elementary Literacy Learning Resources and Technology.”
  • April 2, Dr. Randy Smasal, EPS Director of Teaching and Learning, and a district team including principals and teachers will address “Personalized Learning in the Classroom.”


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