Breaking Down Barriers II

Professional Development Institute Symposium

Students, parents, professionals and educators will gain insights and the skills required to survive and thrive in today’s changing  education system. This is an exceptional opportunity to develop the necessary knowledge, tools and information needed to transition or successfully support individuals into primary, secondary or post secondary education.  Also, professionals who are looking to gain a better understanding of the different principles are also invited to attend.
Classes runs every week starting June 16, 2014!

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Mondays

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HOW ARE PSYCHOLOGICAL ASSESSMENTS DIFFERENT FROM OTHER ASSESSMENTS?Understanding Psycho-diagnostic Assessments
Program schedule 9:00am to 12:00pm
OR 1:00pm to 4:00pm OR 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Class availability: Classes commence June 16th, 2014
Program designed for: Parents, Educators and students
Price: $20.00

Over the course of their school experience, students are assessed in a variety of ways, to measure their mastery of content and skills using group administered non-standardized and standardized tests like psychological assessments.

This presentation would clarify psychological assessment and psychological lingo. It will break these tests down into useful tools to assist you in planning and advocating for the student/individual.

Implementing & Accessing Support at School and Work
Program schedule 9:00am to 12:00pm
OR 1:00pm to 4:00pm OR 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Class availability:  commence June 16th, 2014
Program designed for: Parents and students
Price: $20.00
Presenter: Karen Thornton

The purpose of this presentation is to enable parents and students with the tools needed to access accommodation, programs and support within the school system, also,  to enable learners to develop their individual potential and acquire the knowledge, skills and attitudes needed to contribute to a healthy, democratic and pluralistic society. Attendees will learn how to ask for what they need in partnership for the greater success for all parties involved.


Tuesdays FREE EVENT

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This is fundamental cognitive training that would improve attention and working memory skills: It would help you create a platform for learning skills. The concept of neuroplasticity, the idea that the brain can reorganize itself and change, is what allows Cogmed to effectively change the way the brain functions to perform at its maximum capacity. There are many training programs for various skills such as reading, math, or time management. Cogmed acts on a different, more fundamental level. Once your working memory has improved, you will find that acquiring new skills is suddenly much more doable for you. Sign up to learn more from this FREE introduction session to Cogmed.Introduction Cogmed—Attention & Working Memory Training
Program schedule 9:00am to 12:00pm
OR 1:00pm to 4:00pm OR 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Class availability:
Course Commence June 17th, 2014
Program designed for: Parents, Educators and students
Price: FREE EVENT
Presenter: TBA

Learning and the Brain: Strategies for Maximizing Students Engagement, Memory & Potential
Program schedule 9:00am to 12:00pm
OR 1:00pm to 4:00pm OR 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Class availability: Classes commence June 17th, 2014
Program designed for: Parents, students and educators
Price: $20.00
Presenter: Karen Thornton

For many decade, the discussion has circulated that there could be a connection between brain function and educational practices. In face of all the evidence that has now accumulated to support this notion many institute continue to lag behind. Join us at this informative presentation to explore a better understanding of the brain’s neural system and how they relate to focus, learning, memory and creative problem solving. Strategies to enhance student achievement.


Wednesdays

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Our yearly writing seminars are for students and professionals interested in improving their academic and work-related writing assignments. This presentation will explore the elements of good writing. This session will assist participants become aware of their own strengths and weaknesses and have an increased understanding of what makes a piece of writing successful.How to Improve your child’s writing skills
Program schedule 9:00am to 12:00pm
OR 1:00pm to 4:00pm OR 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Class  Commence: June 18th, 2014
Program designed for: Students & Professionals
Price: $20.00
Presenter: TBA

Creative Writing
Program schedule 9:00am to 12:00pm OR 1:00pm to 4:00pm OR 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Class availability: 

Program designed for: Parents, Educators and students
Price: $20.00
Presenter: Karen Thornton

(Proposals, essays, speeches/presentations)
This course will open the door to various kinds of creative writing. We’ll explore briefly short story writing and personal
writing, persuasive writing, blogging, and just for fun writing. You’ll get a shot of inspiration every week and an
assignment to keep you going to the next class. Best of all, this class will provide a zero-pressure, totally safe
environment, where your words will flow and develop.


Thursdays

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Program schedule 9:00am to 12:00pm
OR 1:00pm to 4:00pm OR 6:00pm to 8:00pmTechnology In the Classroom and the Workplace:

Class availability:   Commence June 19th, 2014
Program designed for: Students, Parents and Professionals
Price: $20.00
Presenter: Karen Thornton

Technology In the Classroom and the Workplace: Strategies for Limiting Stress by using Technology on our
Smartphones, Ipads, Androids and Computers Assistive Technology: Kurzweil, Dragon, Inspiration, Smart
Ideas, Word Q/Speak Q. Digital Natives, Digital Immigrants, and Digital Wisdom. Can they co-exist in the family,
workplace and school. With more and more individuals using an aspect of technology to get through their school-work-live
relationship there is still a generational gap. Join us at this workshop to we explore the various devices and tools used by
many at school, work and life to break down the barriers that separate the generations and also get caught up to learning.

Using Technology for Limiting Stress
Program schedule 9:00am to 12:00pm
OR 1:00pm to 4:00pm OR 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Class  Commence: June 19th, 2014
Program designed for: Students & Professionals
Price: $20.00
Presenter: TBA

With everyone in the family joggling schedules and appointment, demands at school and work most of us are
stressed to the limit. This workshop will focus on strategies to help identify potential stress in our classrooms, workplace and families by using technological strategies to minimize the harmful effects of stress. This workshop will deal with:
• Understanding what makes people vulnerable to stress and what reduces their ability to cope with it
• Understand the employer’s duty of care and the Health and Safety guidelines on stress at work
• Use a risk assessment approach to stress
• Contribute to the development of strategies for dealing with stress


Fridays

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Program schedule 9:00am to 12:00pm OR 1:00pm to 4:00pm OR 6:00pm to 8:00pmTeaching Kids How to Argue Persuasively (Debating with confidence…not just opinions but Strategies to influence others)

Class availability: Commence June 20th, 2014
Program designed for: Students and young adults
Price: $49.98 + HST
Presenter: Ms Karen Thornton

There is a big difference between fighting and arguing, with the former having a negative connotation and the latter having a positive connotation. Fighting causes hard feelings and is non-productive, while arguing can be very beneficial for all concerned. The goal of a fight is to dominate your opponent. In an argument, you succeed when you either bring your audience over to your side or at least reach a better understanding of the views of each side. We need to teach kids to argue persuasively and effectively and reward them when they do it well. Let us teach you how.

Principles of Dynamic Presentations
Program schedule 9:00am to 12:00pm
OR 1:00pm to 4:00pm OR 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Class availability:  Commence June 20th, 2014
Program designed for: Students, Young Adults, and Professionals
Price: $49.98 + HST
Presenter: Karen Thornton

This workshop will teach you how to provide information in a concise and effective format, an important skill for students,
office administrators and managers. One of the goals of this course is to teach students and professionals the principles of
effective presentation design and to give them experience speaking in front of a group. An emphasis on theory applied
in experiential activities will develop strategies for building the effective presentations and speaking skills required in today’s workplaces. Presentation software will be used at an advanced level to present information on-screen, incorporate
animation and special effects, and create appropriate handouts. Students will learn to use constructive criticism
techniques to critique their own and other student’s presentations and offer suggestions for improvement.


Benefits:

  • Understanding psychological tests and assessments
  • Understanding Learning Disabilities
  • Using Different types of Assistive Technology
  • Enhancing the learning experience
  • Providing support for students within the classroom with learning challenging
  • Improve test taking results
  • Strategies for limiting stress related anxiety for greater success.
  • Learning the skills of brainstorming and editing for success
  • Develop confidence when speaking when all eyes are on you

Each session incorporates technology and its benefits. Our approach emphasizes small group instruction, co-operative learning and hands-on instruction.

Due to the interactive nature of the sessions, space is limited, so please reserve your spot today. For more information or to register, please call (416) 356-1157 or e-mail: info@kmtlearning.com.