Parent Resource Group on Learning Differences

Minutes from September 21, 2011

The Parent Resource Group on Learning Differences met on September 21, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. in the Wilder Room. Following is a summary of that meeting.

Attendance

A group of 20 parents and KCD staff attended the meeting. Parents in attendance had students in LS, MS and US. Additional participation in future meetings is always welcome and open to all. Watch FYI Online for meeting announcements.

Scope

For the purpose of this group, it is understood that we seek to support KCD students/families experiencing “learning differences” ranging from those that require some remediation to those that require additional enrichment.

Purpose

This group has been formed to help facilitate and optimize the efforts of KCD faculty and staff committed to meeting the individual needs of a diverse student body of learners. In doing so, we will support the effort to bring out the very best in every one of our students.
It was reiterated that the Parent Resources Group on Learning Differences is:

  • A “resources” (versus “support”) group in that our goal is to share experience-based information about resources available to support students with learning differences
  • A “Group” (versus a “committee”) in that participation is always open to all
  • Aimed at learning differences ranging from those that require additional enrichment to those that require some remediation

2011-2012 Meeting Schedule

Future meetings in this academic year will feature empowering presentations by local subject matter experts as follows:

  • Oct 26, 8-9:00 am, in the Wilder Room – Dr David Causey, Square One – “Assessing the Learning Difference”
  • Jan 10, 8-9:00 am, in the Wilder Room – Dr Patty Weigel, Educational Resources – “The Power of Tutoring and Test Prep”
  • Mar 21, 8-9:00 am, in the Wilder Room – Michelle Wright, Learning Rx – “Brain Training”

Accomplishments and Goals Summary

An explanation of the policy and process presently in place to support KCD families who have or who suspect they may have a student with a learning difference has been articulated and is available on the KCD website.

  • KCD contacts who provide support in circumstances involving learning differences include:
  • LS Child Study Team: Roberta Davis, Kory VanHouten, Morgan Johnson & Lauren Purcell
  • MS/US: Lauren Purcell, Learning Resources Coordinator
  • A “Resource Directory” has been developed listing and providing contact information for off campus professional resources for students with learning differences. The list is organized by provider specialties (e.g., auditory processing, speech-language, etc.), and is intended to be a living document to which new resources can be added when identified and from which resources can be deleted as necessary and appropriate (e.g., retirement). The list is available upon request. Contact Lauren Purcell. It was requested at the 9/21/11 meeting that parents who are willing to provide their contact information in order to be a reference for a particular provider contact Lauren Purcell.
  • Changes have been made to the MS schedule which will have positive implications relative to opportunities for both enrichment and remediation. These were discussed in detail by MS Dir, Dan Ceasar, at the 9/21/11 meeting. Those interested in additional information should contact Mr Ceasar.
  • Parent Volunteers willing to assist with LS speech and hearing tests (scheduled for Oct) should contact Lauren Purcell.

Contact

Shannon Baker, sbaker@prstoreky.com

Minutes from May 12, 2011

The Parent Resource Group on Learning Differences met on May 12, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. in the Head’s Conference Room. Following is a summary of that meeting.

Attendance

The group is currently comprised of 15 parent volunteers who have children in LS and/or MS. At least 5 are parent-professionals who have specific expertise supporting children with learning differences. Additionally, at least 5 members of KCD’s faculty/staff are involved in the group in some capacity. Additional participation in the group and/or participation in future meetings is always welcome and open to all. Watch FYI Online for meeting announcements.

Scope

For the purpose of this group, it is understood that we seek to support KCD students/families experiencing “learning differences” ranging from those that require some remediation to those that require additional enrichment.

Purpose

This group has been formed to help facilitate and optimize the efforts of KCD faculty and staff committed to meeting the individual needs of a diverse student body of learners. In doing so, we will support the effort to bring out the very best in every one of our students.

Accomplishments & Goals

An explanation of the policy and process presently in place to support KCD families who have or who suspect they may have a student with a learning difference has been articulated. Discussions are currently under way to determine how best to communicate this information.

A list of all KCD contacts who provide support in circumstances involving learning differences has been created and will be provided along with (above referenced) process information.

A Resource Directory has been developed listing and providing contact information for off campus professional resources for students with learning differences. The list is organized by provider specialties (e.g., auditory processing, speech-language, etc.), and is intended to be a living document to which new resources can be added when identified and from which resources can be deleted as necessary and appropriate (e.g., retirement). The list is available upon request. Contact Lauren Purcell. Also, parents wishing to provide their contact information in order to be a reference for a particular provider should contact Lauren.

Changes have been made to the MS schedule which will have positive implications relative to opportunities for both enrichment and remediation. Further information will be provided in the near future.

A list of off campus academic enrichment programs is available. This list will also be a living document updated as appropriate. It is intended to include academic programs, camps, contests, etc which our students and parents might choose to explore. Contact Anne Glosky for further details.
Future meeting topics include: (1) summer academic remediation programs should be identified and communicated; (2) opportunities to expand KCD’s Summer Stretch offerings to include more academic enrichment and remediation will be explored; and, (3) discussions about classroom accommodations for particular learning styles will be addressed.

Contact

Shannon Baker, sbaker@prstoreky.com

Minutes from March 8, 2011

The Parent Resource Group on Learning Differences had its initial meeting on March 8, 2011 at 8:15 a.m. in the Head’s Conference Room. Following is a summary of that meeting.

Attendance

The group is currently comprised of 14 parent volunteers who have children in LS and/or MS. At least 5 are parent-professionals who have specific expertise supporting children with learning differences. Additionally, at least 5 members of KCD’s faculty/staff are involved in the group in some capacity. The March 8 meeting was attended by 14 members of this group.

Additional participation in the group and/or participation in future meetings is always welcome and open to all.

Scope

Ours is a diverse student body of bright learners whose brains process information differently. For the purpose of this group, it is understood that we seek to support KCD students/families experiencing “learning differences” ranging from those that require some remediation to those that require additional enrichment.

Purpose

This group has been formed to help facilitate and optimize the efforts of KCD faculty and staff committed to meeting the individual needs of a diverse student body of learners. In doing so, we will support the effort to bring out the very best in every one of our students.

Goals

Specific goals were identified and discussed as follows:

  • An explanation of the process in place to support KCD families who have or who suspect they may have a student with a learning difference should be articulated and made readily available. This should begin by answering those first, very critical questions, “Where do I start? What’s the first step? With whom should I talk?” Clarity will help alleviate anxiety and tension, will expedite the process of developing an appropriate plan to support the needs of the individual child, and will spell out the nature of this collaborative (parents, school and outside resources) journey.
  • A “Resource Library” should be developed (and broadened in the LS) listing and providing contact information for off campus professional resources for students with learning differences. The list should: (1) be organized according to specific expertise; (2) provide KCD parent contacts for references; (3) include information about logistics, such as the ability to come onto KCD campus; and, (4) be made readily available. It will be necessary to appropriately position the list as either representing KCD preference/endorsement, or not.
  • A list of off campus academic enrichment programs should be developed and made readily available. The list will include academic programs, camps, contests, etc which our students and parents might choose to explore.  These opportunities will be listed for LS, MS and US students separately, and will be divided by those available in the local/regional area (i.e,. Kentuckiana, Cincinnati and Indianapolis) and those available nationally. These directories will be further broken down by academic topic (e.g., Math, Science, Writing).
  • Summer programs should also be identified and shared, especially as it relates to remediation. This may include some new offerings through KCD’s Summer Stretch and/or off campus offerings in the community.

The next meeting of the Parent Resource Group on Learning Differences will occur after Spring Break, and will be announced in advance to allow maximum participation.

Contact

Shannon Baker, sbaker@prstoreky.com