Siena Educational Workshop Series

Each year, The Siena School and its staff partner with some of the area's leading professionals and educators to host a workshop and lecture series that is open to the public.  This workshop series provides a wide range of programs that allow participants to learn about and discuss current best practices and research-based strategies for teaching, learning and parenting.
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Saturday, November 18th, 2017, 8:30 am-3:30 pm

With the right strategies for organizing, brainstorming and planning, students can write productively and thoroughly, and you can help them! Learn about multisensory methods for teaching writing, as tested and implemented by The Siena School teachers. You will learn hands-on methods for teaching and guiding students to write independently and effectively.

Siena's Director of Technology will provide a writing-focused look at the apps, extensions and third-party add-ons that make up the Google Apps environment.  Explore simple, purpose-built web applications that allow students more flexibility, creativity and support than ever.  Learn about how tools like Google Docs & Drive, Mindomo, Read&Write, and more can provide collaborative writing, instant feedback, graphic organization, text-to-speech proofreading and speech-to text dictation to improve the writing process.  

Practice the techniques yourself and learn how to support your student or child in his or her writing. This workshop is appropriate for teachers, parents and tutors for grades 3 and up.

Workshop Facilitators: Jilly Darefsky (Head of School), Beth Fabijanic (Humanities Department Chair), and Simon Kanter, (Director of Technology) from The Siena School

Cost: $120 includes lunch
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Saturday, February 3, 2018, 8:30 am-3:30 pm**

This workshop will address the research behind what impacts comprehension and will present effective multisensory strategies to improve comprehension at the word, sentence, paragraph and extended text levels. The workshop will include effective hands-on activities such as Brain Gym (for teaching directionality), visualizing, vocabulary-building techniques and other instructional tools that can help create strong readers who understand and remember what they read. Finally, the workshop will address specific strategies to improve teacher and student's awareness of thinking and processing. 

This session is recommended for teachers, tutors and parents.

Workshop Facilitators: Beth Augustine and Martha Silk, reading specialists at The Siena School

Cost: $120 includes lunch
**Snow date of Feb. 10th.
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Saturday, March 3, 2018, 8:30 am-3:30 pm

All students—and particularly students with learning differences—benefit from a multisensory approach to learning, especially in math. This workshop will present an overview of how The Siena School teaches math using hands-on activities and incorporating art, music and technology. Topics covered will include numeracy, fractions, place value and math manipulatives with a focus on elementary and middle school math as well as extensions to Algebra and beyond. The workshop will demonstrate practical activities that can reinforce mathematical concepts in school and at home. This math overview is appropriate for parents, teachers and all educators.

This session is recommended for teachers, tutors and parents.

Workshop Facilitators: Clay Kaufman (Head of School), Frank Rowlette, Michael Pfeiffer, Erin Oakley from The Siena School 

Cost: $120 includes lunch
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Saturday, April 14, 2018, 8:30 am-11:30 am

Take a tour through the average week of a student with language-based learning differences. Join Head of School, Jilly Darefsky and Director of Technology, Simon Kanter, as they explore common pitfalls in organization, communication, scheduling, and stress management. Then, learn the tech tools and practical tips that help to manage organization when a week turns more "real" than "ideal".  Learn how to incorporate a digital family calendar, create dedicated space and time for homework, encourage self-advocacy in your student, and streamline your child's week.

This session is recommended for teachers, tutors and parents.

Workshop Facilitators: Jilly Darefsky (Head of School) and Simon Kanter, (Director of Technology) from The Siena School

Cost: $60
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