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Special Education Conference

Date: Wednesday - November 11, 2015
Time: 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM
Location: Stephen Gaynor School

148 W 90th St, New York, NY 10024
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Speakers: Andrew Solomon & David Anderson
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Integrating best practices for children who learn differently

A full day conference for NYSAIS Special Education schools to come together to be inspired and create a forum to share and learn from one another.

This conference is open to faculty and staff of NYSAIS Special Education Schools only.

Featured Speakers

  • Andrew Solomon, renowned author of  Far From the Tree
  • David Anderson, Child Mind Institute

Our goal is to make this interactive and relevant for all Special Education schools.

Schedule

8:00 - 8:45

Registration in Lobby, Pick up Breakfast in Cafeteria.

9:00 – 10:15
Gym

Welcome
Keynote: Andrew Solomon: Far From The Tree

Andrew Solomon is a writer of remarkable talent and intellect. His lectures explore the subjects of politics, culture and psychology with extraordinary humanity. His latest work, Far From the Tree: Parents, Children & the Search for Identity, is an examination of the means by which families accommodate children with physical, mental and social disabilities and how these unusual situations can be invested with love.

10:30 – 11:20

Workshop Session 1

11:30 – 12:20

Workshop Session 2

12:30 – 12:50

Pick up Lunch in Cafeterias

12:50 – 1:45

Lunch and Discussion Groups in Classrooms

2:00 – 3:30
Gym

Keynote: Effective Classroom Behavior Management: Best Practices and Practical Strategies

Dave Anderson, PhD, Senior Director of the ADHD and Behavior Disorders Center at the Child Mind Institute, will discuss how to provide support for students with behavioral difficulties at whole-school, class-wide, and individual levels. Dr. Anderson will summarize a range of strategies aimed at effectively amplifying positive behaviors and promoting student progress, further reviewing best practices for educators to implement in their classrooms when supporting students with behavioral or attention-related difficulties. Dr. Anderson will also engage attendees in a collaborative discussion of behaviors of concern, outlining how to best triage supports and techniques to address these issues while also minimizing educator stress or burnout.

Andrew Solomon is a writer of remarkable talent and intellect. In his books and essays he explores the subjects of politics, culture and psychology with extraordinary humanity. In 2001 he received the National Book Award for The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression. The book was also a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and was a worldwide bestseller published in more than twenty languages. The New York Times described The Noonday Demon as "All-encompassing, brave, deeply humane…a book of remarkable depth, breadth and vitality…open-minded, critically informed and poetic all at the same time…fearless and full of compassion."

His newest book, Far From the Tree: Parents, Children & the Search for Identity, was released in November of 2012 and is an examination of the means by which families accommodate children with physical, mental and social disabilities and how these unusual situations can be invested with love. Andrew spent ten years researching the book, interviewing more than 300 families and generating more than 40,000 pages of notes! President Bill Clinton has called the book "remarkable" and Vanity Fair said, "Andrew Solomon's empathy, heart, and vast intelligence are in abundance in Far from the Tree."

A regular contributor to NPR, The New York Times and many other publications, Andrew Solomon graduated from the prestigious Horace Mann School in New York City cum laude and from Yale University magna cum laude. He also attended Jesus College in Cambridge where he received the top first-class degree, the only foreign student to ever be so-honored.

Beyond his writing Andrew is an outspoken activist and philanthropist for many causes in LGBT rights, mental health, education and the arts. He is the founder of the Solomon Research Fellowships in LGBT Studies at Yale University and is a Professor of Clinical Psychology at Columbia University.

He lives with his husband and young son in New York and London.

David Anderson, PhD, is a clinical psychologist specializing in the evaluation and treatment of ADHD and disruptive behavior disorders in children and adolescents. He is devoted to ensuring that patients and their families receive innovative, evidence-based care and has expertise in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), parent-child interaction therapy (PCIT), parent training, school-based consultation, teacher training, and an interdisciplinary treatment approach incorporating educational support and medication treatment when needed.  Dr. Anderson is passionate about outreach and advocacy efforts aimed at disseminating these interventions across diverse communities including schools, summer camps, and extracurricular settings, and he is committed to working with teachers, coaches, and mentors who can push and enhance treatment gains far beyond the offices at the Child Mind Institute.

As a psychologist at UCLA Training, Intervention, Education, and Services (TIES) for Families, an affiliate of the Mattel Children's Hospital at UCLA, Dr. Anderson provided individual and family psychotherapy and psychological testing to children, adolescents, and families in foster or adoptive care through the Department of Child and Family Services. Additionally, he directed the PCIT treatment team and provided training and supervision to postdoctoral fellows and graduate students.  Community outreach was also an important part of his work, as he conducted a range of workshops and trainings for clinicians, parents, teachers, and schools in the Los Angeles area on topics such as preparing for the unique challenges of foster/adoptive transitions as well as evidence-based intervention for ADHD, disruptive behavior disorders, and anxiety disorders.  

Dr. Anderson has also held clinical and research positions at The Help Group, the NYU Child Study Center, and the Jewish Board of Family and Children's Services. His work in these settings involved providing evidence-based outpatient treatment for mood, anxiety, and behavior disorders, counseling in residential and school-based therapeutic environments, intensive intervention for children with anxiety disorders, diagnostic assessments as part of fMRI research studies of children with ADHD, and behavioral consultation and coaching in school and summer camp settings. Dr. Anderson has also taught doctoral-level courses in psychiatric diagnosis and psychological assessment.  

Dr. Anderson earned his doctorate in clinical psychology from Columbia University and his bachelor's degree from Dartmouth College. He is a member of the American Psychological Association, the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, and the Association for Psychological Science. 

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