Professional Growth

Carolyn Means - Monday, March 23, 2015

Professional Growth ranks high is an on-going passion and absolute need for a consultant.There are so many topics with which I need to be current. Just this week, my journal from the International Dyslexia Association arrived. All the articles are dedicated to the relationship of ADD/ADHD and dyslexia. I can’t wait to read up on this current research.

In February, I attended the annual conference of the Houston Branch of IDA. The topic of the conference was Executive Functioning – and Working Memory in particular. EF Skills are all related to success with learning and, reading, in particular. Fascinating!

I also attended an excellent half-day workshop on handwriting presented by Lynn Armstrong and provided by The Neuhaus Education Center. Yes, some schools still teach handwriting and children still need to be able to read it even if they always print or use a keyboard. One of the first ways I detect learning problems may be in handwriting – or printing. Pencil grip, planning space on a page, letter formation, etc. A lot shows up on a page of letters.

My Houston IEC group hosted a program on the benefits of a Gap Year, ably presented by Chris Webb, Director of Admission at Bridgton Academy.

One more event I attended was the annual luncheon in support of The Joy School. The speaker was noted author and child psychologist Michael Thompson, Ph. D. If you liked Raising Cain, you will like Thompson’s new book, The Pressured Child.

Recent School Visit

Carolyn Means - Monday, March 23, 2015

Recent School Visits At last! I am finally feeling well enough to see schools once again. Since I had a family from out of the country needing to see schools, I decided to go with them. We saw Presbyterian School, St. Mark’s Episcopal School, St. Francis Epsicaopl School and The Branch School. Each of these schools is enjoying strong leadership, happy parents of well-served students, making wise use of technology in the curriculum, and seeing the need to expand wherever possible to meet the demand for more places in good private schools.

Expansion of schools: The Branch School has a small but healthy middle schoool. St. Mark’s is taking a larger 6th grde class this year and construction will soon be underway on an new building with four new classrooms, an innovations classroom and half-gym. Presbyterian wisely developed a satelite outdoor education and athletic center some years ago in answer to being land-locked – a common challenge to our schools. The strong partnership of Presbyterian with the Houston Museum of Fine Arts continues inthe master plan to tear down and rebuild the Glassel Institute of Art where Presbyterian students will have more art studio space. St. Francis has taken one more step forward toward beginning a high school which could be ready as early as Fall of 2018. One other school responding to the need is St. John’s School. With their new property acquisiton and buildings, St. John’s has accepted an additonal 25 students in Grade 9 this year.

I have been so eager to see the LED classroom at The Monarch School and in February, I was on campus for a student meeting followed by a brief tour by Director Deborah Hall. Monarch is one of Houston’s gems for chidren with neurologically-based learning differences.

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