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May 2019 

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June 2019

Active Learning Conference

June 10-11, 2019 from 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM 

Grand Hall of the RICHARDSON CIVIC CENTER 411 W. Arapaho Rd. Suite 102, Richardson, Texas, 

The Active Learning approach emphasizes that all individuals learn best by active participation.  All activity, especially in the earliest stages of development, actually "wires our brains" and establishes critical foundation concepts and skills necessary for all future learning.  

Individuals with multiple disabilities (cerebral palsy, visual impairment, cognitive impairment, autism, hearing impairment, etc.) are at great risk from developing reliance on others to interact with the world around them.  They learn to be a passive rather than active participant, waiting for adults to provide activity rather than seeking it out on their own.  Children and adults with special needs often develop stereotypical or aggressive behaviors in order to communicate with others or cope within the environments in which they are placed.  Active Learning recognizes that every child/adult with special needs is unique.  The programming and intervention for facilitating learning must reflect this individuality. 

Active Learning emphasizes creating a developmentally appropriate and enriched environment so that children and adults with multiple special needs become active learners.  This website is dedicated to helping professionals and parents understand the theories of Active Learning, to facilitate simple ways to change the environment, and to create programming that fosters independent and appropriate developmental learning. 

Active Learning is an approach based on the work of Dr. Lilli Nielsen.  It is not just a piece of equipment, such as a "Little Room" or a HOPSA dress, but rather it refers to a total approach, for instructing individuals with severe multiple disabilities.  It contains an assessment, a curriculum, specifically-designed equipment, and instructional strategies that support learners to be active participants in their surroundings.

This approach is closely tied to evidence-based research, such as the work of Jean Piaget's developmental stages of learners. It views the child's development holistically, including not only motor, cognitive, and sensory skills, but also social and emotional development.

This two day workshop will be led by Patty Obrzut, M.S., O.T.R. of the Penrickton Center.  The Penrickton Center staff has been authorized by Dr. Nielsen to provide in-service training and seminars. 

Registration Fee: 

$150.00  (450 total participant slots available)

Continuing Education Credits:

(12) CEU
(12) OT/PT 

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July 2019

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August 2019

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September 2019

September 17-18

San Diego, CA 

Patty Obrzut will be presenting to the San Diego Unified School District.

 

September 24  Active Learning Study Group (3:00-4:00 p.m. Central Time)

The purpose of the Study Group this year will be to share case studies and discuss implementation of an Active Learning approach. Using student video and planning documents, participants will collaborate to design effective and meaningful instruction using active learning strategies. Each session will require one volunteer to share information and video of one of their students. These videos will NOT be posted online and will only be viewed during the live sessions with a closed group. The sessions will be from 3pm-4pm Central Time on 09/24/19, 11/19/19, 1/21/20, and 3/24/20. Interested parties are not required to participate in all four meetings, but it is encouraged. Drop-ins are also welcome!

Registration will open in August.  

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October 2019

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November 2019

November 19 Active Learning Study Group (3:00-4:00 p.m. Central Time)

The purpose of the Study Group this year will be to share case studies and discuss implementation of an Active Learning approach. Using student video and planning documents, participants will collaborate to design effective and meaningful instruction using active learning strategies. Each session will require one volunteer to share information and video of one of their students. These videos will NOT be posted online and will only be viewed during the live sessions with a closed group. The sessions will be from 3pm-4pm Central Time on 09/24/19, 11/19/19, 1/21/20, and 3/24/20. Interested parties are not required to participate in all four meetings, but it is encouraged. Drop-ins are also welcome!

Registration will open in August.  

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December 2019

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January 2020

January 21  Active Learning Study Group (3:00-4:00 p.m. Central Time)

The purpose of the Study Group this year will be to share case studies and discuss implementation of an Active Learning approach. Using student video and planning documents, participants will collaborate to design effective and meaningful instruction using active learning strategies. Each session will require one volunteer to share information and video of one of their students. These videos will NOT be posted online and will only be viewed during the live sessions with a closed group. The sessions will be from 3pm-4pm Central Time on 09/24/19, 11/19/19, 1/21/20, and 3/24/20. Interested parties are not required to participate in all four meetings, but it is encouraged. Drop-ins are also welcome!

Registration will open in August.  

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February 2020

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March 2020

March 24  Active Learning Study Group (3:00-4:00 p.m. Central Time)

The purpose of the Study Group this year will be to share case studies and discuss implementation of an Active Learning approach. Using student video and planning documents, participants will collaborate to design effective and meaningful instruction using active learning strategies. Each session will require one volunteer to share information and video of one of their students. These videos will NOT be posted online and will only be viewed during the live sessions with a closed group. The sessions will be from 3pm-4pm Central Time on 09/24/19, 11/19/19, 1/21/20, and 3/24/20. Interested parties are not required to participate in all four meetings, but it is encouraged. Drop-ins are also welcome!

Registration will open in August.  

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