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Community Education Workshop Series

We are pleased to present learning disability and attention disorder related workshops for the 2016-2017 school year. These workshops are held at Groves Academy and are open to anyone. We are proud to offer workshops with presenters who are recognized as some of the nation's foremost authorities in learning disabilities and attention disorders. Click here to view the Workshop Series brochure.

Please contact Jamie Prescott, Events and Volunteers Manager, at or 952-915-4295.

2016-2017 Workshop Calendar

  • Start Here: Planning Your Child's IEP for the School YearAugust 25, 2016, 7:00 pm

    Presented by John Alexander, M.Ed., Groves Academy Head of School 

    Do you suspect your child has a learning disability and/or ADHD? Have you felt stymied by the school district in obtaining services for your child? If you answered “yes” to either question, come to this workshop to find out what services there are and how to navigate them to address your child’s struggles in school.

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  • Reading is Rocket ScienceSeptember 13, 2016, 7:00 pm

    Presented by Katharine Campbell, Groves Academy Director of Literacy

    Learning to read can be a complicated process, but thanks to over twenty years of scientific research, there is now very little debate about what skills a child needs to be a fluent reader. We know that the requisite skills to become a good reader need to be taught directly and sequentially. We know that reading is not a natural process as is the acquisition of oral language. Most children will not learn to become skilled readers just through exposure to print; they rely on expert teaching to become proficient readers. We are pleased to present a workshop on the fundamental cores of reading acquisition, the Big Five, as identified by The National Reading Panel. 

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  • Speech & Language Services: What, When, How, Where and Why?September 27, 2016, 7:00 pm

    Presented by Rich Kammueller M.S., CCC-SLP, COM, Groves Academy Speech and Language Pathologist

    Many students who exhibit language-based learning disabilities struggle to communicate successfully with others. This session will provide a brief, overview of many of the components that are necessary to develop strong speech, language and communication skills. Several basic speech, language and communication intervention concepts, strategies and techniques will be shared and demonstrated providing session participants several opportunities to learn and practice skills applicable to their child's or their own lives. 

    Session participants will better understand why their child with a language-based learning disability, or why they, themselves, have struggled and in many cases continue to struggle with various aspects of speech, language and communication. Everyone who attends this session will leave with more knowledge about speech-language-based learning disabilities and more compassion for anyone striving to succeed in spite of them.   

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  • 15th Annual LD/ADHD College FairOctober 6, 2016, 6:00 pm

    Geared exclusively toward students who have learning disabilities or attention disorders, this is the only college fair of its kind in Minnesota and the five-state area. Representatives from over 50 schools and organizations will be in attendance. The event is free and open to the public.


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  • Film Screening "The Big Picture: Rethinking Dyslexia" October 25, 2016, 7:00 pm

    In honor of Dyslexia Awareness Month, we are featuring a screening of the documentary The Big Picture: Rethinking Dyslexia.

    Synopsis: Directed by James Redford, THE BIG PICTURE: RETHINKING DYSLEXIA is a personal, touching and sometimes humorous look at this developmental reading disorder, offering a broader and clearer view of the minds of people with dyslexia. Spotlighting a cross-section of individuals, including Redford’s own son, Dylan, and featuring interviews with notable dyslexics, including investment pioneer Charles Schwab, business magnate Richard Branson, high-profile lawyer David Boies and California Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom, the film reveals how an individual’s unique strategies for coping can help lead to success in life.

  • Study Skills and Support at HomeNovember 3, 2016, 7:00 pm

    Presented by Kandi Retzlaff, M.Ed., Groves Academy Middle School Teacher

    The classroom environment can be a challenging place for children with learning differences. As a parent, you can help your child cope with these challenges, by providing them with guidance and support at home. This session will cover learning strategies, communication tips, homework help, and organizational tools that can help your child succeed in school.

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  • High School and College Transitions: It's Never Too Early to Start PlanningNovember 15, 2016, 7:00 pm

    Presented by Clare Roney, LSC, Groves Academy Career Counselor and Michelle Jonas, Groves Academy Upper School and Transitions Counselor

    Students with learning disabilities are often so focused on completing high school that college or other post-secondary opportunities are a distant thought. Beginning in the early high school years, students can prepare themselves with the proper assistive technology, organizational tools, and study skills to facilitate a successful transition. This session will cover the importance of self-discovery and will show how developing a stronger sense of self plays an instrumental role in the career exploration process.

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  • Diagnostic Testing: What, When, How, Where and Why?December 8, 2016, 7:00 pm

    Presented by Ethan Schwehr, PhD LP NCSP Groves Academy Licensed Psychologist

    This workshop will explain common testing practices employed when completing psycho-educational evaluations. Topics that will be covered include: common assessments we use and why we use them, criteria we adhere to when diagnosing a disorder, differences between a clinical diagnosis and an educational diagnoses used for IEPs, and general approaches we take to testing. We will also address indications that would suggest the need for a diagnostic evaluation and how this process may assist in obtaining future goals for your student or child.

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  • Executive FunctioningJanuary 5, 2017, 7:00 pm

    Presented by Ellen Engstrom, M.A., Groves Academy Director of Education

    Executive Function is an umbrella term for a set of cognitive processes that are necessary for emotional and behavioral control. The purpose of this workshop is to explain the role of the executive functions in learning as well as the impact of executive function difficulties on school success. Strategies and tools to support students with these difficulties will be offered and discussed.

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  • ADHD Over the LifespanJanuary 19, 2017, 7:00 pm

    Presented by Groves Academy ADHD experts with the participation of additional panelists

    Join us for a panel discussion featuring Groves Academy ADHD experts, parents and adults who have been impacted by ADHD. Hear their stories and how a diagnosis of ADHD impacts learning, lives and peer relationships.

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  • Gap Year FairJanuary 26, 2017, 6:00 pm

    USA Gap Year Fairs is a national circuit of events that bring together reputable Gap Year organizations, interested students and parents, high school college counselors and the Gap Year experts. These events are designed to provide students with a broad exposure of Gap Year Programs and the opportunity for face to face conversations with the people who work in the field. For students and parents interested in Gap Year, these fairs are the legitimate source to connect with reputable organizations that focus on Education, Service and Personal Growth. 

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  • What's Up with Dys?February 7, 2017, 7:00 pm

    Presented by Ellen Engstrom, M.A., Groves Academy Director of Education

    Many learning disabilities have confusingly similar names. They can also have overlapping symptoms. This workshop will explain what defines dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyscalculia, and dyspraxia, how they differ from one another, and how they affect learning. Effective, research validated interventions for each of these learning disabilities will be presented and discussed.

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  • School's Out for SummerFebruary 23, 2017, 7:00 pm

    Presented by Kim Aune, Groves Academy Learning Center Client Services Manager and Curtis Olufson, Groves Academy Director of Summer Programs

    Curtis Olufson, Director of Summer Programs, and Kim Aune, Client Services Manager will provide an explorative evening into what Groves Academy has to offer in the Summer for students with LD/ADD/ADHD.  Summer education, remediation, prevention of the ‘summer slide’ and even some fun programming designed with the LD student in mind. We will answer your questions, explain registration, programming content and provide an overview of what Groves has to offer you and your child for the summer and beyond.

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  • Managing Stress and AnxietyMarch 7, 2017, 6:30 pm

    Presented by Dr. Zachary Eakman, Psy.D., Groves Academy Associate Director of Diagnostic Services

    Stress is a normal part of life, but at times being a student can add to that stress. In small quantities, stress is good - it can motivate you and help you be more productive. However, too much stress, or a strong response to stress, is harmful. It can set you up for general poor health as well as specific physical or psychological illnesses. This session will address the cumulative effects of stress and anxiety on physical and cognitive functioning in and out of the classroom. Additionally, Dr. Eakman will provide real-world recommendations for managing stress and overstimulation from a neuropsychological perspective.

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  • Understanding DyslexiaMarch 21, 2017, 7:00 pm

    Presented by John Alexander, M.Ed., Groves Academy Head of School

    In this session, John Alexander will discuss what the latest research reveals about dyslexia and language-based learning disabilities. He will define dyslexia and examine key variables for instruction including the type, intensity, frequency, and duration of intervention. 

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  • ADHD and Executive FunctioningApril 20, 2017, 7:00 pm

    Presented by Holly West Jones, M.A., ADHD Coach and Educator

    Welcomed back for another annual workshop, Holly West Jones will explore practical strategies that will help students increase their educational achievement and reach their potential. Learn about “mindfulness practices” to build neurological pathways that will help compensate for executive function weaknesses.

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  • Assistive Technology Mini-SeriesMay 4, 2017, 6:00 pm - May 4, 2017, 9:00 pm

    Presented by Todd Hanson, Groves Academy Director of Technology

    Students with learning disabilities and attentional disorders often find the world of academia to be a frustrating place. Their classrooms are often focus on their challenges and minimize their strengths. Assistive technologies can help students move beyond the ‘disability’ and allow them to learn material, express their ideas, and experience success where they were previously frustrated.

    Tonight’s Mini-Series will look at tools and strategies to help the LD/ADHD student gain independence and success in the classroom through lecture and demonstration.

    6:00-6:55 = Active Reading
    7:00-7:55 = The Writing Process
    8:00-9:00 = Note Taking and Study Skills

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  • Taking Charge: Advocacy for StudentsMay 16, 2017, 7:00 pm

    Presented by Colin Roney, M.Ed., Groves Academy Dean of Students

    Navigating both public and private schools when your son or daughter has learning differences, specifically learning disabilities and attention challenges, can be extremely confusing, frustrating, emotional and overwhelming. The way special education works in Minnesota, especially outside of Groves, can range significantly based on your student’s specific needs, disability, school district, private vs public, socioeconomic standing and parent involvement level. This workshop will begin to explain this process and give a general overview of support services, finding the right setting (school choice / environment) and what questions to ask. Remember, nobody knows and understands your child as you do. Educating yourself aroundthese topics will help you better advocate for your child on their educational journey.

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  • Meditation and Mindfulness: The Multiple Proven Benefits on Executive, Social-Emotional, and Regular Daily FunctioningJune 1, 2017, 7:00 pm

    Presented by Ethan Schwehr, PhD LP NCSP Groves Academy Licensed Psychologist

    Meditation and mindfulness applications are the focal point of many research studies with evidence suggesting this simple practice can significantly improve functioning in multiple areas. Common meditation/mindfulness practices, research-backed benefits, and various tools you can use will be covered in this workshop.

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