Free Educational Webinars
Gemm Learning is sponsoring monthly educational webinars for parents. Participation is free of charge. Our webinars will cover a range of topics including homework support, learning difficulties, general assessments and so much more.
If you would like to participate in one of our educational webinars, please choose from the list below. If the timing isn’t convenient, register anyway. We will send you access to a recording of the webinar.
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Presented by Andy Brainard of Brainard Investigations, CFE
While bullying has likely been around since humans first started to organize themselves into social groups, the advancement and accessibility of technology have exposed victims to bullying 24 hour a day, 7 days a week – and our children are especially at risk. Due to the unique and virtually constant presence of cyberbullying, it can be even more traumatizing than traditional forms of bullying.
During this presentation we will explore several questions including:
- What is cyberbullying?
- Why is cyberbullying such a serious problem?
- Are children more vulnerable?
- Is cyberbullying a crime?
- What are the obligations of my child’s school and the local police department, if my child is being targeted?
With a focus on practical, legal solutions we will gain an understanding of the growing problem of cyberbullying and how to address it.
Andy Brainard is a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE 783493), licensed in California and an Officer of Brainard Investigations (California Private Investigator’s Number PI 28342). He attended law school at Northwestern California University focusing on the topics of criminal and civil law. He has completed the Reid Technique of Interviewing and Interrogation for Investigations course and has completed several investigations courses offered through the California State University, Fullerton.
Presented by Mel Toth, Author/Instructor
By developing deeper awareness of the body and breath, both parents and children can become more adept at managing physical and mental stress in all areas of life. Following on to Part 1 of this experiential webinar, former elementary school teacher and current yoga instructor, Mel Toth, demonstrates simple exercises that can help both you and your child rebound from frustration and transition more smoothly from one activity to the next. You will learn more about basic breathing and movement techniques that can be used anytime and anywhere to help reign in scattered energy, calm anxiety and increase focus. There is no need to have participated in Part 1 of this webinar to join us for Part 2.
Melanie Toth is a former classroom teacher who co-authored Inspiring Active Learning: A Complete Handbook for Today’s Teachers. She has worked for several New York Learning Centers, including Gemm Learning in 2007. She teaches children’s yoga through Story Time and Munchkin and Me Yoga in New York along with several adult classes.
Presented by Mindprint Learning
With so many available resources and strategies for test prep, how do you know what is best? In this webinar, Nancy and Vicki will discuss how to narrow down and prioritize the most effective test taking strategies based on your child’s strengths and learning challenges. To view a recording of this webinar, please click here.
Nancy Weinstein, Founder & CEO
Nancy founded Mindprint Learning with the perspectives of both a parent and an innovator. Realizing a need to address a common challenge for parents and educators, she drew upon her background in science and business to
create Mindprint, the first ever valid at-home cognitive assessment supported with next-step strategies for growth. She has an extensive background in business, and, as a mother of two, recognizes the challenges parents face today, from helping with homework, to navigating the ever-changing pace of education and technology.
Vicki Algeri, Director of Learning
Before joining the Mindprint team, Vicki taught in elementary and middle school general and special education classrooms. She and Nancy have co-authored the book The Empowered Student: A Guide to Self-Regulated Learning.
What is Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) and Why Is It Essential for Success in Learning and Life?
Presented by Marisa Zalabak, M.A.
Social and emotional factors are inextricably intertwined with cognition an academic learning in the brain. Along with psychologists, an increasing number of schools, policy makers and educational organizations are beginning to address the need to develop social-emotional skills not included in standard academic curricula.
In this introductory webinar, we discuss:
- What is SEL?
- Why is it important?
- Who does it?
- Where is it used?
- When? How is it done?
Marisa Zalabak, MA, founder of Open Channel Culture, is an educational psychologist, teacher, and leadership/instructional coach specializing in social-emotional learning, school climate, organizational culture, behavior management, diversity/inclusion, restorative practices, and arts-based education. She has worked as a consultant for decades in the field with multiple organizations including: the National School Climate Center (formerly Center for Social Emotional Education), Ramapo for Children, Mindful Schools, City University of New York (CUNY), Morningside Center for Teaching Social Responsibility, and Children’s Aid Society. Marisa has also contributed to research on implementation of SEL curricula with Fordham University and University of Virginia as well as research on Lincoln Center Institute’s ‘Capacities for Imaginative Learning’ with CUNY. She is currently developing SEL strategies and training to support diverse cognitive learning styles and arts-based behavioral interventions. For Access to a recording of this presentation, please click here.
Presented by Kyra Minichan, M.A. CCC-SLP
Does your child struggle with any of the following?
- Difficulty completing tasks
- Reading comprehension
- Staying focused
- Remembering content for daily quizzes but not for tests, especially timed tests, standardized tests and school assessments
If yes, find out why!
Working memory is strongly associated with academic learning and is at the core of reading, writing, math and self-confidence. The number one cognitive skill affecting mental effort today is working memory. It is one of the best predictors in determining a child’s learning outcomes.
In today’s webinar Kyra will present stories of children like yours who were defeated, struggled, but ultimately triumphed and met their optimal academic potential. You will also:
- Gain insight and understanding into the relationship between working memory and academic achievement.
- Learn how working memory and anxiety are connected
- Discover how working memory effects social skills
- Find options for improving your child’s working memory skills.
Kyra Minichan is the owner and founder of The Cognitive Emporium (TCE) based in Hendersonville, Tennessee. TCE’s mission is to provide solutions to help smart but struggling students become confident, independent, learners. Kyra has been a practicing Speech-Language Pathologist specializing in pediatrics for over 20 years. Her clinical background in neuroscience and cognition lead her to develop a system to close the gap between intelligence and academics, called The P. A. T. H. System® She is the author of the e-book, Raise Your Hand If You’re a Platypus: A Conversation Starter For The Smart Kid Who Struggles. Kyra is sought after for her experience and expertise by peers, parents and teachers at various conferences across the country. For access to a recording of this webinar, please click here.
Presented by Ann Dolin, M.Ed
Is the phrase Did you do your homework? a very common question in your household? Do your find yourself forced into the role of the “bad guy” to help your child get things done? Well you are not alone!
In this Webinar Ann will:
- Give us insights from her latest book addressing the root causes of procrastination
- Provide tools and strategies to keep even the most scattered of students on track
- Help us to discover the emotional causes of procrastination
- Show us how to harness the “power of habit”
- Share ideas on how to motivate your child without being the “bad guy”
The presentation will be followed by a Q&A session with the author.
Getting Past Procrastination: How to Get Your Kids Organized, Focused and Motivated… Without Being the Bad Guy will be available to the public in September of 2018.
Ann K. Dolin, M.Ed., is a former teacher in the Virginia public school system with 20 years of teaching and tutoring experience. She is the author of “Homework Made Simple: Tips, Tools and Solutions for Stress-Free Homework” and founder of Educational Connections, Inc., a provider for individualized one-to-one instruction based on each student’s learning style. Ann served on the board of the International Dyslexia Association as well as CHADD of Northern Virginia, which stands for Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Disorder.
Ann received her undergraduate degree in Child Psychology with Teacher Certification for grades 1-8, and received her M.Ed. in Special Education, ED, LD, MMR from Boston College. For access to a recording of this webinar, please click here.
Presented by Tina Liberatore and Michelle Reynard
Is your child a struggling reader? Are you concerned about the upcoming school year? Chances are very good that Gemm Learning can help! Join us August 29, 2018 for a 45 minute workshop. Seasoned educators and Gemm Learning intervention specialists, Tina Liberatore and Michelle Reynard, will highlight one of Gemm Learning’s most popular offerings, Fast ForWord.
We will cover:
- Who we are
- What we can offer
- Who we help
- Typical results
- Case studies
- Program demos
Tina is our President and Chief Operating Officer at Gemm Learning. She has worked in the educational field for the last 15 years, 11 years with Gemm Learning. Tina runs the day to day operations of our company. She loves working with our families and is following her life long passion of helping students achieve their potential.
Michelle is our Education Specialist at Gemm Learning. She has worked in the field of education for over 20 years, including 10 as a classroom teacher. She has a specializations in reading and Gifted and Talented, ESOL/Bilingual, and general education certifications. Over the years she’s worked with students of nearly all grade and ability levels. She joined Gemm at the end of our first year and has assisted the company in nearly all areas since that point. To view a recording of our this webinar, please click here.
Using Adaptive Learning to Meet All Students at Their Learning Capability
Presented by Courtney Thompson and Johanna Wolf, of DreamBox Learning
Originally presented on June 27, 2018 at 1:00 Eastern Time
During this webinar, we will focus on what adaptive learning is and how powerful it can be for learners of all sorts. Adaptive Learning delivers content to the learner that is customized to the student’s current developmental readiness. We will also discuss how DreamBox Learning provides this for students, as well as ways for families to see the learning that takes place.
Courtney Thompson was an elementary education teacher for 10 years within North Carolina schools and has worked with DreamBox Learning providing Professional Development for educators since 2016.
Johanna Wolf was a high school Exceptional Children teacher in North Carolina Public Schools from 2009-2017. She has been with DreamBox Learning since 2017 working on the Professional Development team with a focus in the Southeast. For access to the recorded webinar, please click here.
Presented by Jessica Smith, Founder of How to Homeschool
Considering homeschooling? Figuring out how to get started can be a daunting task. We’ll discuss the first steps to getting started, including how to make sure you take all the right legal steps, how to find your homeschool tribe for support & encouragement, and all the typical FAQ’s that concerned parents have (including socialization, testing, picking the right curriculum & services, school transcripts & more).
Jessica Smith is a homeschool mom with over 15 years of experience homeschooling her own kids and working in the education industry. After having a hard time finding the tools and resources she needed to help other moms start homeschooling, she set out to start HowToHomeschool.net where she and four other homeschool moms provide resources, encouragement, information on how to get started, and more for anyone looking into homeschooling their children. For access to the recorded webinar, please click here.
Facts and Myths about the Brain: Can You Tell Them Apart?
Presented by Betsy Hill, President of Brainware Learning Company
How much do you know about the brain? Can you separate brain facts from brain fiction?
Brain fiction, or neuromyths, can lead us to ineffective or even counterproductive strategies as parents, teachers, and students. Misconceptions about the brain continue. Research indicates that most of what teachers are sure they know about the brain is simply wrong! It’s time to set the record straight, separate the wheat from the chaff, and send those neuromyths on their way. This webinar will identify common myths about the brain, what the correct information is and why the difference is important.
Betsy Hill is an experienced educator and President of BrainWare Learning Company. She has studied the application of neuroscience to teaching and learning with Dr. Patricia Wolfe and other experts and works with educators, clinicians and corporate trainers on using neuroscience research to address some of the most perplexing problems in education, including closing the gap for historically underperforming students. She addressed issues of college and career preparedness as a trustee and board chair at Chicago State University. She holds a Master of Arts in Teaching and an MBA from Northwestern University, and teaches strategy at Lake Forest Graduate School of Management and the University of Illinois Chicago. For access to the recorded webinar, please click here.
Increase Focus and Reduce Anxiety in 1-3 Minutes
Presented by Mel Toth, Author/Instructor
By developing deeper awareness of the body and breath, both parents and children can become more adept at managing physical and mental stress in all areas of life. In this experiential webinar, former elementary school teacher and current yoga instructor, Mel Toth, demonstrates simple exercises that can help both you and your child rebound from frustration and transition more smoothly from one activity to the next. You will learn basic breathing and movement techniques that can be used anytime and anywhere to help reign in scattered energy, calm anxiety and increase focus.
Melanie Toth is a former classroom teacher who co-authored Inspiring Active Learning: A Complete Handbook for Today’s Teachers. She has worked for several New York Learning Centers, including Gemm Learning in 2007. She teaches children’s yoga through Story Time and Munchkin and Me Yoga in New York along with several adult classes. To view a recording of this presentation, please click here.
Biomedical and Nutritional Intervention for ADD/ADHD/ASD
Presented by Nancy Guberti, Functional Medicine Nutritionist
March 28, 2018 at 1:00 Eastern Time
For many years autism was rare – occurring in just five children out of 10,000.
However, since the early 1990s, the rate of autism has increased dramatically around the world, with figures as high as 60 per 10,000. As of March, 2014, estimates from CDC’s Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring (ADDM) Network have 1 in 68 children have been identified with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). ASD is reported to occur in all racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic groups. ASD is about 4.5 times more common among boys (1 in 42) than among girls (1 in 189)
Join us to learn:
- Why use a biomedical and nutritional approaches to treating autism related disorders
- Learn the toxins affecting children and metabolic imprint of such burdens
- Discover how certain foods can either be toxic or healing to the mind, body and senses
- Identify the underlying symptoms related to ASD based on functional medicine testing
- Learn the role of homeopathic remedies, nutraceutical and natural chelation
The advice and techniques to help you take action based on 18 years of clinical practice/research. To view a recording of this webinar, click here.
Presented by Laura Wilson, CEO and Author
March 14, 2018 at 1:00 Eastern Time
What are the similarities/differences between the PSAT, PLAN, SAT, ACT? What test – SAT or ACT – is right for my child and what types of questions are on these exams? When should my child take? Do these tests align with what is being taught in schools?
These questions along with HOW to create a testing game plan for college admissions will be discussed. This webinar will provide specific SAT vs. ACT comparisons so that you will have a clear understanding of how to evaluate what test your child should take and when your child should start preparing. SAT/ACT scores are key factors in college admissions. This webinar is a must for parents new to the college testing process. To view a recording of this webinar, please click here.
The Good, Bad and Ugly of Nutrition
Presented by Nancy Guberti, Functional Medicine Nutritionist
February 21, 2018 at 1:00 Eastern Time
You are what you eat. So, what exactly are you eating? The answer to that question may surprise you! Together with respected Functional Medicine Nutritionist, Nancy Guberti, we will explore the bigger picture. Toxins, processed foods, antibiotic resistance, grass fed but not grass finished – what does it all mean for you and your family? We’ll explore the link of anxiety, food allergies, depression, degenerative disorders and immune issues. Most importantly, we will clear up the confusion on how to enjoy a healthy eating regime. To view a recording, click here.
Fast ForWord and Auditory Temporal Processing
Presented by Dr. Donna Geffner, Ph.D., CCC-Sp/A
February 7, 2018 at 1:00 Eastern Time
Does your child often ask to have things repeated? Has your child been diagnosed with an auditory processing struggle? This presentation will address the area of temporal processing, a facet of auditory processing which involves the timing and sequencing of acoustic events. Temporal processing enables an individual to take in the message in a timely manner. For many children, the message goes too fast and thus the need to ask “what?” The good news is that there is help. Those who engage in Fast ForWord have been found to increase their speed of listening and improve their temporal processing rates. To view the recorded webinar click here.
Sugar’s Impact on the Brain, Mood, and Learning
Presented by Nancy Guberti, Functional Medicine Nutritionist
January 31, 2018 at 1:00 Eastern Time
New Studies show Sugar’s Impact On The Brain, And The News Is Not Good … What does sugar do to our brains? It’s no secret that sugar affects our waistlines. We know it’s linked to cavities and diseases like obesity, diabetes, heart disease & cancer…Sugar affects brain function as well. Eating too much sugar has been linked to poor memory, overeating, learning disorders, depression and anxiety.
Nancy will cover:
- 5 Effects of Sugar on the Brain, Body, Mood, & Learning
- How much Sugar should you eat on a daily basis
- The advice and techniques to help you take action based on 18 years of clinical practice/research
For a recording of the webinar, please click here.
How to Build Self-Confidence (and Success!) in Your Struggling Learner (January 17, 2018 at 1:00 Eastern Time)
Hosted by Gemm Learning with guest speakers from Mindprint Learning: Every child has learning strengths and needs. But for kids who struggle, they often feel like they can’t do anything right when it comes to school. You, as a parent, know that’s not true. But how do you convince your child that he or she absolutely does have learning strengths? And that the key to life success is discovering how to use those strengths? This 30 minute presentation will show you how to quickly, accurately, and objectively identify your child’s learning strengths and needs and use that insight to build your child’s self-confidence and help him succeed. To view a recording of this webinar, please click here.
An Educator’s Tips on Reducing Homework Stress (November 15, 2017)
As parents, we all know how difficult homework time can be. For some students homework is just a part of their day. They complete it and move on to other things. For others, it is a stressful time of day. It is important to discover the cause of each student’s stress. Is it scheduling, lack of understanding or possibly a learning struggle that is impeding success? Michelle Reynard, a seasoned educator, will share tips for parents on how to reduce their children’s level of homework stress. To view a recording of this webinar, please click here.