Free Educational Webinars

Brain-based learning, Gemm Learning, 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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Upcoming Webinars

Our next presentation will be listed in August of 2018.

Recorded Webinars

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.

How to Get Started with Homeschooling

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 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.

Fact or Fiction, Gemm LearningFacts 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:

  1. Why use a biomedical and nutritional approaches to treating autism related disorders
  2. Learn the toxins affecting children and metabolic imprint of such burdens
  3. Discover how certain foods can either be toxic or healing to the mind, body and senses
  4. Identify the underlying symptoms related to ASD based on functional medicine testing
  5. 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.

SAT vs ACT: Creating a Game Plan  

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.

APD Assessment by Geffner

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.