Workshops

The Prentice School is proud to offer FREE educational workshops designed for parents, professionals and community members. The purpose of these workshops is to provide parents of a child with learning differences or adults who work with children with learning differences with a forum to discuss issues critical to the students’ academic success, social growth and emotional development.

We believe in providing parents, guardians and caregivers the support they deserve. In addition to our workshops, we are offering a 4-week Support Group for those in need of a common place to come together for mutual understanding and shared strategies.

Please join us for an opportunity to discover different ideas, learn from others, experience new things, and be inspired.


Slingerland® Teaching Methods

Wednesday, March 22, 2017 3:15 – 5:00 PM

Presented by: Prentice Faculty
Here is your opportunity to learn more about the Slingerland® Multisensory Structured Language Approach. By attending this workshop, you will have the opportunity to be a “Prentice student” for an afternoon. Attendees will use all three learning modalities – auditory (ears), visual (eyes) and kinesthetic (feel) – as they participate in a daily Slingerland® lesson taught by members of the Prentice faculty.
Navigating IEPs

Thursday, February 16, 2017 8:30 – 10:00 AM
Thursday, March 15, 2016 6:00 – 7:30 PM
(You can attend either or both classes)

Presented by: Law Offices of Augustin Egelsee, LLP Get the facts on Individualized Education Programs (IEP). Whether your child has been identified with a learning difference or you feel that your child may need an evaluation, gain the knowledge you will need to advocate for your child’s education. Learn about the IEP and assessment process and obtain valuable resources for children with learning differences.

What's Next? High School & Other Transitions

Tuesday, April 11, 2017 8:15 – 10:00 AM
Presented by: Mary Oliver, School Counselor

Do you have questions about transitioning from middle school to high school or just making the transition from Prentice to a new school? Perhaps your child is excited, but uncertain about what to expect? Are you aware of all of the services available for LD students at the local schools? Get the answers to your questions and learn more about the transition process—from application to final decision.

Assistive Technology Tools Workshop for Parents

Presented by Stanley Tom (IT & Ed. Assistive Technology Manager at Prentice)

Does your son or daughter struggle with the reading and writing tasks? Will greater academic independence provide improved self-esteem and confidence for your child?  What can support their academic and vocational or career success in the future? Learning about Assistive Technology (AT) can be a life changer.  AT tools can be used to support the goals of improved reading comprehension and improved written expression.

Learn how to effectively support your child’s use of AT software provided at Prentice.

Parent participants will:

  • Get hands on experience with the software and will be provided an opportunity to install the software on your and your child’s laptop computer.
  • Learn about AT software capabilities.
  • Acquire the necessary skills for effective AT software use, including what to expect from your child and their teachers.
  • Get insight into what they can ask for from school districts and their roles and their child’s role in a successful implementation of AT.

Your participation requires you to attend four 1-hour sessions. Parents of all grade levels are welcome.  Elementary grade parents are encouraged to participate in order to prepare your child’s use of AT tools in junior high grades.

Fee:

There is no cost for parents of enrolled Prentice students. Non-Prentice parents are welcome, but there is a $200 enrollment fee. To enroll or to learn more, please contact Stanley Tom at stom@prentice.org or call 714.538.4511 ext. 252

Where and When:

All the AT Tools Workshop for Parents will take place in Room 502.  Each “series” consists of four meetings once a week for four consecutive weeks. Plan to attend the four meetings for each series. Attendance is limited to seven participants. For the 2016-2017 Academic Year, the schedule is as followed:

  • Friday, September 9, 16, 23, (closed)
  • Friday, November 4, 18, and December 2, 9 (8 to 9 am) (closed)
  • Monday, January 9, 23 and February 6, 13 (8:30 to 9:30 am)
  • Monday, March 6, 13, 20 and April 3 (8:30 to 9:30 am)
  • Wednesday April 12, 26 and May 3, 10 (5:30 pm to 6:30 pm)

Please note:

If the above dates and times are not good for you, parents of three or more (up to seven) can form a workshop series of four (one hour) to take place in Room 502.

“I would encourage all individuals with learning differences to come see how assistive technology can change their life. For my daughter, she is no longer afraid of writing reports. It has opened to her the information world on the internet. She loves the independence assistive technology gives her.  Stan is a compassionate and patient instructor with the background and understanding to help anyone who is motivated to achieve their personal goals.  Thank you Stan!” 

Shanna Thornburg PT, DPT, OCS; 6th grade parent 

“Have all of you taken Stanley Tom’s workshop regarding the assistive technology? It is conviction again of the tools that Prentice is providing for our children with learning difficulties. What’s available to us is an entire set of software programs that our kids can use when learning to write reports or having their textbooks read to them.  It’s just fabulous! I encourage you to take the workshop to see what valuable tools Prentice has resourced.” 

Angela Lee; Pre-K and K parent