““In high school I couldn’t keep up academically with the so called ‘normal’ kids, so everyone else was lumped in together in the ‘special’ classes, even thought there existed a wide range of learning disabilities. I could never find a happy medium where I could learn at my own pace, until I got to Curry.”
Holden Kepecs '85
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Coordinator of the PAL for Multilingual Students (PML) program, Dr. Lynn Abrahams had a book chapter published in the September 2016 Wiley Online Library text New Directions for Teaching and Learning: Transformative Learning and Adult Higher Education. The chapter is titled "The Spiral Road of Transformative Learning Through the Lens of College Students with Learning Differences."
Dr. Eileen Ball ran a 4-day workshop in October for young adults who stutter. Each participant completed a digital story about a significant event in their lives related to stuttering. The workshop was held at the SAY organization (The Stuttering Association for the Young) in New York City.
Dr. Laurie Fox recently had a chapter published in the book Enabling Reflective Thinking. The content relates to the Curry Faculty Peer Support Program, which Dr. Fox coordinates. Her chapter is titled "Mutual Mentoring for Faculty Professional Development: A Radical Model."
A book review by Dr. Fox appeared in the journal The Educational Therapist, 37(1). It is on Dr. Linda Nilson's "Creating self-regulated learners: Strategies to strengthen students' self-awareness and learning skills."
Senior Lecturers Paula Cocce and Lori Lubeski will present "The Road to College Success: Essential Readiness and Transition Factors for Students with LD and ADHD" in November at the 2016 Children and Adults with ADD/ADHD (CHADD) Annual International Conference in Costa Mesa, California.
Lubeski presented in February 2016 at the Learning Disabilities Association Annual International Conference in Orlando, FL. Her topic was "Honoring the Creative Voice in Students with Learning Disabilities."
Cocce and Associate Professor Kathy Wilmot presented a parents' workshop in January 2016 in Mattapoisett, MA on "Navigating the College Search for Students with Learning Disabilities." Professor Cocce also presented this workshop in Dracut, MA.
In March 2016, Dr. Diane Webber was awarded a Whiting Foundation Fellowship, which facilitates professor travel abroad to study quality of instruction. She will explore the Scandinavian higher education system notable for innovative teaching methods for all types of learners. She will participate in the best practices used with first-year students in Scandinavian universities to address the needs of students who learn differently.
Dr. Nancy Winbury, Senior Lecturer Paula Cocce, and PAL Admissions Assistant Coordinator Tish Pieper ran a day-long Guidance Counselor Workshop on the college search process for students with learning differences in January 2016. The event was jointly hosted by PAL and the Curry College Admission Office and drew 153 attendees from 5 states.