PAL Faculty News

Senior Lecturer Paula 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.

A book review by Dr. Laurie 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 Lecturer Lori 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."

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.

Senior Lecturer Paula Cocce, Dr. Nancy Winbury, and Dr. Laura Vanderberg presented, along with Michelle Bracken from Admissions, "The Four A's of College Admission for Students with LD, ADHD, or EFD:  Assessment, Application, Acceptance, Arrival" at the National Conference of Independent Educational Consultants Association on November 6, 2015 in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Senior Lecturers Paula Cocce and Lori Lubeski presented "Navigating the College Search for Students with Learning Disabilities" for over 100 parents and family members November 17, 2015 at Curry.  This event, hosted by Admissions, included a dinner for parents and the workshop.

Senior Lecturer George Herman has provided a long-term loan of his painting titled "Landscape with Purple Bush."  It can be viewed in the Webb Conference Room within the Learning Center.  A solo exhibit was at Summer Star Wildlife Sanctuary in Boylston, MA through the summer of 2015.  His work was recently exhibited at Three Stones Gallery in West Concord, MA. 

Dr. Laura Hubbard and Senior Lecturer Lori Lubeski presented at the Annual International Conference on ADHD in New Orleans, LA on November 14, 2015.  Their topic was "College Students with ADHD:  Connecting Creativity to Deep Engagement in Learning."

Senior Lecturer Lori Lubeski participated in "Poetry of Pop" at the Harvard Art Museum in October 2015 with New York poet Eileen Myles in conjunction with Corita Kent's art exhibit at the museum.  She had her poetry published in Solstice Literary Journal in spring 2015 and new work will be forthcoming in Let the Bucket Down in January 2016.

Dr. Diane Webber presented "Balancing Bridges to College Classrooms While Carrying Loads of Learning Differences" at the National Conference on Students in Transition in Baltimore, MD, in October 2015.  She also presented "Strategies for Engaging Students in the Classroom" with a focus on active learning on November 5, 2015 as a workshop at the Curry Faculty Center.  She was joined by colleagues Kerrie Aborn, Tracy Nowak, and Christine Sacco.

Dr. Nancy Winbury collaborated with Education Professor Dr. Joanne Seltzer to implement an innovative and cross-departmental Institute on Learning Differences for our students studying Special Education at Curry.  The intensive training involved online course readings and discussion and culminated in a two-day weekend institute on November 13 & 14, 2015.  PAL faculty who contributed as topic presenters included Dr. Lynn Abrahams, Senior Lecturer Linda Camp, Dr. Patty Kean, Dr. Pat Mytkowicz, and Dr. Laura Vanderberg.

PAL Professor Diane Webber Receives Whiting Foundation Fellowship

Dr. Diane Webber recently received a fellowship from the Marion and Jasper Whiting Foundation. Dr. Webber will travel to Denmark, Sweden, and Norway in June 2016 to confer with Scandinavian colleagues about Bringing Active Learning to the College Classroom at the Universities of Copenhagen, Stockholm and Bergen.

Meet Ivan Marchany '16 - IT, PAL

Like many high school kids, Ivan Marchany '16 was very much into video games. But little did he realize that his boyhood hobby would turn into a career path in cyber-security. Because of a learning difference, Ivan's college search led him from his home in Puerto Rico to the Curry College PAL program, where he has thrived academically as an IT major, turning his once-perceived weaknesses into strengths.

Institute on Learning Differences Gives Special Education Majors Unique Opportunity

The Institute on Learning Differences, a successful venture between the Education department and the Program for Advancement of Learning (PAL), gives students the opportunity to tap into the resources and knowledge of PAL faculty members and outside specialists to better understand the unique educational needs of students.

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