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Lower Student Stress, Higher Student Outcomes for Struggling Readers

Tuesday May 28, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm EDT

Presented by Dr. Susan Simmons, Educational Consultant, Assistive Technology and UDL

Sponsored by Learning Ally


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In recent years, research shows that the effects of stress on learning are profound, part of the rich research on the neuroscience of learning. Stress literally halts learning. The brain is wired to trigger fight or flight in stress mode. Learning is blocked. This edWebinar Leaves you with a clear understanding of the neuroscience, the effects of stress on learning, and how to reduce stress in school. It will focus on students reading below grade level (for whatever reason).

The classroom setting can either be an extended source of stress or a haven for learning. Make yours the haven. This recorded edWebinar will be of interest to elementary through high school teachers, librarians, and school and district leaders.

About the Presenter

Dr. Susan Simmons is a passionate Universal Design for Learning (UDL) enthusiast. She came to UDL from her many years as an assistive technology (AT) specialist and teacher. She has been a public school teacher; an administrator (program specialist); and a college instructor (Boston College, Claremont Graduate University, Mount St Mary’s College and many others); as well as education specialist and AT specialist providing professional development for school districts through the California Department of Education (Diagnostic Center). She is a frequent presenter at national conferences on topics in UDL and assistive technology. A highlight in her early UDL training was attending the Harvard UDL Summer Institute and being invited back as a teaching fellow. She is currently in private practice in the Los Angeles area.


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Learning Ally is a leading education solutions organization committed to transforming the lives of struggling learners. The Learning Ally Audiobook Solution is a proven reading accommodation comprised of human-read audiobooks, student centric features and a suite of teacher resources. Used in more than 17,000 schools, this solution successfully helps students with reading deficits become engaged learners and reach their academic potential.

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