Professional Development

Upcoming: Keynote SpeakerHawaii Women Leadership Conference, Alpha Delta Kappa August 2018.

Past Professional Development Trainings

  • Workshop for educators and parents in Malaysia: “Debunking Myths about Learning.” July 28, 2018.
  •  Workshop for educators in Hong Kong: “Debunking Myths about How the Brain Learns.” July 21, 2018.
  • “7 Myths of Reading—From Learning to Read to Reading to Learn.” Parents as Advocates for Change in Education (PACE), Brigham Young University Hawaii, April 7, 2018.
  • “Reading Diagnosis and Interventions.” Parents as Advocates for Change in Education (PACE), Brigham Young University Hawaii, March 24, 2018.
  • “Integrating Qualitative Reading Inventory (QRI) in Response To Intervention (RTI) Approaches.” Professional Development, Laie Elementary School, Hawaii, March 16, 2018.
  • “Response to Intervention (RTI) Diagnosis: Reading Difficulties vs Learning Disabilities.” Professional Development, Laie Elementary School, Hawaii, March 8, 2018.
  • “Diagnosis and Application of Spelling Error Patterns,” Parents as Advocates for Change in Education (PACE), Brigham Young University Hawaii, March 3, 2018.
  • “Establishing Critical Baselines in Response To Intervention (RTI).” Professional Development, Laie Elementary School, Hawaii, Feb 13, 2018.
  • “How Children Learn to Spell, Parents as Advocates for Change in Education (PACE), Brigham Young University Hawaii, Feb 17, 2018.
  • “Has Technology Changed How Students Learn?” Pathlight School for Autism,  Singapore, July 18, 2017.
  • “Teaching Spelling is More Than ABC…” Pathlight School for Autism, Singapore, July 19, 2017.
  • “If Critical Thinking is So Important, Why is it so Hard to Teach?” Pathlight School for Autism, Singapore, July 20, 2017.
  • Seek Learning, Even By Study and By Faith.” Stake Youth Fireside, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Singapore, July 16, 2017.
  • “Disability Issues Around the Globe: Attitudes, Perspectives, and Challenges.” Clemson University, Education and Human Development, Oct 26, 2016. Link
  • “Thinking of Becoming a Fulbright Scholar?” Clemson University, Education and Human Development, Oct 26, 2016. Link
  • “College Students with Learning Disabilities.” Faculty Forum, Faculty Advisory Council at Brigham Young University Hawaii, Oct 13, 2016.
  • “Understanding the Individualized Education Program Process from the Start.” 9th Annual Traveling Mini-Conference, Building Bridges and Paving Pathways. Learning Disabilities Association of Hawaii, HI, Oct 1, 2016.
  • Communicating with and about People with Disabilities. Business Department, Brigham Young University Hawaii, May 6, 2016.
  • “Understanding Autism from the Social Worker’s Perspective.” Social Work Department, Brigham Young University Hawaii, March 23, 2016.
  • “International Education Opportunities for Students and Professionals.” Panelist, International Committee of Kappa Delta Pi, Biannual Convocation, Orlando, FL, October 22-24, 2015.
  • Edgewood College, Keynote Speaker, Jan 15, 2015.
  • “Who Are Our Students: Responding to Students’ Learning Needs in the Classroom.”
  • “Effective Teaching in Increasingly Diverse Classrooms.”
  • U.S. Department of State Speaker and Specialist, April 24-May 2, 2014.
  • “Improving Teacher Quality, Student Learning, and School Outcome: Implications for Impactful Change.” Invited by the U.S. Embassy in Qatar in consultation with the Supreme Education Council, Qatar Foundation, Rumaillah Hospital, and Hamad Medical Corporation.
  • “How the Brain Learns”
  • “Myths about Teaching and Learning”
  • “How to Teach Reading”
  • “How to Teach Math”
  • “What are Learning Disabilities”
  • “How to Handle Difficult Behaviors in the Classroom”
  • “Diagnosis of Childhood and Teens Depression and Mental Health”
  • “Behavior Disorders and Emotional Disturbances; Social Maladjustment; Childhood Schizophrenia”
  • U.S. Department of State Speaker, Fulbright Hays, Nov 20-28, 2014.
  • “Science Spectacular: Hands-on Science Modules on Fundamental Scientific Principals on Energy, Motion, Sound, Pressure, Light, Forces, and Electricity.” (with Richard and Alice Flarend). U.S. Embassy in Doha, Qatar and in collaboration with the Qatar Scientific Foundation. Link
  •  Senior Fulbright Specialist, at Zirve University, Gaziantep, Turkey, Feb 9-March 10, 2014. Link
  • “We Know How the Brain Works, But How Does It LEARN?”
  • “What You Think You Know: 5 Myths about Teaching and Learning.”
  • “If Critical Is So Important, Why is it so Difficult to Teach?”
  • “How Do Students with Learning Disabilities Really Learn?”
  • “Students with Learning Disabilities: How do they learn?”
  • “Hearing and Visual Impairment: Adaptations for teachers.”
  • “Early Math Learning: Red flag for math difficulties.”
  • “Communicating with and about People with Disabilities.” 
  • “The Power of Words: Empowering Students in Early Childhood Learning.” Early Childhood Conference, Penn State Extension, State College PA, Feb 1, 2014.
  • “How are You the Same as People with Disabilities?” Diversity Ambassador Training. Office of Institutional Equity, Diversity & International Student Services, Penn State, November 20, 2013.
  • “Early Childhood Around the Globe: Mozambique, South Africa, Turkey, The Netherlands, and Singapore. Sponsored by Central Region PENNAEYC. Mount Nittany Elementary School. Sept 28, 2013.
  • “How the Brain Work: Best Ways to Help Your Child Learn.” Community Outreach Program, Singapore, June 8, 2013.
  • “Have Technology and Multitasking Rewired How Students Learn?” Early Childhood and Special Needs Academic Group, National Institute of Education. Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, June 7, 2013.
  • “Students with Mild Intellectual Disabilities: Focus on Numeracy.” Association for Persons with Special Needs. Singapore, 6 June 2013.
  • “Parenting Strategies for Working with Students with Attention Deficit Disorder.” St. Joseph Institute, Singapore, June 5, 2013.
  • “Cultivating High-Quality Teacher Dispositions for Working with Students with Special Needs.” Redesigning Pedagogy International Conference. Centre for Research in Pedagogy and Practice and The Learning Sciences Lab. National Institute of Education, Singapore, June 3-5, 2013.
  • “Students with Cognitive Disabilities: How Do They Learn?” Rainbow Special Schools. Singapore, June 3, 2013.
  • “Working with Parents of Children with Special Needs.” Assumption Pathway Special School, Singapore, May 29, 2013.
  • “Cognitive Science of Learning.” Penn State Altoona, New Faculty Effective Teaching Workshop, Oct 13, 2012.
  • “How to Reach Students with Learning Difficulties: Is It What You Teach or How You Teach?”
  • “How College Students Engage, Retain, and Transfer what They Have Learned.”
  • Title V Sophomore Success and PROF Center, Texas A&M International University, Laredo, Texas, October 14, 2011.
  • “Successful Students are Self-Determined Students”
  • “Promoting Self-Determination and Self-Directed learning with College Students”
  • “Why Students Think They Understand When They Don’t: Differentiating Learning Skills and Studying Habits”
  • “Promoting Student outcomes of Self-Efficacy, Locus of Control, Persistence, and Commitment”
  • “How to Reach Students with Learning Difficulties: Is it What You Teach or How You Teach”
  • “HowCollege Students Engage, Retain, and Transfer what They have Learned” 
  • “Learning Disabilities vs. Learning Difficulties.” Jamiyah Education, Early Childhood, Singapore, June 24, 2011.
  • Honorable Visiting Scholar for Taiwan Municipal University of Education, Taipei, Taiwan, June 11-18, 2011.
  • “Integrating Universal Design for the Diverse Learners.”
  • “U.S. Trends in Special Education.”
  • “Understanding How the Brain Works.”
  • “International Trends in Special Education.”   
  • “Learning Disabilities: Differentiation, Identification, & Strategies,” Qatar University, May 17 and 24, 2011.
  • “Communicating With and About People with Disabilities.” College of Pharmacy, Qatar University, May 25, 2011.
  • “Universal Design Learning for the Diverse Classroom: Teaching Students in the Digital Age!” 4th Annual Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in Education, College of the North Atlantic and the Supreme Council of Information and Communication Technology, Qatar, 16, 17, and 18, April 2011.
  • Senior Fulbright Scholar. Professional Development at Qatar University, Jan to May, 2011.
  • “What Every Healthcare Professionals Should Know About Learning Disabilities.” Continuing Education for Healthcare Providers, Qatar Rumailah Hospital, March 17, 2011.
  • Research Seminar: “Self-Determination for People with Disabilities.” College of Education, Qatar University, March 16, 2011. 
  • “How do Students Learn Best: Brain Research on Knowledge, Depth, Intentions, Emotions,” Qatar University, March 10 and March 20, 2011.
  • “Establishing a Research Agenda.” Research Inquiry, Department of Psychological Sciences, Qatar University, March 13, 2011.
  • “Integrating University Design Learning and Assistive Technology for Educational Leaders.” College of Education, Department of Educational Leadership, Qatar University, March 20, 2011.
  • “Adjustments to Middle School.” Young Scholars of Central Pennsylvania Charter School, State College PA, January 2011.
  • “Every Moment is a Teaching Moment: Engaging Young Children in Early Literacy Skills.” Early Years and Learning Years Conference, Panel Chair, Penn State Extension, State College PA, January 2011.
  • “Transition into High School: What to Expect and How to be Prepared?” Young Scholars of Central Pennsylvania Charter School, State College, PA, December 2010.
  • “The Clute Institute for International College Teaching & Learning,” Conference Chair: Las Vegas, NV, October, 2010.
  • “Children with Learning Disabilities: How Do They Learn?” Family Medicine Seminar Series, Mt. Nittany Medical Center, State College PA, Pennsylvania, September 2010.
  • “Teaching Children in the Home.” Relief Society Women’s Day Conference, April 2010.
  • “How do Students with Learning Disabilities Really Learn?” 3rd Annual Information and Communication Technology in Education, College of the North Atlantic and the Supreme Council of Information and Communication Technology, Qatar, March 2010.
  • “Engaging Reluctant Learners Through the Web: Where Do Teachers Start?” 3rd Annual Information and Communication Technology in Education, College of the North Atlantic and the Supreme Council of Information and Communication Technology, Qatar, March 2010.
  • “Managing Difficult Behaviors.” In-service training for LDS Primary Teachers. February 2010.
  • “Learning Disabilities or Learning Difficulties: Identification and Differentiation,” Continuing Education for the Early Years and Learning Years Conference, Penn State Extension, State College PA, January 2010.
  • “College Students with Learning Difficulties: What vs. How You Teach?” Teaching and Learning Consortium, Penn State Altoona, October 2009.
  • “Rights of College Students with Disabilities: How the Law Can Impact Your Teaching,” Teaching and Learning Consortium, Penn State Altoona, September 2009.
  • “What Are Your Child’s Educational Rights from Infancy to College?” Community Outreach Programs. State College PA, July 2009.
  • “How to Identify Reading and Math Learning Difficulties?” Community Outreach Programs. State College PA, July 2009.
  • “Strategies for Working with Diverse Students with Disabilities,” 5th Annual Bilingual Conference, Texas A&M International University, Laredo TX, March 2007.
  • “Accommodating Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students with Disabilities,” Teach for America Fellows, Pace University, New York NY, February 2006.
  • “Adapting Instruction for University Students with Disabilities,” Disability Training Network, Texas A&M University, College Station TX, December 2006.
  • “Asian Education: A Kaleidoscopic Perspective” (with F. A. Samuel and Y. W. Wang), Annual Cultural Theme, Dowling College, Oakdale NY, February 2005.
  • “Current Issues and Practices of Special Education: Implications for Children with Special Needs in Singapore,” Autism Resource Center, Key Management Board Meeting, Ministry of Education and the National Council of Social Services, Singapore, July 2004.
  • “Facilitating Special Education Teacher Preparation in Singapore,” Pathlight School Board, Singapore, July 2004.
  • “Communicating with and about People with Disabilities: Appropriate Language and Body Language,” National Technological University, Singapore, July 2003.
  • “Life Assessment: Are You Self-Determined to Make a Difference to Your Life?” Singapore, July 2003.
  • “Self-Determination and Children with Autism: Improving Capacity and Enhancing Opportunity,” Autism Resource Center, Singapore, July 2003.
  • “Attitudes towards People with Disabilities,” Multiculturalism Colloquium, St. Joseph’s College, West Hartford CT, April 2001.