Speaking

As an international speaker, Dr. Hong has been invited by US State Department and institutions of learning worldwide to share her expertise in the areas of teaching and learning from the cognitive science perspective. Even though her research targets college students with disabilities, her area of focus is on helping all students develop self-awareness, self-advocacy, self-regulation, and self-empowerment, also known as self-determination. A major component of her training is in facilitating parents and educators at all levels using data-driven evidence and scientific research to understand what it takes to learn, and then deconstruct the structure of conceptual teaching to fit the needs of the learning brain. The goal is to help students take charge of their own learning by first appreciating how the brain optimizes attention, delays gratification, enhances motivation, and directs recollections of information.

 

Past Speaking Engagements

  • “How to Help My Child with Learning Difficulties.”3rd Annual PACE Symposium—Parents as Advocates for Change in Education, Brigham Young University Hawaii, School of Education, October 13, 2018.
  • “Making Sense of Your Child’s IEP.” PACE Symposium—Parents as Advocates for Change in Education, Brigham Young University Hawaii, School of Education, October 7, 2017.
  • “IEP Clinic…and Become Your Child’s Best Advocate!” In collaboration with the Learning Disabilities Association of Hawaii, Oahu, HI, April 8, 2017.
  • PACE Skill Training for Parents and Educators: How to Teach Spelling, Brigham Young University Hawaii since 2016.
  • Annual P.A.C.E. Symposium, Parents as Advocates for Change in Education, Brigham Young University Hawaii since 2016.
  • “College Tutor and Academic Advisor Understanding in Working with Students Identified as Learning Disabled,” Oxford University Education Research Symposium, Oxford, UK, Dec 7-9, 2016.
  • “Six Essential Milestones Every Parent Should Know.” PACE Symposium—Parents as Advocates for Change in Education, Brigham Young University Hawaii, School of Education, August 27, 2016.
  • “Faculty Perceptions of College Students with Disabilities.” Oxford University Education Research Symposium, Oxford, UK, March 17-20, 2016.
  • “Why American Schools Should Not Be Like Asian Schools.” American Association for the Advancement of Curriculum Studies Annual Conference, Acadia University, March 31-April 3, 2014.
  • “Have Technology and Multitasking Changed the Way We Learn?” Workshop at the World Congress on Education, Sept 2-4. 2013, London, UK. BEST WORKSHOP AWARD.
  • “Impact of Institutional Support Services on the Persistence and Graduation of College Students with Disabilities.” 26th International Conference on The First-Year Experience. Waikoloa, Hawaii. June 17-20, 2013.
  • “Qualitative Analysis of the Barriers College Students with Disabilities Experience.” Oxford University Education Research Symposium, Oxford, UK, March 17-20, 2013.  “Critical Thinking: Can You Teach It?” International Conference on Education, Dublin, Ireland, 16-18 April, 2012.
  • “Multitasking in the 21st Century: Is it Helping or Hurting kids?” Ireland International Conference on Education, Dublin, Ireland, 16-18 April, 2012.
  • “Post-Secondary Outcomes of Students Receiving Services from the Office for Disability Services: A Pilot Study.” (with Dr. James Herbert and Dr. Soo-yong Byun from Penn State University). 28th Annual Pacific Rim International Conference on Disability and Diversity, Honolulu, HI, March 24-28, 2012.
  • “Aspire to be a Fulbright Scholar? How to Apply, Be One, and Return with Honor.” Kappa Delta Pi 48th Biennial Convocation, Indianapolis, IN, November 3-5, 2011.
  • “I Am A Good Teacher. Why Aren’t My Students Motivated To Learn?” Kappa Delta Pi 48th Biennial Convocation, Indianapolis, IN, November 3-5, 2011.
  • “Faculty Attitudes and Knowledge Toward Promoting Self-Determination and Self-Directed Learning for College Students with and without Disabilities.” The Clute Institute for International College Teaching & Learning, Las Vegas, NV, October, 2010. AWARDED BEST PAPER.
  • “Treading a Familiar Path: The Framing and Re-Framing of Gendered Career Choices by Female College Students Majoring in Elementary Education.” (with Dr. Carrie Freie). The Clute Institute for International College Teaching & Learning, Las Vegas, NV, October, 2010.
  • “How to Reach Students with Learning Difficulties: Is It What You Teach or How You Teach?” 17th International Conference on Learning, Hong Kong, China, July 2010.
  • “Impact of Faculty Value of Teaching on Undergraduate Engineering Student Learning Outcome.” World Universities Forum, Davos, Switzerland, January 2010.
  • “Attitude Is Everything: Perceptions of Faculty toward College Students with Disabilities.” World Universities Forum, Davos, Switzerland, January 2010.
  • “Student Perceptions of Faculty and Their Impact on Student Retention.” World Universities
  • Forum, Davos, Switzerland, January 2010.
  • “Engaging Reluctant Learners through Effective Pedagogies: Understanding Diverse Needs of Students with Learning Difficulties.” Educational Research Association of Singapore Conference, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, November 2009.
  • “Do You Have What It Takes to be a Special Educator? Exploring Teacher Dispositions and the Effects on Students with Disabilities.” 16th International Conference on Learning, University of Barcelona, Spain, July 2009.
  • “Leaders Exerting Pressure for Positive Change: Leverage for Educational Leadership Reform.” 9th International Conference on Knowledge, Culture, and Change in Organization, Northeastern University, Boston MA, June 2009.
  • “Engaging Reluctant Learners through the Web: Where Do Teachers Start?” 5th International Conference on Technology, Knowledge and Society, Huntsville AL, January 2009.
  • “A Multidimensional Approach to Educating All Children: Empowering Stakeholders to Make Appropriate Decisions.” 11th Biannual International Association of Special Education Conference, Alicante, Spain, July 2008.
  • “Correlation between Teacher Disposition and Student Self-Determination.” 2nd Annual
  • Asia-Pacific Education Research Association Conference, Nanyang Technological University,
  • Singapore, June 2008.
  • “Empowering Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students with Disabilities.” 13th Annual
  • International Association of Intercultural Communication Studies, Harbin, China, April 2007.
  • “The ‘TRUTH’ about Asia’s Schools: A Comparative Perspective about Schools in Asia and the United States.” 4th Annual Hawaii International Conference on Education, Honolulu, HI Jan 2006.
  • “A Continuous Dilemma: Leverage for Freedom or Wedge of Compliance?” (with W. F. Ivy and D. P. Schulte). 4th Annual Hawaii International Conference on Education, Honolulu, HI, Jan 2006.
  • “Countdown to Inclusion: ‘The Rainbow Continuum’ for Increasing Mainstream Services” (with W. F. Ivy and D. P. Schulte). 4th Annual Hawaii International Conference on Education, Honolulu, HI, January 2006.
  • “Using Empowering Words to Help Students with Disabilities Become Self-Determined,”.New York Federation of the Council for Exceptional Children Annual Conference, Rochester NY, November 2004.
  • “Promoting Mother-Child Attachment in Infants with Blindness or Visual Impairment through the Use of Infant Massage.” (with G. Lappin). New York State Council for Exceptional Children, Niagara Falls, New York NY, July 2000.