Outreach & Workshops
Churchill Center & School’s Sandra K. Gilligan School Partnerships & Outreach Program is essential in strengthening our mission of fostering greater understanding and support for all people with learning disabilities by training other educators, supporting families, and enlightening the community.
Since the inception of our Community Outreach Program in 1990, more than 37,500 educators, parents, students, and other supporters have been given the opportunity to experience and broaden their understanding of learning disabilities.
We offer Teacher Workshops, Parent Workshops, Student Workshops, Community Service Events, and a Speaker Series. Each one of these programs offers our community a variety of services to recognize learning disabilities and to then equip the participants with strategies and knowledge to offer further assistance.
Reviews from Outreach Program Attendees:
- “What a great role model Churchill Center & School is for our community.”
– Educational Program Director
- “Please accept my gratitude for your willingness to come and speak with our staff. There’s a lot of exciting things happening with study skills — a daily “organizational tip of the day,” teachers actively teaching study skills, and many more ideas brewing.”
– Middle School Director
- “You had a positive impact on me when you presented at our school, and I am still using your references.”
– High School Principal
- “Faculty members found the topics to be pertinent and directed to their needs and concerns.”
– Learning Consultant
- “The speakers were fascinating and I am avidly reading their book, Overcoming Dyslexia. I am very impressed with the knowledge base of the teachers at Churchill as well as their dedication and professionalism!”
– St. Louis Area Psychologist
- “Both presenters were terrific and all in attendance left with a wealth of knowledge and enthusiasm to begin a new school year.”
– Elementary Principal
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Community Outreach Educational Speaker Series
Featuring: Jessica Minahan, MEd, BCBA
Presented by the Mr. & Mrs. Fairfax F. Pollnow Outreach Fund
PRACTICAL TRAUMA-INFORMED STRATEGIES TO REDUCE ANXIETY IN STUDENTS
When: Friday, October 29, 2021
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Who: Open to all area educators
Lunch will be provided
This FREE program is made possible by the Mr. & Mrs. Fairfax F. Pollnow Outreach Fund
With one to three children struggling with anxiety in this country, overwhelmed adults require a new approach as well as a practical and easy-to-implement toolkit of strategies that work. In the time of COVID-19, and the subsequent societal changes, anxiety has become ever-present in students of all ages. It is probable that during a pandemic that heavily impacts everyday life, levels of anxiety in children and teens are even higher, and the possibility of subsequent trauma greater.
Through the use of case studies, humorous stories, and examples of everyday challenging situations, participants will learn easy-to-implement preventive tolls, strategies, and interventions for reducing anxiety, increasing self-regulation, accurate thinking, and self-monitoring in students. Virtual classroom and traditional classroom examples will be shared.
Jessica Minahan, MEd, BCBA, is a licensed and board-certified behavior analyst, special educator and author. Jessica has over 17 years of experience supporting students who exhibit challenging behavior in urban public school systems. She is the co-author of "The Behavior Code Companion: Strategies, Tools and Interventions for Supporting Students with Anxiety-Related or Oppositional Behaviors" (Harvard Education Press, 2014).
*** You must be fully vaccinated to attend. An email will follow your registration with direction on how to confirm your vaccination status. MASKS WILL BE REQUIRED. ***
Spaces are limited. Register early!