Speaker Series


Each year, Churchill Center & School invites parents, professionals, and the community to learn from nationally recognized speakers in the field of learning disabilities, child development, and learning.

Speakers are the most prominent professionals in their field, and have shared their insights and methods with students, alumni, parents, educators, and other local community members.

Past Speakers Include:

  • Drs. Bennett and Sally Shaywitz, The Yale Center for Dyslexia & Creativity
  • Rick Lavoie, Learning Consultant
  • Dr. Jerome Schultz, Anxiety Disorders Expert
  • Dr. Michael Thompson, Author and Psychologist Specializing in Children and Families
  • Ben Foss, Author and Founder of Headstrong Nation
  • Barbara Wilson, Author and Co-Founder of Wilson Language Training®

For more information on Churchill’s Speaker Series, check out our upcoming events below or email Mary Brotherton at mbrotherton@churchillstl.org.


Reviews from Speaker Series Attendees:

  • “Rick’s amazing stories that keep you learning were so beneficial!”
    – Speaker Series Attendee: Rick Lavoie, Educator Session
  • “Benefitted from expanding my knowledge on different tools and techniques to help my child learn.”
    – Speaker Series Attendee: Barbara Wilson, Parent Session
  • “Ben was great about explaining how to let go of the ‘dyslexic’ hang-ups.”
    – Speaker Series Attendee: Ben Foss, General Session
  • “We have so many kids who have anxiety and now I feel more knowledgeable in how to help them.”
    – Speaker Series Attendee: Jerome Schultz, PhD., Educator Session

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Community Outreach Educational Speaker Series – October 2021

Jessica Minahan

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!

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For questions or more information about Churchill Center & School’s Outreach Program, contact Mary Brotherton, Director of Community Outreach, at 314-997-4343 or mbrotherton@churchillstl.org.

Churchill's proven methods and well-trained faculty change the lives of children who struggle with dyslexia, ADHD and other learning disabilities.