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Direct Instruction: A Closer Look

Presenter: Marcy Stein, PhD

Dr. Marcy Stein is professor emeritus at University of Washington Tacoma where she was one of the founding faculty members of the School of Education. She has published extensively in the areas of both special education and general education on teacher preparation, reading and mathematics instruction, curriculum analysis, and textbook adoption. She is an author of Direct Instruction Mathematics. Dr. Stein has considerable experience consulting with teachers and administrators on improving the performance of students with disabilities and those who are at risk for academic failure. She also has consulted with state departments of education throughout the country on how research findings can be used effectively to improve instructional practice, and with schools, districts, and states on the systematic evaluation of mathematics and literacy curriculum materials. 

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Critical Elements for Return to Learn After Concussion: A Review of the Current Landscape for Students Across Ages

Presenter: Katy O'Brien, PhD, CCC-SLP

Return to play laws in all 50 states guide return to sport for students with concussion, but very few address return to learn (RTL). Critical elements of RTL include formation of RTL teams, use of valid measurement tools, monitoring for management, and selection of accommodations tailored to student needs. This presentation will cover current evidence in each of these domains with a focus on application and opportunities to improve care for students with concussion.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  1. Summarize challenges in management of concussion in elementary and middle school students.
  2. Identify the four critical areas of the return to learn process for students with concussion, namely: return to learn teams, outcome measurement, ongoing monitoring and management, and tailored accommodations.
  3. Describe areas of education, assessment, and treatment where RTL team members can be involved with other interdisciplinary team members in the management of pediatric concussion.
  4. Explain how to determine accommodations appropriate for meeting the varied needs of students with concussion. 

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