At the beginning of March 2015, we hosted our first ever Learning Disabilities Grantee Convening. This event brought together grantees from our LD Tower Planning Study to share their projects and learning with educators, funders, and each other. This page collects the Convening program and the participants' presentations -- as well as some suggested LD-related resources -- in one place for your enjoyment.
The Peter and Elizabeth C. Tower Foundation Learning Disabilities Grantee Convening 2015 Program lists event attendees and the Convening program.
If you want to see how things went down on Twitter, take a look at this Storify summary.
The Tower Foundation staff asked some of their partners in the LD field for recommended reading, and added a few suggestions of their own.
Stacy Parker-Fisher, Director of the Oak Foundation's Learning Differences Programme, suggests:
Dana Brinson (Programme Officer, Learning Differences Programme, Oak Foundation) recommends:
What Motivates Me, by Adrian Gostick and Chester Elton. She explains, "This book, and access to the online assessment tool that comes with each purchase of the book, helps you understand what motivates you at work and how to 'job sculpt' so that your work feeds your motivators. A great activity to share with your colleagues so that you can understand what gets you energized at work!"
Helping Traumatized Children Learn, Volume 2 by the Trauma and Learning Policy Initiative, a partnership of Massachusetts Advocates for Children and Harvard Law School. This book builds on the research outlined in Volume 1 about the impact of trauma on learning, by providing a framework for whole-school efforts to create trauma sensitive schools. This guide provides a flexible framework that works well with other whole-school efforts such as Response to Instruction and Intervention or Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports, to create environments that support the learning and social emotional well begin of all children, including those with learning differences.
Dana also wants to share two online courses (MOOCs) that are free and for training teachers:
David Flink, Chief Empowerment Officer and Co-Founder of Eye to Eye, had several ideas for articles and videos to get people thinking. Some of them are LD-specific, some not:
Tracy Sawicki, Executive Director here at the Tower Foundation, encourages people to read:
Nick Randell, Tower Foundation Program Officer, recommends people take a look at:
Don Matteson, Tower Foundation Chief Program Officer, suggests people spend some time with: