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- Ensuring Inclusive Education for Children
- Medicare's Physician Payment Methodology
EXPERT ROUNDUP: Brain Drain (16 experts)
- Reporter – WESH-TV (FL)
- News Anchor/Reporter – KUSI News (CA)
- Producer – CNN International (GA)
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Ensuring Inclusive Education for Children
Dr. Maria Gordon
"The prevalence of chronic childhood diseases in schools suggests that teachers and schools should be trained to meet the needs of children who have a variety of diseases. If teachers remain unaware of the problems that exist among their students, then it may be difficult for them to be effective teachers if they are not properly prepared for these student populations. Children with chronic diseases require special accommodations while attending inclusive school settings, because of the fluctuating physical symptoms and the side effects from their medications. Merely including these children in general education classrooms does not guarantee them educational success."
Dr. Gordon is the editor of the book "Challenges Surrounding the Education of Children with Chronic Diseases," a reference for parents, teachers, educators, school administrators, policymakers, and anyone else concerned with inclusive educational rights for all students. She is a bilingually certified natural health consultant and licensed naturotherapist with a doctorate in psychopedagogy (teaching, learning and evaluation) from the Faculty of Education at the University of Ottawa. She is a professional member of the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of Canada and the Canadian Psychological Association, and has more than 10 years of experience in the fields of education and health research. Her lectures, writings, and research interests include inclusive and early childhood education, special education, global health issues, inflammatory bowel disease, complementary and alternative medicine, applied human sciences, First Nation and aboriginal students, and school curricula. She is fluent in French and English.
Contact: Penny Sansevieri, firstname.lastname@example.org
Medicare's Physician Payment Methodology
ECG Management Consultants
With MACRA, CMS has set in motion the most sweeping set of changes to Medicare's physician payment methodology in more than two decades. And while the program, and its two-track payment system, do not go into effect until 2019, many provider organizations likely do not realize that their performance in 2017 will have a significant impact on how they are paid by Medicare and how much. Despite the potential impact on providers, there has been minimal reporting on this aspect of MACRA. Unless provider organizations are positioning themselves for payment change now, they will have little say about how they are reimbursed by Medicare in the near future. Says Wofford: "Provider organizations may not realize that their choice of which payment track to go down -- MIPS or APMs -- is not so much a conscious choice but really a determination that CMS makes based on provider's participation levels in advanced APMs. And according to the proposed rules, those participation levels will be based on 2017 results, giving provider organizations very little time to influence the outcome."
Based in San Diego, Wofford is ECG's leading expert on MACRA and has already published articles on the subject in industry magazines. He is also a frequent speaker on MACRA and other topics around the country.
Contact: Kimberly Miller, email@example.com
EXPERT ROUNDUP: Brain Drain (16 experts)
Following are education experts from the ProfNet network who are available for interviews on how to combat summer brain drain:
Summer Matters for Youth Academic Achievement and Life Opportunities
National Summer Learning Association (NLSA)
"We now know beyond a shadow of a doubt that what our children do during their summers has a long-term and significant impact on their academic achievement and life chances. Out-of-school learning experiences can be extraordinarily positive and stimulating. Summer can be a time for students to build robots, keep journals, perform plays, create art, listen to stories, explore nature, and ask questions."
Boulay is the founder of the non-profit, National Summer Learning Association (NLSA) and co-editor of two books on summer learning, including the soon-to-be-released "Summer Matters." A former elementary school teacher in New York City, he earned a PhD in Sociology and Education from Columbia University's Teachers College, and was recently named one of the 25 most influential people in out-of-school time learning. Boulay is available to discuss summer months and offer key insights to help families and kids transform their summers. He is based in Oregon.
Contact: Kristy Godette, Kristy_godette@dkcnews.com
The Benefits of Summer School: Helping Kids Catch Up in Education
Director of Learning Resource Center, Glenwood Academy
"Summer school has important benefits for all students and parents should consider it an opportunity for their children, whether or not they're struggling. Summer school is a great time to tap into students' natural curiosity for a subject since the school day tends to be less structured. Similarly, summer schools often have fun themes, which fuel students' development of core skills such as math and reading, injecting a stronger element of fun and building their self-esteem."
Budicin has been an educator for more than 25 years. She began her teaching career at the Armed Services Special Education and Training School in Hawaii, where she taught both gifted students and students with learning disabilities. She then taught at the Harbour School in Annapolis, Maryland, known for its individualized approach to learning, before joining Glenwood Academy, where she has been for 16 years. Glenwood Academy is a unique Sunday-Friday residential school that provides life-changing solutions for good students from challenging circumstances impacted by poverty, violence, inadequate educational systems or lack of resources, changing the trajectory of their lives through access to increased opportunity. Budicin is passionate about teaching students with learning disabilities and social-emotional disorders, as well as adopting innovative teaching strategies that focus on students' individual learning needs and styles. She is media trained and has been featured in broadcast segments before, including this one for FOX 32 Chicago. Budicin is available to speak about education, teaching kids with learning disabilities or social-emotional disorders, teaching students from challenging circumstances such as poverty or violence, individualized learning, teaching kids who are gifted, and integrating the arts throughout other academic disciplines. She and other experts from Glenwood Academy are based in Chicago and its surrounding suburbs.
Contact: Jen Musbach, firstname.lastname@example.org
Using Interactive Technology to Help Prevent Summer Slide
Global Product Manager
"All young people experience learning loss when they do not engage in educational activities during the summer according to the National Summer Learning Association. One way to help prevent this is by encouraging students to adopt a reading program over the summer. This can easily be done through technology (so that teachers can track progress over the summer), or by taking advantage of local libraries."
Carroll is the Global Product Manager at Texthelp, an industry leader in literacy support software. He has trained thousands on the effective use of Assistive and Instructional Technology throughout the United States and beyond since his start with Educational Cooperatives over a decade ago. His focus is on bridging the gap between operation of technology and actual implementation and is a popular speaker nationally and internationally on these topics each year. Carroll is a graduate of the Assistive Technology Applications Certificate Program (ATACP) from California State University at Northridge, holds an MBA, is a Google Educator, and Authorized Google Education Trainer. He is a published author, has taught at the University level, and served as an independent consultant prior to his position at Texthelp.
Contact: Erin Albright, email@example.com,
K-12 Education Issues and Policies
Dr. Kate Cassada
Assistant Professor of Education
University of Richmond
Cassada is an assistant professor of educational leadership and policy studies, and curriculum and instruction in the School of Professional and Continuing Studies education program. She teaches graduate and undergraduate classes, serves as administrative internship coordinator, and facilitates leadership development in collaboration with preK-12 schools throughout the metro Richmond area. Prior to her role in higher education, Cassada served as a Hanover County Public Schools classroom teacher, senior teacher, assistant principal and principal.
Contact: Sunni Brown, firstname.lastname@example.org
Summertime Tips and Activities for Parents and Children to Prevent "Summer Slide"
Dominique Ciccarelli, Ed. M.
Kumon North America
"Students can avoid summer learning loss by keeping their minds active and absorbing new knowledge. Continuous study throughout the summer helps ease students into the new school year with sharper skills and enables them to tackle new challenges."
Ciccarelli is a nationally recognized education expert for Kumon North America and has been featured on television and radio news programs nationwide. She began her tenure with Kumon eight years ago as the director of a company-owned center in New York City, instructing 200 students. Ciccarelli went on to launch a revamped training program for Kumon instructors in the United States and Canada. Using her prior experience in qualitative research for an education non-profit, she then spearheaded new research of instruction in the Kumon Reading program. Ciccarelli holds a Bachelor of Science degree from New York University and a Master of Education degree from Harvard University. In addition to offering summertime tips and activities for parents and children to prevent "summer slide," Ciccarelli is available to discuss the effect summer break has on students' academic progress and the importance of developing reading and math skills throughout summer. She may also address former and current education policies, recent results from the National Assessment of Educational Progress, new SAT changes and what it means for future test takers, and more.
Contact: Leah Coyle, email@example.com
Using Summer to Break to Teach Kids Fundamentals of Feelings
Founder, Parenting and Child Development Expert
JellyJam Entertainment, The Moodsters
Daniels is a Peabody award-winning broadcast journalist, parenting and child development expert, and author who specializes in the social and emotional development of children. She is the founder of JellyJam Entertainment and developed The Moodsters, a new children's brand designed to teach kids the fundamentals of feelings. In collaboration with preeminent Yale University psychologist, Dr. Marc Brackett, Daniels developed an evidence-based curriculum that provides the essential building blocks for preschool social and emotional development. Her workbooks have reached more than 15 million children and her clear, simple advice has helped parents on several national TV programs from Oprah to the TODAY show. Website: http://denisedanielsparenting.com
Contact: Daniel Giametta, firstname.lastname@example.org
Summer Screen Time: Tips for Your Child's Balanced Digital Diet
Chip Donohue, Ph.D.
Director, Technology in Early Childhood Center
"It's more about the content – what's on the screen. It's more about the level of engagement. How engaged is the child? And it's more about the context in which the child is using the screen than it is about minutes. All of those things might come together and should, but if we really as parents or as educations step back and say, 'Is this valuable time?'." (See more in multimedia asset below).
Donohue directs the Technology in Early Childhood Center at Erikson Institute in Chicago. He is a senior fellow at the Fred Rogers Center for Early Learning and Children's Media and speaks throughout the world on technology in early childhood.
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Contact: Kate Schott, email@example.com
Summer Slide and Brain Drain Between School Years
National Director, Achievement Gap Initiatives
YMCA of the USA (Y-USA)
"Summer learning loss is being reversed through evidence-based program partnerships that keep students engaged in learning in a variety of summer settings. As a first generation college graduate from a low-income family, closing learning, belief, opportunity, and achievement gaps hits home for me. I'm encouraged by local system changes and national partnerships that seek to end summer brain drain."
Kelley serves as Y-USA's National Director of Achievement Gap initiatives, including the scaling of evidence-based, signature programs in early learning readiness, summer learning, and afterschool. A first generation college graduate from Baltimore, Kelley's journey marks a dedication to leveling the playing field for all youth from when she attained a law degree from University of Cincinnati and leading Cincinnati Urban League's youth programs. During 12 years with the YMCA of Greater Cincinnati, she co-led a multi-sector community team that developed the award-winning Cincinnati Community Learning Center initiative and academic enrichment programs, including CincyAfterSchool, a 2013 nominee for National Summer Learning Association's Award of Excellence. Through school-community partnership, Cincinnati produced a rise in graduation rates during the past decade form 50% to 82%, and a reduction in the achievement gap from 14.5% to 4.5%. As the director of knowledge and innovation for Strive's National Network at the KnowledgeWorks Foundation, Kelley supported over 90 cradle to career collective impact initiatives. In 2016, 172 YMCA associations in 48 states and DC offer programs designed to close the Achievement Gap, create opportunities from cradle to career and improve outcomes, particularly for low-income youth.
Contact: Emily Waldren, firstname.lastname@example.org
Rationalizing 'Time Off' From Using Brain During Summer Break
Carole Lieberman, M.D., M.P.H.
Board Certified Beverly Hills Psychiatrist and Author
Childhood Development and Parenting Expert
"It is easy for parents to fall into the trap of rationalizing that their kids need 'time off' from using their brain during the summer. So they let them laze around the house doing nothing except watching TV, playing video games, texting their friends and nibbling on whatever is in the kitchen. By the time school starts up again, their kids have become sloths and forgotten how to use their brain. There are many antidotes to this, including: summer school, camps that have an educational program in addition to sports, trips to the library and museums, and nightly bedtime stories. If your child is old enough, they can tutor other kids or become a camp counselor. The key is to balance 'chilling' with filling up their time productively."
Born and raised in New York City, Lieberman received her M.D. degree from Belgium's Universite de Louvain and received her psychiatric residency training at NYU-Bellevue, where she was Chief Resident. She also studied in London at Anna Freud's Hampstead Clinic and at the Institute of Psychiatry/Maudsley Hospital. She is a Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, and has spent decades on the clinical faculty at UCLA's Neuropsychiatric Institute. Awarded an NIMH grant, for research in how to use the media for public health education, Lieberman has a Master's Degree in Public Health. Lieberman is regularly quoted in newspapers and magazines around the world, including: USA Today, The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Newsweek, Time, The Washington Post, The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She has written for several publications from her "Hollywood on the Couch" column in the National Enquirer to her psychiatric treatise in the Encyclopedia Britannica. Cosmo magazine chose her as one of the nation's "top therapists". Maintaining a star-studded practice in Beverly Hills, Lieberman is also well known as a psychiatric expert witness who testifies in high profile trials, and analyzes trials in the media. Lieberman has testified before Congress on several occasions, as well, notably regarding the harmful impact of media violence. She has written the soon-to-be-released book, "Lions and Tigers and Terrorists, Oh My: How to Protect Your Child in a Time of Terror."
Preventing 'Summer Slide' and 'Brain Drain' Between School Years
Sandee Graham McClowry, PhD, RN, FAAN
Professor of Applied Psychology and Counseling@NYU faculty
McClowry is a professor in the Counseling Psychology and Teaching and Learning Departments at New York University. McClowry received her doctorate in family nursing theory from the University of California, San Francisco. She has conducted multiple school-based research studies on children's temperament, family interactions, and classroom management. She is the developer of INSIGHTS into Children's Temperament and was the principal investigator of three prevention trials that tested its efficacy. The last study, funded by the Institute of Education Sciences, tested the efficacy of INSIGHTS in enhancing the academic learning context. The two previous clinical trials were funded by the National Institutes of Health. McClowry has published extensively on her research in a variety of multidisciplinary journals and is the author of "Temperament-Based Elementary Classroom Management and Your Child's Unique Temperament."
Contact: Sabrina Ram, email@example.com
Be the Family's Summer Assignment News Reporter to Beat Brain Drain
"Parents hoping their children don't succumb to the 'summer slide,' can use the break to build important life skills with fun activities. For instance, when traveling, encourage your children to bring a journal and record observations with a drawing and a brief description. Visit local zoos, botanical gardens, or any place in your community where kids can see and learn about new things that they can 'report' on."
Milner is president of Tutor Doctor, the fastest-growing private tutoring franchise worldwide. He is available to expand on the importance of continued learning over summer break. He can share activities that are fun and simultaneously build important life skills including, organization, time management, and goal-setting.
Contact: J.T. Morand, firstname.lastname@example.org
Activities to Avoid "Summer Slide"
Dr. Rebecca A. Palacios
Senior Curriculum Advisor
Age of Learning, Inc.
Palacios is a National Board Certified Teacher and a 2014 inductee to the National Teacher's Hall of Fame. She has over three decades of experience in early childhood education and dual language learning, as well as, a PhD in curriculum development. Palacios is a founding director and former Vice Chair of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. Dr. Palacios is a nationwide professional development presenter and has served on committees for the National Science Foundation, the Education Development Center in Boston, and Scholastic, Inc. At Age of Learning, she is engaged in strategic curriculum planning and ABCmouse.com site content planning for English language learning. Her areas of expertise include pre-school and kindergarten readiness, early education, technology and early learning, and activities to avoid "summer slide." Dr. Palacios has published articles on teacher professional development, early childhood education, and dual language programs.
Contact: Katrina Okano, Kokano@golin.com
How to Keep Children from Falling Behind in the Summer Months
Vice President of Education
Peterson is Vice President of Education at Kiddie Academy, leader in providing children and their parents with educational childcare and essential tools for growth and development. Prior to joining Kiddie Academy, he led education and operations for the Eastern division of an employer sponsored child care company and spent more than 20 years in multi-site management in educational settings. Richard holds a B.S. in Biology and Biological Science from the University of Maryland, a Certification in Franchise Management from Georgetown University and a Certified Franchise Executive designation from the International Franchise Association. He is an expert on childhood development, primary schooling and education policy.
Contact: Nicole Young, email@example.com
Academic Skill Loss During Summer in Nation's Urban Centers
St. Vincent and Sarah Fisher Center
Renaud leads an organization, which has been helping thousands of at-risk children and adults for more than 170 years, providing educational services designed to help them become economically and educationally self-sufficient. Renaud is uniquely qualified to discuss unemployment, poverty, and educational issues, such as barriers to high school completion, generational issues in educational attainment, high student dropout rates, academic skill loss during the summer in many of the nation's urban centers, and steps that can be taken to reach out to this often-neglected segment of our communities. She is based in Detroit.
Contact: Sue Voyles, firstname.lastname@example.org
Helping Kids Keep Their Minds Engaged During Summer: Serve Others, Grow Green, Take a Trip
Dr. Michael Roberts
Head of Catherine Cook School
"Whether it is bringing kids with you to work at the local pantry, animal rescue society, or participating in a walk to raise awareness, a lesson in helping others is a lesson in gratitude and heightened social awareness. Planting flowers or even vegetables for a homemade salad can start them thinking about environmental responsibility and sustainable practices. Traveling -- even exploring a new neighborhood – encourages questions about a child's surroundings and helps develop an inclusive and tolerant mindset."
Roberts has spent over 30 years in education, serving as a teacher, program director, and curriculum director. Due to his exceptional record and passion for learning, Roberts was named Head of School at Catherine Cook in July 2005. He holds a bachelor's degree from Central Methodist College and a master's and doctorate in education from Washington University in St. Louis. Roberts is available to discuss innovation and design thinking, the benefits of failure, using technology in the classroom, the importance of fostering global citizenship among students, school administration and management, helping students become book smart and life smart, and more. Please see past media segments by Roberts at this link. His segments are from 0-1:22 and the rest of the reel shows other education experts from Catherine Cook School who are also available for media opportunities. Roberts and the Catherine Cook Team are based in Chicago.
Contact: Jen Musbach, email@example.com
Summer Superheroes Combat Brain Drain
The Boys' Club of New York (BCNY)
"Parents of young students -- particularly those in elementary school -- can take advantage of the summer break to provide intensive literacy support with targeted skill-building lessons, seek out teen mentors to offer one-on-one reading practice, and engage in fun activities that reinforce learning that takes place in the classroom during the school year."
Tosh's tenure at BCNY has been marked by innovative program development and robust program evaluation initiatives. Under his leadership, BCNY has reinstated a full slate of services for high school age boys, created a comprehensive academic support program, implemented effective mental health services in each clubhouse, redesigned the Gardiner School and READ curriculums, and increased attendance in the clubhouses by over 40%. Tosh came to BCNY in April 2010, after ten years as the Executive Director of Phipps Community Development Corporation where he developed a wide range of highly regarded early childhood, youth development, and teen programs. Tosh was the Vice President of the Justice Resource Institute in Boston, where he managed prevention and treatment programs for delinquent and mentally ill adolescents. He has also served as the Executive Director of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Albany, the Director of Staff-Secure Detention for the New York City Department of Juvenile Justice, the Director of Community Care at the New York City Youth Bureau, and an adjunct instructor in the New York University Sociology Department. He has a MA/ABD in Sociology from New York University and received his B.A. from Dartmouth College. Tosh has spoken about youth development and summer reading, specifically, on New York PIX 11 News and on WABC's Tiempo. He is available for both print and broadcast interviews on youth development, parenting for boys, and education topics including Summer Slide, among others.
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