Dr. Richard Selznick, Director of the Cooper Learning Center at Children’s Regional Hospital at Cooper, will lead an all-day workshop presented at Rowan University by its College of Graduate and Continuing Education entitled “The Shut-Down Learner” on Tuesday, February 7.
“Shut-Down Learners” are children who have a range of strengths and weaknesses but whose needs are difficult to meet traditional classrooms. Often labeled as “learning disabled” or “attention deficit hyperactivity disordered,” sometimes incorrectly, they tend to share an underlying frustration with school. They exist in practically every school classroom.
Dr. Selznick will help educators identify and address the needs of these unique students, including the typical characteristics of shut-down learners and factors that can influence their development. A school-wide program inspired by The Shut-Down Learner that was recently implemented at the Logan Elementary School will be presented by its former principal, Dr. Bob Fisicaro. Dr. Fisicaro will offer specific suggestions for implementing school-based strategies for Shut-Down Learners.
“Schools continually face the challenges of dealing with discouraged children who are starting to shut down,” said Dr. Selznick. “This workshop will offer many ideas toward breaking the cycle of failure and discouragement.”