The Academy Summer Institute 2012
Much of the outreach I do personally on behalf of The YMCA Academy, and much of the outreach through our website and social media, focuses on data. We collect a great deal of data as required by the Ministry of Education, and a great deal of other data as well — on social determinants of health for adolescents. Because of this, we legitimately claim considerable success with our students — take a look.
As teachers and administrators, we are asked every day how we do what we do. Most often, we are asked by teachers who work at mainstream schools, not those who specifically serve an LD population. Answering that question has formed the impetus for our creating The Academy Summer Institute 2012 — to share our successes working with students with learning disabilities and learning style differences.
When you consider it more closely, though, almost every teacher in the world serves a LD population to some degree in each of his or her classrooms. The techniques and ideas we will demonstrate and share really come down to excellent teaching. You will find that what we do here at The Academy is fully relevant in all classes for all students.
So the Institute was born naturally, out of inquiry, curiosity, and demand. Our goal is to convene a really talented group of people this August here at The Academy.
It’s a conference with an “unconference” component because we want the dynamic of small groups to drive some of the curriculum at the institute.
We firmly believe in having people walk away with tools they can immediately use. That also explains timing of the Institute – August 23 and 24, 2012. The ideas and techniques generated there can almost immediately be put to use in the classroom.
Don Adams, Ph.D
Head of School, The YMCA Academy