Day and Boarding; Grades 6-12



Summer Institute for Educators

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

The eighth annual Summer Institute for Educators will examine best practices for fostering executive skills development. Our keynote speaker, Dr. Peg Dawson, will lead a morning session for all participants. Afternoon breakout sessions will include opportunities to examine specific instructional approaches for supporting all students in grades six through twelve. Participants will register for sessions of their choosing.

This event is free for Pennington School faculty members. Lunch will be provided for all participants.
Location: Yen Humanities Building.

9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Keynote address and all-participants activity:
Fostering the Development of Executive Skills
Dr. Peg Dawson

12:00–1:00 p.m.

1:00–3:30 p.m.

Session A (1:00–2:00 p.m.)

Session B (2:30–3:30 p.m.)


Please select three (3) workshop choices. From your three choices, you will be assigned to two (2) workshops. You will be notified of your workshop schedule when you arrive at the Summer Institute.

Emotional Regulation

Emotional Regulation with Dana Leibmann and Stephanie DeSouza

This workshop will examine ways that teachers can support students in developing strategies related to emotional regulation, flexibility, and goal-directed persistence. The workshop will provide an interactive opportunity for educators to understand and discuss the relationship between executive functioning and mental health in adolescents. In an effort to help students attain a concrete level of independence while feeling comfortable and in control, participants will recognize how students' behaviors suggest stress and frustration, and will leave the workshop with a toolbox of ideas which can both alleviate these feelings and prevent them in the first place.

The Discussion-Based Classroom

Meeting the Needs of All Learners in the Discussion-Based Classroom with Laurie Volpe and Missy Gurick

Join this hands-on session in which teachers will identify student needs, practical strategies and modifications for use in the discussion-based classroom. This workshop will examine ways that teachers can support students to become more actively engaged critical thinkers in the student-centered learning environment. Teachers will leave with a shared-resource for addressing goals related to behaviors such as facilitating discussion, listening intensely, expressing ideas clearly, sustaining attention (and more).

Classroom Lessons and Activities

Embedding Executive Skills in Classroom Lessons and Activities with Peg Dawson

This workshop will provide step-by-step instructions for two classroom-based approaches for addressing executive skill challenges in middle/high school students. The first will outline a collaborative student-centered process for targeting specific executive skill weaknesses in individual students. The second will provide teachers a 3-step process for analyzing classroom lessons and assignments in order to identify 1) the key executive skills each requires; 2) the kinds of obstacles that get in the way of students effectively using those skills; and 3) effective strategies students can use to overcome those obstacles. Hands-on practice with both methods will be provided.

The Master Notebook

The Master Notebook with Jack Payne

This workshop will examine ways that teachers can support students in developing strategies related to organization, time management, and planning/prioritizing. The Master Notebook is both the elements of an actual three-ring binder and the best practices for taking and reviewing notes, remaining organized, and preparing for assessments. Included in the presentation will be mechanisms that teachers can implement in their lesson plans to facilitate student adherence.

Apps to Support Executive Skills

Apps to Support Executive Skills with Jo Prockop and Tom Horsley

This workshop will examine apps that can support students in developing strategies related to various areas of executive functioning. It will also explore ways that teachers can model good executive skills through technology use. Participants will learn how to integrate apps that support working memory, hone their skills related to apps that support organization, planning, and time management and be introduced to apps that support emotional control.

Schoology Best Practices

Schoology Best Practices with Maria Kane, Lisa Houston, and Aneka Bell

This workshop will examine ways that teachers can support students in developing strategies related to planning/prioritizing, organization, and time management using the Schoology website. Participants will examine best practices for all disciplines in terms of notifications, discuss pros and cons of organization methods, learn how to use certain planning/time-saving features, and be reminded of school expectations regarding Schoology use. There will also be time built in for teachers to improve the Schoology page for each of their courses.

Peg Dawson, Ed.D., NCSP, received her doctorate in school/child clinical psychology from the University of Virginia. She worked as a school psychologist for sixteen years in Maine and New Hampshire, and since 1992 has worked at the Center for Learning and Attention Disorders in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, where she specializes in the assessment of children and adults with learning and attention disorders. She has many years of organizational experience at the state, national, and international level, and served in many capacities, including president, of the New Hampshire Association of School Psychologists, the National Association of School Psychologists, and the International School Psychology Association. She is the author of numerous articles and book chapters on a variety of topics, including retention, ability grouping, reading disorders, attention disorders, the sleep problems of adolescents, the use of interviews in the assessment process, and homework. Along with her colleague, Dr. Richard Guare, she has written several books for parents and professionals on the topic of executive skills, including Smart but Scattered and Smart but Scattered Teens. Peg is the 2006 recipient of the National Association of School Psychologists’ Lifetime Achievement Award.


Cost for the day's events: $150. To register, please click here.


The Pennington School Summer Institute for Educators is committed to providing professional development opportunities to faculty who work with middle and high school students with a focus on a “best practices” model for meeting the needs of a diverse community of learners.