2019 Diamonds Conference

Parenting Children with Special Needs: Preparing to Launch at Every Age
2 Day Special Learning Needs Conference Presented by Weinfeld Education Group Friday April 12 - CE Workshop for Professionals Saturday April 13 - General Conference Johns Hopkins University, Rockville, MD

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Schedule

  • 12 April
  • 13 April
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Judy Bass

13 April

PB

Paula Beckman

13 April

DB

David Black

13 April

MB

Matt Bogin

13 April

JC

Jillian Copeland

13 April

MD

Melissa Diggs

13 April

WE

Whitney Ellenby

13 April

Jennifer Engel Fisher

Associate Director
Weinfeld Education Group
As Associate Director, Jennifer serves as an educational consultant for students in elementary through high school, conducting observation, reviewing records, and attending school meetings. She is also responsible for the Advocacy division of WEG, which involves ongoing training of our thirteen advocates. Additionally, Jennifer runs our School Selection and Organizational Coaching divisions of WEG. Jennifer consults with schools, providing them with training on effective instructional strategies and methodologies.

Jennifer earned her B.S. from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and her M.S. in Special Education from Johns Hopkins University. Jennifer taught in both self-contained and inclusion settings in Howard County Public Schools, Maryland. She served a variety of student populations including students with AD/HD, Learning Disabilities, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Intellectual Disabilities, and those with an Emotional Disturbance diagnosis. Jennifer was also the Learning Resource Specialist at the Lowell School in Washington, DC. She consulted with teachers to support students with a wide variety of special needs as well as the gifted population. Her expertise in a variety of methodologies, including Orton-Gillingham, allows her the broad knowledge needed to work with a variety of populations.

Her current Board positions include: Board President of Washington Independent Services for Educational Resources (WISER), Academic Excellence Chair on the Board of Creative Minds International Public Charter School in DC, and Board Member of the International Dyslexia Association, Maryland Branch. Jennifer has co-authored two books; Take Control of Asperger’s Syndrome: The Official Strategy Guide for Teens with Asperger’s Syndrome and Nonverbal Learning Disorders and Take Control of Dyslexia and Other Reading Difficulties. Jennifer is also a contributing author of School Success for Kids with ADHD.

Jennifer provides advocacy and expert witness services at WEG.

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FG

Fran Gage

13 April

CK

Clay Kaufman

13 April

JK

Joe Kavinsky

13 April

DK

Devin Kesterman

13 April

GL

Gretchen Levine

13 April

CL

Connie Lorentzen

13 April

DL

Debbie Lourie

13 April

DM

Dave Mullins

13 April

MO

Michael Orleans

13 April

CP

Chase Phillips

13 April

JP

Janet Price

13 April

Debbie Reber

Differently WiredDeborah Reber is a New York Times bestselling author, certified life coach, and speaker who moved her career in a more personal direction in 2016 when she founded TiLT Parenting, a website, weekly podcast, and social media company for parents like her who are raising differently wired children. The TiLT Parenting Podcast has grown to be a top podcast in iTunes’ Kids and Family category, with more than 400,000 downloads and a slate of guests that includes high-profile thought leaders across the parenting and education space. Debbie’s newest book is Differently Wired: Raising an Exceptional Child in a Conventional World (Workman Publishing, 2018).

Prior to launching TiLT, Debbie spent fifteen years writing inspiring books for women and teens. In doing so, she built a successful brand as a teen authority, was frequently interviewed and spoke about issues like media literacy, self-esteem, and confidence, and consulted for clients including the Girl Scouts, the Disney Channel, McGraw Hill, and Kaplan.

Debbie is no stranger to writing and publishing books. Since 1999, she’s authored many books, including Doable: The Girls’ Guide to Accomplishing Just About Anything, Language of Love, Chill: Stress-Reducing Techniques for a More Balanced, Peaceful You, In Their Shoes: Extraordinary Women Describe Their Amazing Careers, the teen self-help series Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul: The Real Deal, Run for Your Life: A Book for Beginning Women Runners, and more than a dozen preschool books based on the series Blue’s Clues.

In 2008, she had the privilege of creating and editing the first-ever series of teen-authored memoirs with HCI Books, Louder Than Words.

Before becoming a writer and coach, Debbie worked in TV and video production, producing documentaries and PSAs for CARE and UNICEF, working on Blue’s Clues for Nickelodeon in New York, and developing original series for Cartoon Network in Los Angeles. She has an MA in Media Studies from the New School for Social Research and a BA in Communications from Pennsylvania State University.

In the summer of 2013, Debbie moved from Seattle to Amsterdam, where she currently lives with her husband Derin, homeschools her 13-year-old son Asher, and serves as lap-of-choice for her mischievous cat, Alex. She is an avid runner, traveler, and hiker, and claims reality shows and Twizzlers as her guiltiest of pleasures.

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GS

Gail Samuels

13 April

NS

Nicole Shephard

13 April

RS

Rick Silver

13 April

JS

Julie Skolnik

13 April

Rich Weinfeld

Managing Director
Weinfeld Education Group

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RW

Rachel Wills

13 April

VW

Val Wise, PhD

13 April

JW

Joan Wittan

13 April

Weinfeld Education Group

Registration

08:00 AM 09:00 AM

Speakers

Registration

08:00 AM 09:00 AM

Welcome & Keynote

09:00 AM 10:30 AM

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1A Launching into Kindergarten

10:35 AM 11:35 AM

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1B Launching into Middle School

10:35 AM 11:35 AM

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1C Launching into High School

10:35 AM 11:35 AM

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Lunch & Exhibit Hall

11:40 AM 01:10 PM

2A Launching 2E Students

12:25 PM 01:10 PM

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2B Launching Student with Autism

12:25 PM 01:10 PM

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2C Launching Student with Mental Health Challenges

12:25 PM 01:10 PM

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3A Assessment for Transition

01:15 PM 02:15 PM

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3B Diploma vs. Certificate

01:15 PM 02:15 PM

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3C Employment and Independent Living

01:15 PM 02:15 PM

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4A Failure to Launch and What to Do About It

02:20 PM 03:20 PM

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4B Readiness for College

02:20 PM 03:20 PM

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4C Readiness for Financial Independence

02:20 PM 03:20 PM

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Parenting that Works

03:25 PM 04:30 PM

Panel of young adults

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Closing Remarks, Silent Auction, and Raffle Winners

04:30 PM 04:45 PM

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