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Connecting with the Distracted Student in the Classroom: Strategies for Teachers that Work - Part I and II

Connecting with the Distracted Student in the Classroom: Strategies for Teachers that Work

Oakland University’s School of Education Human Servicesin partnership with
the Hartmann-Eton Center for Teaching and Learning—is pleased to offer
Connecting with the Distracted Student in the Classroom, Parts I and II. 
  • Part I was held at Oakland University on August 8.
  • Part II will be held at The Hartmann-Eton Center for Teaching and Learning on Eton Academys campus in Birmingham, MI on Tuesday, October 17.

Part II
Part II of Connecting with the Distracted Student in the Classroom will build upon the knowledge and strategies attained in Part I, where participants learned new tools and strategies to implement in their classrooms starting in September.

While at Eton Academy for Part II, participants will have the unique opportunity to
observe the strategies that they have learned and begun to implement, in action in Etons classrooms. Educators will be able to connect with Eton Academy educators to discuss their observations and take a deeper dive into the world of supporting the distracted student.

Goals of the Workshop

All attendees will be able to:

  • Identify the common causes of distraction for students
  • Better understand learning differences, challenges and disabilities
  • Learn a structured, multisensory approach to engage the distracted student
  • Learn specific strategies to more effectively support students with language-based learning disabilities
  • Observe and explore strategies in action at Eton Academy
  • Network with other teachers who are mindful about students who learn differently in their classroom

Benefits of the Workshop

  • Educators will become more aware of learning styles, differences and disabilities
  • Develop new strategies to support learning in the classroom for all students
  • Improve the classroom experience for the distracted student in your classroom
  • Educators can earn SCECHs
  • Light refreshments and lunch provided
Pete Pullen
Pete Pullen - Head of School, Eton Academy
Mr. Pullen leads Eton Academy in Birmingham, Mich. as the Head of School, serving the school for different learners since 2002. During his tenure, he has led the development of the Eton Approach, the school’s educational platform based on neurodevelopmental constructs of learning. In addition, Pullen led the creation and program development of the Hartmann-Eton Center for Teaching and Learning.

Mr. Pullen has served as a guest speaker for the National Association of Independent Schools, the Independent School Association of Central States, the Association of Independent Michigan Schools and the Ohio Association of Independent Schools. Pullen is a frequent speaker in the community on various topics including learning differences and disabilities, brain-based learning and advocacy.

Ellen Tatone

Ellen Tatone - Director, Hartmann-Eton Center for Teaching and Learning
Mrs. Tatone is the Director of the Hartmann-Eton Center for Teaching and Learning at Eton Academy. As Director, she ensures that the Center’s mission, which is to empower students, parents, teachers and schools with tools and knowledge that foster school and life success, is carried out through her work with parents, students and schools across southeastern Michigan. Since 2000, Mrs. Tatone has held various positions at Eton Academy and, through her work with the Center, has conducted a variety of community presentations on topics specific to educating the different learner, learning disabilities and social/emotional development.  

Session Topics

During this workshop, participants will learn:

  • Information about the common causes of distractedness in students
  • Introductory information about common learning differences, challenges, and disabilities
  • Information on multisensory instruction
  • Specific strategies that can be used immediately in classrooms
  • Observation of strategies in action
  • Opportunities to connect and collaborate with other educators
How to Register
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  • Workshop Registration Fee: $80 per workshop
  • SCECHs Fee: Additional $10
  • Parking is free on Oakland University’s Main Campus and at Eton Academy.
  • Lunch will be provided each day to all participants.