Upcoming Educational Programs
Tuesday, February 5, 7 p.m., MIS/HPMS Auditorium
Decoding Dyslexia-Park Cities, PCLDA and HPISD PEC are thrilled to partner together for a first, inspirational and one-of-a-kind event headlined author, speaker and advocate, Jonathan Mooney. This will be a family event, and the PEC urges you to bring your students, especially if they are feeling challenged in any way academically. This is a real-life story of perseverance and encouragement that you will not want to miss.
Mooney explains how learning differences (LD) and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are profoundly paradoxical experiences. Students with these challenges can struggle in traditional settings. Yet, emerging brain research suggests that many students with these labels have profound gifts for creative and visual thinking that can sometimes go unrecognized in academic environments. As a result, these students are at risk of enduring patterns of academic failure, learned helplessness and low self-esteem.
Mooney's presentation will tackle this paradox head-on, outlining the research that validates a reframing of LD/ADHD, not as a set of deficits or disorders but instead, as cognitive gifts. Speaking personally and from the heart (with first-hand knowledge and experiences), Mooney will help us consider the systemic and cultural barriers to validating these unique learning styles. Most importantly, he will empower parents and students alike with concrete strategies to build positive self-understanding.
Jonathan Mooney is a writer and learning advocate who did not learn to read until he was 12 years old, yet he rose to achieve honors as a graduate of Brown University in English literature. He has established himself as one of the foremost leaders in the neurodiversity and learning revolution and has published two books (Learning Outside The Lines and The Short Bus: A Journey Beyond Normal), both of which are considered foundational texts in the disability rights and the inclusive education movements, in addition to being integrated into curriculums at Harvard’s Graduate School of Education and Teachers College, Columbia University.
Mooney has won numerous awards and accolades throughout his career, and he has been featured in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Chicago Tribune, USA Today, HBO, NPR, ABC News, New York Magazine, The Washington Post and The Boston Globe.