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IECA's educational Webinar Series will focus on the issues affectingIndependent Educational Consultants and allied admission professionals. IECA's monthly webinars will provide professional development covering admission issues in college, secondary school, and therapeutic placements, as well as learning disabilities and broad adolescent issues including depression, anxiety, and more.

Our webinars are designed to meet the needs of Independent Educational Consultants and we believe many school-based counselors will find the topics equally compelling, as well as admission representatives, school administrators, and program and private therapists. The presenters are chosen for their expertise and experience as online instructors. Webinars will be offered live on the second Tuesday of each month at 12:00 noon EST, 9:00 a.m. PST. All sessions will last one hour, including a question and answer segment with the presenter. In addition, IECA will archive all webinars, which will then be available for one year. Those who register for the live broadcast, or for an archived segment, will be able to view the presentation up to three times over the course of the year. For more details, check our webinar FAQs.

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Non-IECA Independent Educational Consultants: $24 per webinar
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2015 Webinars

August 11: Intake Red Flags: Identifying Hidden Learning or Attentional Disorders

Good independent educational consultants (IECs) are charged with piecing together sometimes conflicting or vague information about your students, relying on testing, grades, teacher comments, and parent reporting. The issue is, how do you “surround the truth” to understand the academic profile of the student and ensure the college planning process is a success? When do you need to recommend that your student work with an IEC who specializes in placing LD students? This webinar will help you identify those students who present as typical but may have significant learning and/or attentional issues. We will discuss how to assess a student during an initial client/parent meeting, and how to identify “red flags” in a student’s neuropsychological testing, PSAT/SAT tests, school grades, and teacher comments. The webinar will help IECs make sense of the information they have in order to ensure a successful college planning process. The webinar will focus on the following:

• How to identify students who struggle with learning or attentional disorders; what should you observe when you first meet with a student? How can you conduct basic tests to assess a student’s reading, writing, and organizational skills?

• How to read neuropsychological testing to better understand a student’s academic skills; why the narrative within an evaluation describing “errors” is vital to understanding a student’s academic strengths and weaknesses; how to determine if new testing, or additional testing is needed, and how to work with clinicians to determine which tests are appropriate.

• How to understand different reading and communication disorders, and their impact on a student’s college placement and overall academic success.

• How to interpret school transcripts and parent/teacher comments to understand a student’s academic strengths and weaknesses.

• How to talk with parents and students about your concerns and observations, and how to outline appropriate next steps when a student appears to have a significant learning and/or attentional challenge.

• How to identify students who should be referred to an IEC who works primarily with students with learning and/or attentional challenges.

Carol A. Kinlan
is a professional member of IECA. She has numerous years of independent school experience as a faculty member, consultant, and parent, and understands the complexities and nuances of the school and college planning process.

In addition to expertise in traditional school and college placement, Carol has a comprehensive background in the identification, interpretation and school/college support options for language-based learning and non-verbal learning disorders, and executive function and attentional challenges. She has worked at The Institute for Learning and Development (ILD) in Lexington, Massachusetts, where she conducted neuropsychological assessments and tutored students with weaknesses in reading comprehension, written expression and executive function skills.

As a frequent guest lecturer at parent and school groups, Carol speaks to middle and high school groups on the impact of executive function weaknesses in teenagers who are in demanding school environments. Carol holds a master’s degree from the Harvard University Graduate School of Education’s Mind, Brain and Education Department with a focus on neurocognitive studies. She also holds an MBA in marketing from Boston University and earned her undergraduate degree in Journalism at The University of Massachusetts in Amherst.

September 8: The Redesigned SAT & PSAT: Impact of the changes on the class of 2017

Add an edge to your educational consulting practice with the most up-to-date information about SAT/ACT changes! Your students and their families will continue to rely on your experience and expertise when it comes to the significant, upcoming SAT and PSAT overhaul. Learn how these sweeping changes will impact your clients. Because the presentation highlights recent and upcoming changes to the ACT as well as the remarkable similarities between it and the redesigned SAT, you’ll come away with the tools you need to better guide your students so that they become more savvy planners ― and create the most effective testing calendar for both SAT and ACT.

Judi Robinovitz, a Florida-based Certified Educational Planner and IECA professional member, has been guiding students through their college planning for 30+ years. The founding owner of Score At The Top Learning Centers & Schools, a group of five SACS-accredited educational facilities in South Florida, Judi is highly regarded for her expertise in the test prep industry. Overlapping with her early college counseling years, Judi worked at Educational Testing Service and served as technical liaison to the College Board. She wrote the College Board’s first SAT-prep software and strategy chapters of their original SAT-prep books. With the testing insights she gained there, Judi developed her own test prep curriculum which she and her tutors follow to inspire thousands of students to achieve significant score gains every year.

November 10: Understanding the WISC-V

This webinar will provide an overview of the WISC-V, the latest version of the Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children. The differences between the WISC-V and its predecessor, the WISC-IV, will be described. New subtests and index scores will be described along with interpretative information.

Teri Solochek, Ph.D. is a Licensed Psychologist in the State of California. She is a Certified Educational Planner and Independent Educational Consultant, providing services for over 35 years. While no longer practicing psychotherapy, she continues to have a testing practice along with her educational consulting company.

December 8: The Latest Trends in Independent Educational Consulting

Details to come

Mark H. Sklarow, CEO, Independent Educational Consultants Association

The list of webinars will be regularly updated.