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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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2016 Webinars

February 9: The North American Boarding Initiative

The North American Boarding Initiative (NABI) is an exciting step forward for the boarding schools industry. A first for independent schools, NABI is a collective action of close to 270 TABS schools in the US and Canada, to raise awareness, and ultimately domestic boarding enrollment. Through work in four core dimensions (market research; branding, communication, and events; grassroots activations; and school innovation and improvement), NABI addresses the decline in domestic boarding amongst TABS schools in a diverse, comprehensive, strategic fashion over a period of five years. The key goal? Growing domestic boarding by 2,000 students in five years. In this webinar, TABS Executive Director, Pete Upham, and TABS Director of Member Relations, Andy Hirt, will update attendees on the initiative. They will also address how the plan can—and will—endeavor to engage the IECA consultant community of schools consultants.
[Since this webinar will be pre-recorded, CE hours will not be available to attendees and the speakers will not be able to take questions.]

Peter W. Upham, Executive Director, TABS
Pete has been Executive Director of The Association of Boarding Schools (TABS) since 2007. Earlier in his career, Pete spent thirteen years in boarding school administration and teaching, the last six as Assistant Head of School at Asheville School in North Carolina. Before his appointment at TABS, Pete was the owner and principal of CWJ Consulting, assisting schools, educational organizations, and non-profits in strategy, advancement, and planning. Pete was educated at Hotchkiss School. He attended UNC-Chapel Hill as a Morehead Scholar and National Merit Scholar, and earned his MSEd from the University of Pennsylvania, where he is currently completing a doctorate. He lives in North Carolina with his wife and children.

Andrew Hirt, Director of Member Relations, TABS

A career admission pro, Andy joined the TABS team in 2013 as the association’s first Director of Member Relations. Prior to TABS, Andy served as Director of Admission at Brooks School (MA) and Asheville School (NC). A proud graduate of nearby Christchurch School (VA), Andy received his BA in English from Wittenberg University (OH) and is presently earning his Master’s degree at Wesleyan University (CT). He lives in Asheville with his wife, Ali, and son, Brody.

March 8: Insight into the Underperforming Student

Educators often notice a differential between a student’s perceived potential and the actual academic performance. It is the educator’s goal to understand how to effectively remediate difficulties to enable the student to succeed. Often times there are discrete cognitive skills that impede a student’s ability to learn efficiently. This webinar will explore the most common cognitive reasons for underperformance and potential identification options. Specific suggestions will be provided for learning strategies to support the student to reach his or her potential.
In this context, cognitive skills include processing speed, executive functions, complex reasoning and episodic memory.

Dr. Wendy Matthews is a clinical psychologist with over 30 years in private practice in Princeton, NJ. She specializes in children and adolescent therapy and psychoeducational evaluations. Wendy received her PhD in Developmental Psychology from Cornell University, with postdoctoral work at Harvard University. She is the author of a book on children’s sex-role development and numerous scientific papers dealing with child development, developmental disabilities, and child abuse and neglect. She has taught extensively at schools such as The New School for Social Research, the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey; Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Rutgers; The State University of New Jersey; and Princeton University.

Nancy Weinstein is the Founder and CEO of Mindprint Learning, an educational technology company specializing in cognitive solutions for children ages eight through college. Prior to Mindprint, Nancy had industry experience at Bristol-Myers Squibb, Disney Corporate Strategic Planning and Goldman, Sachs & Co. Nancy has a BSE in Bioengineering from the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

April 12: Test Prep for Students with Learning Differences

This webinar will cover study tips and test prep strategies for middle and high school students who have learning disabilities or other special needs. Mr. Avila will focus on students ultimately gearing up for standardized tests such the SAT, SAT Subject Tests, and the ACT. Attendees will learn:
• Different studying methods
• How to help students feel confident and test-ready
• Tips on how to help students improve their overall test scores
• Available testing accommodations

Alexis Avila, MS Counseling Psychology
Alexis is a certified PreK-12 guidance counselor and fulltime private tutor who founded Prepped & Polished, a Boston-based tutoring service that offers in-person and online tutoring and test preparation for students of all ages.

The list of webinars will be regularly updated.