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Carroll Speaker Series

Guest Speaker Series

Several times a year, Carroll hosts nationally recognized speakers who present on subjects of interest to our community. Past speakers included nationally recognized figures such as Dr. Nadine Gaab, a researcher at Children’s Hospital, who investigates early signs of dyslexia in pre-reading children and infants as well as Sarah Entine, a filmmaker, whose documentary Read Me Differently explores how undiagnosed dyslexia and ADHD have impacted three generations in her family.

Many thanks to our visiting guest speakers for 2014-2015:

John D.E. Gabrieli, Ph.D.
Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology

Dr. John Gabrieli, Professor of Neuroscience at MIT, has been Carroll’s principal research partner as we seek to improve student performance outcomes.  He is one of the world’s foremost scientists in the understanding of how the human brain learns, how memory develops, what happens when the brain doesn’t learn typically, and how neuroscience and education can benefit each other.  Specifically, Dr. Gabrieli has been deeply involved in the design of the research Carroll is conducting on improving underlying cognitive functions in our children.  While always the careful scientist, Dr.Gabrieli’s message is decidedly one of hope that our ability to help children with learning difficulties is dramatically greater today than ever before.

Dr. Brock Eide

Co-Author of The Dyslexic Advantage: Unlock the Hidden Potential of the Dyslexic Brain

Dr. Brock Eide is the Co-Founder and CEO of Dyslexic Advantage, a 501(c)3 non-profit, one of the world’s largest online dyslexia communities founded in 2012. His partner and co-founder is Dr. Fernette Eide. Based on their research and interviews with adult dyslexics, the Eides recognized the advantages of dyslexic cognition and were surprised that others viewed dyslexia within the context of a disability and weakness. The Eides present a more balanced view that recognizes the incredible positives that come with the ability to think differently.

Dr. Brock Eide is co-author of The Dyslexic Advantage and The Mislabeled Child and is an international authority on dyslexia and learning differences. He is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Washington and University of Washington Medical School and has been a consultant to the President’s Council of Bioethics.

Parents’ Association 

2014-2015 Speaker Series and Social Gathering

November 14, 2014 - Sam Foster ‘76, Chair, Board of Trustees

December 12, 2014 - Allison Oshinsky, Director of Counseling

March 13, 2015 - Eric Falke, Director of Cognitive Intervention and Research

April 10, 2015 -  Susan Kingman, Lower School Division Head and Larry Brown, Middle                                             School Divison Head


Highlights of Presentations Given by Previous Guest Speakers:

Dr. Gordon Sherman

Dr. Sherman is one of the first neuroscientists to discover four anatomical differences in the brains of people with dyslexia and conclude that these brained-based differences alter a dyslexic’s ability to read, write and spell— spoke to a large gathering at Carroll.To learn more about Dr. Sherman’s presentation, click here.

Dr. Michael Thompson

Dr. Thompson is a preeminent child psychologist and author of numerous books including, Raising Cain: Protecting the Emotional Life of Boys and co-author with Dr. Hallowell of, Finding The Heart of the Child, gave a presentation to Carroll’s community. To learn more about Dr. Thompson, click here.


Don Deschler Ph.D., University of Kansas Center for Research on Learning: Social and Emotional Impact of Learning Differently

Don Deshler Ph.D., from the University of Kansas Center for Research on Learning, recently gave a presentation to Carroll’s faculty and parents about the interrelationship between learning differently and social and emotional development.

Dr. Deshler spoke about the performance/ achievement gap with children who have language-based learning difficulties and how even very young children can realize that they are not keeping up with their peers at school. He expressed how children often have emotional and even visceral experiences in response to challenges with learning both inside and outside of the classroom. Dr. Deshler quoted Jennifer in the 10th grade who said, “…I feel so different, so left out, so lonely, and so sad. I feel like I have a dead heart.”

Before a teacher can help a student improve their academic performance, they need to be very aware of the emotional state of the whole child. Research has shown that social skills are critically important in affecting academic behaviors and, in turn, these behaviors ultimately affect academic performance. Sharing ideas, complimenting others, offering help or encouragement, recommending changes appropriately, and exercising self-control are some of the crucial social skills students need to learn in school and should be reinforced at home. Don also highlighted that students with learning challenges learn best when they are explicitly taught core skills like time management and organizational skills.

To see a video of Dr. Deshler’s presentation, click here.