Renowned writer, neuro-diversity activist and author Jonathan Mooney vividly, humorously and passionately brings to the wonderful world of neuro-diversity: the research behind it, the people who live in it, and the lessons it has for all of us who care about the future of education, inclusion, equity and belonging. He will share his personal experiences as a dyslexic, ADD, and neuro-diverse student who did not learn to read until he was 12 years old in a presentation filled with humor, knowledge and, most importantly, hope. Explaining the latest theories and research, Jonathan provides concrete examples of how to support neuro-divergent students so they can thrive. This presentation is a call to action to re-think normal and build a more inclusive society for all.
In this presentation, Jonathan explores three ideas that changed his life and that all educators can adopt to support vulnerable and at risk learners. He provides concrete strategies to support teachers in building a positive learning identity when many students like himself believe they are “stupid, crazy, and lazy;” he outlines a strengths-based approach that gives teachers concrete ideas on how to scale students' strengths and build contextualized learning pathways; and he explores the power of student-teacher connections and relationships as the foundation of transformative learning environments. And through all of this, Jonathan celebrates educators as change agents and education as a powerful tool for personal and social transformation.
Attendance for this presentation is free and facilitated by the Cedar Rapids Community School District. No registration is required.
Date: April 6, 2023 from 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.
Location: Jefferson High School Auditorium, 1243 20th St. SW Cedar Rapids, IA 52404