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Pre conference workshops


Workshop Leader:
H. Carl Haywood, Professor of Psychology, emeritus, Vanderbilt University, USA
Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, January 26, 27, 28, 2018. Hours: 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM, with lunch break and coffee/tea breaks
Workshop fee is $200 US, plus materials fee of $125. Materials fee covers a full set of teacher guides for Bright Start: Cognitive Curriculum for Young Children, classroom materials for teaching Bright Start, and a set of articles on topics essential to teaching Bright Start. The fees should be paid to IACEP together with conference registration.
Minimum Enrollment:
10 participants.
20 participant

The workshop is intended for teachers, therapists, psychologists, and others who work with preschool, kindergarten, and primary-grades children, including typically developing children, children with special needs, culturally and linguistically different children (immigrants, ethnic minorities), and children from socially and economic disadvantaged families. It is focused on classroom education with the goal of helping children to develop and apply effective modes of perception, thinking, and learning. Bright Start is a full-year program of cognitive early education that has been applied successfully in at least 13 countries. It complements the regular content-oriented preschool and primary curricula. It consists of 5 components: a theory of early cognitive development, a “mediational” teaching style, 8 cognitive curriculum units with a total of about 170 daily lessons, a behavior management system, and a parent participation component. The workshop introduces all 5 components, with emphasis on mediational teaching, intrinsic motivation, and the 8 curriculum units.



Dynamic assesment David Tzuriel Ph.D

Workshop Leader:
David Tzuriel, Ph.D. Professor of Psychology, Emeritus, Bar Ilan University, Israel
Friday, January 26 and Sunday, January 28, 2018.  Hours:  8:30 AM to 5:30 PM, with lunch break and coffee/tea breaks
Workshop fee is $150 US. Test Instruments can be purchased separately.
Minimum Enrollment:
10 participants
25 participant

A growing need has emerged in the last two decades for applying dynamic assessment (DA) of learning potential for children, especially since early educational decision may affect them in the future. The focus is on one hand DA of learning potential and on cognitive intervention processes following the assessment. This is an introductory workshop with the following objectives: (A) to present the theoretical foundations of the DA approach especially the theory of Structural Cognitive Modifiability (SCM) and Mediated Learning Experience MLE ), (B) to describe the main goals of DA for young children (C) to describe the shifts from standardized testing to DA (D) to present specific mediation strategies in DA and in intervention, (E) to present deficient cognitive functions that act as barriers to thinking and learning, (F) to bridge the DA findings to educational intervention, (G) to present six instruments developed by Tzuriel for young children and children in school.

The Dynamic Assessment Instruments

  1. The Children's Analogical Thinking Modifiability Test (CATM)
  2. The Children's Inferential Thinking Modifiability Test (CITM)
  3. The Cognitive Modifiability Battery (CMB): Assessment and Intervention
  4. The Seriational Thinking Modifiability Test –Revised (CSTM-R)
  5. The Seria-Think Instrument-Revised, including the Transfer and Mental Rotation phases
Nature of Workshop
The introductory workshop will be experientially oriented with emphasis on demonstrations (if possible), simulation with participants. It covers testing procedures, scoring methods, interpretation of results and applications for cognitive intervention.
The workshop is designed for psychologists, educators, preschool professionals, special education, speech pathologists, and resource teachers. The workshop can be conducted based on 25 to 30 participants.

 Dynamic assesment David Tzuriel Ph.D2


Day 1: Friday, January 26, 2018

8:30-10:45      Dynamic Assessment as an Alternative to Traditional Testing

10:45-11:00    Coffee Break

11:00-12:30    Demonstration of DA with Children and Discussion          

12:30-13:30    Lunch Break

13:30-14:30    Test 1. The Children’s Analogical Thinking Modifiability (CATM) Test

14:30-15:30    Test 2. The Children’s Inferential Thinking Modifiability (CITM) Test

15:30-15:45    Break

15:45-17:00    Test 3. The Cognitive Modifiability Battery (CMB): Assessment and Intervention

Day 2: Sunday January 28, 2018

8:30-10:45      Mediated Learning Experience (MLE) Strategies and Deficient Cognitive Functions

10:45-11:00    Coffee Break

11:00-12:30    Test 3. The Cognitive Modifiability Battery (CMB): Assessment and Intervention (Continuation)

12:30-13:30    Lunch Break

13:30-14:30    Test 5. The Seria-Think Instrument-Revised

14:30-15:30    The Children’s Seriational Thinking Modifiability Test-Revised

15:30-16:30    Integration and Conclusion