2019 Summer Seminar

LDA of Kentucky was pleased to host an informative conference covering a wide range of topics. The conference was held Friday, June 14th at the Paroquet Springs Conference Center.


Dr. Carol Brown has over 35 years of experience as an educator and therapist. Dr. Brown has her (Ed.D) from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. She has conducted professional development workshops for Kentucky Association of School Councils (KASC), Toyota, the University of Kentucky College of Medicine, Kentucky Vocational Rehabilitation and Centre College. Her presentations were:


The Role of Imagery and Memory in Learning

Learn how to visualize letters, numbers, and objects to improve reading, math, and comprehension. The ability to visualize letters is necessary for spelling and reading, the ability to visualize numbers is necessary for math, and the ability to visualize pictures and concepts is necessary for reading comprehension and critical thinking. Learn the

exercises to connect these pathways. Working Memory is the New IQ


Working memory is a stronger predictor of personal and academic success that IQ.

This workshop presented the latest scientific research on neuroplasticity, working memory, and the brain’s ability to change for children and adults of all ages and etiologies. You will learn exercises to improve working memory, long term memory retrieval, attention, and the ability to follow multi-step directions. You will leave with a deeper understanding of these challenges and equipped to implement exercises to develop every individual’s capacity to learn in the classroom.


Dr. Debra Bauder from the University of Louisville has served as Associate Professor of Special Education and has been in the field of special education for over 30 years. She has been a teacher, technical consultant, computer specialist, technology training specialist, instructor in higher education, and a director of statewide training in assistive technology. Dr. Bauder provides training on technology/assistive technology and its use with persons with disabilities. Dr. Bauder has also been a trainer and consults regarding UDL. Her session was:


"Assistive technologies for students with reading or writing disabilities"

Assistive technology can help students with a variety of needs perform better in school. This includes students with reading or writing disabilities.

This presentation will provide information about a variety of devices and equipment that can enhance an individual’s academic performance. Various apps  were also  demonstrated and discussed.

Dr. Beatriz Pacheco holds a doctorate in Educational Leadership from Spalding University in Louisville. She currently works as a learning differences coordinator at Saint Xavier High School in Louisville. Her session was:

The Rise of the Human Digital Brain: How Multidirectional Thinking is Changing the Way We Learn.

To download her presentation, please click here.

According to theoretical physicist and futurist Michio Kaku, “The introduction of MRI machines and a variety of advanced brain scans in the mid-1990’s and 2000’s has transformed neuroscience. We have learned more about the brain in the last fifteen years than in all prior human history, and the mind, once considered out of reach, is finally assuming center stage.”


This newly acquired information about the brain, its plasticity, and how we function as learners give rise to the following question: what are we doing with this information to help advance educational outcomes? The impact of technology on how we learn and also on how we measure outcomes will be an important component of this lecture. Dr. Pacheco will present information regarding current trends in education and will provide suggestions for bridging the gap between high school and college for 21st century learners.