Internationally recognized student social skills authority speaks to Loveland educators
Monday, Oct. 9, Loveland educators focused on their own learning district-wide as internationally recognized author and speaker Michelle Garcia Winner presented about social thinking. Her mission is to help people develop their social competencies to better connect with others and live happier, more meaningful lives.
“Loveland is very fortunate to be able to bring Michelle Garcia Winner before our staff,” said Eric Dool, Loveland director of student services. “Michelle is widely known as an expert in the development of social competencies among all students, competencies that are critical for success in school and in life. Skills such as how to build relationships and work as teams touch on all aspects of what we do as educators to prepare students for their futures – work that embodies both Tiger Care and Tiger Growth – two of our three big district goals.”
Winner is the founder of Social Thinking®, a methodology which specializes in developing treatment frameworks and practical strategies for individuals with social communication challenges. The Social Thinking and Its Impact At All Ages presentation was part of a larger professional development opportunity for district employees who spent the remainder of the day in learning sessions at each building.
“This time is precious – we are in the business of growing people and to do that we must be continual learners,” said Loveland Interim Superintendent Dr. Amy Crouse. “The department of Teaching & Learning along with all of our building leaders do an excellent job of making the most of each moment during our professional development opportunities throughout the year, and having an expert like Michelle Garcia Winner as part of our training was priceless.”
Photo Caption (L to R): Loveland Director of Student Services Eric Dool, Loveland Speech-Language Pathologist Katy Osborn, Presenter Michelle Garcia Winner, Loveland Speech-Language Pathologist Sarah Cousino, and Loveland District Director of Technology David Knapp
Top Photo caption: Internationally recognized author and speaker Michelle Garcia Winner presented to Loveland educators about how to positively respond to the ever-growing social needs among students of all ages at a special seminar Monday, Oct. 9, at Loveland High School.