Lori Gibson

M.A.

<font size=“2”><font face=“Helvetica”><span 12px=”“><span verdana=”“>Lori Gibson, M.A., received her undergraduate degrees in Psychology and Education at Whitworth University. In 1990 she received her MA in Counseling Psychology from Gonzaga University. Over the past  22 years in education- she has served as a guidance counselor at North Chicago Community High School in Illinois, as an elementary school counselor for Lake Washington School District in Redmond, WA and is presently a counselor for Spokane Public Schools.  In 2002 Lori (along with her friend and colleague Jacquie Johansson) began teaching workshops for the Heritage Institute. In a time when high stakes testing seems to take precedent above all, both Lori and Jacquie believe educators must work diligently to focus on the “whole child”. There are many challenges facing students today and they know these can make it extremely difficult for some students to engage in the learning process. This necessitates that teachers and administrators are up-to-date on the latest research and have specific strategies to address the needs of their students.  Whether offering GIS courses or one of their numerous workshops (in Spokane or Seattle, WA), Lori and Jacquie are passionate about the opportunity to guide, inspire and collaborate with other educators regarding the academic, social and emotional growth of students. Information about upcoming workshops which they offer through the Heritage Institute can be found at www.continuing-credits.com.

<span><span 12px=”“><span verdana=”“>Lori co-teaches workshops in Washington with Jacquie Johansson. They <span>have been teaching workshops and consulting with educators in the Great Northwest since 1990.<span>  </span>Their basic mission is to provide current research and practice regarding student's needs in a fun, informative and relaxed atmosphere.<span>  </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></font></font>

 

Offered Courses

HELPING ANXIOUS STUDENTS

Course No. ED453i, ED553i

Tuition $180 – $265

Quarter Credits 3

Imagine looking out on your classroom and knowing that every student has a clear, receptive mind, is engaged, and is ready to learn. Unfortunately, this is rarely what we see in our classrooms. Instead, too many students seem preoccupied, isolated, withdrawn, nervous or overwhelmed. It is estimated that 1 out of every 5 students in America suffers from a diagnosable anxiety disorder. And it is further suggested that, unchecked, anxiety can result in school failure, social isolation and missed opportunities. The purpose of this course is for educators to increase their understanding of anxiety and learn how to support students, and their parents, who are dealing with this disorder. This independent study course is appropriate for Pre-K through grade12 teachers, administrators, support staff and parents. Note: The book, Growing Up Brave, was written for parents, however it is an excellent resource for understanding and supporting our anxious students and their parents.

BOYS IN TROUBLE: Turnaround Strategies For Educators

Course No. ED452Y, ED552Y

Tuition $180 – $265

Quarter Credits 3

Our boys are struggling. They are academically disengaged and facing social challenges alone. What will their place will be in the wider world once they leave high school (if they even make it that far)? Let's look at the troubling symptoms our boys are presenting, and then we will pull back the curtain on their inner lives. We will look at the cultural expectations they are under, cultivate new understanding of boys and their world, and much more.

“WHY ARE THEY PICKING ON ME?” Understanding & Responding to Social Cruelty

Course No. ED451Z, ED551Z

Tuition $180 – $265

Quarter Credits 3

Are kids at your school mean to each other? Of course they are. When kids are cruel to other kids not only does it do direct harm to the victims, it also affects the learning environment for everyone.

“HELP ME BEHAVE”: Going Beyond Traditional School Discipline Plans

Course No. ED450H, ED550H

Tuition $180 – $265

Quarter Credits 3

Traditional discipline plans usually frustrate chronically disruptive students and can be overkill for well- adjusted kids. Dr. Ross Greene's “Plan B” is a better approach for dealing with disruptive behavior. It assumes that even disruptive students want to succeed in school, but that they have obstacles in their lives which prevent them from being successful.

AUTISM PUZZLE

Course No. ED436U, ED536U

Tuition $180 – $265

Quarter Credits 3

If you have students with one of the Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), and you don’t know what they’re thinking or feeling, your days will be difficult – and theirs will be too. Most Pre-K through 12th grade educators have worked with ASD students already, and the prevalence of ASD is increasing. This course is an essential introduction to this puzzling disorder. 


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