Conference Speakers 2018

Conference Speakers 2018

Ed Sprunger: 

Edmund Sprunger will be presenting two keynote addresses on “Forging an Alliance with Parents”

As the adults in the Suzuki Triangle, parents and teachers work together to help children learn. We will look at ways that teachers can forge an alliance with parents, including listening and responding to the concerns of parents, and preparing parents—and ourselves–to manage the emotional challenges of practicing. 

He also will present two breakout sessions for further discussion in smaller groups of these ideas in a question and answer format.

Ed has suggested our learning experience from the day will be enriched if we read in advance:  “Their Own Best Teachers,” by Robert Duke available from:

Valerie Legge: Creating Resilience: from Surviving to Thriving

A popular workshop which presents the background and the practices for creating a toolkit for personal resilience. It allows participants to experience the vital importance of acknowledging and affirming accomplishments; how the brain is hard-wired to focus upon negative experiences and how to change this; how to use and befriend the negative voices of inner self-talk; how to build upon strengths to create more success; how to broaden awareness using multiple perspectives; how to shift one’s focus from failure to feedback; and how to change from a mindset of preventing problems to flourishing

“After studying violin performance at the University of Toronto, Valerie worked as an orchestral and chamber musician in Montreal for over 25 years. During this period she also began her Suzuki teacher training, eventually studying with Dr. Suzuki in Matsumoto in 1988. In midlife, she retrained as a certified professional Coach with the International Coach Federation and pursued certification in Positive Psychology. She is currently in demand as a career, leadership and transition coach, as well as a trainer and workshop facilitator.”

Dana Pettus: The Science Of Behaviour And Its Uses In Teaching

This talk will give you a brief overview of the basics of behavioural psychology and discuss tools and strategies that have emerged from the discipline. We will discuss ways to use positive teaching strategies to set a person up for success in a lesson, to systematically break down and teach a skill, and how to increase the probability of someone doing what you’ve asked them to do. These tools and strategies will be related to teaching individuals with unique needs.

Dana Pettus is a Behaviour Therapist who works with children and youth on the Autism Spectrum. In her 5 years in this role, she has learned to use the science of behaviour analysis to more effectively teach children, their parents and other therapists under her supervision. She feels that teaching should be tailored to each learner and that the science of behaviour analysis can be used to help everyone learn more effectively.