SOURCE: The Winston School

November 14, 2011 09:05 ET

Well-Known Advocates Dr. Sara Frampton and Marta Leyva Join The Winston School Director of Special Education Jeff Kozlowski to Share Insights at November 15th Conversation Series "How to Advocate For and With Your Child"

Event Is Part of a Series the College Prep School for Students With Learning Differences Hosts to Discuss Leading Educational Issues of the Day

DEL MAR, CA--(Marketwire - Nov 14, 2011) - Dr. Sara Frampton and Marta Leyva join The Winston School's Director of Special Education, Jeff Kozlowski in a discussion about "How to Advocate for and with Your Child" on Tuesday, November 15 from 4 - 5:30 p.m. on the school campus at 215 Ninth St. in Del Mar.

The Winston School is a college preparatory program for grades 4 through 12. The school offers hope and success for children with learning differences including autism, Asperger Syndrome, dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyscalculia, ADD, ADHD, specific learning disabilities or learning disorders, nonverbal learning disorders and slow maturation. A veteran teacher, mentor and chief advocate at The Winston School, Kozlowski will moderate the panel, which will also include parents and students, sharing insight into how students with learning differences can better navigate school and prepare for life.

Kozlowski and the panel will share success stories and discuss key elements of advocacy including learning the law; understanding your rights and perceiving district motives; how to plan and prepare; what questions to ask and when; documenting issues and proposing solutions; and when to advocate for yourself and when to call a professional.

Discussion will also include helping students understand his/her self and learning style; creating the expectation for self-advocacy at school and at home; helping students determine what they want versus what they need; gauging when to celebrate progress and when to challenge a student to rise to the next level; discovering and refine empathy; and helping each student find his/her compass.

Dr. Frampton is a licensed educational psychologist and a marriage/family therapist who has been a special educational advocate since 1982. She has a BA in psychology from the George Washington University, a master's degree in education from the University of Virginia, an MS in counseling from San Diego State University and a Ph.D. in psychology from USIU/Alliant University.

Leyva is a member of COPAA (Council of Parent Attorney and Advocates) and has knowledge of the inner workings of public school systems. She uses her experience in negotiating for educational programming to meet student needs and is a contributing author and professional translator of educational materials. She earned a master's degree in educational leadership and a preliminary services administrative credential from Point Loma Nazarene University.

The Winston School Headmaster Mike Peterson said this Conversation Series topic is pivotal for parents and students in any part of the educational system as advocacy is one of the key factors in a student's success. "Education requires students to have a voice -- or someone who will speak for them at first -- in order to be successful. This is all the more true when the student has special challenges and when the educational institution is often so large and unable to easily hear from students and their families."

Kozlowski said, "Effective advocacy requires a delicate balance to ensure students find their courage, resources and voice. I've witnessed graduating seniors choose many paths, some paralyzed with idleness because they were too sheltered, some roiling with a sense of entitlement due to lack of boundaries and some just plain scared to death because they felt so comfortable here." However, he added, "I've also seen those that leave Winston with a balance and skill-set that lights a passage to life's next series of challenges and opportunities. That's our goal with every student."

A group of pediatricians and parents in San Diego founded The Winston School (www.thewinstonschool.com) in 1988 for bright children whose needs were not being met in traditional school settings. The school is the only college preparatory school in San Diego County that provides education to an equal mix of privately enrolled and publicly funded students placed by the school district. Students such as those struggling with autism, Asperger Syndrome, dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyscalculia, ADD, ADHD, specific learning disabilities or learning disorders, nonverbal learning disorders and slow maturation find what they need in the school's small, safe and caring environment. By incorporating small classes, multi-sensory teaching methods and individual attention, the school's faculty works together to help students fulfill their academic, physical, artistic, social and emotional potential. For more information contact the school at 858-259-8155.

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