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February 12, 2022 | 6:30 pm
Spotlight on the Hidden Curriculum
Speaker(s): Kathy Whelan-Gioia, M.S., M.Ed., Educational Advocate
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Social intuition is the lifeline that saves most of us daily from an array of potentially disastrous social encounters. It also helps us navigate situations that could be physically or mentally harmful. Without realizing it, many of us instantaneously can survey the unwritten rule or hidden curriculum and make a proper decision regarding the next step flawlessly. This unconscious social navigator dictates our “social skills”. Some students and young adults have difficulties adjusting socially to unstated rules and emotions in everyday events. Modeling and teaching social thinking and related skills to those who have not develop their “lens”, is one of the most complex and challenging skills to teach. Although the mantra is …Model what you want them to learn, the practice and generalization of the new learning needs to be embraced by the family, classroom and society. Our segment will review some key components which support the basic concept of the Hidden Curriculum.
Kathy Whelan-Gioia, M.S., M.Ed., is an Educational Advocate and a recent retiree from the State of California, as a Diagnostic Educational Specialist on the Transdisciplinary Assessment Team at the Diagnostic Center, Southern California. Kathy holds a M.S. in Elementary Education and M.Ed in Special Education. Kathy has been a Special Day Class teacher, Resource Specialist, Special Education Mentor and a Support Provider for Beginning Teacher Support and Assessment Program (BTSA). Kathy has also taught Teacher Education courses at the graduate level. Kathy has extensive experience developing successful educational programs for students with a variety of disabilities from pre-school age to young adulthood and specializes in the area of Transition issues and positive secondary outcomes for all students. Kathy is a member of the Association of Ed.Therapist/Professional Member, the Association of Resource Specialists (CARS), and of the Coalition of Parent, Professionals and Attorneys (COPA).