Lynn hosts 2017 Transitions Conference

Annual event discusses empowering independent learning

Lynn University’s Institute for Achievement and Learning (IAL) held its eighth annual Transitions Conference Jan. 27. The one-day event welcomed nearly 450 parents, students and education professionals to explore options for students with learning differences as they transition to higher education.

This year’s conference, Empowering Independent Learning, attracted attendees from across the U.S. and countries such as Ecuador, Dominican Republic and Switzerland. The conference focused on strategies that can help students succeed academically, socially and emotionally in college.

Author Ruth Herman Wells kicked off the event with a keynote, “Doing the impossible just takes a little bit longer.” She discussed the ups and downs of helping students with learning differences and finding and staying on the road to success.

“Learning challenges or not, every students learns differently,” said Wells. “As educators, we must find ways of making schools fit students rather than expect students to fit schools.”

The conference’s program featured 26 speakers addressing:

  • ADHD/ADD
  • Applying and selecting colleges
  • Anxiety
  • Career readiness
  • Incorporating digital tools
  • Parent transition
  • Social and cultural transition
  • Time management

Attendees participated in breakout sessions and a networking luncheon at the de Hoernle Sports and Cultural Center and experienced life at Lynn through a campus tour.

Lynn is committed to educating and providing support services to students with learning differences. Through IAL, traditional and nontraditional learners receive first-class support from engaged faculty and have access to resources and academic support to foster higher education success.

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