Thursday, November 18th; 4:30-6:00 PM (HKST)

FOCUS is pleased to welcome back Dr. Giorcelli, one of the region's most experienced special education experts, to share essential learning for all teachers attempting to accommodate a diverse range of learners in their classrooms.

Discussion themes:
  • A full breakdown of the principles underlying best practice in differentiation, as demonstrated through ongoing quality research, will be discussed with the use of examples.
  • A framework for differentiation will be provided and teachers will be given time during breakout sessions to apply it to a unit of work they are currently undertaking in their classrooms.    
  • Additional differentiation materials will be provided by Dr Giorcelli and made available electronically through FOCUS.
This interactive session is designed for classroom teachers and educators in both primary and secondary.  Submitted teacher case studies will form part of the discussion.
Date:     Nov 18, 2021 (Thursday)
Time:     4:30 - 6:00 PM (HKST)
Format:  Live Virtual (Zoom)
Cost:      FOCUS Members (HK$100); Non-member (HK$250)


Celebrating 51 years working in education, Dr. Loretta Giorcelli OAM is one of Australia’s foremost experts in special education providing incisive ideas for inclusive education to educational and medical bodies, governments, and community groups across Australia and internationally.

Dr. Giorcelli holds a M.Ed., a Masters in Special Education, and received her PhD in Linguistics and Communication Disabilities from The University of Illinois.  She began her career as a primary and special eduction teacher in Queensland, teaching students with a range of disabilities at preschool, primary and secondary levels in segregated, integrated and inclusive settings.  She has taught in both the United Kingdom and Australia.

As a professor at the University of New South Wales, she established the Certificate of Learning Disabilities and the Certificate of Integration Studies in 1993-94.  In 2007 Loretta was awarded an Order of Australia Medal for her services to education as a teacher, university professor and consultant in the areas of child development, special and inclusive education, particularly with regard to improving the learning outcomes of students with special needs in mainstream education.

Volunteers Needed: Video Editing and Social Media Marketing

One positive of our new normal is that we have Zoom recordings and can build a content library!  To realize this project, we need a volunteer(s) who can confidently edit 1 or 2 hour+ long videos each month.

If you have a professional background with marcom/social media marketing, we could use your help to expand awareness through social media channels.  As a volunteer, you would edit post content, create images in Canva Pro, and manage schedule for 2 - 6 posts per month.

If you have the skills to help FOCUS expand our content PLEASE email TODAY!

FOCUS is a Hong Kong-based non-profit whose members include parents, educators, counsellors and medical professionals.  We are a volunteer-led organization whose “FOCUS” is to positively influence the quality of education and support available to students with ADHD and specific learning difficulties (SpLD), and to improve understanding of how these mainstream learning differences impact youth both emotionally and academically.

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