Karen McAvoy, PsyD is a dually credentialed clinical and school psychologist. After 20 years as a school psychologist in Cherry Creek Schools, she left the district to write mild/moderate/severe TBI policy for the Colorado Department of Education. She is the author of REAP - a Community-Based Concussion Management Protocol and is now the Director of a concussion clinic in a large metropolitan Hospital for Children. Dr McAvoy is well published on Concussion Return to Learn (co-author of a seminal article in the field) and speaks nationally and internationally on the topic.
Brenda Eagan Brown, MEd, CBIS directs a statewide brain injury school consulting program, is an adjunct professor at The George Washington University, & is currently obtaining her doctorate at Johns Hopkins University. She is published in the field of concussion in schools, presents nationally/ internationally, and has served on expert panels for both the CDC & IOM committees. She spearheaded the development of the Return to Learn Concussion Management Team Model in her state, training over 1,300+ school district academic focused concussion teams since 2013. The program she runs was featured in the Wall Street Journal. She is also the also the sibling of a severe TBI survivor.
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Because there are so many websites already available to parents regarding concussion, we focus least on this group. However, parents are welcome to review and share fact sheets written for teachers/related services providers.
Policy change and culture change in schools is often due to the concerted effort of administration and related service providers. Fact sheets to this group focus mostly on how best to support teachers to be agents of change for students.
Medical professionals, athletic trainers, and others outside the field commonly provide teachers with information regarding how to teach the concussed student in the classroom setting. We like to empower teachers to do what they do best! Make educational decisions based on student need.
The majority of Return to Learn recommendations following a concussion are made by healthcare professionals and athletic trainers, because most teachers and related school professionals have not received education regarding concussions and resulting classroom impacts.
At GetSchooledOnConcussions.com we focus on one page concussion fact sheets for teachers, administrators, school nurses, school mental health, counselors and parents. Former educators ourselves, we know what can and cannot be provided in classrooms during the recovery from a concussion. We empower teachers to understand the underlying causes of concussion symptoms so that they can provide appropriate, swift and generous supports in their own classrooms. Are you ready to get schooled?