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About

As two former educators currently working in the field of concussion, we noticed that many webinars and articles about return to learn were written by every profession except for the one profession Return to Learn is geared towards – EDUCATORS! Our mission is to empower educators to take control over how concussions are handled in their classrooms. School is the educator’s domain, no one knows the classroom better than you!

Educators know schools.

At GetSchooledOnConucssions.com we focus on one page concussion tip sheets for teachers, administrators, school nurses, school mental health, counselors, parents and professionals. 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?

Karen McAvoy, PsyD

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 (see www.REAPconcussion.com). She spends the majority of her time training school districts on the GetSchooledOnConcussions RTL concepts and provides neurocognitive assessment and consultation for adults and children with neurodiversity, concussion and brain injury in an Interdisciplianry Team Clinic in Colorado. Dr McAvoy is well published on Return to Learn and speaks nationally and internationally on the topic.

Brenda Eagan-Johnson, MEd, CBIS

Brenda Eagan-Johnson, MEd, CBIS has worked in the field of pediatric traumatic brain injury for over 20 years. She currently directs a statewide brain injury school consulting program, is an adjunct professor at The George Washington University, and is obtaining her doctorate at Johns Hopkins University in Mind, Brain & Teaching.. Brenda 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 2,000+ school district Return to Learn Concussion Management Teams teams in PA and CO combined.

She is also the also the sibling of a severe TBI survivor which is where her passion for helping schools and students began.

Publications

Eagan Brown, B. (2010). Pennsylvania’s BrainSTEPS: Child & Adolescent Brain Injury School Re-Entry Program. Brain Injury Professional, 7(2), 24-25.

Eagan Brown, B., & Vaccaro, M. (2014). Pennsylvania’s BrainSTEPS program: The return to school and academics statewide concussion management team (CMT) project. Brain Injury, 28, 838-839.

Gioia, G. A., Glang, A. E., Hooper, S. R., & Eagan Brown, B. (2016). Building statewide infrastructure for the academic support of students with mild traumatic brain injury. The Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation, 31(6), 397–406. doi:10.1097/HTR.0000000000000205

Glang, A., Todis, B., Sublette, P., Eagan Brown, B., & Vaccaro, M. (2010). Professional development in TBI for educators: The importance of context. The Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation,25(6), 426–432. doi:10.1097/HTR.0b013e3181fb8f45

Halstead, M. E., McAvoy, K., & Eagan Brown, B. (2016). Expanding concussion laws not necessary for return to learning after concussion. Pediatrics, 138(6). doi:10.1542/peds.2016-3194

Halstead, M., Eagan Brown, B., & McAvoy, K. (2017). Cognitive rest following concussions: rethinking “cognitive rest.” British Journal of Sports Medicine, 51(3), 147–147. doi:10.1136/bjsports-2016-096674

McAvoy, K., Eagan Brown, B., & the National Collaborative on Children’s Brain Injuries workgroup. (2017) First national concussion return to learn consensus. Manuscript in preparation.

Myers, R., Eagan Brown, B., Conway, A., Nagele, D., Vaccaro, M., Kendi, S., and Zonfrillo, M. (2017). Examining a statewide educational consulting program for pediatric brain injury. Manuscript in preparation.

Zirkel, P. A., & Eagan Brown, B. (2015). K–12 students with concussions. The Journal of School Nursing, 31(2), 99–109. doi:10.1177/1059840514521465

(Co-Author)
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2013). Helping students recover from a concussion: Classroom tips for teachers. Retrieved from
https://www.cdc.gov/headsup/pdfs/schools/tbi_classroom_tips_for_teachers-a.pdf

(Co-Author)
Pennsylvania Department of Education. (2013). The BrainSTEPS program – returning to school after concussion: Recommended protocol. Retrieved from http://www.pattan.net/category/Resources/PaTTAN%20Publications/Browse/Single/?id=50abeb288b03329452000006

(Co-Author)
Pennsylvania Department of Education. (2016). Teacher’s desk reference on concussion.
Retrieved from http://www.pattan.net/category/Resources/PaTTAN+Publications/Browse/Single/?id=50abeba38b03324f54000002

(Contributing)
Dettmer, J., Ettel, D., Glang, A., & McAvoy, K. (2014). Building statewide infrastructure for effective educational services for students with TBI: Promising practices and recommendations. The Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation, 29(3), 224–232. doi:10.1097/HTR.0b013e3182a1cd68

Upcoming:
Eagan Brown, B., & McAvoy, K. (April 2017). Concussion return to learn: Two national models utilizing an interdisciplinary trifecta for concussion student and classroom management. Oral session presented at the meeting of the International Brain Injury Congress, New Orleans, LA.

Eagan Brown, B., Tyler, J., & Hotchkiss, H. (March 2017). BrainSTEPS child & adolescent brain injury school consulting program-providing interdisciplinary support to students, schools, and families following acquired brain injury. Poster session presented at the meeting of the International Brain Injury Congress, New Orleans, LA.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2012). Heads Up to Schools: Know Your Concussion ABC’s, Returning to School After a Concussion: A Fact Sheet for School Professionals. External Expert Reviewer/Contributor

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2013a). Helping students recover from a concussion: Classroom tips for teachers. Retrieved from
http://www.cdc.gov/concussion/pdf/TBI_Classroom_Tips_for_Teachers-a.pdf   (Co-Author)

Communique – Return to Learning: Going Back to School Following a Concussion, National Association of School Psychologists March/April 2012, Volume 40, Number 6.

Colorado Department of Education, Concussion Management Guidelines, January 2012 & April 2014 Brain Injury Manual for Educators, January 2013.

Dettmer, J., Ettel, D., Glang, A., & McAvoy, K. (2014). Building statewide infrastructure for effective educational services for students with TBI: promising practices and recommendations. The Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation,29(3), 224–232. doi:10.1097/HTR.0b013e3182a1cd68

Halstead, M., Eagan Brown, B., & McAvoy, K. (2017). Cognitive rest following concussions: rethinking “cognitive rest.” British Journal of Sports Medicine, 51(3), 147–147. doi:10.1136/bjsports-2016-096674

Halstead, M., McAvoy, K., Devore, C., Carl, R., Lee, M., Logan, K., … Guinn-Jones, M. (2013). Returning to Learning Following a Concussion. Pediatrics, 132(5), 948–957. doi:10.1542/peds.2013-2867

Halstead, M., McAvoy, K., & Eagan Brown, B. (2016). Expanding concussion laws not necessary for return to learning after concussion. Pediatrics, 138(6). doi:10.1542/peds.2016-3194

Hossler, P., McAvoy, K., Rossen, E., Schoessler, S., & Thompson, P. (2014). A comprehensive team approach to treating concussions in student athletes.Principal’s Research Review, 9(3), 1–7. Retrieved from http://rockymountainorthopedics.com/util/documents/center-for-concussion/PrincipalsResearchReviewJune2014.pdf

McAvoy, K., Eagan Brown, B., & the National Collaborative on Children’s Brain Injuries workgroup. (2017) First national concussion return to learn consensus. Manuscript in preparation.

McAvoy, K., (2011). Providing a Continuum of Care for Concussion using Existing Educational Frameworks, Brain Injury Professional, 2011, Volume 9 (1), 26-27.

REAP (Remove/Reduce*Educate*Adjust/Accommodate*Pace) – A Community-Based Concussion Management Program copyright 2009 – Colorado state, national and international recognition as a comprehensive, school-based, community-based protocol for concussion management; mentioned as a teacher resource at the 4th Consensus Conference, Zurich, November 2012.

Upcoming:
Eagan Brown, B., & McAvoy, K. (April 2017). Concussion return to learn: Two national models utilizing an interdisciplinary trifecta for concussion student and classroom management. Oral session presented at the meeting of the International Brain Injury Congress, New Orleans, LA.