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Supporting the learning needs of students with learning disabilities requires more than a passing understanding of memory and the architecture of the mind. By exploring Baddeley and Hitch’s (1974) model of working memory, Jeffrey MacCormack and Ian Matheson explained how information is processed and coded through memory systems and then retrieved from the long-term memory.

During this webinar, MacCormack and Matheson helped educators understand how working memory and cognitive load relate to classroom practice. This webinar also provided evidence-based strategies for supporting the learning of elementary and secondary students with learning disabilities who have difficulty with working memory processes.

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About the speakers: 

Picture of the webinar presenterJeffrey MacCormack

Jeffrey is a PhD student at the Faculty of Education, Queen's University, with a focus on cognition. He is a teacher certified by the Ontario College of Teachers with 9 years of experience teaching elementary school. He worked as an instructor at Queen's University and has taught and authored online courses for educators. He is currently conducting research on several topics including: learning disabilities, autism, emotional well-being, and youth development.


Picture of Ian MathesonIan Matheson

Ian Matheson is a graduate student in the PhD program in Education at Queen's University with a focus in Learning and Cognition. Along with teaching and research experience at Queen's University, Ian also has experience as an occasional teacher with the Limestone District School Board in the elementary division.