Carlton has 30 years of teaching experience at all levels, from
pre-primary to the tertiary entrance examination, specialising
in remedial education, teaching dyslexic children, education
programmes for gifted and talented children and language and
Victoria has taught in government and non-government institutions
in Western Australia and over the last 15 years has conducted
many in-service courses for teachers and parents in Western
Australia and other Australian States, Singapore, Malaysia,
Thailand, Macao and India. Victoria is often a guest speaker
at national and international education conferences. She presents
many papers on improving standards in education, and her own
research and methodology for ensuring full educational development
developed and delivered by Victoria include THE ACADEMIC STIMULATION
PROGRAMME and a motivation course for teachers called REFOCUS.
was part of the ELIC program in W.A. (EARLY LITERACY INSERVICE
PROGRAM) and worked with a small team to develop SCIFL- (SUCCESS
IN THE CLASSROOM FOR FURTHER LITERACY). She is a FIRST STEPS
presenter and has successfully used FIRST STEPS strategies at
her teaching centres for many years.
has also developed a specific course to help teachers identify
and re-mediate children with learning difficulties within the
classroom. Recently she has developed courses for teachers and
parents of gifted and talented children.
is currently giving courses on MULTIPLE INTELLIGENCES and EMOTIONAL
INTELLIGENCE to teachers in South East Asia and Australia and
is developing a new test to help teachers determine children's
talents and preferred learning styles.
recognises the need for quality teaching materials and fully
endorses the JOLLY PHONICS and JOLLLY GRAMMAR approaches to
early literacy. This method is used throughout her clinics and
in her overseas work. For the past 9 years, Victoria has been
running professional development courses for teachers in order
to teach them how to use this effective literacy program. All
parents of young children who attend her clinic are also taken
through a JOLLY PHONICS training program in order to help them
support their children's learning. Victoria visits the writers
and publisher of the program in England annually and is able
to examine research on the effect of the program in other countries.
has now been featured three times on the current affairs program
TODAY TONIGHT. The first occasion was about the need for parents
to read to their children, the second was about Jolly Phonics,
as this program has caused such a large degree of acceleration
of literacy skills. The last time Victoria was on this program
concerned the successful EQ4KIDZ program which was running in
Eleenbrook Primary School.
recently Victoria appeared on the ABC Stateline program and
was interviewed on the question of Was Tuition Necessary?
has organised an International Conference in Phuket for teachers
from Australia and South East Asia to come together to discuss
learning difficulties and best practices to overcome them. She
is currently planning another conference entitled GIVE THEM
WINGS to be held in in the near future. This conference will
address the issues and practices involved in ensuring that all
children in schools are enabled to reach their full academic
potential. She writes articles about current issues in education
for educational journals and local and overseas papers.
is a past-president of the Guildford On Swan Business and Professional
Women Club, a former member of the Equal Opportunity Consultative
Council, Primary English Teachers Association, Special Education
Teachers Association, Gifted and Talented Children's Association,
Midland Chamber Of Commerce and the Australian Institute of
recently written a new book titled "Ages and Stages"
which will be published in March 2007. This follows on from
the book she co-authored entitled WHAT DO I TEACH? which is
now out of print. This earlier text was to help teachers and
parents make sense of the new Curriculum Frameworks in Western
Australia and ensure that basic teaching concepts are not missed.
She has been also working on a book called THE TEARS OF DISCONSOLATE
ANGELS- A FRESH LOOK AT LEARNING DIFFICULTIES. Her book EMOTIONAL
INTELLIGENCE IN THE CLASSROOM will be released as soon as she
can get around to finishing it and will be the text for her
popular course -TEACHING EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE.
Victoria has written a new THINKING SKILLS course for children
which combines the techniques of Edward de Bono, Howard Gardner,
Daniel Goleman and many other researchers into brain compatible
learning. This course has been operating for 6 months and was
officially launched in November 2002 in Western Australia.
is passionate about the need for transforming schools into institutions
where all children are challenged, motivated and encouraged
to develop their full academic potential.
is now offering professional development courses for corporations
to increase Emotional Intelligence and ensure companies and
institutions are operating at maximum levels of productivity
and have work environments that foster nurturing, positive relationships
with staff and clients. She has recently delivered a course
to AUSTRALIA POST.
has written a new business seminar NOT SO SECRET WOMEN'S BUSINESS!
This seminar will be offered to women in Australia and Singapore
and will help women to be successful in their chosen businesses
while maintaining healthy and happy relationships with family,
friends and themselves! The course includes TIME MANAGEMENT,
THE FEMININE WAY TO BUSINESS SUCCESS, RELATIONSHIPS AND NETWORKING,
SETTING GOALS AND WRITING A BUSINESS PLAN and much, much more!
This course was launched at the W.A. Business and Professional
Women's State conference in 2001.
June 2002, THE INTERNATIONAL CENTRE FOR EXCELLENCE received
the prestigious GOLD BARTERCARD AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN BUSINESS
travels to Singapore to conduct assessments, develop INDIVIDUAL
EDUCATION PLANS for children and to deliver workshops and courses.
Her work in Singapore has included the following-
for SINGAPORE INSTITUTE OF MANAGEMENT on REFOCUS
Workshops for NTUC on REFOCUS and ACADEMIC STIMULATION PROGRAM
Guest speaker at various early childhood organisations
Workshops for parents in the academic stimulation area- held
in early childhood centres and Singapore University.
Workshops on Jolly Phonics for Chartsworth International School
and Pan Asia publishing co.
Course for parents on IMPROVING ACADEMIC DEVELOPMENT for OASIS
Presentation for YBPW group on EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE.
Her regular trips to Singapore includes workshops for parents
about enhancing learning and thinking skills, EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE
workshop and presentations for JOLLY PHONICS.
Silberg (also known as "Miss Jackie" from her television
years) is a highly sought after workshop-seminar leader, motivational
speaker, and performer. With degrees in Education and Child
Development along with graduate work in Piano and Composition,
she can entertain and inform with equal ease.
has worked with thousands of teachers, parents and children
presenting keynote addresses, workshops and seminars and family
concerts. She appears throughout the US, Canada, Australia,
Singapore, and Germany as a speaker, concert artist and talk
show guest including appearances on National Public Radio's
"Parent's Journal" and "All Things Considered."
Activities from her books appear regularly in parenting and
early childhood magazines, college texts and journals.
books and music have been quoted and reviewed in Better Homes
and Gardens, Parents Magazine, Ann Arbor Family, Kansas City
Star, Ed Play, Island Family, Wisconsin Book Watch, Birmingham
Family Times, San Diego Family, Sacramento Sierra, Parent Magazine,
Parent Council, Texas Child Care, Kansas City Parent, Parenting,
Learning Magazine, Parents Express, and more.
does consulting work for the Discovery Channel and has helped
in setting up a music section at their website. She also edits
scripts for the Blues Clues people at MTV.
country of Singapore has embraced Jackie and invites her there
regularly to be a keynote speaker, workshop leader for parents
and teachers and concert performer for families. She was also
commissioned to write a National Singapore Day song for children.
Silberg has been an adjunct instructor at Emporia State University
where she received her Master of Science Degree in Child Development.
In 1996 she received the Distinguished Alumna Award for outstanding
work in Education. She currently guest lectures at colleges
and universities throughout the US. Jackie has been a member
of All Experts on the Internet for several years
and answers questions regarding Early Childhood.
books have been published in Australia, Bangladesh, Brazil,
Canada, China, Denmark, Estonia,,Finland, Germany, Greece, India,
Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy,Korea, Latin America, Lithuania,
Malaysia, New Guinea, New Zealand, Nigeria, Norway, Netherlands,
Pakistan, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Serbia, Spain, Sri lanka,
Sweden, Taiwan,Turkey, United kingdom and Yugoslavia.
a songwriter "Miss Jackie" knows how to create music
especially for kids, with catchy, easy to learn tunes that are
appropriate for young children. Her songs appear in Music, Language,
and Social Studies texts and Early Childhood publications. Many
recording artists, including herself, have recorded her songs.
Notable appearances include her invitation to sing at the US
Capitol steps at the annual meeting of NAEYC, regular interviews
on National Public Radio, and her appearance with Captain Kangaroo.
She has also starred in two children's television series..."Tree
House Lane" and "Just Kids."
Silberg is a member of BMI.
has been working in London Schools and Nurseries for the last
20 years. She was the head of The London Borough of Merton for
13 years which is a home teaching service for children with
special needs to facilitate inclusion of special needs children
into mainstream settings in both the local authority and independent
sector. She has done this through a combination of training
sessions for teachers and learning support assistants, and supporting
individual programmes in nurseries and schools. She is a highly
skilled trainer and practitioner, delivering training to all
the more common strategies such as PECs, TEACCH, Signing and
other methods of visual support, writing individual education
plans and teaching how to use task analysis to ensure that the
building blocks for learning are in place for children with
extra learning needs. She has extensive experience in taking
children, families and practitioners through the statutory assessment
process, and ensures issues are followed through to a successful
has co-authored books and booklets on Including Children with
Special Needs and Including Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
She has also designed specific courses on behaviour and social
interaction groups which benefit all children, not just children
with special needs.
have worked in Health for 20 years and I
have worked in Education for 20 years
my time in health I worked with a large number of children
who were both ill and/or had learning difficulties and I
made it my mission to ensure some strong connection with
them, their families and how the children could make the
best use of any learning experiences.
was Head of Merton Portage Service for 15 years and during
that time, worked with approximately 600 children and families.
children I have worked with have had a range of difficulties
Syndrome and other chromosomal anomalies
and Language Delay
During the last 5 years, I have mainly been working with
mainstream nurseries and reception classes to help them
include children with a range of difficulties and training
early years practitioners in a range of courses to help
meet these childrens needs.
have also co-run 5 EarlyBird Courses for families of children
with Autistic Spectrum Disorder
can offer training in Early Years Foundation Stage, including
Observation, Assessment and Planning (from UK); Behaviour
Planning; Working with children with a range of difficulties
such as ASD, Global Developmental Delay (Moderate Learning
Difficulties); Social Interaction Groups; 'BrainGym'and
Developmental Movement Play; Storytelling and Writing Individual
Also, I can offer, in school some small group work. This
is based on research in the UK that children learn more
within a small group than in a one to one with an adult.
I would offer between 4 and 6 sessions of one hour for groups
of up to 5 children ranging from 2 to 4 and from 4 to 6
years of age. In this group the children would be offerred
a range of activities including "BrainGym", Developmental
Movement Play, Listening Skills, Waiting and Turn-taking
Skills, Opportunity to practice their Language Skills, Making
choices, Singing and Signing, whilst having fun. I would
also offer the teachers and parents a written report at
the end of the series. These groups are particularly useful
for children who have difficulty with any of the above in
a larger group, although it is my experience that all children
enjoy them as they are great confidence boosters, particularly
for shy or quiet children. These are called Social Interaction
Groups or Circles of Confidence".
her many years in education and health Noreen has made a huge
difference to many peoples lives. Below are just a few
who wanted to share their experiences:
Boyle has delivered training to Merton early years practitioners
including those from schools, day nurseries, childminders
and professional colleagues on a wide range of topics related
to childrens development from birth to 5 and the impact
of that knowledge on best practice. She has received consistently
high evaluations, with 98% rating her skills and knowledge
as excellent. Comments from across senior professionals
to practitioners new to the subject also rate highly her ability
to draw on her extensive knowledge and experience to translate
theory and research into practical steps, relevant to practitioners
contexts, that they can implement in their settings.
Thompson, Early Years Training and Workforce Manager
London Borough of Merton, UK
contribution to supporting families and their children with
SEN has been outstanding over the 21 years that she has spent
in Merton. She is highly skilled as a mediator and has an
open, honest approach with parents, colleagues and other professionals.
She always puts the needs of the children at the forefront
and has an excellent understanding of children's development
overall, and how to support children with a varying range
of special educational needs.
is able to work extremely well with practitioners, to support
and challenge their inclusive practice. She has extensive
experience in taking children, families and practitioners
through the statutory assessment process, and ensures issues
are followed through to a successful conclusion and ensures
deadlines are met.
is a highly skilled trainer, delivering training to SENCO's
in a variety of areas including those around supporting positive
behaviour, early motor development, social interaction, wellbeing
and involvement, interactive story telling, portage, small
steps to learning and delivering the SEN Code of practice.
More recently she has taken a lead on safeguarding training,
including child protection and the Common Assessment Framework.
sits on the supporting families panel and the SEN panel, where
her vast early years experience is highly valued.
is a very valued team member and manager, and provides a positive
role model for less experienced staff within the team. I have
personally learnt a great deal from her in relation to supporting
children with additional needs and she will be greatly missed.
Clarke, Deputy Service Manager (Quality and Standards)
Early Years, Childcare and Childrens Centres, UK
has made a real difference to the lives of disabled children
and those with Special Educational Needs and their families
through her work in Merton. She has done this through direct
work with a wide range of vulnerable children and their families
with diverse needs in their homes and nurseries. She has trained
and inspired her colleagues as well as staff in other early
years settings. She has brought a high level of professional
knowledge and skills and enormous energy and commitment to
her work. Noreen has been generous with her knowledge and
time always going the extra mile in making this difference.
She has led and contributed to a range of projects and has
brought a creative problem solving approach to this work.
Killerby, Principal Educational Psychologist
LB Merton, UK