Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders

A Symposium for K-8 Educators

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders

Friday March 24 9:00 - 2:00PM

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Searle Conference Center, Seeley G. Mudd Building, 10 Searle Center Dr, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC 27701

About This Event:

March 24, 2017: 9am-2pm

Duke Center for Science Education, Duke Institute for Brain Sciences, and Duke Program for Education present a symposium on understanding and educating children affected by fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASDs).

FASDs affects 2-5% of children in the US. Children with FASDs are in our classrooms and have special needs to help them succeed. This symposium is designed to help educators (e.g., teachers, special education teachers, resource specialists, speech and language specialists, school nurses, and psychologists) better understand the effects of prenatal alcohol on brain development, behavior, and learning.  Strategies to help address the behavioral issues and learning disabilities in the K-8 classroom will be presented by the experts.


  • Kathleen Mitchell, MHS, Vice President, National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (NOFAS) 

  • Claire Coles, PhD, Professor of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences and Director, Maternal Substance Abuse and Child Development Program at Emory University: 

  • Chandra D. Zieff, MEd, Educational Therapist specializing in learning disabilities, challenges, and behavioral issues 


9:00  Registration
9:15  Introduction by Rochelle Schwartz-Bloom
9:30  Kathleen Mitchell: What Educators Need to Know about Families and Students Living with FASD 
10:30  Coffee Break
10:45 Claire Coles: Improving Academics and Behavior in Children with FASD
11:45 Lunch
12:30  Chandra D. Zieff: Classroom Strategies for Educators
1:30  Town Hall meeting, discussion, and questions
2:00 Adjourn

Other Information

All educators will receive a free copy of Understanding FASD:  A Curriculum Guide for Pre-K-8 Educators by RD Schwartz-Bloom and CD Zieff.

Teachers will receive 5 instructional hours (0.5 CEUs) for attending the symposium.

Parking is free for educators.

Lunch is provided.

Substitute teacher costs will also be covered by the presenting organizations.


  • Duke Center for Science Education

  • Duke Institute for Brain Sciences

  • Duke University Program in Education  

Due to an overwhelming response, registration is now full.  If you would like to be placed on a waitlist, we can notify you if a slot opens up. Register for the waitlist below. 

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