April 26-27 Master Trainer Training Conference FAQs

We have received a few questions regarding the upcoming Saved By Typing Master Trainer Training Conference on April 26-27, the answers to which might be helpful for many parents attending.

Q: What is the itinerary and schedule for the weekend?

A: Here are the details about the weekend conference:

Saturday April 26, 2014

  • 8:30-9:00 Registration
    Enter the high school building at Entrance #2 It is the first door to left of the main entrance. Look for our signs on the correct doors to enter at Entrance #2.
    • 9:00-10:00 Plenary Keynote: Tracy Thresher
    • 10:00-10-15 Conference Housekeeping-which group do you belong in?
  • 10:15 -10:30 Break
    • 10:30-12:00 Break-out Groups
      1. Getting started with Harvey and Tracy
      2. Skill Building with Marilyn
        1. Lecture: Understanding Movement
        2. Assessment: What does independence mean to you? Activity; sharing
  • 12:00-1:30 Lunch
  • 1:30 -3:00. Break-out Groups continued…
    1. Getting started with Harvey and Tracy
    2. Assessment continued with Marilyn… Focus on fading.
      1. Lecture: Assessing skills; goal setting
      2. Activity: Identifying specific goals; sharing
  • 3:00-3:15. Break
  • 3:15-4:45 Break-out Groups continued…
    1. Getting started with Harvey and Tracy
    2. Preparing for Practice with Marilyn
      1. Lecture: Making a plan, gathering materials
      2. Activity: make a list of things to bring on Sunday
  • 4:45- 5:00. Wrap up

Sunday April 27, 2014

  • 10:00-10:15. Welcome back! Assignments to break-out sessions.
  • 10:15 – 10:30 Break; Movement to break-out sessions.
  • 10:30-12:00 Break-out Groups
    1. Skill Building with Harvey and Tracy
    2. Independence with Marilyn:  practicing
  • 12:00  – 1:30 Lunch
  • 1:30-3:00 Break-out Groups
    1. Skill Building with Harvey and Tracy
    2. Independence with Marilyn: Typing and Talking
      1. Lecture: Strategies for developing speech
      2. Activity: continuing practice, sharing success
  • 3:00 – 3:15 Break
  • 3:15-4:45 Whole group.  Message passing: Marilyn, Harvey, and Tracy
    1. Lecture: What is it and why is it important?
    2. Demonstration: Tracy Thresher
    3. Activities; sharing
  • 4:30-5:00 Wrap up; charge from Tracy for next steps


Q: Is there any support material I should view before the conference?

A: You should familiarized yourself with the conference concepts presented in these four PDF documents:


Q: Is this training a continuation of where the introductory training sessions in March left off, or will this be much more advanced?

A: It will be a combination. The combined presentations are in the Hamilton Southeastern High School library main room. We’ll have our own separate entrance, with a hallway space and alcove for kids to roam and work off energy. That is very normal for new typers of all ages. Nine year olds get a special dispensation for being energetic.

We’ll split into two groups in adjoining rooms when working on typing form and ability. A classroom that adjoins the library and hall are where the new typers will be.


Q: If it is the latter, what would we need to do to be ready or caught up for this training?

A: Nothing to catch up with. The background laid at the last training was critical to be able to absorb more of this next one. We are concerned more for people who haven’t had the last and are coming to this without orientation or proper preparation. They’ll be getting more form and not have the basic substantive background. Anyone that attended the March training already been has that needed background.

With this being a 2-day workshop, some parents are concerned about their child will handle the long hours involved. As one parent asked: Our son did a great job on the 1 day program, but we had to take a 1 hour break and go to the park. What will the schedule be like for the 2 days?”

A: Everyone has this issue with kids. When people go to Syracuse for training and conferences they have the same issue. Our best advice is that you do what you can do, and let the child be himself or herself. He’ll be with people who get him, and can relate to his/her working on something they has wanted. He will also want to show off for you. So do what you can do.

As for the schedule, the tentative plans are:

  • Saturday will probably be 9 to 4:30 or 5, with an hour break for lunch.
  • Sunday will likely be 10 to 5, with an hour lunch break.
  • You are on your own for lunch. As you can see on the map displayed, there is a wide variety of restaurants near both Hamilton SE High School and the Cambria Suites Hotel. Menus for several of them will be available at the conference.Donato’s can order in extra GFCF crust in anticipation of our group. If you would like that option, please contact us before April 15th so that we can inform the restaurant of our needs.
    Click for larger map and driving directions.

    Click above for larger map and driving directions.

    Restaurants Near HSE HS: (See Map on right)
    To the left as you exit onto Olio Rd:
    • Donato’s Pizza (1/4 mile on right in front of Kroger) *Offers a Gluten free Pizza option, Salads, subs, Stromboli.
    • Buffalo Wild Wings  (On left ¼ mile at intersection) *offers Gluten free options (wings,naked tenders, fries, salad) Burgers, wings, sandwiches
    • Jimmy John’s (on Right in front of Kroger) subs and sandwiches
    • Marco’s Pizza
    • Hot Box Pizza
    • El Rodeo Mexican Restaurant (Just past intersection at 116th/Olio on right) fast, sit down service available *Gluten free options like fries, corn tostada, beans, salad
    • El Camino Real Mexican
    • Casler’s Kitchen (On left just past intersection, 116th/Olio)
    • Murphy’s Pub House
    To the Right as you exit onto Olio Rd. *1/2 way around the round-about (stay on Olio towards gas station)
    • Wendy’s Fast Food
    • Subway sub shop
    • Starbucks
    • Taco Bell
    • Dairy Queen
    To the right as you exit onto Olio in/near Hamilton Town Center *go ¾ way around round-about and over highway
    • Q-doba Mexican (quick service)
    • Noodles and Company *Gluten free options offered *10% discount for us!!
    • Bella Pizza (counter service)**
    • Five Guys burgers (counter service)**
    • Yats (counter service)**
    • McAllisters Deli (counter service)
    • Red Robin (Sit down service, hamburgers)*Gluten free buns available
    • McDonald’s *on right across from Town Center
    • Famous Dave’s BBQ (Sit down service)*on right across from Town Center
  • Snacks (including gluten-free,) coffee, water, etc. will be provided at the site. If you have a special diet, feel free to bring your own.[divider_top]

    Is there a possibility that my child could be there for the practice parts, and then go do something else during the “teaching” parts?

    A: Sure. Play it by ear. With the hallway next door and a kitchen area, there are places to unwind. Being at a high school, we’ll be in a hallway and with an entrance reserved for us, but there will also be grounds we can use, if it’s a nice day. The hallway is pretty big, too.

    Will there be food provided?

    A: Light snacks, including gluten free, and drinks will be available throughtout the conference. You can also bring your food and beverages, too. A refrigerator and microwave will be avaialable in the kitchen attached to our conference area. These snacks are for during the conference only, so you will need to provide your own breakfasts, lunches and dinners.

    Do most parents bring their children for this entire training? And if so, how do they manage hearing new information and “entertaining” their children at the same time? “He is only 9, so he still has kid energy. ;)”

    A: Yes, just as at Syracuse. And then you hang out. Coming in and out is fine.

    The children will probably have a lot of questions themselves, and they’ll be free to ask them. Extra energy is not a problem. If and when they need to get into the hallway to chill, it’s right next to where we will be. Restrooms are in that hallway, too.
    If you have any additional questions about the upcoming conference, please contact us. We will add them, and their answers, to this list.

    See you soon.