Focus Session: Sail Training for Students with Learning Differences


A panel discussion about how to be successful when working with students with Learning Differences.  Discussion will cover underlying philosophy and assumptions pertaining to working with the very diverse population of students identified as having Learning Differences, and the practical implications of that diversity.  Discussion will also cover elements of program design; outcomes expectations; crew /staff training; preparation; communication with sending schools/agencies/parents; role and impact of student medications; and other practical issues.


Mark Thompson, Executive Director, Maritime Heritage Alliance:

David Pilla, Ocean Classroom Director, Proctor Academy: 

Director of the Proctor Academy Ocean Classroom Program. A true partnership between Proctor and the Ocean Classroom Foundation. Teacher at Proctor Academy in Andover, NH for 30 years.  Wildlife and fisheries science; forest resources. Sailor of traditional vessels whenever possible.  Former Hurricane Island Outward Bound Senior Watch Officer and Course Director.  Coast Guard license.  Certified wildlife biologist and forester. Wife Therese, son Kyler (8 years old and dreaming of voyaging I hope!).

Jim Muldoon, President, Brendan Sail Training Program for Youths with Learning Differences:

James Patrick Muldoon, Esq., is founder and chief executive officer of METCOR and chairman of the board for Learning Systems International (LSI). Created in 1979, METCOR specializes in government relations, high technology training, telecommunications, and oil productions. LSI is a wholly owned subsidiary of METCOR that develops high-tech training materials, documentation and delivers training. Prior to founding METCOR, Mr. Muldoon worked on Capitol Hill for five years as an assistant to a US Senator.

Mr. Muldoon has been actively involved in international sailing or boating-related organizations for more than twenty years. He has captained his 73′ yacht, Donnybrook, with a highly competitive amateur team in hundreds of races and has accrued over 75,000 miles of blue water ocean racing.


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