Tier 1 Interventions Workshops

Monthly Workshops for math and OT interventions

with Jonily Zupancic and Cheri Dotterer

Math deficiencies are not always about the mathematics

Education deficiencies come from a slower formation of the neurological pathways for reading, writing, and mathematics.
Reading, writing, and mathematic pathways ALL form at different times. They are not simultaneous. Yet, they are.

These three areas provide the foundation for learning: Intellectual Quotient (IQ), Emotional Quotient (EQ), and Executive Function (EF).

If you have students in your classroom or on your caseloads who struggle with...

  • Achievement
  • Motivation
  • Self-Regulation
  • Independence

Join Us Live to learn how math teachers, intervention specialists, OT, and other support personnel can impact students using the same interventions creating consistency across all environments.

 Join Us Live to increase working memory for students with visual, conceptual, and multi-sensory interventions.

Join us live to spark student attention and focus through unique instructional techniques that can be expanded for all Multi-tiered System of Supports (MTSS) levels.

Join us live to foster self-regulation and self-awareness for independent work structured by differentiated adaptive resources.

Listen to the previously recorded episodes.

Upcoming Live Events

All live events are recorded at 9:30 am Eastern (NY) Time.

Spring Dates - 3rd Saturday
March 16, 2024
April 20, 2024
May 18, 2024

No events are scheduled for June, July, and August 2024.
Supplemental resources will be added for your summer professional development.

Fall Dates - 3rd Saturday
September 21, 2024
October 19, 2024
November 16, 2024
December 21, 2024

2025 TBD

Course Curriculum - New Recordings added monthly

Cheri Dotterer

Battling writing challenges firsthand, Cheri has emerged as a global authority, pioneering innovative, neuroscience-backed strategies to overcome dysgraphia seamlessly within the classroom setting. Author of "Handwriting Brain-Body DisConnect" and contributor to seminal works, she’s set to release "Math DYS-connected," co-authored with Jonily Zupancic. She owns Dotterer Educational Consulting and The Writing Glitch Podcast. Living with her husband and son, Cheri's experiences fuel her passion to revolutionize learning. They also have a daughter in grad school.

Jonily Zupancic

Jonily Zupancic is achievement-ready, breaking mathematical barriers for struggling students through unique lesson design and delivery structures. As the founder of Minds On Math, she has dedicated the past 24 years to creating rich, differentiated, engaging mathematical classroom experiences to maximize math achievement. Through brain-based, multi-sensory techniques all ability levels of students including gifted, dyscalculic, at-risk and typical are mathematically stimulated improving memory, retention of content and gains reaching their next learning level.

Kirk, Math Tutor, GA

Teresa, Occupational Therapist, MA

Kathy, Math Professor, IN

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Frequently Asked Questions

A Reference Task is a mathematical experience repeated and revisited over time extending math content for students ready for the next level instruction. A Reference Task is applicable to all grade levels from kindergarten through high school. One example of a Reference Task is the Pizza Problem. The Pizza Problem provides an opportunity for multi-sensory stimuli In the regular Tier 1 math class. Students get what they need for maximum learning with hands-on, visual perception, memory, and motor skills.

In one of Jonily’s 6th-grade classes, she completed all 12 reference tasks, including all math standards for the grade. When they took the standardized annual testing, their results were astounding. She served gifted and learning support students and children at all levels. She taught a cohort of 6th-grade math students. For the end-of-year state test, 27% of the students passed their grade 5 test. After this instructional model during grade 6 with the Reference Tasks, 60% of this group passed, and 92% showed growth based on state indicators. She has been able to replicate results similar to this one while teaching other math teachers her innovative approach to mathematics.

Before meeting me, she did not understand when to use functional activities to reengage students.  Students were understanding the math better but some were still struggling with attention and focus and engagement and self-regulation. Jonily didn't have the functional intervention training to provide the quick burst interventions during the math lesson to provide non-academic interventions that enhance and support the ease of learning for students.  Through our collaboration, she strategically plans activities promoting visual-spatial awareness, kinesthetic movements, and memory-building techniques in her Tier 1 interventions.   It's like I have become her Lesson Plan Whisperer.   Let me be the voice in your head to remember to use activities to re-engage students cognitive ready brains.   Although I am not in the room, she can hear me whisper the neurobiology and sensory-motor development in her head.  One of the roles of an occupational therapist is to analyze any task to its deepest neuromuscular or somatic components.  We have taken the Pizza Problem and the remaining 11 reference tasks and have done just that. It’s called the Tell Me About Method.

This groundbreaking approach is based on cognitive science, neurobiology, positive psychology, improved productivity research, and personal experience. It is a 6-part framework that builds all the functional components of learning and pairs them with the academic elements of learning. We have seen increased memory retention, boosted visual-perceptual skills, and transformed motor responses through this 6-part framework.

The  6-part framework is the foundation of learning before academia begins. They include
 We discuss more about these components on the podcast and at the Workshops. 

The 6-part framework is the foundation of learning before academia begins. They include Interoception Metacognition Perseverance Action Consistency Transcendence We discuss more about these components on the podcast and at the Workshops.