AMTA 2021 Virtual Schools Summit Education Sessions

AMTA is taking Schools Summit virtual! This year’s conference will be held online, on Saturday, February 20.

Registration will be complimentary for all teachers and administrators. Do not miss this opportunity to participate in the premiere conference for massage therapy school administrators and instructors.

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Keynote Speaker

3 Research-Based Power Concepts for Helping Students Learn

Dr. Julie Schell is the Assistant Dean for Instructional Continuity and Innovation in the College of Fine Arts at The University of Texas at Austin, where she led the transition to online learning for over 200 fine arts faculty and academic staff during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Teaching has never been more difficult, as massage instructors navigate changing class sizes, adapting clinic procedures, and evaluate where online learning can support in-class instruction. However, by adding small teaching techniques that are easy to implement, students will benefit. Dr. Schell will address common pain points for teachers, and will illustrate how creating powerful learning experiences for your students that can complement your current strategy will lead to improved student outcomes. Attendees will leave the session with research-based strategies to implement immediately.

Teaching Pathology that is Research-Informed

Susan Salvo is an LMT with over 30 years of experience. She is co-director of the LA Institute of Massage Therapy, and is a nationally known author and speaker who has written several massage textbooks and online courses.

Learn the tools you need to incorporate research literacy into your school’s existing pathology curriculum. Explore how to teach massage students valuable skills for separating research-based fact from fiction when creating session plans for future clients with pathologies, including COVID-19.

Thriving in the Age of COVID-19 Panel

Shari Aldrich, LMT, is the president and owner of the Bodymechanics School of Myotherapy & Massage in Washington. In 2018, Shari launched the Bodymechanics Institute which serves to help massage therapists around the country open their own massage school with a done-for-you system.

Selene Del Valle has been an LMT since 1998, working as a private practitioner and in various environments, including a wellness center and chiropractic offices in New Jersey. In 2006, Selene became an instructor at the American Institute, where she is currently the corporate director of the massage therapy program for all campuses.

Mike Williams is the co-owner and president of the Center for Massage and Natural Health. Previously, Mike was an executive in a health care-oriented college with campuses in 32 states and nearly 30,000 students; he has also served as the head of an education products company with locations throughout the US and Europe.

Listen as our panel discusses key strategies for making modifications to the classroom to enhance student performance including curriculum design, best practices for accommodating different learning styles, updated communication flows to students and faculty, and marketing techniques to maintain enrollment.

Teacher's Toolkit for Achieving Learning Outcomes in a Changing Environment 

Brent Jackson is the academic program manager for massage therapy at Central Carolina Technical College and curriculum specialist for health sciences programs. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Workforce Education and Development from SIU and post-graduate work in IDS.

Explore tools and methods that you can implement in your teaching right away to improve learner engagement and success. Find out how to develop well-constructed rubrics, use effective communication and feedback, apply classroom assessment techniques and upgrade your teaching approaches with online learning concepts and technology.