Woodlynde School is recognized as a leader and authority in the field of learning differences and, through its Literacy Institute, serves as an important resource for educators and neighbors beyond the school community. Through the Literacy Institute, Woodlynde is one of a select few Wilson® Accredited Partner Schools in the country. This positions the school to provide not only research-based instruction for students in the Wilson Reading System®, but also high-quality professional learning for the Woodlynde community and the greater Philadelphia area.
Literacy Institute Special Events
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The Ten Key Skills Kids Need to Thrive and How Parents Can Help
February 3, 2022 | Live On Zoom Advocating for an understanding of middle school as a distinct developmental phase, Phyllis Fagell outlines the top ten social-emotional skills students can develop during this critical phase and how parents can help without getting in the way.
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Practical Strategies to Reduce Anxiety in Students
December 13, 2021 | Live On Zoom
Through the use of case studies, humorous stories, and examples of everyday challenging situations, behavior analyst Jessica Minahan, MEd, BCBA, will introduce participants to easy-to-implement preventive tools, strategies, and interventions for reducing anxiety and increasing self-regulation, accurate thinking, and self-monitoring in students.
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Walk In Your Student's Shoes
Simulating Dyslexia and Executive Functioning Challenges
October 28, 2021 | Woodlynde School
Join Penny Moldofsky, Director of The Literacy Institute, for a series of small, facilitator-led activities that promise to give you a deeper understanding of what students with learning challenges deal with, what helps them succeed, and what may get in the way of learning.
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Dr. Devorah Heitner
Screenwise Parenting For The Long Haul (Or The Long Pandemic)
October 7, 2021 | Live On Zoom
Dr. Devorah Heitner, an expert on young people’s relationship with digital media and technology, shares practical advice when it comes to kids’ tech use and offers parents and guardians advice on how to encourage a healthy relationship with media and technology, setting kids up for success—not stress—in the digital age.
The Literacy Institute programming provides:
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Free panels, workshops, and expert speakers
for parents, professionals, and the greater community. Past Literacy Institute events have included: a lecture with Dr. Ned Hallowell, psychiatrist, best-selling author, and a leading authority in the field of ADHD; a screening The F.A.T. City Workshop and discussion with the related-book’s author, Dr. Richard Lavoie; and a panel including Dr. Tamar Chansky, psychologist and founder and director of the Children's and Adult Center for OCD and Anxiety.
Parent guidance and information
on the Wilson Reading System® and how to support their student in all aspects of literacy.
Professional learning for area educators
in the Wilson Reading System®. Woodlynde School is currently one of a select number of schools in the country designated as a Wilson® Accredited Partner.
for Woodlynde students as they gain skill in decoding/encoding, word recognition, and reading fluency.
for word-based literacy needs (decoding and spelling) for all Woodlynde students early in September to determine those students who need and will benefit from intensive instruction in the patterns of our language individually or in small groups using the Wilson Reading System® or Just Words®.
Support for Woodlynde teachers
and supervision of student progress in the Wilson Reading System® (provided daily in grades K-5 and based on screenings and assessments for students in grades 6 - 12).
Support in guided visualization
as students, parents, and teachers work together to enhance comprehension.
The Literacy Institute
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M.S., Director of the Literacy Institute, Wilson® Credentialed Trainer, Wilson® Dyslexia Therapist
Certified Teacher; K-12 Reading Specialist Certification, Wilson® Credentialed Trainer ; University of Pennsylvania, M.S. in Education, Reading and Literacy; B.S. in Education; Previously reading consultant at Benchmark School in Media, PA, and in private practice as The Strategic Reader in Paoli; Speaker at national conferences for the International Dyslexia Association and the National Association of Independent Schools; Board member for the Pennsylvania Branch of International Dyslexia Association; “Take the Lead” Award from the Girl Scouts of America; at Woodlynde since 1987.
Wilson® Credentialed Trainer, Wilson® Dyslexia Therapist, Assistant Director of Admissions
Wilson® Dyslexia Practitioner, completed WRS Steps 7-12, completed Advanced Strategies for MSL Group
Wilson® Dyslexia Practitioner; K-6 Elementary Education Certification, Level II; Middle Level Citizenship Education 7-9, Level II; Essentials of Human Resource Management Certificate, Villanova University; Cabrini College, M.Ed.; B.A.; Recipient of the Outstanding Teacher Award by the National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution; at Woodlynde since 1998.
Mary Anne Keith
Wilson® Dyslexia Practitioner, completed WRS Steps 7-12, completed Advanced Strategies for MSL Grou
Wilson® Professional Learning
As a Wilson® Accredited Partner, The Literacy Institute at Woodlynde School offers professional learning for educators that include Wilson Reading System® certification courses.
Woodlynde School is a private, co-ed college prep day school located in suburban Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, that serves intelligent, talented students with learning differences in grades K - 12. Woodlynde provides a comprehensive, evidence-based Kindergarten, elementary, middle and high school program in a challenging yet nurturing environment for students with average to above average cognitive abilities (IQ) who have language- or math-based learning differences (such as Dyslexia, Dysgraphia or Dyscalculia), Executive Function Challenges, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), or Auditory Processing Disorder. Even for those students without a diagnosed learning disability (LD), Woodlynde offers expert and caring teachers in small classroom settings that support academic success. Woodlynde School also offers a post-graduate (PG) program in partnership with Rosemont College as well as a regional Summer Camp for students who learn differently.