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.
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
Certified Teacher; K-12 Reading Specialist Certification, Wilson Teacher-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 Reading System® Certified Teacher; 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.
All Literacy Institute Speaker Series events begin at 7:00 p.m. and are FREE and open to the public.
Thank you to The Balcer Family for their generous support of the 2019-2020 Literacy Institute Speaker Series. A special thank you as well to those who allocated their Annual Fund gifts to The Literacy Institute and its programs:
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Cheryl Chase, Ph.D.
The Literacy Institute at Woodlynde School is proud to offer a three-part Zoom series, "Supporting the Executive Functions (EF) While Students are Operating in Distance/Blended Learning," by Dr. Cheryl Chase.
Thursday, October 1 at 7:00 p.m. EST - EF: Teachers and Parents: Goals and Roles
Thursday, October 15 at 7:00 p.m. EST - Core strategies and the impact of anxiety and ADD/ADHD
Thursday, October 29 at 7:00 p.m. EST - Working Memory—More Strategies and Navigating Resources
Cheryl Chase, Ph.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist in private practice in Independence, a suburb of Cleveland, Ohio. She specializes in the assessment and treatment of various conditions impacting children, adolescents, and young adults including ADHD, Learning Disorders, and emotional concerns. In addition to her clinical practice, Dr. Chase is also an accomplished speaker at the local and national levels, leading workshops on such timely topics as executive functioning, working memory, and ways in which our emotions impact learning and performance. Finally, Dr. Chase serves as an adjunct instructor at several colleges in the Cleveland area. She is an active member of the International Dyslexia Association, the American Psychological Association, and Learning Disabilities Association of America. For more information, please visit ChasingYourPotential.com or her Linkedin page.
Wilson Professional Learning
As a Wilson® Accredited Partner, The Literacy Institute at Woodlynde School offers professional learning for educators that include Wilson Reading System® workshops and 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.