The Literacy Institute

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.
  • Progress monitoring

    for Woodlynde students as they gain skill in decoding/encoding, word recognition, and reading fluency.
  • Screenings

    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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    Penny Moldofsky 

    M.S., Director of the Literacy Institute, Wilson® Credentialed Trainer
  • Photo of Kristin McMurrer

    Kristin McMurrer 

    Assistant Director of Admissions
  • Photo of Mark Miller

    Mark Miller 

    Wilson® Dyslexia Practitioner Level I Certified, Completing Advanced Steps 7-12
  • Photo of Mary Anne Keith

    Mary Anne Keith 

    Wilson® Dyslexia Practitioner Level I Certified, Completing Advanced Steps 7-12

Speaker Series

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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David and Sally Ellis
Jason and Carol Lerner
Linda and George Roberts
Lindsay Baver
Lindsey O'Connor and Doug Fastuca
Marc Simmons and Gillian Johnson
Marianne and Bob Quinty
Mark Miller
Mary Anne and Philip Keith
Penny Moldofsky
Robert Cassidy
Sandy and Barry Singer
The Balcer Family
The Behrend Family
Tomoko Ohnishi
Yvonne and Todd Levant

2020-2021 Speakers

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  • Nanci Shepardson

    On April 15, 2021, The Literacy Institute at Woodlynde School welcomed Nanci K. Shepardson M.S.Ed., Ed.S. W.D.P., Senior Educational Technologist at Wilson Language Training®, for Technology Tools that Support Executive Functioning Skills.

    Nanci Shepardson is the Senior Educational Technologist at Wilson Language Training®. A credentialed and experienced K-12 Reading Specialist and consultant for the International Dyslexia Association, she is an advocate and resource for students with disabilities and their families as well as a professional speaker on dyslexia, language-based disabilities, and assistive technology throughout the country.

    In this program, Nanci focused on executive functions and the technology tools that help students with these challenges, especially in relation to the planning and organizing needed for writing, note-taking, and organization. She shared a wide range of specific technology resources and tools as well as how and when to introduce and employ these resources with our students.

    Click below to download your Certificate of Attendance or to watch a recording of Nanci Shepardson's presentation through May 3, 2021.
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  • Caroline Maguire

    In January, The Literacy Institute at Woodlynde School was proud to offer two programs, presented by social-emotional learning coach Caroline Maguire.

    • Connections matter: Building social skills during challenging times Watch now
    • Coaching social skills: Parents and teachers with a game plan Watch now

    Download Caroline Maguire’s Interactive Conversation Guide (the handout for both presentations) from her ground-breaking coaching book: Why Will No One Play with Me?, a guide for parents, teachers, and other professionals who work with children, teens, and adults.

    Learn more with Caroline Maguire's Coaching Conversations Video Course.

    Did you attend? You can download your Certificate of Participation here.
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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.

Previous Speakers

The Literacy Institute at Woodlynde School has brought numerous expert and nationally-recognized speakers to Woodlynde School, including: 
David Geurin
Dr. Jennifer Jackson Holden
Rick Lavoie, M.A., M.Ed.
Caroline Maguire ACCG, PCC, M.Ed.
Jessica Minahan
Dr. Edward Moss
Dr. Tim Odegard
Dr. Thomas Power
Dr. David Rettew
Pnina Siegler
Dr. Frances Sutherland
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 Kindergartenelementarymiddle 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.