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.
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 take place at Woodlynde School. These events 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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Richard Lavoie, M.A., M.Ed., is a consultant on Learning Disabilities to several organizations and agencies including the Public Broadcasting Service, New York Times, National Center for Learning Disabilities, Girl Scouts of America, Child Magazine, and WETA. He is a member of the Professional Advisor Board of the Learning Disabilities Association.
Batteries NOT Included: How Teachers and Parents Can Motivate the Struggling Student
Since 1972, Rick Lavoie has enlightened educators, parents, and other professionals about what it means to have a learning and what we should or should not do to empower these students and help them thrive. His video “How Difficult Can This Be? The F.A.T. City Workshop” (Frustration, Anxiety, Tension) is the gold standard for taking the point-of-view of students with learning differences. Rick’s compelling insights extend to social skills, behavior management, and motivation.
In this workshop “Batteries NOT Included: How Teachers and Parents Can Motivate the Struggling Student,” Rick challenges us to go beyond a limited and often counter-productive repertoire of motivational strategies to a more individualized approach based on the six factors that motivate human beings. In his dynamic manner, Rick will provide practical strategies for teachers and parents that can be sustained throughout the year.
Rick Lavoie is a living legend who has been an educator, administrator, a consultant on Learning Disabilities to the Learning Disabilities Association, Council for Exceptional Children, and Children with Attention Deficit Disorder (ChADD). His ideas are both research-based and field-tested in a variety of educational settings. His workshops and videos have changed the lives and practices of more than 500,000 parents and professionals.
Caroline Maguire, ACCG, PCC, M.Ed. is a personal coach who works with children who have ADHD and the families who support them. Caroline earned her PCC from the International Coach Federation (ICF) and has a Masters in Education from Lesley University. The founder of a training curriculum for the ADD Coaching Academy, she teaches other coaches how to coach children with ADHD and teach executive function skills to children, teenagers, and young adults.
Going from Tuned Out to Clued In
Why can’t my child understand the social signals that other kids seem to master effortlessly? What can I do to break out of the spiral of nagging and reacting so that my child (or teenager) takes charge of these important bedrock skills? This is where Caroline Maguire comes to the rescue!
Caroline is a personal coach, author, teacher, and speaker (recently at the ChADD national conference), who has developed and successfully taught parents and students executive-function skill-building. On April 2, 2020, Caroline will teach us how to guide children or adolescents to read the room and interpret social cues as well as how to recognize other people’s point of view. These are skills that impact every interaction and that are clearly needed by everyone in today’s world. Her hands-on teaching and practical techniques empower parents and teachers to employ skills that result in positive and noticeable progress.
Caroline’s newest book Why Will No One Play With Me? will be available so you can dive deeper into her coaching techniques. While her “Play Better Plan” is designed to help children of all ages make friends and thrive, we live at a time when it is crucial for all of us to walk in another person’s shoes and be able to “read the room.”
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.