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The Literacy Institute at Woodlynde School is one of only seven private schools that are Wilson® Accredited Partners in the country. As such, it provides research-based instruction for Woodlynde students in the Wilson Reading System® as well as high quality professional development for the Woodlynde community and the greater Philadelphia area. Throughout the year, The Literacy Institute also offers a free series of nationally-recognized speakers in the field of learning differences for area parents and professionals. The Literacy Institute provides:

  • 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®

  • Progress monitoring for Woodlynde students in decoding/encoding, word recognition, and reading fluency. Evaluations are conducted to determine areas of critical instruction for selected students based on information from screenings and progress monitoring

  • Teacher support 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)

  • Parent guidance and information on the Wilson Reading System® and how to support their student in all aspects of literacy

  • Student support and guidance for teachers and parents in guided visualization to enhance comprehension

  • Training for area educators and professionals in the Wilson Reading System®. Woodlynde School is currently one of a handful of schools in the country designated as a WILSON® Accredited Partner

  • Free panels, workshops, and expert speakers for parents, professionals, and the greater community. Past Literacy Institute events include: Dr. Ned Hallowell, psychiatrist, best-selling author, and a leading authority in the field of ADHD; Screening and Discussion of Richard Lavoie's The F.A.T. City Workshop; and Dr. Tamar Chansky, psychologist and founder and director of the Children's and Adult Center for OCD and Anxiety

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The Literacy Institute has brought numerous expert and nationally-recognized speakers to Woodlynde School, including: 

Dr. Lisa Damour
Dr. Cheryl Chase
Dr. Catherine Steiner-Adair
Dr. Deborah Ledley
Dr. Lynne Siqueland
Dr. Cathey Vatternot
Dr. Stephen Soffer
Dr. Thomas Powers
Jenny Mills
Dr. Tim Odegard
Dr. David Rettew
Dr. Robert Brooks
Michael Fogel
Pnina Siegler
Dr. Tamar Chansky
Dr. Ned Hallowell
Dr. Jennifer Jackson Holden
Dr. Lisa Goldstein
Dr. Steven Sokoll
Dr. Mary Ellen Weissman
Dr. Edward Moss
David Flink
Dr. Kenneth Ginsburg

Wilson® Training

As as a Wilson® Accredited Partner, The Literacy Institute offers workshops for area professionals that include the Wilson Reading System® (WRS) Introductory Workshop, Wilson Reading System® Level I Certification Training, and Just Words® Workshop. All classes are held at Woodlynde School.


Woodlynde School

445 Upper Gulph Road, Strafford, PA 19087-5498
Tel: 610.687.9660 
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 Disorder, Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), 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.