February 4, 2018

Understanding Learning Differences: Community Workshops and Professional Training from The Rankin Institute | The Fletcher School

By our Smarty friends at The Fletcher School

Since 1982, The Fletcher School (K-12) has been a leader in serving children with Specific Learning Disabilities (SLDs) and ADHD. Through their outreach arm, The Rankin Institute, they educate and empower community members like you by providing the resources and knowledge you need to best serve children with learning differences — be it in school or at home. Fletcher Feb 2018.2

This spring, The Rankin Institute is offering several workshops and trainings to educate teachers, parents, and professionals on the various types of SLDs and techniques to help children with learning differences reach their full potential. Explore their programs below!

Upcoming Community Workshops:

“MY CHILD HAS WHAT?” WORKSHOP SERIES
This series provides information and strategies on specific disorders and diagnoses such as attention deficits, reading and math disorders, auditory processing deficits, anxiety, and related medications. Workshops are taught by professionals in the field related to the topic.

Lost and Found Department: Memory Disorder
Tuesday, March 13, 7:00pm – 8:30pm ($10)
This presentation will focus on the process of memory and strategies and interventions to help children with memory disorders. Presenter: Stephen Strzelecki, Psy.D. of Clinical and Neuropsychological Services. Both parents and professionals are invited to participate. Register.

Oh, Dear, What Can the Matter Be?: Anxiety & Depression
Tuesday, April 10, 7:00pm – 8:30pm ($10)
This presentation will address the ramifications of anxiety and depression in children and will provide practical suggestions and treatment options. Presenter: Heather Dyer, Ph.D. Both parents and professionals are invited to participate. Register.Fletcher Feb 2018

Upcoming Professional Trainings:

Orton-Gillingham Training- Subscriber Level
Wednesday, February 7; Wednesday, February 21; Wednesday, March 14; 7:00pm – 9:00pm.
This is a three-part course offered to parents and other professionals to familiarize them with the Orton-Gillingham approach to teaching. This course is an excellent introduction for those who are considering further training in the Orton-Gillingham approach.

The course will cover:
– An introduction to Orton-Gillingham
– Characteristics of dyslexia
– The neurological basis for multisensory teaching
– Phonology, history and the structures of the English language
– The Orton-Gillingham lesson

Attendees of this course are eligible to apply to the Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators as Subscriber members. Subscriber members receive mailings including lists of approved courses and conferences, announcements, and newsletters. Subscriber members are informed consumers but are not qualified to teach using the Orton-Gillingham approach. Presenter: Joanie Gerken, Fellow/AOGPE. Credit: 1.0 CEU. Cost: $75. Register.

Orton-Gillingham Multisensory Training for Teachers – Classroom Educator Level
Monday – Friday, June 25 – June 29, 8:00am – 4:00pm.
Presented by Joanie Gerken, Fellow/AOGPE, this one-week seminar follows the Classroom Educator curriculum guidelines established by the Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators which includes classroom instruction, selected readings, and supervised teaching. Following this coursework, those interested in pursuing the Classroom Educator credential with the Orton-Gillingham Academy must complete 50 hours of supervised teaching at an additional fee of $500.00. This practicum may be arranged through The Rankin Institute or individually with the instructing Fellow.Fletcher Feb 2018.3

Topics Covered:
– Characteristics of dyslexia related to typical development of reading and writing
– The principles of the Orton-Gillingham Approach
– History and structure of the English language
– How to teach decoding
– Syllable types and syllabication
– Strategies for reading comprehension and written expression
– Teaching strategies and lesson planning for effective remediation

Each participant will receive the Guide to Teaching Phonics by June Orton and handouts. Credit: 3.0 CEUs. Cost: $1,250 (includes the June Orton book and handouts). Register.

Project Read® Framing Your Thoughts
Monday – Wednesday, July 9-11, 8:30am – 4:30pm
Presented by Joanie Gerken, Fellow/AOGPE, this course is designed to give teachers the tools to improve students’ writing skills. The foundation of communication through written expression is the basic sentence. The course covers sentence structure as well as paragraph development and composition. Sentence structure is presented in a sequential order beginning with the simple sentence and moving to complex sentences using multisensory strategies to develop the basic concepts and skills of written expression. The curriculum can be started in grade one and is applicable through adult education.

Each participant will receive:
– Framing Your Thoughts Sentence Structure Guide
– Framing Your Thoughts Applied Writing Manual
– DVD Companions to Framing Your Thoughts Curriculum
– Writing Symbols Pack
– Active Participation Workbook

Credit: 2.0 CEUs. Cost: $700 (includes materials). Register.

Orton-Gillingham Multisensory Training for Teachers – Associate Level
Monday – Friday, July 16-27, 8:00am – 4:00pm.
Presented by Joanie Gerken, Fellow/AOGPE, this two-week seminar follows the Associate curriculum guidelines established by the Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators which includes classroom instruction, selected readings, and supervised teaching. Following this coursework, those interested in pursuing the Associate credential with the Orton-Gillingham Academy must complete 100 hours of supervised teaching for an additional fee of $1,000.00. This practicum may be arranged through The Rankin Institute or individually with the instructing Fellow.

Topics Covered:

– Language, reading and motor development
– Characteristics of dyslexia
– Neurological overview of the brain and learning styles
– History of the Orton-Gillingham approach
– The Orton-Gillingham Approach
– Sequence of language acquisition
– The Orton-Gillingham Lesson
– Diagnostic and prescriptive teaching
– History and understanding of the Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators

Each participant will receive the Guide to Teaching Phonics by June Orton and handouts. Credit: 7.0 CEUs. Cost: $2,000 (includes the June Orton book and handouts). Register.

To view a full list of 2017-2018 Rankin Institute programs, click here.

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