Outreach & Workshops

Churchill Center & School’s Sandra K. Gilligan School Partnerships & Outreach Program is essential in strengthening our mission of fostering greater understanding and support for all people with learning disabilities by training other educators, supporting families, and enlightening the community.

Since the inception of our Community Outreach Program in 1990, more than 37,500 educators, parents, students, and other supporters have been given the opportunity to experience and broaden their understanding of learning disabilities.

We offer Teacher Workshops, Parent Workshops, Student Workshops, Community Service Events, and a Speaker Series. Each one of these programs offers our community a variety of services to recognize learning disabilities and to then equip the participants with strategies and knowledge to offer further assistance.

Reviews from Outreach Program Attendees:

  • “What a great role model Churchill Center & School is for our community.”
    – Educational Program Director
  • “Please accept my gratitude for your willingness to come and speak with our staff. There’s a lot of exciting things happening with study skills — a daily “organizational tip of the day,” teachers actively teaching study skills, and many more ideas brewing.”
    – Middle School Director
  • “You had a positive impact on me when you presented at our school, and I am still using your references.”
    – High School Principal
  • “Faculty members found the topics to be pertinent and directed to their needs and concerns.”
    – Learning Consultant
  • “The speakers were fascinating and I am avidly reading their book, Overcoming Dyslexia. I am very impressed with the knowledge base of the teachers at Churchill as well as their dedication and professionalism!”
    – St. Louis Area Psychologist
  • “Both presenters were terrific and all in attendance left with a wealth of knowledge and enthusiasm to begin a new school year.”
    – Elementary Principal

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Churchill’s Parent Speaker Series Presents… Dr. Robert Brooks & Rick Lavoie


Dr. Robert Brooks & Rick Lavoie!
"The Parent's Role in Student Motivation: Building Resilience and Tenacity on the Homefront"

Presented by the Steve & Ginny Orthwein Family Fund and the Margaret & Richard Riney Family Foundation Fund

Thursday, April 20, 2023
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Churchill Center & School

Parents often feel that they are powerless to enhance or improve their child's motivation at home or at school. Our speakers believe there is much that parents can do to assist their child to become more motivated in different areas of their lives.

This seminar will highlight the dynamics of motivation and the critical role it plays in school (and life) success. Bob's groundbreaking work on resilience and its relationship with motivation will be featured.

Specific strategies that parents can use to enhance their child's drive to succeed will be presented. Rick will describe effective techniques for handling homework, the report card, building an effective support system, and creating responsibility via chores and day-to-day expectations.

There will be opportunities for parents to ask questions and interact with the speakers!

The Speakers:
Dr. Robert Brooks, PhD
Internationally recognized psychologist, speaker and author on the themes of resilience, motivation, school and work climate, and family relationships.

Rick Lavoie, M.A., M.Ed.
Award-winning expert in learning disabilities who has three degrees in Special Education, served as an administrator of residential programs for children with special needs for 30 years, and has served as a consultant for numerous publications and national organizations.

Questions? Contact Outreach Director Mary Brotherton at mbrotherton@churchillstl.org


Churchill's proven methods and well-trained faculty change the lives of children who struggle with dyslexia, ADHD and other learning disabilities.