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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Speaker Series Presents: Dr. Jared Cooney Horvath (Open to All)

Churchill Center & School's Speaker Series Presents:

WHEN: Wednesday, October 18, 2023
TIME: 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM


TOPIC: Stress, Technology, and Learning: A Potentially Dangerous Trinity

Sometimes it can make us laser-focused, and other times it leaves us floundering. Sometimes it can drive us to action, and other times it can freeze us in our tracks. What is the deal with stress and why can it have so many different outcomes? During this session, we will begin by differentiating between good and bad stress and determining what impact each has on learning. Furthermore, we will explore several concrete actions we can undertake to drive or respond to stress in our own lives. From there, we will take a dive into technology and consider how digital tools impact stress, relationships, and general learning (spoiler: it's not good!).

ABOUT THE PRESENTER: Dr. Jared Cooney Horvath (PhD, MEd) is a neuroscientist, educator, and author of the best-selling book Stop Talking, Start Influencing: 12 Insights from Brain Science to Make Your Message Stick. He has conducted research and lectured at Harvard University, Harvard Medical School, the University of Melbourne, and over 750 schools internationally. Jared has published 6 books, over 50 research articles, and his work has been published in numerous popular publications. He currently serves as Director of LME Global: a team dedicated to bringing the latest brain and behavioral research to teachers, students, and parents alike.

This FREE program is made possible by:

Contact Rachel Wheatley, Director, Sandra K. Gilligan School Partnerships & Outreach Programs at rwheatley@churchillstl.org.

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