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Attend one of our events to learn about learning disabilities and proven strategies for success.

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Churchill Center & School’s 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 31,000 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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Wilson Reading System® Workshop for Parents – April 2020 (CANCELLED)

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED
In accordance with Missouri Governor Parson's statewide order, Churchill Center & School will be closed until at least April 22, 2020.

You are invited to attend a Wilson Reading System® Parent Workshop at Churchill Center & School!

Topics to be addressed will include the following:
• Brain Basics
• Why Wilson Works: Ten Critical Points
• What does this mean for my child?

Event is open to the public and there is no fee to attend. RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED.

* RSVP to Community Outreach Director, Mary Brotherton, at mbrotherton@churchillstl.org. *

WRS® Introductory Course (CANCELLED)

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED
In accordance with Missouri Governor Parson's statewide order, Churchill Center & School will be closed until at least April 22, 2020.

WILSON READING SYSTEM® 4th EDITION INTRODUCTORY COURSE

WHEN:
Tuesday, April 14, 2020- 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Wednesday, April 15, 2020- 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Thursday, April 16, 2020- 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

WHERE:
Courtyard by Marriott West County
12815 Daylight Drive
St. Louis, MO 63131

WHAT:
The Wilson Reading System® is a comprehensive remedial program for students in grades 2-12 and adults needing intensive intervention. This 16.5 hour introductory course provides hands-on practice and application of skills with the WRS Lesson Plan to effectively begin implementing the program. It serves as the prerequisite for WRS Level 1 Certification.

Cost: $675 per participant. Bring your own lunch.

Materials are not included. All materials can be purchased directly from Wilson Language Training®.

* FULL ATTENDANCE at all three days is required in order for you to receive full credit for the course. *

Churchill Speaker Series – Rick Lavoie! (CANCELLED)

Rick Lavoie

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED
In accordance with Missouri Governor Parson's statewide order, Churchill Center & School will be closed until at least April 22, 2020.

Community Outreach Speaker Series Presents...
Rick Lavoie, M.A., M.Ed.
Wednesday, April 22, 2020 | 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. | at Churchill Center & School

Topic: The Struggling Child at Home and in the Family
This seminar, based on Rick's 40+ years of experience in Special Education, will offer suggestions for strategies that parents can use to monitor and manage children's behavior at home and in the community.

*** This session is open to the public and there is no charge to attend, BUT REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. ***

"If he'd only sit still, stop talking and listen to me, I could deal with his ADHD."

The oft-quoted ancient African proverb, "It takes a village to raise a child" is particularly true when the child has a learning disorder. The child's progress and potential is greatly dependent on the ability of parents and teachers to work together.

This seminar, based on Rick's 40+ years experience in Special Education, will offer suggestions for strategies that parents can use to monitor and manage children's behavior at home and in the community. The home environment and the school environment are, of course, different from one another, but there are strategies that work effectively at home and at school. These strategies seldom involve punishment, rewards or restrictions.

Rick will discuss the ineffectiveness of punishment and offer several optional responses to misbehavior or disrespect.

*** YOU DO NOT WANT TO MISS THIS SEMINAR. ***

Rick Lavoie served as an administrator of residential programs for children with special needs for 30 years. He has also served as a consultant on Learning Disabilities to several agencies and organizations.

Rick has delivered his message to over 500,000 parents and professionals throughout North America, Australia, New Zealand and Hong Kong. He has the distinction of having delivered Keynote Addresses for all three of the major special needs advocacy organizations in the United States (Learning Disabilities Association, Council for Exceptional Children and Children with Attention Deficit Disorder).

Rick’s intensive experiences at residential schools provided him with a “living laboratory” in which he developed and refined his methods and philosophies related to the education of children and adolescents with special needs.

Most parents and professionals know Rick through his videos "How Difficult Can This Be? The F.A.T. City Workshop", "Last One Picked, First One Picked On: The Social Implications of Learning Disabilities" and “When the Chips are Down: Learning Disabilities and Discipline”. These classic, award-winning films have brought Rick’s sensitive and compelling message to countless thousands throughout the world.

WILSON Fundations® Level K Workshop – May 2020

WILSON FUNDATIONS® LEVEL K WORKSHOP:
WHEN: Wednesday, May 27, 2020 from 8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
WHERE: Churchill Center & School | 1021 Municipal Center Drive Saint Louis, MO 63131

Fundations® provides a research-based supplement (Tier 1) and intervention (Tier 2) program for students in kindergarten through third grade. This workshop provides a practical, how-to overview of the Fundations Level K program, and is most often used in kindergarten. This workshop prepares teachers just beginning to use the program and is also appropriate for reading support personnel.

Workshop Topics:
• Underlying principles of Fundations
• How the Fundations daily lesson plan and activities address the five areas of reading
• Practical guidelines for implementation
• Participants write lesson plans and practice lesson activities for Fundations K

Materials are NOT included. All materials can be purchased directly from Wilson Language Training® at www.wilsonlanguage.com.
A full teacher kit will be available to preview at the workshop.

If you have any of the following materials please bring with you to the workshop:
• Fundations Teacher’s Manual K
• Fundations Letter Board K - 1

Cost: $300.00 per person (Lunch is NOT provided. Lunch is on your own).

* Seats are very limited (only 30 available). Registration will close once all seats have been sold.

To register with a Purchase Order, please contact Director of Community Outreach Mary Brotherton at mbrotherton@churchillstl.org or 314-997-4343.

Cancellation/Refund Policy: Refunds for cancellations will only be issued if cancelled seat can be filled - less a $50.00 processing fee.

For further questions or concerns, please contact Director of Community Outreach Mary Brotherton at mbrotherton@churchillstl.org or 314-997-4343.

WILSON Fundations® Level 1 Workshop – MAY 2020

WILSON FUNDATIONS® LEVEL 1 WORKSHOP
WHEN: Thursday, May 28, 2020 from 8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
WHERE: Churchill Center & School | 1021 Municipal Center Drive Saint Louis, MO 63131

Fundations® provides a research-based supplement (Tier 1) and intervention (Tier 2) program for students in kindergarten through third grade. This workshop provides a practical, how-to overview of the Fundations Level 1 program, and is most often used in first grade. This workshop prepares teachers just beginning to use the program and is also appropriate for reading support personnel.

Workshop Topics:
• Underlying principles of Fundations
• How the Fundations daily lesson plan and activities address the five areas of reading
• Practical guidelines for implementation
• Participants write lesson plans and practice lesson activities for Fundations Level 1

Materials are NOT included. All materials can be purchased directly from Wilson Language Training® at www.wilsonlanguage.com.
A full teacher kit will be available to preview at the workshop.

If you have any of the following materials please bring with you to the workshop:
• Fundations Teacher’s Manual 1
• Fundations Letter Board K - 1
• Fundations Magnetic Letter Tiles 1

Cost: $300.00 per person (Lunch is NOT provided. Lunch is on your own).

* Seats are very limited (only 30 available). Registration will close once all seats have been sold.

To register with a Purchase Order, please contact Director of Community Outreach Mary Brotherton at mbrotherton@churchillstl.org or 314-997-4343.

Cancellation/Refund Policy: Refunds for cancellations will only be issued if cancelled seat can be filled - less a $50.00 processing fee.

For further questions or concerns, please contact Director of Community Outreach Mary Brotherton at mbrotherton@churchillstl.org or 314-997-4343.

WILSON Fundations® Level 2 Workshop – MAY 2020

WILSON FUNDATIONS® LEVEL 2 WORKSHOP
WHEN: Friday, May 29, 2020 from 8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
WHERE: Churchill Center & School | 1021 Municipal Center Drive Saint Louis, MO 63131

Fundations® provides a research-based supplement (Tier 1) and intervention (Tier 2) program for students in kindergarten through third grade. This workshop provides a practical, how-to overview of the Fundations Level 2 program, and is most often used in 2nd grade. This workshop prepares teachers just beginning to use the program and is also appropriate for reading support personnel.

Workshop Topics:
• Underlying principles of Fundations
• How the Fundations daily lesson plan and activities address the five areas of reading
• Practical guidelines for implementation
• Participants write lesson plans and practice lesson activities for Fundations Level 2

Materials are NOT included. All materials can be purchased directly from Wilson Language Training® at www.wilsonlanguage.com.
A full teacher kit will be available to preview at the workshop.

If you have any of the following materials please bring with you to the workshop:
• Fundations Teacher’s Manual 2
• Fundations Letter Board 2 - 3
• Fundations Magnetic Letter Tiles 2

Cost: $300.00 per person (Lunch is NOT provided. Lunch is on your own).

* Seats are very limited (only 30 available). Registration will close once all seats have been sold.

To register with a Purchase Order, please contact Director of Community Outreach Mary Brotherton at mbrotherton@churchillstl.org or 314-997-4343.

Cancellation/Refund Policy: Refunds for cancellations will only be issued if cancelled seat can be filled - less a $50.00 processing fee.

For further questions or concerns, please contact Director of Community Outreach Mary Brotherton at mbrotherton@churchillstl.org or 314-997-4343.

Wilson Reading System® Workshop for Parents – June 2020

You are invited to attend a Wilson Reading System® Parent Workshop at Churchill Center & School!

Topics to be addressed will include the following:
• Brain Basics
• Why Wilson Works: Ten Critical Points
• What does this mean for my child?

Event is open to the public and there is no fee to attend. RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED.

* RSVP to Community Outreach Director, Mary Brotherton, at mbrotherton@churchillstl.org. *

WILSON Fundations® Level K Workshop – June 2020

WILSON FUNDATIONS® LEVEL K WORKSHOP:
WHEN: Thursday, June 25, 2020 from 8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
WHERE: Courtyard by Marriott West County | 12815 Daylight Drive Saint Louis, MO 63131

Fundations® provides a research-based supplement (Tier 1) and intervention (Tier 2) program for students in kindergarten through third grade. This workshop provides a practical, how-to overview of the Fundations Level K program, and is most often used in kindergarten. This workshop prepares teachers just beginning to use the program and is also appropriate for reading support personnel.

Workshop Topics:
• Underlying principles of Fundations
• How the Fundations daily lesson plan and activities address the five areas of reading
• Practical guidelines for implementation
• Participants write lesson plans and practice lesson activities for Fundations K

Materials are NOT included. All materials can be purchased directly from Wilson Language Training® at www.wilsonlanguage.com.
A full teacher kit will be available to preview at the workshop.

If you have any of the following materials please bring with you to the workshop:
• Fundations Teacher’s Manual K
• Fundations Letter Board K - 1

Cost: $300.00 per person (Lunch is NOT provided. Lunch is on your own).

* Seats are very limited (only 30 available). Registration will close once all seats have been sold.

To register with a Purchase Order, please contact Director of Community Outreach Mary Brotherton at mbrotherton@churchillstl.org or 314-997-4343.

Cancellation/Refund Policy: Refunds for cancellations will only be issued if cancelled seat can be filled - less a $50.00 processing fee.

Hotel Information:
Use the following link to book a room directly with Marriott Des Peres in West County -
https://www.marriott.com/event-reservations/reservation-link.mi?id=1569022215256&key=CORP&app=resvlink
(Churchill rate of $149.00 per night)

For further questions or concerns, please contact Director of Community Outreach Mary Brotherton at mbrotherton@churchillstl.org or 314-997-4343.

WILSON Fundations® Level 1 Workshop – June 2020

WILSON FUNDATIONS® LEVEL 1 WORKSHOP
WHEN: Friday, June 26, 2020 from 8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
WHERE: Courtyard by Marriott West County | 12815 Daylight Drive Saint Louis, MO 63131

Fundations® provides a research-based supplement (Tier 1) and intervention (Tier 2) program for students in kindergarten through third grade. This workshop provides a practical, how-to overview of the Fundations Level 1 program, and is most often used in first grade. This workshop prepares teachers just beginning to use the program and is also appropriate for reading support personnel.

Workshop Topics:
• Underlying principles of Fundations
• How the Fundations daily lesson plan and activities address the five areas of reading
• Practical guidelines for implementation
• Participants write lesson plans and practice lesson activities for Fundations Level 1

Materials are NOT included. All materials can be purchased directly from Wilson Language Training® at www.wilsonlanguage.com.
A full teacher kit will be available to preview at the workshop.

If you have any of the following materials please bring with you to the workshop:
• Fundations Teacher’s Manual 1
• Fundations Letter Board K - 1
• Fundations Magnetic Letter Tiles 1

Cost: $300.00 per person (Lunch is NOT provided. Lunch is on your own).

* Seats are very limited (only 30 available). Registration will close once all seats have been sold.

To register with a Purchase Order, please contact Director of Community Outreach Mary Brotherton at mbrotherton@churchillstl.org or 314-997-4343.

Cancellation/Refund Policy: Refunds for cancellations will only be issued if cancelled seat can be filled - less a $50.00 processing fee.

Hotel Information:
Use the following link to book a room directly with Marriott Des Peres in West County -
https://www.marriott.com/event-reservations/reservation-link.mi?id=1569022215256&key=CORP&app=resvlink
(Churchill rate of $149.00 per night)

For further questions or concerns, please contact Director of Community Outreach Mary Brotherton at mbrotherton@churchillstl.org or 314-997-4343.

WRS® Introductory Course – June 2020

WILSON READING SYSTEM® 4th EDITION INTRODUCTORY COURSE

WHEN:
Monday, June 29, 2020- 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Tuesday, June 30, 2020- 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Wednesday, July 1, 2020- 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

WHERE:
Courtyard by Marriott West County
12815 Daylight Drive
St. Louis, MO 63131

WHAT:
The Wilson Reading System® is a comprehensive remedial program for students in grades 2-12 and adults needing intensive intervention. This 16.5 hour introductory course provides hands-on practice and application of skills with the WRS Lesson Plan to effectively begin implementing the program. It serves as the prerequisite for WRS Level 1 Certification.

Cost: $675 per participant. Bring your own lunch.

Materials are not included. All materials can be purchased directly from Wilson Language Training®.

* FULL ATTENDANCE at all three days is required in order for you to receive full credit for the course. *

Learn More

For questions or more information about Churchill Center & School’s Outreach Program, contact Mary Brotherton, Director of Community Outreach, at 314-997-4343 or 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.