Outreach & Workshops

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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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The Key Vocabulary Routine

Join us for a fabulous one-day workshop focusing on vocabulary. This instructional routine teaches student vocabulary and vocabulary learning strategies in any subject area.

Presented by Becky DeSmith, Senior Keys to Literacy Trainer

Workshop Fee: $250.00 (includes "The Key Vocabulary Routine" book and lunch)
* Space is limited!

Contact Churchill Outreach Director Mary Brotherton for more information.

The Key Comprehension Routine Workshop

This two-day workshop will train participants to use teaching practices from The Key to Comprehension Routine. This instructional routine teaches students a foundational set of comprehension strategies that support listening and reading comprehension in any subject area using existing reading materials.

Presented by Joan Sedita, the Founder of Keys to Literacy and the author of its literacy professional development programs. She is a nationally-recognized speaker and trainer. From 1974 through 1998, Joan worked at the Landmark School in Massachusetts, a pioneer school in the development of literacy programs for students with dyslexia and other learning disabilities.

Workshop Fee: $500.00 (includes "The Key Comprehension Routine" book and lunch both days)
* Space is limited!

Contact Churchill Outreach Director Mary Brotherton or visit the event page for further information.

Overview of Wilson Reading System® 4th Edition

Overview of Wilson Reading System® 4th Edition:

This is your chance to hear from one of Wilson Language Training's Senior Literacy Advisor/Literary Specialist, Connie Steigerwald, regarding "What's New in the Wilson Reading System® 4th Edition."

Connie Steigerwald received her Master's Degree in Special Education from North Carolina University and is a Certified Reading Specialist. Connie worked in both Durham Public Schools and Wake County Schools. She then worked at the NC Department of Public Instruction/Exceptional Children Division as a Literacy Consultant for the Central Region of NC. Connie is a frequent presenter of in-service programs to regular and special educators; she is a certified Wilson® Dyslexia Therapist and has been a Wilson® Certified Trainer since 2004. As the Director of Literacy Practices at Wilson Language Training, she also holds the position of Wilson Senior Literacy Advisor/Literacy Specialist. The focus of her work is working with the Education, Development and Fidelity teams at Wilson on the many WLT Professional Learning and District initiatives.

Appropriate for Wilson Certified Teachers or others who have taught the Wilson Reading System®.

Cost is $50.00 per person.

Contact Outreach Director, Mary Brotherton for questions and further information at 314-997-4343 or mbrotherton@churchillstl.org.

Wilson Reading System® Parent Workshop

Please join us for this very important Wilson Reading System® Workshop for all parents!

Topics to be addressed will include:
• Brain basics
• Why Wilson works- 10 critical points
• What does this mean for my child

* Reservations requested. *
Please RSVP to Mary Brotherton at mbrotherton@churchillstl.org

This workshop is open to the public. There is no fee to attend.

FREE Screening of Normal Isn’t Real

normal isn't REAL

Join the Kansas-Missouri Branch of the International Dyslexia Association (KS-MO IDA) and Churchill Center & School in a night of inspiration and hope at this FREE screening of "Normal Isn't Real: Succeeding with Learning Disabilities and ADHD."

This inspiring film features the stories of four young adults with LD/ADHD sharing their journeys to success in work and school, and the strategies they use to manage their challenges.

The screening with be followed by a panel discussion!

FREE AND OPEN TO ALL!

Sponsored by: Kansas-Missouri Branch of the International Dyslexia Association (KS-MO IDA) and Churchill Center & School.

Wilson Reading System® Parent Workshop

Please join us for this very important Wilson Reading System® Workshop for all parents!

Topics to be addressed will include:
• Brain basics
• Why Wilson works- 10 critical points
• What does this mean for my child

* Reservations requested. *
Please RSVP to Mary Brotherton at mbrotherton@churchillstl.org

This workshop is open to the public. There is no fee to attend.

Wilson Reading System® Parent Workshop

Please join us for this very important Wilson Reading System® Workshop for all parents!

Topics to be addressed will include:
• Brain basics
• Why Wilson works- 10 critical points
• What does this mean for my child

* Reservations requested. *
Please RSVP to Mary Brotherton at mbrotherton@churchillstl.org

This workshop is open to the public. There is no fee to attend.

Wilson Reading System® Parent Workshop

Please join us for this very important Wilson Reading System® Workshop for all parents!

Topics to be addressed will include:
• Brain basics
• Why Wilson works- 10 critical points
• What does this mean for my child

* Reservations requested. *
Please RSVP to Mary Brotherton at mbrotherton@churchillstl.org

This workshop is open to the public. There is no fee to attend.

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.