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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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Speaker Erin Walsh – “It’s Complicated: Students, Social Media & Mental Health” (Educator Session)

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CHURCHILL CENTER & SCHOOL SPEAKER SERIES - FOR EDUCATORS:
ERIN WALSH, M.A. - "IT'S COMPLICATED: STUDENTS, SOCIAL MEDIA & MENTAL HEALTH"
Tuesday, October 15, 2019 from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. at Churchill Center & School

Erin Walsh, with Mind Positive Parenting, will focus on how technology impacts mental health and academic performance.

Social networking, smart phones and video games are game changers for students today. While a lot of social technology use happens outside of the classroom, its impact shapes our students' social and academic lives in ways that we can no longer ignore.

In this interactive and energizing presentation, Erin Walsh will use brain science, stories and humor to explain how technology impacts mental health and academic performance. Erin will help educators understand emerging evidence about the relationship between screen time and mental health, and provide practical tools and strategies for addressing these challenges in schools and with families.

Erin will explore a range of questions including:

• How can schools play a part in helping students become good digital citizens?
• What is the relationship between social media use and anxiety and depression?
• Is video and internet addiction real?
• How does media use impact core learning skills like focus, attention and memory?
• How can educators help identify red flags in social media use?
• How can educators help students practice healthy media habits?

SESSION FEE: $100.00 per person (includes lunch)

Erin Walsh, is a dynamic, knowledgeable speaker who has addressed a wide range of audiences on topics related to brain development and digital media. Erin was instrumental to the development of the MediaWise movement and enjoyed working with her father, Dr. Dave Walsh, for 10 years at the National Institute on Media and Family before creating Mind Positive Parenting in 2010. In addition to writing articles and blogs for several other organizations including Bolster Collaborative and Psychology Today, she co-authored the 10th Anniversary Edition of the national bestseller "Why Do They Act That Way? A Survival Guide to the Adolescent Brain for You and Your Teen." She has consulted with schools, parent groups and other youth serving organizations throughout North America on issues related to digital media, children and youth.

Speaker Erin Walsh – “It’s Complicated: Students, Social Media & Mental Health” (Parent/Caregiver Session)

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CHURCHILL CENTER & SCHOOL SPEAKER SERIES - FOR PARENTS/CAREGIVERS:
ERIN WALSH, M.A. - "IT'S COMPLICATED: STUDENTS, SOCIAL MEDIA & MENTAL HEALTH"
Tuesday, October 15, 2019 from 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. at Churchill Center & School

Erin Walsh, with Mind Positive Parenting, will focus on how technology impacts mental health and academic performance.

Social networking, smart phones and video games are game changers for youth and families. As parents and caregivers, we want our children to take advantage of incredible new digital opportunities, but worry about the impact of too much screen time on our children's health, social skills and school performance.

In this interactive and energizing presentation, Erin Walsh will use brain science, stories and humor to explain how technology impacts mental health and wellness. Erin will help parents understand the key ingredients for wellness in the digital age and share practical strategies for nurturing these at home.

Erin will explore a range of questions including:

• Does social media use cause anxiety and depression?
• What should I be on the lookout for as more and more of my child's life goes online?
• Is video game addiction real?
• How can I help my child develop positive media habits?

THERE IS NO FEE TO ATTEND. BUT YOU MUST RSVP TO ATTEND.
Contact Director of Outreach Mary Brotherton at mbrotherton@churchillstl.org. Fee:

Erin Walsh, is a dynamic, knowledgeable speaker who has addressed a wide range of audiences on topics related to brain development and digital media. Erin was instrumental to the development of the MediaWise movement and enjoyed working with her father, Dr. Dave Walsh, for 10 years at the National Institute on Media and Family before creating Mind Positive Parenting in 2010. In addition to writing articles and blogs for several other organizations including Bolster Collaborative and Psychology Today, she co-authored the 10th Anniversary Edition of the national bestseller "Why Do They Act That Way? A Survival Guide to the Adolescent Brain for You and Your Teen." She has consulted with schools, parent groups and other youth serving organizations throughout North America on issues related to digital media, children and youth.

Wilson Reading System® Workshop for Parents – October 2019

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 Reading System® (WRS) Introductory Course (4th Edition) – October 2019

WILSON READING SYSTEM® INTRODUCTORY COURSE (4th EDITION)
WHEN: Tuesday, October 22, Wednesday, October 23 and Thursday, October 24, 2019 from 8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. each day
WHERE: Churchill Center & School | 1021 Municipal Center Drive Town & Country, MO 63131

The Wilson Reading System® (WRS) 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 I Certification.

Workshop Topics:
• Reading research
• Principles of language structure
• How the WRS addresses the five areas of reading
• Definition of dyslexia and common characteristics
• WRS principles of instruction
• Program implementation
• Student placement, progress monitoring and scheduling
• Creating a successful classroom environment
Participants prepare a 10-part lesson plan and practice lesson procedures

Cost: $675.00 per person (Lunch is NOT provided. Lunch is on your own).

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

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

Hotel Information: Contact the Courtyard by Marriott St. Louis West County at 12815 Daylight Drive directly to book a room (314-339-7500). Ask for the 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.

Experience Dyslexia®: A Learning Disabilities Simulation

Experience Dyslexia®: A Learning Disabilities Simulation

October is National Dyslexia Awareness month. Join us at Churchill Center & School for a series of simulations designed to increase awareness of the difficulties and frustrations that people with dyslexia (a specific language learning disability) encounter daily.

You will rotate through six stations that simulate various language-related tasks similar to those encountered in the classroom and workplace.

We hope this experience will provide insight into working more effectively with students with dyslexia and lead to greater empathy and understanding.

THIS SESSION IS LIMITED TO 60 PARTICIPANTS SO RESERVE YOUR SPOT NOW!
(Participants must be 18 or older).

Screenagers (Next Chapter) Film Screening

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FREE FILM SCREENING!

Join us for a special viewing of the latest film offering from Screenagers!

"SCREENAGERS NEXT CHAPTER:
Uncovering Skills for Stress Resilience"

WHERE: Churchill Center & School
WHEN: Thursday, November 14th, 2019
TIME: 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
FOR: 6th Graders and Up (with adult supervision) + ALL parents!

This film is focused on helping youth thrive in our screen and stress-filled world. As in the original SCREENAGERS movie, Filmmaker and physician Delaney Ruston uses a personal lens and professional to help parents flip the script on stress, anxiety and depression. Ruston sets out to understand these challenges in our current screen-filled society, and how we as parents and schools, empower teens to overcome mental health challenges and build emotional agility, community savvy and stress resilience.

FREE TO ATTEND, BUT PLEASE REGISTER PRIOR TO EVENT.
Students in sixth grade and up are welcome to attend, as long as they are accompanied by a parent/caregiver. Appropriate for ALL parents.

For further questions/concerns, please contact Mary Brotherton at mbrotherton@churchillstl.org.

Learn more here: screenagersmovie.com

Wilson Reading System® Workshop for Parents – January 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 Reading System® Workshop for Parents – April 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 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. *

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.