Community Service Events


We offer various events to many different constituencies in the St. Louis community who need or want more information related to learning disabilities.

Our annual College Opportunities Fair for LD/ADHD connects area high school students and their families with college and university personnel who address their specific questions as they journey through the collegiate process.

Wilson® Parent Workshops are offered four times a year for interested parents, educators, or community members who would like to learn more about the research behind the Wilson Reading System® program and why it works. Experience Dyslexia®: A Learning Disabilities Simulation created by the Northern California Branch of the International Dyslexia Association allows participants to truly experience what dyslexia is and how it makes you feel.

As they become available, movies are screened on the topics of learning disabilities and dyslexia. The annual American Iris Society Show sponsored by the Kirkwood Iris Society is held in May. Participation is open to our Churchill Center & School students as well as the local community.

For more information on Churchill’s Community Service Events, check out our upcoming events below or email Mary Brotherton at mbrotherton@churchillstl.org.


Reviews from Community Service Attendees

  • “I found the event to be very helpful. We found several new college options, plus a lot of helpful general information. I think this is an outstanding community service for the school to provide.”
    – College Opportunities Fair Parent Attendee
  • “I love the fact that all the activities were hands on. They made me realize how challenging school can be for these children.”
    – Experience Dyslexia® Participant
  • “I felt the frustration my students must feel.”
    – Experience Dyslexia® Teacher Participant
  • “The simulation helped me better understand my students. I learned it’s not about working harder, but teaching differently.”
    – Experience Dyslexia® Teacher Participant
  • “The simulation helped me as a parent better understand how my son learns. It was very eye opening! Now I really understand the frustrations he must face on a daily basis.”
    – Experience Dyslexia® Parent Participant

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Wilson Reading System® Workshop for Parents

WILSON READING SYSTEM® WORKSHOP FOR PARENTS:
Date: TUESDAY, OCTOBER 26, 2021
Time: 6:00 P.M. - 8:00 P.M.
Location: Churchill Center & School
Topics To Be Discussed:
• Brain Basics
• Why WILSON® Works: Ten Critical Points
• What does this mean for my child?

*** RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED ***
Please RSVP to Mary Brotherton at mbrotherton@churchillstl.org

Open to the public. No fee to attend.

This workshop is generously sponsored by the Dennis & Judy Jones Family Foundation Outreach Fund.

Community Outreach Educational Speaker Series – October 2021

Jessica Minahan

Community Outreach Educational Speaker Series
Featuring: Jessica Minahan, MEd, BCBA
Presented by the Mr. & Mrs. Fairfax F. Pollnow Outreach Fund

PRACTICAL TRAUMA-INFORMED STRATEGIES TO REDUCE ANXIETY IN STUDENTS
When: Friday, October 29, 2021
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Who: Open to all area educators
Lunch will be provided

This FREE program is made possible by the Mr. & Mrs. Fairfax F. Pollnow Outreach Fund

With one to three children struggling with anxiety in this country, overwhelmed adults require a new approach as well as a practical and easy-to-implement toolkit of strategies that work. In the time of COVID-19, and the subsequent societal changes, anxiety has become ever-present in students of all ages. It is probable that during a pandemic that heavily impacts everyday life, levels of anxiety in children and teens are even higher, and the possibility of subsequent trauma greater.

Through the use of case studies, humorous stories, and examples of everyday challenging situations, participants will learn easy-to-implement preventive tolls, strategies, and interventions for reducing anxiety, increasing self-regulation, accurate thinking, and self-monitoring in students. Virtual classroom and traditional classroom examples will be shared.

Jessica Minahan, MEd, BCBA, is a licensed and board-certified behavior analyst, special educator and author. Jessica has over 17 years of experience supporting students who exhibit challenging behavior in urban public school systems. She is the co-author of "The Behavior Code Companion: Strategies, Tools and Interventions for Supporting Students with Anxiety-Related or Oppositional Behaviors" (Harvard Education Press, 2014).

*** You must be fully vaccinated to attend. An email will follow your registration with direction on how to confirm your vaccination status. MASKS WILL BE REQUIRED. ***

Spaces are limited. Register early!

Wilson Reading System® 4th Edition Introductory Course

WILSON READING SYSTEM® 4TH EDITION INTRODUCTORY COURSE

WHEN:
• Wednesday, November 17, 2021
• Thursday, November 18, 2021
• Friday, November 19, 2021

TIME:
8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. each day

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

* Masks are required for all participants. *

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

Workshop topics include:
• Reading research
• Principles of language structure
• How 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
• Preparing a 10-part lesson plan and practicing lesson procedures

COST:
$675.00 per person (lunch not included/on your own)
Materials are not included. All materials can be purchased directly from Wilson Language Training®.

SCHOLARSHIPS ARE AVAILABLE!
Please call Community Outreach Director Mary Brotherton to inquire if you or your school qualifies before registering at 314-997-4343, x260.

CANCELLATION/REFUND POLICY:
Any refunds for cancellations will only be issued if cancelled seat can be filled, less a $50 processing fee.

Wilson Reading System® Workshop for Parents

WILSON READING SYSTEM® WORKSHOP FOR PARENTS:
Date: TUESDAY, DECEMBER 7, 2021
Time: 6:00 P.M. - 8:00 P.M.
Location: Churchill Center & School
Topics To Be Discussed:
• Brain Basics
• Why WILSON® Works: Ten Critical Points
• What does this mean for my child?

*** RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED ***
Please RSVP to Mary Brotherton at mbrotherton@churchillstl.org

Open to the public. No fee to attend.

This workshop is generously sponsored by the Dennis & Judy Jones Family Foundation Outreach Fund.

Wilson Reading System® Workshop for Parents

WILSON READING SYSTEM® WORKSHOP FOR PARENTS:
Date: TUESDAY, JANUARY 18, 2022
Time: 6:00 P.M. - 8:00 P.M.
Location: Churchill Center & School
Topics To Be Discussed:
• Brain Basics
• Why WILSON® Works: Ten Critical Points
• What does this mean for my child?

*** RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED ***
Please RSVP to Mary Brotherton at mbrotherton@churchillstl.org

Open to the public. No fee to attend.

This workshop is generously sponsored by the Dennis & Judy Jones Family Foundation Outreach Fund.

Wilson Reading System® Workshop for Parents

WILSON READING SYSTEM® WORKSHOP FOR PARENTS:
Date: TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2022
Time: 9:30 A.M. - 11:30 A.M.
Location: Churchill Center & School
Topics To Be Discussed:
• Brain Basics
• Why WILSON® Works: Ten Critical Points
• What does this mean for my child?

*** RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED ***
Please RSVP to Mary Brotherton at mbrotherton@churchillstl.org

Open to the public. No fee to attend.

This workshop is generously sponsored by the Dennis & Judy Jones Family Foundation Outreach Fund.

Wilson Reading System® Workshop for Parents

WILSON READING SYSTEM® WORKSHOP FOR PARENTS:
Date: TUESDAY, APRIL 12, 2022
Time: 6:00 P.M. - 8:00 P.M.
Location: Churchill Center & School
Topics To Be Discussed:
• Brain Basics
• Why WILSON® Works: Ten Critical Points
• What does this mean for my child?

*** RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED ***
Please RSVP to Mary Brotherton at mbrotherton@churchillstl.org

Open to the public. No fee to attend.

This workshop is generously sponsored by the Dennis & Judy Jones Family Foundation Outreach Fund.

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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.