Community Outreach 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.

SEE BELOW FOR INFORMATION REGARDING THIS YEAR’S 17th ANNUAL COLLEGE OPPORTUNITIES FAIR ON MONDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 2023.

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 Sandra K. Gilligan School Partnerships & Outreach Program 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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17th Annual College Opportunities Fair

CHURCHILL CENTER & SCHOOL'S 17th ANNUAL COLLEGE OPPORTUNITIES FAIR FOR LD & ADHD STUDENTS
WHEN: Monday, February 27, 2023
TIME: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
WHERE: Churchill Center & School

WHAT:
You are invited to attend our annual College Opportunities Fair!

This event is free and open to all area high school students and their families. (High school counselors are also welcome).

Colleges and universities will showcase their programs and services available for LD and ADHD students, and students will be provided with the chance to explore their educational options in a small, more intimate setting.

Sometimes a larger college fair atmosphere can be overwhelming and it is hard to know what questions to ask - especially about disability services. This environment allows for better communication between schools and prospective students.

School Representatives will be available in individual rooms so families will be able to visit at their own pace. Reps will speak about their school's featured services, admissions criteria, what makes them unique, answer questions and more.

* Come whenever you want and stay as long as you need! *

RSVPs are preferred but not required. Walk-ins are welcome.

LIST OF CURRENT COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITY PLANNING TO ATTEND:
(This list will be updated thru the day of the event)

• Eastern Illinois University- Charleston, IL
• Lindenwood University- St. Charles, MO
• Missouri Baptist University- St. Louis, MO
• Murray State University- Murray, KY
• OPTIONS Transition to Independence- Carbondale, IL
• St. Louis Community College - Meramec- St. Louis, MO
• Saint Louis University- St. Louis, MO
• Southeast Missouri State University- Cape Girardeau, MO
• Southern Illinois University Carbondale- Carbondale, IL
• University of Missouri- Columbia, MO
• University of Missouri-St. Louis, Succeed Program- St. Louis, MO
• Westminster College- Fulton, MO
• William Woods University- Fulton, MO

Wilson Reading System® Seminar for Parents – April 2023

WILSON READING SYSTEM® SEMINAR FOR PARENTS

WHEN: Tuesday, April 11, 2023
TIME: 6:00 - 8:00 PM
WHERE:
Churchill Center & School
1021 Municipal Center Drive
Town & Country, MO 63131

TOPICS TO BE ADDRESSED:
- Brain Basics
- Why Wilson® Works: Ten Critical Points
- What does this mean for my child?

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

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. NO FEE TO ATTEND.

This workshop is generously sponsored by the Mr. & Mrs. Fairfax Pollnow Outreach Fund.

Churchill’s Parent Speaker Series Presents… Dr. Robert Brooks & Rick Lavoie

CHURCHILL CENTER & SCHOOL'S PARENT SPEAKER SERIES WITH...

Dr. Robert Brooks & Rick Lavoie!
"The Parent's Role in Student Motivation: Building Resilience and Tenacity on the Homefront"

Presented by the Steve & Ginny Orthwein Family Fund and the Margaret & Richard Riney Family Foundation Fund

Thursday, April 20, 2023
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Churchill Center & School

Parents often feel that they are powerless to enhance or improve their child's motivation at home or at school. Our speakers believe there is much that parents can do to assist their child to become more motivated in different areas of their lives.

This seminar will highlight the dynamics of motivation and the critical role it plays in school (and life) success. Bob's groundbreaking work on resilience and its relationship with motivation will be featured.

Specific strategies that parents can use to enhance their child's drive to succeed will be presented. Rick will describe effective techniques for handling homework, the report card, building an effective support system, and creating responsibility via chores and day-to-day expectations.

There will be opportunities for parents to ask questions and interact with the speakers!

The Speakers:
Dr. Robert Brooks, PhD
Internationally recognized psychologist, speaker and author on the themes of resilience, motivation, school and work climate, and family relationships.

Rick Lavoie, M.A., M.Ed.
Award-winning expert in learning disabilities who has three degrees in Special Education, served as an administrator of residential programs for children with special needs for 30 years, and has served as a consultant for numerous publications and national organizations.

Questions? Contact Outreach Director Mary Brotherton at mbrotherton@churchillstl.org

MAKE PLANS TO ATTEND THIS SPECIAL, IMPORTANT EVENT!

Churchill’s Educator Speaker Series Presents… Dr. Robert Brooks & Rick Lavoie

CHURCHILL CENTER & SCHOOL'S EDUCATOR SPEAKER SERIES WITH...

Dr. Robert Brooks & Rick Lavoie!
"SQUARE PEGS/ROUND HOLES: HELPING THE CHILD WHO STRUGGLES WITH LEARNING...AND LIFE."

Presented by the Steve & Ginny Orthwein Family Fund and the Margaret & Richard Riney Family Foundation Fund

Friday, April 21, 2023
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Churchill Center & School

This daylong seminar will focus on the complex challenges facing teachers today. The speakers will provide information and inspiration designed to enable teachers to better understand and handle daily obstacles to student learning, social and emotional, and their progress.

In order to reach and teach struggling students, school personnel should:
Develop a deep and abiding philosophy that informs their classroom strategies and approaches
Possess a knowledge base related to the causes and consequences of learning disorders
Possess a collection of effective strategies that assist students.

This seminar will discuss and demonstrate these three concepts, based on the speakers' decades of experience as teachers, school leaders, clinicians and consultants.

The Speakers:
Dr. Robert Brooks, PhD
Internationally recognized psychologist, speaker and author on the themes of resilience, motivation, school and work climate, and family relationships.

Rick Lavoie, M.A., M.Ed.
Award-winning expert in learning disabilities who has three degrees in Special Education, served as an administrator of residential programs for children with special needs for 30 years, and has served as a consultant for numerous publications and national organizations.

Questions? Contact Outreach Director Mary Brotherton at mbrotherton@churchillstl.org

MAKE PLANS TO ATTEND THIS SPECIAL, IMPORTANT EVENT!

Learn More

For questions or more information about Churchill Center & School’s Sandra K. Gilligan School Partnerships & Outreach Program, contact Mary Brotherton, Director of Sandra K. Gilligan School Partnerships & Outreach Program, 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.