Speaker Series


Each year, Churchill Center & School invites parents, professionals, and the community to learn from nationally recognized speakers in the field of learning disabilities, child development, and learning.

Speakers are the most prominent professionals in their field, and have shared their insights and methods with students, alumni, parents, educators, and other local community members.

Past Speakers Include:

  • Drs. Bennett and Sally Shaywitz, The Yale Center for Dyslexia & Creativity
  • Rick Lavoie, Learning Consultant
  • Dr. Jerome Schultz, Anxiety Disorders Expert
  • Dr. Michael Thompson, Author and Psychologist Specializing in Children and Families
  • Ben Foss, Author and Founder of Headstrong Nation
  • Barbara Wilson, Author and Co-Founder of Wilson Language Training®

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


Reviews from Speaker Series Attendees:

  • “Rick’s amazing stories that keep you learning were so beneficial!”
    – Speaker Series Attendee: Rick Lavoie, Educator Session
  • “Benefitted from expanding my knowledge on different tools and techniques to help my child learn.”
    – Speaker Series Attendee: Barbara Wilson, Parent Session
  • “Ben was great about explaining how to let go of the ‘dyslexic’ hang-ups.”
    – Speaker Series Attendee: Ben Foss, General Session
  • “We have so many kids who have anxiety and now I feel more knowledgeable in how to help them.”
    – Speaker Series Attendee: Jerome Schultz, PhD., Educator Session
  • Ms. Jessica Minahan’s workshop on “Practical Strategies for Reducing Anxiety or Oppositional Behavior” was the most helpful seminar I have attended in recent history. The strategies she presented were practical and Ms. Minahan was knowledgeable and engaging. Thank you for providing such a quality professional development.”
    – Speaker Series Attendee: Judy Niehaus, Clinical Therapist

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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!

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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.