The Hyde Park Day Schoolfor elementary school students with learning disabilities like dyslexia or language impairments but without intellectual disabilities, launched the Joanne Steinback Educator Training Institute for educators and other professionals.
The institute, led by trainer Tara Montgomery, will provide professional training in Wilson learning methods (for students with word-level deficits, mild to moderate deficits in decoding and spelling, and a reading, spelling, and writing program), general dyslexia, multisensory math, and technology assistance.
The school’s executive director, Dr. Casey Crnich, said the program is self-funded to the tune of $100,000. He suspects that between 100 and 120 people will undergo training, which will take place in person and on Zoom. Montgomery will then oversee the teaching
“The point of all of this is kind of to take the practices and things that we’ve learned in our school and elevate the body of knowledge in other schools, so we’re training staff in other private schools, public and independent,” he said. “We work with quite a small number of kids, really, and have pre-transformational results, and our goal is to push some of that into traditional classrooms by working with teachers and schools.”
About a fifth of all students suffer from some sort of reading problem, with 5% to 8% having some sort of learning disability. If intervention can be done early, Crnich said, students and can learn to read, they’re much less likely to develop a full-blown learning disability.
More information is available by contacting Montgomery at [email protected] The trainings will cost $3,000, with some schools able to use Title I funds or federal teacher development grants.
“The goal is for this to be a stand-alone program from the school and to support further growth and additional training in the future,” Crnich said. “We will also be doing school-based trainings for assistive technology, general dyslexia awareness and that sort of thing. Our goal is, for anyone who has questions about how to deal with students with dyslexia, to be able to provide that training so that they could do it well and maybe avoid sending kids to us.”