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Teacher Workshops

Orton-Gillingham - Beyond the Basics Seminar

Presenter: Kerri McDonald-Schaub, Fellow,
Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators (AOGPE

July 30-August 2, 2018, 8:30 am-3:30 pm *

Beyond the Basics is designed for individuals who have successfully completed an Orton-Gillingham course, which includes at least 60 hours of coursework as well as a supervised practicum. This four-day seminar focuses on syllabication, advanced word attack skills, and morphology. The group will work with Anglo-Saxon, Latin and Greek morphemes, accent patterns, and their application to reading, writing, spelling, and vocabulary development. In addition, the seminar includes strategies for reading fluency and comprehension, plus the application of Orton-Gillingham to small group instruction, and working with older students. Background reading and lesson preparation are required.

Seminar Fee: $650 *
26 PDPs  
Two graduate credits are available for an additional fee from Fitchburg State University.


Assessment of Reading, Cognition, and Learning Abilities – Part I

Presenter: Lesley Egler, Ph.D.
July 31-August 1, 2018, 8:30 am-3:00 pm *

This workshop is for professionals who want to make discerning use of test results to maximize student academic progress, but do not have specific knowledge of what these tests measure or how to analyze and critique the results.

It will expose participants to the rationale behind a broad range of tests commonly used in the evaluation of children and adults with reading, language, and related learning difficulties. Specifically included are: tests of intelligence/cognitive functioning, achievement, perceptual abilities, memory, attention, executive functioning, language skills, and a wide range of reading tests.

Selected case studies will serve to demystify the basic statistical concepts and properties of standardized, norm-referenced tests. Participants will have the opportunity to apply their knowledge in a collaborative setting among peers. Participants will leave with a working knowledge of sample test batteries, as well as an understanding of the implications of specific test profiles for strategic instructional programs and plans.

Note: Participants are invited to continue with Part II of the Assessment series (see below), but Part I may also be taken separately.

Workshop Fee: $325 *
12 PDPs


Assessment of Reading, Cognition, and Learning Abilities - Part II

Presenter: Lesley Egler, Ph.D.
August 2, 2018, 8:30 am-3:00 pm *

This workshop is open to professionals only and is a continuation of the previous two-day workshop on Assessment.  It offers more in-depth and hands-on access to many specific tests discussed in Part I.

The day will begin with an overview of the tests pre-selected for closer examination. Next, working in small groups, participants will practice sample items on selected tests from Part I of the Assessment Workshop, gain exposure to the administration guidelines and procedures for each test, and analyze the task demands of particular items. This will lead to a stronger understanding of test validity, as well as knowledge of the strengths and weaknesses of each test.

While participants will gain some collaborative exposure to the item content of selected tests, this workshop is not designed as a training session and will not qualify professionals to administer any of the tests under investigation. Instead, the workshop is designed to empower educators to become competent, confident consumers of evaluation reports that diagnose reading, language, and learning abilities.

Prerequisite: Completion of Part I of this Assessment series.

Workshop Fee: $160 *
6 PDPs (in conjunction with Part I)


* Dates and tuition fees are subject to change.

I think the Carroll School/GIFTT does a good job of selecting and putting together (through experts) a variety of very pertinent, practical, and up-to-date professional development seminars and programs that are research-based.”  - workshop participant 2016

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