Summer Institute

Summer Institute

Each summer, The Churchill School and Center offers professional development workshops taught by highly qualified educators. Several workshops are offered to provide you with the opportunity to enhance the skills you need to teach students with diverse learning profiles.

DISCOUNTS: A group of 5 people from one school registering for the same workshop only pay for 4 registrants. The 5th person is free!
CTLE HOURS: Participants receive 2.5 CTLE hours for half day workshops and 5 CTLE hours for a full day workshop.

SUMMER SINGAPORE MATH INSTITUTE

A Multi-Day Series led by two national consultants with deep expertise in Singapore Math.

When: 1-day workshop on August 10 for new/novice teachers and a 2-day workshop on August 11-12 for novice & experienced teachers

How Much: $125 for 8/10; $250 for 8/11-8/12 includes materials

Why: To deepen instruction & earn CTLE credits!

Executive Functioning and Literacy

This full day workshop will provide an overview of executive functioning before delving in to the links between executive functioning, reading comprehension, and written expression. We will discuss whole class, small group and individualized interventions, including hands-on activities to break down comprehension and writing assessments, assignments,and interventions. 

Instructors: Lynn Carpenter, Director of the Center for Professional Development and Engagement, The Churchill School and Center Leah Blakeley, Director of Astoria Speech and Language, CCC-SLP

Guided Reading for Struggling Readers: Grades K-5

The Guided Reading Workshop will provide a definition of Guided Reading, an overview of its components, and explain why it should be part of a balanced elementary Literacy curriculum. Practical application of Guided Reading will also be discussed, including how to create a classroom schedule, use assessment data to create small groups, and effectively plan Guided Reading lessons. Strategies for struggling readers will also be presented.
 Instructors: Mindy Blanck and Natalie Sheridan, The Churchill School and Center Literacy Specialists 

Comprehension Strategies that Promote Metacognition (Grades 4-9)

In this workshop, participants will be introduced to several strategies that emphasize increasing students’ independence with comprehension strategies, so that regardless of the content or specific assignment they have tools they can utilize. We will explore components of Collaborative Strategic Reading (CSR) with a focus on strategies that promote self-monitoring and differentiated fix-up techniques. We will also show how to use Close Reading in the classroom to help students gain a deeper understanding of a text. Additionally, we will provide examples of how to use graphic organizers that encourage students to organize information in a meaningful way. Throughout the workshop, participants will engage in activities so they walk away with examples of how to embed the strategies into their lessons. 

Instructors: Kathy Peppers, Middle School Learning Specialist and Melanie Lustig, 6th Grade Teacher and Reading Specialist

Learning to Read:The Link Between Phonemic Awareness and Literacy Acquisition: Grades K-2

This workshop will feature an overview of the role of phonemic awareness in literacy acquisition for younger students. The presenters, a reading specialist and a speech language pathologist, will provide several activities that can be done with a whole class, small group, or individual students. The activities will include literature-based and transition time activities as well.

Instructors: Lynn Carpenter, Director of the Center for Professional Development and Engagement, The Churchill School and Center Leah Blakeley, Director of Astoria Speech and Language, CCC-SLP

Speech Language Support in the K-12 Classroom

Designed for general- and special-education K-12 teachers, this workshop will acquaint participants with the roles of the speech-language pathologist in the classroom at the Churchill School.  It will then familiarize participants with the top 10 evidence-based techniques they can use themselves to support their students with language difficulties in their own classrooms. These “top 10” will be valuable for students diagnosed with language-based learning disabilities and those who do not meet the criteria for that diagnosis, but who nevertheless have developmental language weaknesses and concomitant writing difficulties. 

Instructor: Neva Hellman, MA, CCC-SLP

Vocabulary Instruction in Intervention and in the Classroom

In this half day workshop, participants will learn the underpinnings of vocabulary development from birth to adulthood. Learners will identify assessment tools for collecting and sorting vocabulary into meaningful targets for intervention. Several intervention strategies will be taught to increase vocabulary and in turn language and learning skills.

Instructors: Lynn Carpenter, Director of the Center for Professional Development and Engagement, The Churchill School and Center Leah Blakeley, Director of Astoria Speech and Language, CCC-SLP

The Classroom Engagement Workshop Grades 6-12

The Classroom Engagement Workshop is designed to help middle and high school teachers reinvigorate their classrooms by providing an overview of strategies that can increase student (in-person and remote) engagement. Teachers will be given the opportunity to participate in the activities and strategies presented in the workshop. 

Instructors: Gina Manes and Lauren Newman, Middle School Principal and 7th Grade Lead Teacher