Language and learning: Understanding each child's unique needs


PUTNEY >> With the U.S. Department of Education focusing on the unique educational needs of children with dyslexia, dysgraphia, and dyscalculia, the Stern Center for Language and Learning, in partnership with the Greenwood School in Putney, is hosting a three-part symposium series throughout the months of March to May.

The first symposium, Dyscalculia, will be held March 18, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The workshop will provide attendees with information on what dyscalculia is and how to identify early indicators of dyscalculia in children. With an emphasis on strong foundational learning, such as addressing early issues of numeracy and number concept, attendees will also have the opportunity to explore strategies that help all students be more successful in the understanding and learning of mathematics. Anita Long, Ed.D., math instructor and professional learning provider at the Stern Center, will present.

The second workshop, Dyslexia, will be held April 15, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Attendees will learn the history of the term "dyslexia," its status in the law, how to identify early warning signs in children, and how to implement strategies to ensure that all children learn to read. Participants will leave the workshop with a better understanding of how reading develops, the root cause of most reading problems, and how to increase student literacy in the classroom and on a societal level. Melissa Farrall, Ph.D., program manager for evaluation at the Stern Center and author of Reading Assessment: Linking Language, Literacy, and Cognition and co-author of All About Tests and Assessments, will present.

The final workshop, on dysgraphia, will be held May 13, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. This workshop focus on what is known about the writing process and the underlining skills that make communication in print possible. Attendees will learn the history of the terms dysgraphia and learning disability in written expression, their status in the law, early signs of risk, and what strategies can be implemented to ensure that all children learn to write. Farrall will present is workshop as well.

All of the workshops will be held at the Greenwood School, 14 Greenwood Lane, in Putney. The cost is $300 for the series or $125 per workshop. For more information or to purchase tickets online, visit

If interested in underwriting, grants are available through the Cynthia K. Hoehl Institute for Excellence. Applications are available at and must be completed prior to registration.


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