Courses, Lectures & Workshops

All teachers should have access to training in best educational practices and current research.
Our faculty is trained in the best research and evidence-based approaches to help our LD/ADHD students achieve success, but the reality is that not every student who needs a TSS education can attend. To extend our reach and help as many students as possible, we provide ongoing teacher training and professional development support. Below is a list of our professional development courses, workshops, and collaborative presentations offered in 2019 for both educators and parents. Our fall CoLAB Series will post early spring. Thank you for your support and interest.

The Southport CoLAB 2019
Welcome to The Southport School's new initiative - The Southport CoLAB. The CoLAB provides the highest quality programs in training professionals, educators, and families using a collaborative, partnership-based approach with like-minded organizations and experts in the field. Our mission is to integrate research, practice, and advocacy to effect positive outcomes for people with learning and attention issues.
Led by Southport School teachers and collaborators, we currently offer three specialized training programs: structured literacy, executive functioning, and assistive technology. Parents, teachers, and administrators are invited to learn more about how we can work as a community to impact the nearly 1 in 5 students with learning and attention issues, including the 1 in 10 with dyslexia, in our schools.
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Click here for to view our new 2018-2019 brochure, for a quick reference of our 2019 presentations please see listings below.
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All sessions will be held at The Southport School. Space is limited and registration is required.
If you have questions, please contact Elizabeth Perkins by email or by phone at 203.254.2044. Thank you for your interest and we hope to see you on campus soon.


Educational and Assistive Tech Course - March 2, 2019

Educational and Assistive Technologies to Engage Students with Learning Differences  

Date: Saturday, March 2, 2019

Time: 9:00 am–4:00 pm | Lunch provided

Instructor: Sharon Plante

Cost: $270

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Today’s classrooms are gaining technologies, providing an ideal time to enhance learning opportunities for those with reading disabilities. This influx of technology allows educators to provide accommodations with greater ease to utilize tools that promote a more accessible learning environment for these learners.

Following the principles of Universal Design for Learning (UDL), we will investigate pedagogy across curricular areas while providing opportunities to engage with a variety of engaging tools for learning, remediation, and accommodation. 

Technology boasts the potential to make education engaging and relevant for all learners while providing valuable data related to student performance. These hands-on sessions will equip and empower educators with educational technology tools that enhance and support instruction to engage all learners, especially those with learning disabilities.  

In the areas of reading and writing, tools will be demonstrated that provide text-to-speech, speech-to-text, differentiation of content, and multiple means of input and output. For math, the technology tools can address the need for repeated practice, differentiation of skills practice, and provide assistive supports related to dyslexia, dysgraphia, and dyscalculia. Additionally, this session will model apps and websites that address study skills and executive function cross-curriculums.

Educational technology provides many tools that teachers can use in the classroom to deliver content by removing text barriers, differentiating instruction, and promoting student's voice. 

Building a Word Rich Environment Presentation - May 6, 2019

Building a Word Rich Environment Presentation

Date: Monday, May 6, 2019

Time: 1:30–2:45 pm

Presenters: Theresa Collins and Chere Campbell

Cost: Free

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Executive Functioning Workshop for Parents, Grandparents, and Guardians - March 27, April 3, April 10, 2019

Executive Functioning Workshop for Parents, Grandparents, and Guardians

Dates: Wednesdays | March 27, April 3, April 10, 2019

Time: 7:00-8:30 PM

Presenters: Dr. Tim Heitzman and Jeffrey Ruggiero

Cost: $150

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For the past four years, The Southport School has collaborated with Dr. Tim Heitzman, a developmental neuropsychologist, to develop our Proprietary Executive Function Program that benefits your child directly, and on a daily basis. Though many parents and teachers associate executive functioning with “organization,” it goes well beyond that, involving the ability to regulate behavior, emotions, and cognitive skills. Knowing what to do is only half the battle. Parents and teachers share goals associated with shaping these functions and creating adaptive, performance-based habits at home and school. Success is achieved when children not only know what to do, but also do what they know.

This educational and hands-on workshop requires a three-day commitment due to the nature of the content and application to real life with your own children at home.Does your child take a long time to get ready to leave the house? Does he/she seem disorganized and overwhelmed when demands pile up? Do you feel that you are often reminding him/her to do things or transition between activities? Are you frequently asking him/her to “Sit down,” “Calm down,” or “Hurry up”?

What seem like simple tasks may take your child an inordinate amount of time or not get completed at all. Oftentimes, as parents, we identify with their feeling of helplessness because we are unable to provide the help they need.

Thought processes required to plan, remember, initiate, and/or complete tasks, as well as the ability to regulate behavior and emotions, are referred to as executive functions and are a critical area of child development. As we focus on the end-goal, these skills are often overlooked or taken for granted. Yet, they must develop for our children to achieve independent success in and out of school.

This three-session workshop includes discussion and hands-on activities to help you gain a better understanding of executive functions and how you can help your child develop these critical skills at home.

Session 1:  Introduction to Executive Functions

  • Develop an understanding of executive functions
  • Learn how executive function instruction is provided to your child in private and public school settings

Session 2: Connecting Executive Functions to Home Experience

  • Recognize developmentally typical and atypical executive functions in the home 
  • Examine your child’s executive function strengths and challenges

Session 3: Developing Executive Functions at Home

  • Explore games and activities that can be used to develop your child’s executive functions
  • Examine strategies to consider within the executive function coaching model

Executive Functioning for Pre-School Educators - April 24, 2019

Executive Functioning for Pre-School Educators

Date: Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Time: 1:15 -3:30 PM (light lunch provided)

Presenters: Dr. Tim Heitzman and Jeffrey Ruggiero

Cost: Free

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Recognizing Executive Function Skills & Processes

Do you witness classroom behavior where a student becomes frustrated with daily routine or standard processes?

Do your students become overwhelmed with new learning experiences or transitions that lead to negative behavior?

Do your students fall apart emotionally, and sometimes physically, when things do not go their way?

These are Executive Functioning questions that might resonate with you as educators of young children. There are strategies and skills that can be employed to defuse and re-direct children who struggle with life's daily challenges. We can help you gain a better understanding of EF and how you can help your students and their families develop these critical skills in the classroom, and ultimately at home.

Orton-Gillingham Classroom Educator Level - August 5-9, 2019

Orton-Gillingham Classroom Educator Level

Dates: Monday–Friday, August 5–9, 2019

Time: 8:30 am–4:30 pm daily | Lunch provided

Instructor: Theresa Collins

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Prerequisite: Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution in any area of study

This 36-hour course meets the requirements for the Orton-Gillingham Classroom Educator designation with the AOGPE. It is the first step in preparing teachers to use the OG Approach in the classroom setting and allows teachers to use direct instruction to bring a multi-sensory, structured, and linguistic phonics-based approach into the mainstream classroom. The curriculum includes dyslexia and reading disorders; the rationale of the OG approach; handwriting; phonological awareness, phonics, syllable division patterns, and spelling; elements of multi-sensory instruction, diagnostic-prescriptive teaching, and lesson planning and AOGPE membership structure and requirements. It does not include the practicum, which is required for Academy membership. the practicum can be arranged for an additional fee.

CURRICULUM: OGCE curriculum guidelines.

The Orton-Gillingham Classroom Educator is qualified to apply the principles of the Orton-Gillingham Approach to modify and provide literacy instruction for the classroom or small groups. Please note: the coursework, practicum hours, and observations are applicable to Associate B level membership. An additional 40 hours of coursework, 50 hours of practicum, and five 1:1 observations must be completed before applying to the Associate B level.


Orton-Gillingham Practicum Information

Fifty hours supervised practicum over eight consecutive months (minimum), which includes five observations of the trainee teaching complete lessons in a group (of at least two students) or classroom setting conducted by the Fellow (three out of the five observations may be by a Fellow in Training (FIT) or Clinical Supervisor (CS) as designated by the Fellow) on-site, unedited video or web-based application.

For more information: Contact Theresa Collins at