Professional Development

Improving educational outcomes – the Robinowitz Education Center, located in Pennington, New Jersey, is staffed by certified specialists and provides expert training and professional development in literacy, math, and study skills.

 

New Jersey educators can greatly benefit from our training in Wilson Reading System® (WRS), Fundations®, Orton-Gillingham Approach, Developing Metacognition, and Acadience Reading and Math (formerly DIBELS Next). Instruction may take place at the Robinowitz Education Center or on site, in your school, during your Professional Development or regular school days. Our professional development enables teachers to learn current research and evidence based strategies to increase literacy, study skills, and other academic areas.

Our instructors are credentialed in the various programs listed. In addition to workshop offerings, instruction may be individually designed to match the needs of administrators and teachers working in various educational environments.

Registration with the Robinowitz Education Center is required for all professional development. Please see below for a full list of our upcoming workshops.

 

 

 

Wilson Reading System® Introductory Course

$700 per person

This workshop provides participants with an overview of Wilson Reading System® , now in its 4th edition, and is the required prerequisite for Wilson Reading System Level I Certification. Wilson Reading System offers a research-based intervention with more than 20 years of data to support its effectiveness. Wilson Reading System is a Tier 3 (intensive) program that addresses reading and spelling instruction for individuals in grades 2 and above who have been identified with a language-based learning difference. The program is implemented in a 1:1 setting, small groups and/or reading classes in the general classroom, after-school/volunteer programs, literacy, and adult settings.

Dates:

  • July 28-30, 2020 – workshop full
  • August 3-5, 2020 – workshop full

Time: 8:30am – 3:00pm each day (16.5 CEU hours)

Place: Robinowitz Education Center, 800 North Road, Princeton, NJ 08534

Price: $700 per person (includes materials for workshop only; does not include Wilson Reading System teacher or student materials, which can be ordered from Wilson®, https://store.wilsonlanguage.com/)

Registration Required

Wilson Reading System® 4th Edition Institute

$500 per person

The Wilson Reading System® 4th Edition Institute two-day workshop provides an in-depth, hands-on professional learning opportunity focused on Steps 1-6 of the new edition. Wilson Reading System 4th Edition Institute session topics include:

  • An Overview of the Wilson Reading System 4th Edition
  • A Systematic & Integrated Approach to Teaching Phonology, Morphology, and Orthography
  • The Study of Word Elements
  • Fourth Edition Materials Tour
  • WRS Instructor Manual and Lesson Plan Practice
  • Vocabulary and Wilson Words in the 4th Edition
  • Assessment, Accountability, and Instruction
  • End-of-Step Assessment Lesson Practice

Prerequisite: Wilson Reading System Level I or Level II Certification

Dates:

  • August 6-7, 2020
  • August 24-25, 2020

Place: Robinowitz Education Center, 800 North Road, Princeton, NJ 08534

Time: 8:30am – 3:00pm both days

Price: $500 per person (includes materials for workshop only; does not include Wilson Reading System teacher or student materials). ** Special offer for each Institute attendee: 10% discount, plus free shipping for Wilson Reading System 4th Edition Manual (Steps 1-6) and/or a Wilson Reading System Introductory Set (Steps 1-6)! Flyer with ordering information will be provided after registration.

 

Registration Required

Wilson Fundations®

$350 per person – per Level

Wilson Fundations® is a phonological/phonemic awareness, phonics and spelling program for the general education classroom. Fundations is based upon the Wilson Reading System principles and serves as a prevention and intervention program to reduce reading and spelling failure. The second edition was published in 2012, with important changes to the scope/sequence of concepts in levels K and 1. A new, friendlier teacher manual was also introduced with the second edition!

Dates:

Fundations Level K 

  • August 10, 2020
  • August 17, 2020

Fundations Level 1 

  • August 11, 2020
  • August 18, 2020

Fundations Level 2 

  • August 26, 2020

Fundations Level 3 

  • August 27, 2020

(Wilson® recommends that participants have prior Fundations Level 1 or Fundations Level 2 training prior to enrolling in the Fundations Level 3 workshop)

Time: 8:30am – 3:00pm (5 CEU hours)

Place: Robinowitz Education Center, 800 North Road, Princeton, NJ 08534

Price: $350 per person – per Level (includes materials for workshop only; does not include Fundations teacher or student materials, which can be ordered from Wilson, https://store.wilsonlanguage.com/)

Registration required

Early Childhood Literacy Institute 

$50 per person (Virtual Learning)

$150 per person (In-House Workshop)

This half-day workshop, now offered virtually, will give participants a wealth of information about the latest research findings and best practices in early childhood literacy. Participants will learn about the latest Early Literacy and Math Screening tools developed to measure early literacy and math foundational skills. Participants will practice with some of the newest Screeners, and then discuss how the results of such screeners can lead to targeted instruction for kids in need. Activities that specifically address phonological awareness and numeracy will be shared and practiced with participants. Finally, participants will be provided with an overview of the latest early childhood math/literacy curriculums developed to explicitly teach foundational literacy skills.

Dates: 

  • June 23-24, 2020 (Virtual Learning)
  • August 14, 2020 (In-House Workshop)

Time:

  • 9:00am – 10:30am each day Virtual Learning (3 PD hours) (access code will be provided 24 hours in advance)
  • 8:30am – 12:00pm In-House Workshop (3 PD hours)

Place: Virtual Learning or Robinowitz Education Center, 800 North Road, Princeton, NJ 08534

Price: $50 per person (Virtual Learning); $150 (In-House Workshop)

Registration required

Structured Literacy Lessons in a Virtual Classroom

$50 per person (Virtual Learning)

The workshop was developed knowing that many educators and their students do not have teaching materials and student supplies at home – the activities and resources shared in this PD do not require the teacher to re-create the wheel and/or purchase new materials. Educators will learn how the staff at the Education Center has been providing engaging hands-on multisensory literacy instruction in their virtual classrooms, including each component of a Structured Literacy lesson:
  • Phonemic awareness
  • Word study
  • Vocabulary
  • Comprehension
  • Writing
This PD will help teachers who are meeting live with their students and those teachers who are permitted to upload activities without live sessions.

 

Dates and Times:

  • July 14, 2020: 10:00am-11:00am
  • July 30, 2020: 4:00pm – 5:00pm

Place: Virtual Learning (access code will be provided 24 hours in advance)

Price: $50 per person (Virtual Learning) 

Registration required

Wilson Just Words®

$500 per person

Just Words® is an explicit, multisensory decoding and spelling program for students in grades 4–12 and adults who have mild to moderate gaps in their decoding and spelling proficiency but do not require intensive intervention. The program is designed for students with below-average decoding and spelling scores and should be combined with other literature-rich programs.

Just Words aligns with a school or district’s Multi-tiered System of Supports (MTSS) or Response to Intervention (RTI) framework of instruction by delivering a Tier 2 intervention addressing a sophisticated study of word structure with explicit teaching of “how English works” for both decoding and spelling automaticity. It is designed for students who can benefit from the targeted word study focus without requiring the more comprehensive intervention of WRS. This is a 2-day workshop that requires attendance on each consecutive day.

Date: to be scheduled soon

Place: Robinowitz Education Center, 800 North Road, Princeton, NJ 08534

Time: 8:30am – 3:00pm both days (10 CEU hours)

Price: $500 per person (includes materials for workshop only; does not include Just Words teacher or student materials, which can be ordered from Wilson®, https://store.wilsonlanguage.com/)

Registration required

AcadienceTM Reading

(formerly known as DIBELS – Next®)

$250 per person

The Ann Robinowitz Education Center is a certified provider of Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills training from Dynamic Measurement Group.  Acadience Reading (previously known as DIBELS- Next) is a standardized universal screening assessment that is used throughout the country. The measures are quick and easy to administer, and most importantly, aid in the identification of students in need of intervention in the area of reading.

The Acadience Reading Workshop is a one-day training where participants learn how to use and score each Acadience Reading measure. The day concludes with participants administering and scoring a benchmark assessment.

Date: August 4, 2020

Time: 8:30am – 3:00pm

Place: Robinowitz Education Center, 800 North Road, Princeton, NJ 08534

Price: $250 per person

Registration required

AcadienceTM Reading Data Interpretation 

(formerly known as DIBELS – Next®)

$250 per person

This one-day training is designed for those who have been trained in Acadience Reading (previously known as DIBELS Next) and are using the Acadience Reading data. The state of New Jersey has made it official: Dyslexia Screenings are mandatory as of the 2014- 2015 school year and only properly trained staff must administer the screening measures.

DATE: August 5, 2020

Time: 8:30am – 3:00pm

Place: Robinowitz Education Center, 800 North Road, Princeton, NJ 08534

Price: $250 per person

Registration required

 

M’s of Math: Metacognition, Morphology, and Mastery

$250 per person

Reading instruction shouldn’t end when the period ends, especially for our dyslexic students who struggle to develop decoding and comprehension skills that are required in all content areas. During this session, participants will learn how to apply the science of reading to their math instruction in order to take advantage of the opportunities that math instruction offers to teach reading. In real life, math isn’t a worksheet full of equations, it involves language proficiency predicated on reading and vocabulary skills. While some dyslexic students have an affinity for math, especially on the conceptual level, some struggle with the language of math and often end up developing anxiety rather than developing confidence. Participants will learn how to bridge their reading instruction into math class by providing targeted fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension instruction that involves the language of math. The session will begin with an overview of math screeners such as Acadience Math Screener in order to learn how to measure students’ acquisition of foundational math skills. Participants will leave the workshop with strategies and resources they can immediately incorporate into their math lessons with their dyslexic students.

Date: August 6, 2020

Time: 8:30am – 12:00pm (3 PD hours)

Place: Robinowitz Education Center, 800 North Road, Princeton, NJ 08534

Price: $150 per person

Registration required

COMPREHENSION CONNECTIONS©

$250 per person

This program teaches 3rd through 8th-grade students how to use metacognitive strategies to improve their comprehension of expository and narrative texts.  Strong metacognitive skills are necessary for close reading. This program has been successfully used with high school students identified as needing intensive comprehension instruction. Students will learn how to become active readers and improve their writing skills at the same time. A reading fluency component is included in the program as well.

New research from the Neuhaus Education Center, the creators of Developing Metacognitive Skills (DMS), has shown 20% – 40% increases in vocabulary and comprehension skills when the program was implemented 5 days a week for 5 weeks with third-grade students.  Participants will receive a Developing Metacognitive Skills manual, Word Detective manual, Six-Way Paragraphs (Middle Level); and classroom webs.

Date: to be scheduled soon

Time: 8:30am – 3:00pm

Place: Robinowitz Education Center, 800 North Road, Princeton, NJ 08534

Price:  $250 per person (includes materials)

Registration required

ASD from A to Z

Navigating Academic and Social Instruction for Students with ASD

$50 per person

Participants will explore the various learning and social characteristics of students who have Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). They will examine and practice a variety of techniques to address the academic, social and emotional needs of these students. Presenters will discuss current practice in evidence-based programs and assessment tools to evaluate progress.

Areas explored will include:

  • Historical perspectives of education for students with ASD
  • Learning and Social characteristics and needs
  • Academic and Social demands throughout the grades
  • The Newgrange Social Strides Program
  • Integration of Speech and Occupational Therapy
  • Assessment

Date: to be scheduled soon

Time: 8:30am – 3:00pm

Place: Robinowitz Education Center, 800 North Road, Princeton, NJ 08534

Price: $50 per person

Registration required

Wilson Reading System®  Level I and Level II Certifications

Wilson Reading System®  Level I Certification with Web-based Practicum (program starts September 25, 2020)

Wilson Reading System® Intensive Instruction for the Non-Responsive Reader: (Steps 1-6) Online course and Wilson Reading System Level I Web Practicum  (7 observations, web based, using a Hue Camera) – $2,500 (the price of the Hue Camera is not included; does not include Wilson Reading System Introductory Set (Steps 1-6), 4th edition, containing instructor and student materials or WIST (Word Identification and Spelling Test) for student testing)

Registration required

 

Wilson Reading System® Level II Certification  

Group Mastery – 4th edition

Wilson Reading System® Advanced Strategies for Multisensory Structured Language Group Instruction Course – 3 day workshop Sept. 17-19, 2019 – $700 – registration closed

Wilson Reading System® Group Mastery Practicum (approved group of 3 to 4 students) – includes pretesting, 3 videos and final report – $750 – registration closed

Advanced Word Study (Steps 7 to 12) – 3rd edition

Wilson Reading System® Steps 7-12 Practicum – $750 (cost does not include the WRS Advanced Word Study: Online Course (Steps 7-12) – register for this course directly with Wilson®  at https://www.wilsonlanguage.com/) – registration closed

Registration required

 

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Please Note: Registration is required before the event and is processed on a first-come, first serve basis. Payment is due at the time of registration. Workshop includes workshop materials. Teacher and student materials sold separately by Wilson Language Training at https://store.wilsonlanguage.com/. Payment is refundable up to 14 days prior to the event date. For Wilson Reading System® Level I Certification, withdrawals are allowed within 30 days from thstart of the course, less a $50 processing fee.