Professional Development

Improving educational outcomes – the Ann Robinowitz Education Center, located in Princeton, New Jersey, staffed by certified specialists, provides expert training for literacy and special education professional development.

NJ educators can greatly benefit from our training in Wilson Reading System’s Fundations, WRS Introduction/Applied Methods, Project Read, Written Expression, Orton-Gillingham Techniques, Metacognitive Skills, and DIBELS Next for Literacy and Math. Aiming to reduce the failure in spelling and reading, the Fundations program is based on the Wilson Reading System® principles. The WRS Introduction/Applied Methods classes will be a valuable asset for those who are ready to learn how to practice the program effectively. Instruction may take place at the Robinowitz Center or on-site in your school during teacher in-service or regular school days. Our training enables teachers to learn current research and strategies in literacy, study skills, and other academic areas.

Courses are taught by certified trainers of the various programs. Instruction may be individually designed to match the needs of administrators and teachers working in various educational environments.

Pre-registration with the Ann Robinowtiz Education Center is required for all trainings

Call 609-688-1280 for more information and to register for any upcoming workshop, or email


Description: This Introductory workshop, now in its 4th Edition, provides participants with an overview of the Wilson Reading System and is the required prerequisite for Level One Certification. The Wilson Reading System offers a research-based intervention with more than 20 years of data to support its effectiveness. WRS 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 differences. 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.

Presenter(s): Deardra Rosenberg, M. A., LDT/C, Kathleen Bostock, M. A., Alison Pankowksi, M.A., LDT-C, or Nancy Graham, M.S., LDT-C


August 6th through 8th, 2018 (Session is FULL)

August 20th through 22nd, 2018

December 11th through 13th, 2018

January 29th through 31st, 2019

March 26th through 28th, 2019

June 24th through 26th, 2019

Time: 8:15 AM – 3:00 PM

Place: Ann Robinowitz Education Center, 75 Mapleton Road, Princeton

Price: $700 per person (includes handouts) – Pre-registration  required



Start-up for Online course, practicum and 5 observations – $2,400, which includes the required 5 observations

Web-based Practicum – $2,500 – 7 required observations on web camera, price of the Hue Camera is not included.


Kathy Bostock, certified Wilson Trainer for Levels One and Two, offers the Practicum for Steps 7-12. Cost of Level II Practicum is $900.00

The cost does not include the online Advanced Word Study course.


Description: 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!

Presenter(s): Deardra Rosenberg, M. A., LDT/C, Kathleen Bostock, M. A. and/or Susan Miller, M. A., LDT/C

Place: Ann Robinowitz Education Center, 75 Mapleton Road, Princeton, NJ 08540

Time: 8:15 AM – 3:00 PM

Price: $350 per person – per Level (does not include Fundations Teacher’s Kit)

Pre-registration required

Level K –  August 6, 2018, December 3, 2018, February 25, 2019, and June 24, 2019

Level 1 – August 7, 2018, December 4, 2018, February 26, 2019, June 25, 2019 Level 1 refers to the first grade curriculum.

Level 2 – August 8, 2018, December 5, 2018, February 27, 2019, June 26, 2019 Level 2 refers to the second grade curriculum

Level 3 –  August 9, 2018, February 28, 2019, June 27, 2019, Level 3 refers to the third grade curriculum.

(Wilson Language recommends that participants have prior training with Fundations prior to enrolling in the Fundations Level 3 workshop)


for Pre-K and Early Identification Workshop

This workshop is two workshops in one – the morning will be spent learning about early identification of dyslexia; and the afternoon will be spent learning about Wilson Fundation’s new Pre-K curriculum and its implementation.

Call for dates.


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 the Wilson Reading System®. 

Dates: September 26th and 27th, 2018 and February 6th and 7th, 2019

This is a 2-day workshop that requires attendance on each consecutive day.

Cost: $500 per person (does not include Just Words materials)

Place: Ann Robinowitz Education Center, 75 Mapleton Road, Princeton, NJ 08540

Time: 8:15 AM – 3:00 PM both days


LEVEL 1 – CERTIFICATION START UPDATE:  September 2018 (call for date)

Start up for Online course, practicum and 5 observations – Call for Details


The Ann Robinowitz Education Center is a certified provider of Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills training from Dynamic Measurement Group.  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 DIBELS Next Workshop is a one-day training where participants learn how to use and score each DIBELS- Next measure. The day concludes with participants administering and scoring a benchmark assessment.

The DIBELS Next Data Interpretation Workshop is a one-day training designed for those who have been trained in DIBELS Next and are using DIBELS Next 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.

DIBELS Next workshop:

Date(s): January 24, 2019

Time: 8:30 – 3:00

Cost: $250 per person

Place: Ann Robinowitz Education Center, 75 Mapleton Road, Princeton

DIBELS Trainer:  Susan Miller, M. A., LDT/C, Certified DIBELS Next Mentor


The authors of DIBELS-Next have released the long-awaiting and much-needed screening assessment for math. Susan Miller, certified Dibels mentor, will be offering training on this new set of measures in this summer. In the process of learning how to administer and interpret the new Math screener, participants will learn about the characteristics of dyscalculia.

DIBELS® Math is comprised of measures of early numeracy, computation, and problem-solving that function as indicators of the essential skills that every child must master in order to become proficient in mathematics. The measures can be used to quickly and efficiently monitor the development of mathematics skills. DIBELS Math is designed for use in identifying children experiencing difficulty in the acquisition of basic mathematics skills, in order to provide support early and prevent the occurrence of later mathematics difficulties.

Date(s): January 23, 2019

Time: 8:30 – 3:00

Cost: $250 per person

Place: Ann Robinowitz Education Center, 75 Mapleton Road, Princeton


This multisensory intervention 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 DMS, has shown 20% to 40% increases in vocabulary and comprehension skills when the program was implemented five 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.

Presenter(s): Deardra Rosenberg, M. A., LDT/C, Kathleen Bostock, M. A. and/or Susan Miller, M. A., LDT/C

Scheduling: This is an in-district 2-day workshop – call for details.

Time: 8:15 AM – 3:00 PM

Place: Ann Robinowitz Education Center, 75 Mapleton Road, Princeton, NJ 08540

Price: $500 per person (includes materials) – Pre-registration required