Educators, are you interested in a career change or do you desire more effective tools to impact learning in your classroom?
Discovery Program’s parent organization, NILD, offers graduate level courses for educators interested in becoming educational specialists called educational therapists. These courses may be taken in pursuit of a graduate degree or for continuing education units.
Level I-Instructional Methods for Students with Learning Needs
A four week online course culminating in one additional week of residency designed to train teachers, related professionals, and parents how to connect thinking to learning, creating permanent changes resulting in greater achievement for students with learning difficulties. Three broad topics are addressed in this introductory course:
- Philosophy – The definition of learning difficulties, program distinctives and methods of intervention in accordance with the model developed by the National Institute for Learning Development (NILD)
- Assessment – Student evaluation by means of informal teacher assessment and formal psychological and educational assessment
- Intervention – Individualized implementation of techniques for stimulation of processing and cognitive weaknesses
- Bachelor’s degree in education or a related field
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This two-day training course in SEARCH & TEACH is an early identification and intervention program developed to meet the needs of young learners ages 5-6 before they experience the frustration of learning failure.
SEARCH & TEACH was developed by Archie A. Silver, M.D. (child psychiatrist) and Rosa A. Hagin, Ph.D. (psychologist) and the staff of the Learning Disorders Unit at New York University School of Medicine. It is based on extensive interdisciplinary research on the diagnosis and treatment of learning disorders and is now being implemented in diverse school settings throughout the U.S. Read Dr. Hagin’s article and find out why SEARCH & TEACH is such a powerful tool for identifying and preventing various learning problems in young children.
- SEARCH is a 20-minute individual screening tool designed to identify 5 and 6-year-olds vulnerable to learning difficulty which provides profiles of individual strengths and weaknesses in the foundational systems necessary for reading success.
- TEACH is a program of 55 learning tasks carefully developed and tested during a four-year investigation of pre-reading skills to address the needs revealed by SEARCH. It is an individualized program but allows for some small group work of review activities with children of similar needs.
This exceptional program was unanimously approved by the Joint Dissemination and Review Panel of the U.S. Office of Education for its:
- Educational Impact
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