Category Archives: > Conferences, Trainings, Degree Programs


compiled by Beth Probst, At The Core

[some national, some Ohio]

The “dog days” of summer are a great time to explore a student’s interests away from the daily grind of school–what do they like to do, what skills do they want to explore–all great stuff when thinking about their future! We’ve gathered up a few of our academic/career-minded favorites to share with you.

Important quote we read from one college admissions counselor…“It’s not the program/job/internship/experience – it’s what the student takes from it. There is no ‘hierarchy’ that says one experience is ‘better’ than another.” Just something to keep in mind–counselors will not view a program more favorably simply because it costs more money.

Be aware…some of these programs haven’t posted their new dates for 2018 yet so tuck this email away somewhere you can find it later. Pay attention to deadlines, pricing, and age restrictions.

Can you please take a moment to [share this] with your friends? It’s one of the most popular we do every year. They can join our mailing list too!

(We apologize to our out-of-town friends for lots of Ohio ideas. Use these ideas for a Google search to find similar programs in your area!)

Aerospace engineers:

Offered by OSU:

STEM – Offered by Nationwide Children’s Hospital:

More STEM:

Foreign Language:




Multiple program choices:

Volunteer Opportunities:

Get a job
Not to be missed…At The Core’s summer programming!!
Colleges offering a variety of choices:
Prefer to review a summer planning guide?
Summer Camp Expos to Explore Lots of Options (Thanks Advanced Reading Concepts for the share!)
  • 2018 Summer Camp and Activities Expo – Olentangy Orange Middle School – March 15 – 6:00 to 8:00 pm
  • Worthington Mall – February 11 – noon to 3:00 pm
  • Upper Arlington at Tremont School – February 22 – 5:00 to 8:00 pm
  • Grandview at Edison Middle School – March 1 – 6:00 to 7:30 pm
  • Westerville North High School – March 7 – 5:30 to 7:30 pm
And one just for fun…Hoover Sailing Club – one of the longest running and most successful Learn to Sail Programs. Each summer, they teach approximately 300 campers (ages 7-17) the sport of sailing.
Quite a list! We hope you find it useful and that it sparks some family conversation. Thank you to local guidance counselors who provided us with some of these programs!
Thank you Beth Probst
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Orton-Gillingham tutoring in Columbus, OH: Adrienne Edwards 614-579-6021 or email

+ COBIDA and SPCO Spring Conference in Columbus March 7 2014

Dr Nancy Mather will focus on both assessment and evidence-based intervention for students who struggle to read and spell.

The workshop will be held March 7, 2014, 8:30 am to 4 pm, at Xenos Church, 1340 Community Park Drive, Columbus OH 43229.

She will address

  • the definition of dyslexia
  • the importance of assessing cognitive and linguistic processes including phonological awareness, orthographic coding, processing speed, rapid automatized naming
  • the phases of development when a student is learning basic reading and spelling skills
  • differentiated instructional methodologies for addressing specific types of reading problems
  • how to implement those methodologies

Dr Mather is Professor at the University of Arizona in the Department of Disability and Psychoeducational Studies.

She has served as an LD teacher, a diagnostician, a university professor and an educational consultant.  She is the author of numerous articles and books and conducts workshops on assessment and instruction, both in this country and internationally.

Dr Mather is co-author of the Woodcock-Johnson III and has written books on the interpretation and application of the WJIII.  Her most recent book is Essentials of Dyslexia: Assessment and Intervention (Mather and Wendling, 2012).

More info contact Susan Johnston at

Orton-Gillingham tutoring in Columbus OH: Adrienne Edwards 614-579-6021 or email

+ Council for Learning Disabilities Call For Proposals: Due March 30

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The 34th International Conference on Learning Disabilities, to be held in Texas in October, is calling for proposals. 

The theme of the CLD conference is “Learning Disabilities: Looking Back and Looking Forward — Using What We Know to Create a Blueprint for the Future.”


  • Panel — Topics should be pertinent to LD and include three or more panelists; and be of use to researchers, policy makers, teacher educators, and educators.  Content should be readily applicable to their professional roles.
  • Cracker-barrel — Sessions leaders should introduce key issues, provide ample opportunities for group interaction, facilitating small-group discussion.  Controversy is okay.
  • Poster — Content should be evidence-based; might include (for example) a synopsis of an intervention study, progress monitoring tools, practices relating to pre-service training , meta-analysis/synthesis of the literature, examination of technical applications.


  • Intervention — Sessions should offer information that helps  implement practices and approaches directly, provide their  documentation as evidence-based, summarize the theory and underpinnings, include relevant data.  
  • Policy — These sessions address system-level issues, systems change, legislative/legal issues, or policy development.  Should delineate multiple perspectives, discuss how a policy impacts individuals, families and advocates.  Proposals should include an explanation of the policy, give a brief background, explain the how and why of its effects on LD people and the professionals who serve them.
  • Teacher Preparation — These sessions should describe evidence-based practices for preparing teachers, advocates and  families.  Proposals should include a description of the  practice and examples of its use in a university/clinic setting, as well as ways to measure effectiveness.
  • Research Methodology — Of particular interest: methodologies that advance the participants’ understanding of how to conduct evidence-providing research on interventions; also how to read research-based articles, follow analyses, design studies and write them up.  Proposals should describe the methodology strategies and how session participants can apply the content for themselves.

For more information and instructions for submitting a proposal, visit

Orton-Gillingham tutoring in Columbus OH:  Adrienne Edwards  614-579-6021 or email

+ Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) Offers Online Courses

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Learn about modern art in a contemporary way.  MOMA’s registration is now open for Winter 2012 courses.  Courses begin February 27.

Enrich yourself and your understanding of art. 

MOMA Courses Online invite newcomers and experienced art lovers alike.  Explore modern art in your home and on your schedule.  You will have the same instructors who teach in the MOMA’s classrooms and galleries.

Discover the fascinating stories and ideas behind some of the masterpieces in MOMA’s collection.  You’ll use a rich variety of multimedia materials, including narrated slide shows, course texts, images, and engaging, exclusive videos shot on location in the Museum’s galleries.


Instructor-Led (courses begin February 27) — For eight or 10 weeks, enjoy exclusive access to richly detailed videos, slide shos, audio and readings, plus discussion forums that allow you to interact with an instructor and peers.  $350; $300 for educators, students, seniors, other museum staff, and members. 

Self-guided (now available) — A more independent learning experience offering the same content as the instructor-led courses, without discussion forums or teacher guidance through the materials.  $200; $175 for educators, students, seniors, other museum staff, and members.


  • Materials and Techniques of Postwar Abstract Painter
  • Modern Art 1880-1945
  • Experiment With Collage
  • Modern and Contemporary Art: 1945-1898


Orton-Gillingham tutoring in Columbus OH:  Adrienne Edwards 614-579-6021  or email

+ New: Free MA in Education at American Museum of Natural History

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An article in the NY Times explains that the American Museum of Natural History will introduce its first Master of Arts in teaching program. 

According to Douglas Quenqua, they are looking for a small group of science majors, no teaching experience needed, to spend 15 months learning to become science teachers.

Tuition is free, thanks to the New York State Board of Regents.  Students will receive $30,000 stipends and health benefits.

President of the museum Ellen V. Futter says “We’re looking for people who want to make a career of teaching and stay in the business, whether they be just out of college or former participants in a volunteer corps or career changers or veterans.”

The program aims to produce 50 new science teachers over two years for the state’s middle and high schools, which are coping with a critical shortage of math and science instructors.

The catch is that graduates must commit to spending four years teaching in a high-needs public school; they may be assigned anywhere in New York State.

At an open house which drew about 90 people, the museum had an opportunity to pitch the program.  They also had to sell the concept of museum-as-classroom.

Question and answer sessions were held in the Astor Turret, a cylindrical, high-ceiling room that overlooks Central Park West.  Then Rosamund Kinzler, director of science education at the museum, led participants through the gem and minerals collection.

“The courses will be graduate-level science courses,” said Kinzler, “but they’ll be taught specifically with an eye toward preparing individuals to teach science in the classroom.”

Students will study and eventually teach planets and their orbits, water and weather, and basic geology.  The physical environment of New York — including Central Park across the street — will also play an important role in the courses.

Andrea Lewis, principal of Murry Bergstraum High School for Business and Careers in Manhattan, is happy about the program. 

She says “I’m looking to find teachers who can bring the exterior world into the classroom, take their kids outside the building, to really learn how to analyze, and hopefully get involved wtih science because of the experience they’ve had.”

For the entire article, visit

Orton-Gillingham tutoring in Columbus OH:  Adrienne Edwards, 614-579-6021 or email

+ Central Ohio Dyslexia Conference March 2 in Dublin

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REGISTER EARLY for Central Ohio IDA Conference

COBIDA Annual Spring Conference
Friday March 2
OCLC Conference Center, 6600 Kilgour Place, Dublin OH 43017.

(Members $85 until February 20.) Non-members welcome. Information and registration at

PARENT TRACK: Expert Panel on Advocacy Matters: Learning How to Become Your Child’s Strongest Advocate.

PROFESSIONAL TRACK: Writing Matters: Developing Writing Skills in Students Who Struggle. William Van Cleve MA

Orton-Gillingham tutoring in Columbus OH:  Adrienne Edwards 614-579-6021 or email

+ Orton-Gillingham Tutor Training in Akron OH

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The Children’s Dyslexia Center of Akron provides evaluation and one-on-one instruction for children with dyslexia and other reading difficulties.

It also offers training, continuing education and resources for teachers, schools and individuals in the Orton-Gillingham approach used to remediate dyslexia.

Volunteers to be considered for acceptance in the O-G training program (to begin in January) must have a bachelor’s degree in any field.  Requirements include 45 hours of classroom seminar and 100 hours of practicum, which trainees will complete by tutoring two students at the Center.

The trainings are sponsored and overseen by the 32nd Degree Masons, who have Orton-Gillingham tutoring centers all throughout the country.  We are lucky to have one in Columbus as well.

For over ten years, the Scottish Rite Masons, Northern Jurisdiction, have been national leaders in the effort to help children and their families overcome the painful obstacles of dyslexia. At 59 Learning Centers in 15 states, the Children’s Learning Centers tackle the challenge of dyslexia head-on, both by providing free tutoring for children with dyslexia and by training a growing cadre of highly skilled and dedicated tutors.

Contact Heather Petruccelli or Laura Arnold at 330-664-0777, or . The address is 150 Springside Drive, Suite B-235, Akron OH 44333.

Orton-Gillingham tutoring in Columbus OH:  Adrienne Edwards  614-579-6021 or email