About Us

We are a nonprofit organization dedicated to learning for all as we recognize that all great minds don't think alike.

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Meet Our Team

Meet our professional staff of diagnosticians and instructors versed in a wide range of disciplines.

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Success Stories

Read stories and testimonials about learners of all ages who found academic and social success at the Stern Center.

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Courses & Workshops

Join our knowledgeable and experienced staff in learning research-proven strategies in the areas of literacy, social cognition, math, and more.

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SCHOOL PARTNERSHIPS

We partner with districts and individual schools to help build strong systems of support for all learners.

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MODELS OF SUCCESS

Learn about the positive changes we have seen as a result of integrating our services throughout schools.

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Educator Resources

We've collected information and links that we've found are especially useful to teachers and administrators in the rapidly evolving world of education.

Whether you are interested in exploring Stern Center resources about language and learning differences or interested in learning more through Stern Center professional learning courses, you've come to the right page. If you have any questions about any of our programs, classes/workshops or resources below, please contact our Professional Learning department online or by calling 802-878-2332 and they will be happy to assist.

Resource List

MindPlay Teacher Companion

A companion to MindPlay’s Virtual Reading Coach for learners

The MindPlay Teacher Companion extends teacher knowledge of research based best practices to classroom teachers, home school educators, and parents supporting children in the development of their literacy skills. This online module can be completed from the comfort of your home in 8 hours. 

MindPlay Teacher Companion


MindPlay Comprehensive Course (in production)

Enables every teacher to extend their knowledge in order to help their students comprehend literature, and science and social studies texts.

For students to achieve grade-level reading, teachers across the grades must help them increase their ability to read with fluency and understanding. The MindPlay Teacher Comprehensive Course enables every teacher to extend their knowledge in order to help their students comprehend literature, and science and social studies texts. Eight web-based modules share research-based best practices in Phonemic Awareness, Phonics, Grammar for Meaning, Fluency, Vocabulary and Comprehension. Professional development and continuing education credits are available for teachers who participate.

“MindPlay’s Teacher Comprehensive Course is the culmination of years of research, practice and collaboration,” said Dr. Podhajski. “Our goal has been to advance teacher expertise to promote children’s reading success. Now we have a program that offers easy access to the foundation for teaching reading based on brain science, increasing students’ joy of reading and academic achievement.”

MindPlay Teacher Companion and Comprehensive Course are a collaborative effort among The University of Arizona’s College of Education’s Drs. Nancy Mather and Janice Sammons, the Stern Center’s Dr. Podhajski and Marilyn Varricchio, founder and learning specialist at Portals to Learning in Middlebury, Vermont. Learn more at www.mindplay.com.

 


BUILDING BLOCKS FOR LITERACY®

BUILDING BLOCKS FOR LITERACY® teaches early care and education providers as well as parents how to foster early literacy skills in children under age five.

BUILDING BLOCKS is offered for two age groups: Birth to Three and Three to Five. We know that increasing the knowledge of early care and education providers helps decrease reading failure when children enter school. Our program is based on recommendations from the National Research Council (NRC) and the outcomes of the 2008 National Literacy Panel that support early care and education providers as they build the early literacy skills of children under five. The goal of BUILDING BLOCKS is to help assure that all children enter Kindergarten ready to read. These skills include:

  • Vocabulary and Language Development
  • Shared Book Reading
  • Phonological Awareness
  • Speech to Print Connection including Alphabet Knowledge

BUILDING BLOCKS can be taken as a six-hour applied training; a 12-hour self-paced, online course, or as a three-credit undergraduate or graduate class. Mentorships and parent workshops are also available.


Download our Shared Book Reading strategies | PDF

Check out our list of 50 Dollar Words | PDF

Check out additional, effective play-based strategies by visiting our BUILDING BLOCKS website.

Donated support helps keep our fees more affordable for clients and provides scholarships for those who otherwise might not be able to take advantage of the services they need.