About Us

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


Meet Our Team

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


Success Stories

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


Courses & Workshops

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



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



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


Models of Success

We have been working with schools directly. Find out more about how we integrate our services in classroom and school districts.

“I learned so much; this course, it really lit a spark for me”
OG Classroom Educator participant

Mater Christi


Mater Christi School serves students from preschool through grade eight in Burlington, VT. Beginning in June 2014, the Stern Center began providing an average of 50 hours of professional learning courses to all staff members in order to expand teacher knowledge and to develop a common language for literacy.

Data analysis was conducted to support students’ learning needs at all levels for the teachers. At the same time, we worked with teachers in “taking stock of their system” to create a structure for strong collaboration data-based decision making using newly developed structures to support learners 
Preschool teachers will be trained in the BUILDING BLOCKS FOR LITERACY® along with kindergarten teachers and area pre-K providers.

All of the private school diocese representative pre K teachers will be attending as well. Mater Christi is continuing its work as a Learning Laboratory with teachers in grades K-3 participating in the Orton-Gillingham Classroom Educator practicum following the 45 hour course. In addition,  teachers will be taking a course in Explicit Approaches to Writing within the Common Core. We now have a campus presence at Mater Christi and will be presenting seasonal workshops for families through the Parent Teacher Organization.

“Greenwood School is an amazing private school, working with a population of bright young men striving to accomplish tremendous goals”
Michelle Szabo, Program Director of Instruction

Greenwood School

Putney, VT

Greenwood School is a boarding school for boys in sixth through twelfth grade who have learning differences, learning disabilities (LD) such as dyslexia, attention difficulties (ADD / ADHD), or executive functioning deficits. The school’s mission is to empower students with the skills and strategies necessary to bridge the gap between their promise and present abilities.

We have been collaborating with Greenwood School to assure the implementation of research-based best instructional practices. We offer professional learning in structured language to new teachers, and those wanting a tune-up, in order to maintain the standard of Greenwood instruction. As an accrediting member of the Orton-Gillingham Academy, the Stern Center is able to make recommendations directly to the Academy for teachers to be certified at the Associate or Classroom Educator levels.

The Stern Center is establishing a presence for professional learning on campus with our Assessment Series that begins in the Fall of 2015. Our mutual goal is to meet the professional needs of teachers in southern Vermont, New Hampshire and Massachusetts.

“Nobody can do what the Stern Center does in literacy to get such good results.”
Michaela Martin, Co-Director of School Transformation and Effectiveness



Orange North Supervisory Union contracted for four years of customized professional learning through the Cynthia K. Hoehl Institute for Excellence at the Stern Center. Through that work, the school has implemented school improvement coaching and offered various structured literacy programs, including T-I-M-E for Teachers and the Orton-Gillingham Classroom Educator. Customized learning for special educators has focused on the development of learner profiles. The goal is to support special educators and speech/language pathologists in bringing their expertise to school-based data teams in an MTSS.

The mentoring support I received from the Stern Center Professional Learning staff helped to sustain the fidelity and implementation of the O-G approach…. This knowledge has absolutely changed my teaching in a positive way.

- Orton-Gillingham Associate Level Participant and Educator