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 Calendar

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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Courses & Workshops

Browse our entire collection of Professional Learning offerings. Find a course for yourself or design a customized remedial program for your school/district.

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BUILDING BLOCKS FOR LITERACY®

Discover the program that teaches early care and education providers as well as parents how to foster early literacy skills in children ages five and under.

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Models of Success

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


“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

WILLIAMSTOWN, VT

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.

Results from the 2015-16 school year to the 2016-17 school year are showing exciting evidence of growth in students’ foundational and reading skills across grades and schools. Current trends, using the district’s local assessment tool “Track My Progress”, show strong growth in both areas from fall to spring/summer 2015-16, with gains maintained, if not enhanced, over the summer into the 2016-17 school year (a time when most students regress). This is likely due to summer services provided by district interventionists who had been trained in structured literacy by Stern Center staff over the past four years.

District leaders are immensely impressed:

“Since implementation, more students each year are meeting targets on Universal Assessment in the area of foundational skills. For example, 72% of first grade students met or exceeded the Foundational Skills target on Universal Assessment in December, and the group is on track to meet the district goal of 80%.”

– Michaela Martin, Co-Director of School Transformation


“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.


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

Mater Christi

BURLINGTON, VT

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.

By far, I have never taken another course that stands up to the instruction I received during my Orton-Gillingham training in the summer. I cannot speak highly enough of the instructors I have had over the course of two years.

- Linda E. Beaudet // Orton-Gillingham Practicum Teacher