2020-2021 Key Learning Center Seminar Series

For any questions about Key Learning Center Seminar Series please contact: 

Concha Wyatt at cwyatt@carolinaday.org or call 828-210-9176.

Best Practices in Multisensory Teaching and Learning Symposium - Key Learning Center's Signature Annual Event

Saturday February 27, 2021 - 9:00am-12:00pm

Building Blocks for Literacy - Keynote Speaker: Dr. Danielle Thompson

Sessions to be announced soon!

Key Learning Center will host the Annual Best Practices Symposium virtually this February! The format will remain very similar: Dr. Danielle Thompson, our keynote speaker, will address the critical literacy skill phonemic awareness. The keynote will be followed by two 50-minute breakout sessions. Each participant will receive 3 contact hours of CEU credit (0.3 CEUs). Speakers include faculty and staff from Key Learning Center and Carolina Day School, along with professionals from the field of dyslexia education, higher education and related fields, as well as OGA Fellows.



This well-attended annual event brings topics that are current, relevant, and meaningful to parents, teachers, and other professionals.

contact Concha Wyatt at: cwyatt@carolinaday.org for more details

Multisensory Math: The Orton-Gillingham Approach - Lesson Planning Workshop

Grades K to 5 (*Also appropriate for skill remediation of older students)

**2020-2021 Date TBD

Designed to mirror the structure of an Orton-Gillingham lesson plan, the Key Learning Center Multisensory Math Lesson Plan utilizes Auditory, Kinesthetic, and Visual components to "prime the pump" for the instruction of new information.  The introduction of new information follows the Concrete, Representational, Abstract (CRA) sequence to ensure students develop a strong conceptual understanding before learning efficient procedures for solving problems.


For more details or to be added to the wait/contact list, please contact: 

Catherine McKenzie at cmckenzie@carolinaday.org

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Key Learning Center's Fall 2020 Fireside Chats

Wednesdays - November 4 & 11 and December 2 & 9, 7:00-8:00pm

Cost: $15 per session OR $30 for the 4 part series (each session earns 0.2 CEUs)

KLC's Fall Fireside Chat series is four online sessions, each earning 0.2 CEUs.  By participating in all four, you can earn 0.8 CEUs.  Join in for one session, a few, or all four!  Each 60-minute session requires a short pre-reading exercise and a brief follow-up survey/assignment that acts as your confirmation of learning.  Your total time commitment is 2 hours per session which earns the 0.2 CEUs.  (Important Note: ALTA members need 0.8 CEUs by December 18, 2020).

These are live open conversations via Zoom.  No recordings will be made.  We ask that participants have their cameras on and that we are all ready to talk in small groups as well as participate in guided discussions lead by your KLC O-G Fellows and friends of Key.  The goal is connecting and discussing topics of importance for our community of O-G MSLE practitioners.

Join us for one or all of our chats!  Your registration fee assures your certificate of attendance for each session or for the series.


Fall Fireside Chat Topics

November 4: Stuck on Reading Sound by Sound: Strategies for word blending and building fluency

November 11: Phoneme-Grapheme Mapping: Strategies for teaching sound to letter correspondence

December 2: Recognition over Recall: Building working memory through supporting success

December 9: Open Mic Night: Time for the nitty-gritty, let's get our questions out on the table!


More info about CEU requirements for ALTA, OGA, and IDA/CERI:

ALTA members need 0.8 CEUs by December 18, 2020.

OGA members need 1 CEU with their annual renewal in 2021.

IDA/CERI also requires 1 CEU with annual renewal.


or contact Concha Wyatt at: cwyatt@carolinaday.org for more details

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Examining the Academic and Social Impacts of

Executive Function and ADHD:

Strategies for Self-Regulation and Metacognition to Impact Success

Saturday January 16, 2021 - 9:00am-12:00pm


for parents, educators, and professionals in the field of learning differences

Presented by Dr. Kristin Hoffmann

In interactive one-hour segments, Dr. Hoffmann will explore three subtopics:

  • Understanding ADHD and Executive Function (EF) and how psychoeducational testing informs intervention planning
  • Academic, family, and social impacts including aging into a deficit, gender differences, and sluggish cognitive tempo
  • Understanding and teaching Self-Regulated Learning at home and school

Participants will receive 0.3 CEU credits, approved by ALTA and OGA. 

About Dr. Hoffmann: Kristin Hoffmann, Ph.D., is a Clinical Assistant Professor at NC State in the Department of Teacher Education and Learning Sciences. Dr. Hoffmann's research interests focus on the relationships of self-regulated learning, literacy, and academic performance. In her own clinical practice, Dr. Hoffmann specializes in working with students with learning differences related to working memory, information processing, and executive functioning.


contact Concha Wyatt at: cwyatt@carolinaday.org for more details

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About Accredited Training Programs:

There are three internationally recognized institutions that accredit multisensory structured language training programs. Key Learning Center maintains accreditation with each of these organizations:



About becoming Certified as an Orton-Gillingham Teacher or Tutor:

Key Learning Center offers training that is accredited by the major international organizations that accredit high-quality programs meeting rigorous standards.

Certification as an Orton-Gillingham Practitioner or an Academic Language Practitioner comes through these organizations: