At HPDS, we pride ourselves on using the most up-to-date technology and instructional techniques, and basing our curricular and procedural decision on the latest research. Our staff are highly trained and thoroughly versed in their respective areas. Part of our strategic focus as an organization is to share our expertise with the larger community, so that we can positively impact the lives of students beyond our walls.
With The Chicagoland Community
In addition to the Bellick Family Speaker Series, which has brought national and local experts to Chicago to speak on a variety of LD-related topics, we have also leveraged the considerable strengths of our staff to provide professional development to area schools, and presentations on LD issues to parents and community members. Some of the schools we have presented at include Beacon Academy, Baker Demonstration School, Near North Montessori School, St. Ben’s, and Woodlands Academy.
We have partnered with Dyslexia Action Group of Naperville to provide Assistive Technology instruction to students, as well as presentations to parents and LD professionals. Staff have presented at Learning Disabilities of America, Gow Leadership Conference and more.
Most recently, we have launched the Joanne Steinback Educator Training Institute to better share our knowledge and expertise in the field of learning disabilities with more of Chicagoland’s teachers. Our multisensory math workshops are a pillar of the institute, helping to bring multisensory math techniques to students in schools all across the area through intensive teacher training initiatives.
Hyde Park Day School has received Wilson® Accredited Partner status by Wilson Language Training® (WLT). This status affirms that the school meets WLT’s standards for excellence in the delivery of Wilson® professional learning programs and adheres to ethical business practices when managing those services.
As an accredited partner, Hyde Park Day School is licensed by WLT to provide professional learning, including courses and certifications, to school districts and teachers in the highly respected Wilson Reading System® (WRS) program. We have already trained over 130 practitioners this year alone.