The mission of the Swift Institute for Learning is to advance the understanding of dyslexia, language-based learning differences, and related learning difficulties.

The Institute is where parents and education professionals come to learn to better understand and support children who are experiencing difficulties in acquiring language literacy skills. Swift faculty and visiting experts conduct free workshops throughout the school year on subjects ranging from social emotional learning (SEL) and understanding language-based learning differences to dyslexia simulations and instructional technology. Information presented in Swift Institute workshops is based on research and evidence-based practices.

Swift Institute for Learning workshops are open to the Swift community and the general public. Participation is free but reservations are required.

The Institute also offers Orton-Gillingham training courses for a fee.

Please check back periodically for more offerings. We are working to schedule workshops for the 2022-23 school year.

2021-22 Swift Institute Free Workshops

What is Dyslexia? & What is Structured Literacy?
Virtual Workshop
October 6, 7:00–8:30 p.m.

Dyslexia Simulations
Virtual Workshop
October 13, 7:00–8:30 p.m.
Location: online

The Swift Institute for Learning is proud to deliver a shortened and modified Experience Dyslexia® simulation. Experience Dyslexia® is designed to increase awareness of the difficulties and frustrations that people with dyslexia (a specific language learning disability) experience daily. Participants will leave these exercises with insight into working effectively with students with dyslexia and with greater empathy and understanding for the challenges people with this learning difference face. This event is appropriate for parents, educators, and community members.

What does an Orton-Gillingham lesson look like?
Virtual Workshop
October 27, 7:00–8:30 p.m.
Location: online

The purpose of this virtual outreach  program is to give participants the opportunity to see what an Orton-Gillingham lesson looks like in a small group or classroom setting. Attendees will learn about the component parts of an OG lesson and what makes a lesson multisensory. This event will be part presentation and part live demonstration. It is appropriate for parents, educators, and community members.

Multisensory Math
Virtual Workshop
November 3, 7:00–8:30 p.m.
Location: online
Leaders: Lower Division instructor Mandy Menshon & Middle Division instructor Julie Eden

The approach of multisensory math is based on the neuroscience of math learning, the best recommendations from major research institutions, and the principles of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. It is truly Orton-Gillingham based math instruction—appropriate for all students, but essential for students with language based learning differences. 
This webinar will include:
—What is Multisensory Math? 
—How is it implemented in the classroom? K-4, 5-8
—What parents do at home to include multisensory math.
—Break out rooms for multisensory math games!