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the summit resource center

Did you know that Summit offers services for families not enrolled at The Summit School? The Summit Resource Center is your source for diagnostic testing services, individual tutoring, summer programs, consultations and free workshops and seminars. We are pleased to serve children, adults and educators in the Annapolis, Baltimore and Washington, D.C. area.

Testing

IS YOUR CHILD HAVING DIFFICULTIES KEEPING UP WITH HIS CLASSMATES? Are you concerned with how your child handles her homework? Does something just not feel right? The Summit Resource Center can help you find answers. We offer diagnostic testing services for children and adults. Our comprehensive evaluations measure cognitive learning patterns, academic achievement, executive function, memory functions, speech and language concerns and more. Click here to read a Description of our Testing Services.

 

TESTING PROCESS: A complete evaluation begins with an intake appointment with one of our clinicians. The evaluation consists of multiple testing sessions to thoroughly assess the student’s strengths and challenges. A comprehensive report including the assessment results, test scores, diagnosis, and recommendations for moving forward is provided to parents at the closing conference. The final report is essentially a roadmap to help parents and educators better meet the child’s needs.

tutoring

THE SUMMIT RESOURCE CENTER also offers individual tutoring for students who need additional academic support. Our services are for students in grades 1-12 and we offer remediation in the following academic areas including: reading/spelling, written expression, mathematics, study skills, homework, and time management and organizational skills. We are pleased to offer tutoring at your convenience – in your home, at your child’s school, at a local library – whatever is most convenient for you. Leveraging today’s technologies, our tutors can connect with your child via online meetings and chats in a pinch.  Click here to read a Description of our Tutoring Services.

 

TUTORING PROCESS: All tutoring programs begin with an assessment of need. If a recent evaluation of skills has not been completed, the tutoring coordinator will do a screening to determine need. The objectives of the student’s program are drawn from what is revealed from the assessment. Tutoring consists of individual sessions which focus upon the remediation of skills and/or the development of study and organizational skills. The frequency and length of tutoring sessions are recommended by the coordinator of the tutoring program. Instruction is diagnostic and individualized. Students strengthen their skills and feel they can be successful in school because of this support.

WORKSHOPS & SEMINARS

THE SUMMIT RESOURCE CENTER offers a variety of focused, specialized workshops and seminars for educators and parents, designed to help adults develop techniques that enable students with learning diculties to succeed.

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DYSLEXIA RESOURCES

definition of dyslexia

Dyslexia is not reading words backwards or writing letters backwards. That is a common misconception.

National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) defines dyslexia as a brain-based type of learning disability that specifically impairs a person’s ability to read. Individuals with dyslexia typically read at levels significantly lower than expected despite having normal intelligence. Although the disorder varies from person to person, common characteristics among people with dyslexia are difficulty with phonological processing (the manipulation of sounds), spelling, and/or rapid visual-verbal responding. Dyslexia can be inherited in some families, and recent studies have identified a number of genes that may predispose an individual to developing dyslexia.

Dyslexia is a word level reading disorder resulting in difficulty decoding or sounding out words, recognizing words automatically, and spelling.  Additionally, individuals who have dyslexia demonstrate oral language difficulties that are prerequisites for reading.  These difficulties are word retrieval, for either accuracy and automaticity (i.e., rapid naming) or both, and for phonemic processing which affects the ability to discern, discriminate, and sequence sounds in words before the notion of letter/sound associations are introduced.

what is a learning difference?

At The Summit School, we view learning disabilities as learning differences because we believe that children who struggle in school have many abilities that they are unable to demonstrate because of their processing difficulties. For example they may struggle with working memory and have difficulty remembering facts or procedures. They may work more slowly than their peers. They may know a lot of information but have difficulty retrieving and expressing their knowledge clearly and succinctly. They may struggle with reading decoding and spelling because their brain does not process the sounds of the language easily. However, students with learning differences are bright – they are problem solvers, creative, intuitive, and can succeed given a rigorous, multi-sensory learning environment that is tailored to their individualized needs. Children who have learning differences might be diagnosed with dyslexia, dyscalculia, dysgraphia, written language disorder, or executive function disorder.

legislation

Individuals with Disabilities Education Act 2004 (IDEA) is a law ensuring services to children with disabilities throughout the nation. IDEA governs how states and public agencies provide early intervention, special education and related services to more than 6.5 million eligible infants, toddlers, children and youth with disabilities.

Free Appropriate Public Education for Students With Disabilities: Requirements Under Section 504 of The Rehabilitation Act of 1973. The U.S. Department of Education (ED) enforces Section 504 in programs and activities that receive funds from ED. Recipients of these funds include public school districts, institutions of higher education, and other state and local education agencies.

The Sydney Crawford Resolution, House Simple Resolution 623, to increase awareness and to support further research and treatment of dyslexia and related learning disabilities.

Contact your Senator(s) and your House Representative so that you may contact them in support of legislation and resolutions.

online resources

Parent Resources

Architects for Learning is dedicated to promoting 21st century literacy skills through the development of innovative approaches to teaching and learning. Instructors at The Summit School are trained in EmPOWER™, an instructional method for teaching expository writing.

Center for Parent Information and Resources formerly known as National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities (NICHCY) funded by The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP).

LD Online is a website for accurate and up-to-date information and advice about learning disabilities and ADHD.

Learning Ally is a national nonprofit with a defined approach to help support students with learning disabilities and their families.

National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) is the public voice of mathematics education, supporting teachers to ensure equitable mathematics learning of the highest quality for all students through vision, leadership, professional development, and research. NCTM has a helpful Family Resources page.

National Institute for Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) Dyslexia Information Page

National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) has achieved an array of scientific advances in its pursuit to enhance lives throughout all stages of human development, improving the health of children, adults, families, communities, and populations. Research supported and conducted by the NICHD has helped to explain the unique health needs of many, and has brought about novel and effective ways to fulfill them. Selected NICHD publications:

Reading Rockets offers strategies, lessons, activities and ideas designed to help young children learn to read.

Associations

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) is the national professional, scientific, and credentialing association for audiologists, speech-language pathologists, speech, language, and hearing scientists, audiology and speech-language pathology support personnel, and students.

Association of Independent Schools in Maryland and Washington, DC (AIMS) serves independent schools by providing outstanding professional development, accreditation services, public advocacy, and networking opportunities. The Summit School is AIMS accredited.

Children and Adults with Attention Deficit / Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD) is a non-profit organization providing education, advocacy and support for individuals with ADHD.

Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) is the largest international professional organization dedicated to improving the educational success of individuals with disabilities and/or gifts and talents.

Council for Learning Disabilities (CLD) is an international organization composed of professionals who represent diverse disciplines, is committed to enhancing the education and quality of life for individuals with learning disabilities across the life span. CLD accomplishes this by promoting and disseminating evidence-based research and practices related to the education of individuals with learning disabilities.

International Dyslexia Association (IDA) is an international organization that concerns itself with the complex issues of dyslexia. IDA believes that all individuals have the right to achieve their potential, that individual learning abilities can be strengthened and that social, educational and cultural barriers to language acquisition and use must be removed.

Learning Disabilities Association of America (LDA) advocates for individuals with learning disabilities. It has over 100 state and local affiliates and members from countries around the world.

National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) is a nonprofit membership association that provides services to more than 1,700 schools and associations of schools in the United States and abroad, including 1,400 independent private K-12 schools in the U.S.

The Dyslexia Foundation (TDF), is a non-profit organization with a mission to promote scientific breakthroughs in the early detection, prevention and remediation of dyslexia and related reading difficulties; to disseminate new findings and evidence based reading approaches to researchers, practitioners and families; to prevent the economic and psychological suffering caused by reading failure, and to unlock the full potential of children and adults with dyslexia so that they may personally succeed and contribute fully to society.

Research

The Education Resources Information Center (ERIC) is an internet-based digital library of education research and information sponsored by the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) of the U.S. Department of Education.

Institute of Education Sciences, the research arm of the US Office of Education, provides rigorous and relevant evidence on which to ground education practice and policy and share this information broadly.

Learning Disabilities Innovation Hubs (LD Hubs) aim to address the causes, symptoms, and treatments of learning disabilities that impact reading, writing, and mathematics. The Hubs focus on understudied research topics and on projects that study those diagnosed with and at-risk for these disabilities. Projects also include mentorship of researchers who are in the early stages of their careers with a particular focus on enhancing involvement of under-represented groups in scientific careers.

Learning Disabilities Research Centers (LDRC) Consortium was established in 1989 as a primary means for developingknowledge on the causes, origins, and developmental course of learning disabilities. Projects studied by the Consortium address learning disabilities that affect reading and writing, including basic reading skills, reading fluency, reading comprehension, and written expression.

The Meadows Center: Mathematics Institute for Learning Disabilities and Difficulties is committed to the understanding of mathematics learning disabilities and difficulties and to the validation of evidence-based assessments and interventions to prevent and remediate learning problems.

National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD) improves the lives of all people with learning difficulties and disabilities by empowering parents, enabling young adults, transforming schools, and creating policy and advocacy impact.

Society for the Scientific Study of Reading (SSSR) promotes the scientific study of reading and disseminates information about reading and related areas such as language and literacy.

SUMMER CAMP PROGRAMS

Camp Summit

July 2 – 27, 2018, 8:30 am – 3:00 pm, Students Entering Grades 1 – 8
  • Colts: Students entering grades 1 – 5
  • Stallions: Students entering grades 6 -8

Camp Summit is a nurturing program with a track record of success. Students are grouped into small classes based on skill level to accommodate learning styles. Highly trained teachers use research-based methods and multi sensory strategies. Children make friends quickly, build self-confidence, and maintain academic skills while having fun!

Click for Summer at Summit, 2018 camp brochure.

Morning academics follow a structured curriculum that includes one hour each day of:

  • Reading: small group instruction using a systematic, multi sensory approach for skill development.
  • Math: small groups, standards-based multi-sensory instruction.
  • Oral/Written Expression: Fun oral and written language activities and structured approaches to sentence formulation, story writing, and expository writing using computer technology.

Afternoon fun with supportive teachers and college counselors leading campers in sports, games, music, cooking, performances, arts, STEM activities, and field trips. Students in middle school have themed adventures each week.

APPLICATION: A $100 non-refundable deposit is due with your application. Applications are considered in the order received. You will be notified of acceptance or wait list status as soon as possible. Please do not send camp tuition until notice of acceptance has been received. Limited financial aid is available – please inquire.

TUITION: $2,230/student.

SUMMIT FAMILY DISCOUNTED TUITION: $1,985/student. Summit is pleased to offer a discount to former Camp Summit registrants, former Specialty Camp registrants, Summit students, and Summit Resource Center clients. Tuition of $1,985 must be paid in full by April 10, 2018 in order to receive this discount.

PAYMENT SCHEDULE: Deposit: $100 due with application (non-refundable). Payment #1: $1,000 due five days after acceptance letter is received. Payment #2: $1,130* (plus $400 extended care fee, if applicable) or full balance due by June 1, 2018 *or remaining balance based on Summit Family discount.

ACADEMIC TESTING: $90 (due at the time of testing) Academic testing is required if your child has not been formally tested within two years. If academic testing has already been completed within two years, an academic pre-screening may be required (at no cost). If your child is enrolled at The Summit School, is currently being tutored through Summit Resource Center, or is completing the admissions process for the school, prescreening may not be necessary and will be determined by the camp director. *Tuition is not refundable after June 1, 2018.

TRANSPORTATION  AVAILABLE – The Summit School is pleased to provide information regarding transportation options. If you are interested in assistance with getting your child to and from Camp Summit please contact A & K Transportation, Kimberlyn Waterman at 240-508-5561 or .

EXTENDED CARE – 3:00 pm – 5 pm, $400/student

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For additional inquiries, please email the Camp Director at .

Math Boost Camp

August 6 – 10, 2018
  • Grades 1 & 2, 9 am – 11 am
  • Grades 3 & 4, 11 am – 1 pm
  • Grades 5 & 6, 1 pm – 4 pm

NEW CLASS! The school year is just around the corner; is your child ready to hit the ground running? Targeted for the student who just needs a refresher of common core math topics, this class will cover common core curriculum in a fun, multi-sensory environment so that your child is ready for returning to school! This camp, taught by Summit’s own experienced faculty, will refresh skills and concepts to build student confidence as they prepare for a great academic year!

 

Rising Grades 1 & 2 Rising Grades 3 & 4 Rising Grades 5 & 6
number sense

addition facts

subtraction facts

graphs

math vocabulary

place value

money

number sense

fact fluency

addition with regrouping

subtracting with renaming

graphs

math vocabulary

 

number sense

math vocabulary

measures of central tendency

fractions

decimals

percentages

ratios and proportions

TUITION: $300/student; enrollment minimum is 8 students per session, maximum 16.

Click for Summer at Summit, 2018 camp brochure.

REGISTER NOW

For additional inquiries about Math Boost Camp, please contact Nancy Rhodes at .

Executive Function Camp

August 6 – 10, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm, Rising 8, 9 & 10 Graders
August 13 – 17, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm, RiSIng 5, 6 & 7 Graders

EXECUTIVE FUNCTION SKILLS help us plan, organize, strategize, manage time, pay attention to and remember details. In school, these skills help students plan for future assignments, sustain attention to tasks, and stay organized. For some students, these tasks are like climbing a mountain: you don’t know where or how to start! This course will tackle organization, time management, and study skills. Students will develop strategies for:

  • Prioritizing assignments
  • Keeping materials organized
  • Sustaining attention to tasks
  • Managing time inside the classroom
  • Starting assignments efficiently
  • Managing time outside the classroom
  • Staying organized in the classroom
  • Studying for subject area tests efficiently and effectively.

If difficulty in any of these areas limits your student’s success in the classroom, he or she may benefit from skill development in the area of Executive Functioning. In addition to learning new skills, students will take home resources that can be used in every classroom, including monthly and weekly calendars, graphic organizer outlines, and study guide shells.

NEW THIS YEAR: Students will benefit even more! Summit is offering two follow-up classes to check in on progress and help set up for a successful year. Follow up sessions are included in the cost of camp tuition.

  • Follow Up session 1, Tuesday, Sept. 11 (Rising 5,6,7: 4:30-5:30 p.m.; Rising 8,9,10 5:30-6:30 p.m.)
  • Follow Up session 2, Tuesday, October 9 (Rising 5,6,7: 4:30-5:30 p.m.; Rising 8,9,10 5:30-6:30 p.m.)

TUITION: $480/student; enrollment minimum is 5 students per session, maximum 16.

Click for Summer at Summit, 2018 camp brochure.

REGISTER NOW

Additional inquiries should be sent to Nancy Rhodes at .

EmPOWER Camp

August 6 – 10, 1:00 PM – 4:00 pm, Rising 8, 9 & 10 Graders
August 13 – 17, 1:00 Pam – 4:00 pm, RiSIng 5, 6 & 7 Graders

ACADEMIC WRITING can be a very difficult task for many students. There are so many layers to writing a strong essay for a teacher-pleasing research report. EMPOWER™ Camp will teach students how to use the EMPOWER™ writing process to launch them on the road to writing success. Students will learn how to:

  • Evaluate the writing task
  • Make a plan for the writing task
  • Organize thoughts using one of six specific graphic organizers
  • Write fact or opinion theme statements
  • Organize information in a logical sequence
  • Summarize paragraphs with a powerful closing sentence
  • Develop a voice in written pieces that engages the reader
  • Self-evaluate the quality of the writing
  • Edit to make necessary changes.

The EmPOWER™ writing process is based on solid research and developed to help students connect oral language, organization of thoughts and writing. EmPOWER™ strategies enable students to develop the internal dialogue that guides the writing process and supports thinking for effective writing.

TUITION: $480/student; enrollment minimum is 5 students per session, maximum 16.

Click for Summer at Summit, 2018 camp brochure.

REGISTER NOW

Additional inquiries should be sent to Nancy Rhodes at .