The Summit School Announces 2019-2020 Community Talk Series: Raising Awareness of Learning Differences and Connecting Families to Resources

Thu. 09/12/2019

The Summit School is a leader and innovator in educating students with dyslexia and other learning differences. We are committed to not only a rigorous program designed to prepare students for success in high school and beyond, but also raising awareness of children with learning differences and connecting families to available resources.

Raising Awareness and Connecting Families to Resources – The Summit School, through the Summit Resource Center, is pleased to announce a series of Community Talks, open to the public and free of charge. These talks are designed to bring relevant, timely and actionable information to parents and educators. Talks are given by experts in the field as well as highly trained professionals with years of experience working with children who have unique learning profiles.

Join Us – Learn More About Learning Differences and Available Resources – For a list of The Community Talks, click here: community talks flyer 2019-2020. To register please RSVP to . If you have any questions contact Nancy Rhodes at .


September 14: Recognizing the Struggling Learner – Signs of learning or developmental problems can surface at a young age. Identify early communication, behavioral and social indicators that may predict later learning difficulties.

  • What are the observable indicators? What are the milestones parents should know?
  • How do you discuss these observations with teachers?
  • What are the options for early intervention?

Thrive Gymnastics, 2305 Katcef Avenue, Annapolis, 3:00 – 4:30 pm. Children welcome and invited to participate in supervised gym activity.


October 10: Dyslexia Myths & Truths – Dyslexia is a word level reading disorder resulting in difficulty decoding or sounding out words, recognizing words automatically, and spelling. Dyslexia is not reading words backwards or reversing letters. Learn early signs, how dyslexia is diagnosed, and general research-based teaching strategies that result in improved reading. Common misconceptions about dyslexia will also be discussed.

The Summit School, 664 Central Avenue East, Edgewater, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm


November 7: Strategies to Make Sense of Mathematics for Students Who Learn Differently – If K-8 grade students are to understand and apply math concepts and skills; they have to be given interesting, motivating, and relevant problems to solve. Traditional problem solving activity is just one small way to have students apply what they are learning. Puzzles, estimation tasks, 3-act tasks, and non-traditional problems pique student curiosity, simulate thinking, and help them better understand ideas in mathematics. Come prepared to solve problems during this hands-on, minds-on presentation.

The Summit School, 664 Central Avenue East, Edgewater, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm


November 14 and December 9: A Parent Primer on Learning Differences: When Bright Children Struggle in School – Parents know when their child is struggling in school. Often they hear terms related to progress but don’t truly understand what these terms mean or their implications. Learn more about dyslexia, executive function disorder, working memory challenges, attention-deficit, dysgraphia, and other related terms and diagnoses. Learn what resources are available and how to begin advocating on behalf of your child.

  • November 14: Prince Frederick Library, 850 Costley Way, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm. This is not a library sponsored program.
  • December 9: Severna Park Community Center, 623 Baltimore Annapolis Boulevard, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm


December 12: Demystifying Diagnostic Testing: Testing can help determine if your child needs academic interventions or additional support. Learn:

  • The components of a comprehensive assessment
  • When a child should be tested
  • What test results tell us
  • How results can be used to meet a child’s learning profile.

Facebook Live, 10:00 am. To watch this event please visit The Summit School Facebook page.


Save the Dates:
January 7: Executive Function and School Achievement
February 4: Anxiety and Reading
March 3: Differentiating Instruction in the Mathematics Classroom
April 23: Is My Child Ready for Middle School
May 12: Learning and the Brain


“By providing learning opportunities such as these events, The Summit School will help raise awareness and connect community members to necessary resources,” said Dr. Mele-McCarthy. “As we enter the new academic year, Summit will continue working on behalf of children with dyslexia, and other learning differences to ensure that each child is educated to their full potential.”

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About Dr. Mele-McCarthy Joan A. Mele-McCarthy, D.A., CCC-SLP, serves as Executive Director and Head of School for The Summit School and is an expert in the field of learning disabilities, as well as speech and language. She holds Bachelor of Arts, Master of Science and Doctor of Arts degrees in Speech-Language Pathology from Adelphi University. She has been a college professor, clinician, consultant, and diagnostician. Dr. Mele-McCarthy serves on a number of professional and governmental boards; she was appointed as the Chair of the Governor’s Task Force on the Implementation of a Dyslexia Education Program (August 2015-December 2016) for the State of Maryland (http://msa.maryland.gov/msa/mdmanual/26excom/defunct/html/12dyslexia.html) and currently serves on the Maryland State Board of Education. Dr. Mele-McCarthy is also an Affiliated Research Scientist at Haskins Laboratories, Inc., bringing expertise as a research-to-practice clinician and educator.

About The Summit School – The Summit School was founded to serve children, grades 1-8, with dyslexia and other learning differences. The Summit School has an incredible record of helping children become successful learners. The core of Summit’s program incorporates: highly trained teachers, evidence-based instruction, hands-on, multi-sensory learning environments and small class sizes. For more information about The Summit School and Summit Resource Center please visit www.thesummitschool.org.




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