The May Center for Learning

Teacher Training

National statistics show that In a typical classroom of 20 students, a teacher will have at least 4 students who learn differently, yet teachers often do not have the specific training necessary to identify these students and address their needs. Early identification, teacher training and appropriate support resources are key to improving student outcomes. In fact, all students in general education classrooms will benefit from using the strategies and techniques that succeed for students with learning differences. May Center teacher training gives teachers the tools they need to reach all students in their classrooms.

Teacher Training
The tools you shared will certainly make the NDI experience that much more fulfilling and successful for both students and instructors!
— Allegra Lillard, NDI Dance Barns Artistic Director
Really amazing, useful information for our teaching environments - can’t think of anything I would change. Would love periodic refreshers!
— Learning Difference Overview Workshop Participant

May Center teacher training Institute

National statistics show that In a typical classroom of 20 students, a teacher will have at least 4 students who learn differently, yet teachers often do not have the specific training necessary to identify these students and address their needs. Early identification, teacher training and appropriate support resources are key to improving student outcomes. In fact, all students in general education classrooms will benefit from using the strategies and techniques that succeed for students with learning differences. May Center teacher training gives teachers the tools they need to reach all students in their classrooms.

May Center Teacher Training Institute is one of the only organizations in New Mexico to offer a certification program in multi-sensory language teaching, the gold standard for teaching dyslexic students. All of our teacher training programs use evidence-based strategies developed by national leaders in the field, including Shelton School of Dallas. May Center collaborates with each school to develop a training customized program that best suits their needs.

May Center Teacher Training Institute Programs Include:

Multi-Sensory Language Instruction (MSL)
Students with language-based learning differences such as dyslexia process language differently, and they need to learn to read and spell in a different way. Through our affiliation with Shelton School of Dallas, May Center trains teachers to deliver the Sequential English Education program. This program is an Orton-Gillingham approach certified by the International Multi-Sensory Language Education Committee (IMSLEC) and the International Dyslexia Association (IDA) and can culminate with teachers taking the ALTA national certification exam.

Learning Differences: Overview and Simulation
This workshop begins with an introduction to various learning differences, including ADHD, dyslexia, and slow processing speed, among many others. Teachers learn to recognize learning differences in their students and strategies that will empower students with learning differences to reach their potential in the general education classroom. The second half of this session simulates how it feels to have a learning difference in a typical classroom environment. This is a critical opportunity for educators and parents to develop empathy and deepen their understanding of the impact of processing differences on the learning experience.

Building Executive Function Skills in the Classroom
Students with executive function skill deficits appear to be disorganized, are unable to prioritize, and tend to have difficulty with self-regulation. This workshop explains the importance of explicitly teaching executive functioning skills, and focuses on practical ideas for structuring the classroom to build executive function skills in all students.  

Structured Literacy
All students benefit from learning to read using explicit, structured instruction in decoding.  This workshop provides the fundamental foundation for teaching reading, focusing on the five essential components of effective reading instruction: phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension.

Reading Comprehension
Teaching reading comprehension to students who struggle to make meaning from text can be challenging. This workshop delivers active strategies to help students visualize, organize, analyze, and synthesize what they read.

Writing the “May Way”
The May Way Writing Workshop focuses on developing the building blocks of writing through a multi-sensory approach that emphasizes executive functioning skills. Teachers will leave the workshop with concrete strategies for teaching writing fundamentals at both the sentence and composition level.

To bring customized May Center Teacher Training to your school, call 505 983 7407 or email Amy Miller, Executive Director, amy@maycenter.org.