|The changes we have waited years for are spreading throughout
of Successful Approaches
|Successful approaches for best practices in
academic teaching and in the prevention and remediation, for
most forms of Specific Learning Disabilities, have been developed.
Several of these approaches are "research based", because they have
significant scientific research to document their successes. Others,
which have shown their value, have been used by a few private clinics for
several years. Because of their continued successes in positively
changing lives, scientists, in the near future, will give us significant
scientific research evidence of their value. Each of these approaches
need to be disseminated to all students including and especially those
determined to have Specific Learning Disabilities. Few educator
trainers, regular education teachers, special education teachers and clinicians
are trained in these approaches. Proficiency training, which
should include ongoing supervision, for those teaching students
must be thorough.
To become a trainer of teachers or master trainers, one must
become very proficient by receiving the initial training and supervision,
as well as instruction on teaching the teachers. Once regular
and special educators receive the proper training, the significant
reading and other academic problems that millions of our children and adults
have in this country will be minimized. It is estimated that up to
of the children and adults who are considered Learning Disabled
become self sufficient in the skills which had heretofore alluded them.
This will not only make unsuccessful people, successful, but
effect the variety of other problems, in our society, which can be
directly or indirectly linked to low self-esteem and failure
|To expedite availability of teachers and clinicians
who can provide these approaches to the children and adults in need, the
proposes, as its two most significant goals to:
In the beginning two qualified instructors who have teacher or appropriate clinical training, and are willing to commit to at least three years of employment where they will receive training, supervision and coaching, and be expected to take on the recruitment, testing and teaching of Specific Learning Disabled children who are financially needy and after they are Certified Instructors to in the second year continue that work and become the trainer of newly qualified beginning instructors seeking Instructor Certification.
Certified Master Trainers(CMT's):
The training to become an LDI CMT will occur through the first and second year of their tenure. Upon thorough evaluation of their skills as as an instructor and trainer of new instructors who wish to become Certified, the person who meets the required standards of excellence will become a Certified Master Trainer.
LDI would prefer to have a nation that has programs in every community which would train the trainers (CMT's) because more teachers could in turn be trained by them and more persons who struggle with learning academic skills and/or have LD issues, would then be appropriately and more speedily served.
Additional Training Opportunities
One, two, three, four and five day trainings will be available. These will be both broad and specific based seminars/workshops. They will all be based on parts of the master curriculum and with appropriate supervision in the practice of that which has been trained may meet the standards required to be a Certified Instructor.
The general areas will be:
Training in Diagnostic Evaluation.
Training in the Development of and Teaching Approaches Required to Instruct/Treat Students in:
- Attention and Short Term Memory
- Elements of Phonological Awareness
- Phonemic Awareness
Sight Word Memory
Rapid Word Naming
Training in Supervision/Coaching and Presentation for Training Instructors
|By emphasizing the training of the trainers,
we expect more persons who struggle with learning academic skills and/or
have LD issues, to be appropriately and more speedily served.
Scholarship monies will, in the beginning, be required for 10 financially needy children and as the program matures for both children and adults who will be served through record review, additional testing for treatment planning and evaluation of results and for the special treatment/teaching required to effect the positive change necessary for overcoming the person's Learning Disabilities.
- Depending upon the extensiveness of a person's Learning Disabilities and how much appropriate testing has already been done, the testing to diagnose the exact nature of what areas need treatment/instruction can range from $500.00 to $1500.00.
- Treatment for one year, which must and will mostly be done one-on-one will cost $10,000.00. It is expected that the majority of students will obtain completion in one to two years. This will depend, in each case, upon how many learning disabilities exist and the severity of them.
Training for the educators/clinicians who wish to become Certified Instructors, will start a month prior to the beginning of instruction for the children and continue in the afternoons after the last child has left and on the weekends. It is estimated that the cost of training will be $10,000.00. per instructor.
Those wishing further information about first becoming a Certified Instructor and then a Certified Master Instructor or in receiving information about the various additional training opportunities should contact Denton M. Kurtz, M.Ed., Executive and Clinical Director of LDI.
For those of you who are already serious about this opportunity, should send your resume, along with an essay stating your reasons for wanting to become a CI and CMT ,and your willingness to commit to at least the three years and the mission of LDI, to Denton Kurtz at the address below.
A stringent evaluation will be conducted and will include a background check, character and personality references, information from those who have had personal experience with your cooperativeness when working with one and more colleagues, your manner and competency when instructing and presenting (to include colleagues and students), and testing to make sure that you do not have learning anomalies which would interfere with the needed precision of instruction/treatment
c/o Denton M. Kurtz
1201 Louisiana Ave.
Winter Park, FL 32789
Fax 407 629-6886
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Other inquiries may be directed to the same address or by calling Mr. Kurtz directly at: (407) 628-2080.