Welcome to Kemper Academy for Teaching and Learning
Where we Train. Empower. Teach.
Are you interested in learning research-proven strategies to empower children with learning differences?
Kemper Academy for Teaching and Learning, an affiliate of The de Paul School, offers professional development opportunities, internships, tutoring services, and community outreach. Our mission is to share the de Paul Difference—our unique and innovative language-structured curriculum to train educators, empower families, and teach students— locally, nationally, and internationally. REGISTER HERE!
NEW!! The Science of Learning Mini Course
This new course is designed for educators and will be held at the de Paul School on January 23rd, February 21st, and March 13th from 5-6:15 pm.
The course includes the following for $200, with a 10% discount for groups of five or more:
- Three classes
- Two classroom observations
- Two follow-up discussions and a box of manipulatives.
January 23rd — Part 1: What is the “science of learning,” and how can I use it to teach more effectively? Presented by Phil Howell, Associate Head of The de Paul School.
This workshop will present key findings from research on how the brain learns and the teaching practices that lead to long-term retention of knowledge and skills. Without this research, students and teachers tend to use common study strategies and teaching techniques that we think work but don’t. We will look at the science of learning from two angles: what independent study strategies should we teach students to use, and what teaching techniques keep students’ minds engaged and primed for learning?
February 21st — Part 2: How do I implement the “science of reading” in my classroom? Evidence-informed practices that you can use. Presented by Liz McPhearson, Elementary Dean at The de Paul School, Brandi Radaker, Team 2 teacher at The de Paul School, and Denise Jett, Team 6 teacher at The de Paul School
More and more teachers are becoming aware of the science of reading, but there is much hunger for practical teaching techniques. In this workshop, we will model explicit examples of how to implement evidence-informed reading strategies into reading instruction. This will include moving beyond basic phonics to teaching students to decode and spell polysyllabic words.
March 13th — Part 3: Want to improve your mathematics instruction? Evidence-informed practices that you can implement into your mathematics instruction. Presented by Liz McPhearson, Elementary Dean at The de Paul School, and Sandra Boeschel, Team 7/8 teacher at The de Paul School.
Many students with learning differences struggle in math … some due to underdeveloped number concepts, but others due to difficulties with written organization, working memory, fact retrieval, or language skills. This session will give practical approaches to overcoming these various obstacles and accurately evaluating a student’s true math abilities.
Through educational workshops, expert de Paul faculty lead research-informed Kemper Academy educator and parent workshops throughout the school year. During our workshops, we share our unique and innovative language structured curriculum of best practices in support of kindergarten through 8th-grade students with learning differences (ADHD, dyslexia, dyscalculia, and dysgraphia) to the community.
Internships at The de Paul School are open to high school and college students interested in education to gain pedagogical and hands-on experience with mentor classroom teachers who teach students with learning differences.
After-School Tutoring Services (beginning the 2022-2023 school year) are offered through Kemper Academy to provide resources to students with learning differences to develop their independence, knowledge, and success.
Community outreach allows us to connect and partner with surrounding schools, businesses, and organizations, to further extend our services beyond de Paul and into the greater community on a local, national, and international level.
Kemper Academy for Teaching and Learning offers in-person and virtual workshops which focus on best practices for students with specific learning differences in grades K-8. Workshops, including light refreshments, are complimentary to de Paul families. Workshops are complimentary for de Paul families; $25 for the public (GLEC will cover cost for JCPS ECE teachers, JCPS families w/ students w/ disabilities & KSB teachers and families).
To learn more about Kemper Academy for Teaching and Learning at The de Paul School, please contact us at 502-459-6131 or via email firstname.lastname@example.org.
We kindly accept monetary donations, which help fund professional development opportunities (seminars, conferences, workshops) for our esteemed de Paul faculty to participate and lead.
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Kemper Academy for Teaching and Learning is grateful for the generous support from:
The Gheens Foundation
Fred B. & Opal S. Woosley Foundation