Nancy J. Hammill, MS Ed, learning therapist, professional development and outreach coordinator at the Cooper Learning Center, has been named the Sam Kirk Educator of the Year by the Learning Disabilities Association of America. The Sam Kirk Educator of the Year award is given annually to an educator who has made outstanding contributions to the education of people with learning disabilities.
The Cooper Learning Center has received a $10,000 grant from the Stan McKee Reading Foundation to provide individual learning therapy for children who have been identified in grades K, 1 and 2 as at risk for showing signs of dyslexia in the Brooklawn School District in Camden County, NJ.
Dyslexia is a learning disability that causes difficulties with reading, writing and spelling. Students with dyslexia can effectively learn with appropriate educational interventions and teaching methods tailored to their specific learning disability. According to some experts, up to 15 percent of the population has dyslexia and related disorders.
On August 6, 2014, young participants of the Cooper Learning Center Summer Reading Institute demonstrated their reading skills for parents, corporate sponsors and representatives from Children’s Regional Hospital at Cooper during a special open house celebration.
On Saturday May 3, 2014, Cooper Learning Center, part of the Children's Regional Hospital at Cooper, hosted a regional conference on dyslexia and language-related disabilities. Over 125 parents and educators from across Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware came together to explore these topics at "Facets of Dyslexia," held at the Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine in Stratford.
Dr. Richard Selznick, Director of the Cooper Learning Center at Children’s Regional Hospital at Cooper, will lead an all-day workshop presented at Rowan University by its College of Graduate and Continuing Education entitled “The Shut-Down Learner” on Tuesday, February 7.