This is my twelfth year at OLOL, and I am very grateful for the wonderful and supportive students, parents, and staff I have met and worked with throughout the years. I am a graduate of UW-Stevens Point where I received my BS in Elementary Education and a Concentration in Reading. I am also trained in the Wilson Reading System, a powerful intervention program proven successful for students needing additional help in spelling and reading. I have been married for 31 years to my husband, Bob. I have one daughter, Erin, and a wonderful son-in-law, Zeb! During my "free time," I enjoy drawing colored-pencil sketches of pets for others, reading, and going up north to Minocqua, Wis. with family and friends.
The positives of dyslexia published in Psychology Today in September 2019
Excerpt: “While there has been a strong research bias towards finding only deficits historically, more recent work has found advantages.
Yes, it is vital to recognize the challenges associated with dyslexia. But it is equally important to recognize it as a natural and valuable aspect of human neurological diversity—one that needs to be supported, accommodated, and valued, rather than being taken as a medical flaw that we would be better off without.” -Robert Chapman, Ph.D.
To read the entire article, go to: http://bit.ly/2nZLEWt
Pat Shafer, former Reading Specialist at St. Bernard Catholic School in Green Bay, and Golden Apple winner, is the Founder and Executive Director of On the Mark Dyslexia Clinic Inc. She and her dyslexia tutors offer tutoring for students who “are at risk for having a language/literacy disorder or dyslexia.” See the Facebook page, On the Mark Dyslexia Clinic, or their website: onthemarkdyslexiaclinic.com for more details.
The clinic accepts students with neuropyschological testing automatically. If a student has not been tested, Pat uses the Test of Integrated Language and Literacy Skills (TILLS) to determine if the programs they use, Wilson Reading System (WRS) and/or Wilson Just Words, would be the right fit for the child. The TILLS, which was introduced at the International Dyslexia Association several years ago and has an excellent battery of skill subtests that cover every area of reading with a benchmark cut score for each age group. The writers of this normed test indicate that if a child scores below the cut score, they are at risk for having a language/literacy disorder or dyslexia. Pat has given the test to over 50 children at this point (2019) and found it to be an excellent tool to share with parents and for partents to share with their child’s school.
The clinic has been so overwhelmed with requests for help that all inquiries have been directed to the website: onthemarkdyslexiaclinic.com. There is an introductory video and tabs with information for parents. One of the resources includes red flags for dyslexia by age group.
If a parent would like Pat to administer the TILLS, he/she would complete the registration form under the Students tab (on the website) and send it with a $25 registration fee to On the Mark Dyslexia Clinic, c/o Union Congregational UCC, 716 S Madison St., Green Bay, WI 54301. She then contacts the parent to set up a date for testing. There is no obligation to use their program with that registration, but they do not charge for tutoring if they start at the clinic.
They do have numerous students from GRACE schools who attend after school or in the summer. She coordinates with the reading interventionist at the schools so that they are providing lessons in the same level of the Wilson programs and consult before moving to the next substep.
“On the Mark Dyslexia Clinic Inc is a 501(c)(3) public charitable organization. We provide free tutoring services to dyslexic students. We depend on the generosity of a number of caring companies, foundations and individuals to enable us to provide the training for our tutors, a small stipend to tutors for the training they provide and the materials used by our students.” (onthemarkdyslexiaclinic.com)
On the Mark Dyslexia Clinic Inc. as been hosting a number of fundraising events:
News Flash: On the Mark Dyslexia Clinic was featured on WBAY – Channel 2 on September 28, 2019. On this short spot, Pat Shafer, Executive Director, explained the need to get more individuals trained to serve as tutors to meet the rapidly growing needs of the clinic. To see this short clip please CLICK HERE.
Pat also tries to provide a 3 day training workshop for Wilson each summer:
“Within GRACE schools we believe that every child is gifted, no matter their testing level.
Through our Student Services Program we support teachers and students to ensure that
each child receives a meaningful and responsive Catholic school learning experience.”
SUPPORTIVE CONSULTANT ROLE
Each of our GRACE schools has a staff member designated as a Supportive Consultant to
work with and assist students and staff with students’ educational needs.
Mrs. Jean O’Donnell is the Supportive Consultant/Resource Teacher at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School.
This is my twelfth year at OLOL, and I am very grateful for the wonderful and supportive students, parents, and staff I have met and worked with throughout the years. I am a graduate of UW-Stevens Point where I received my BS in Elementary Education and a Concentration in Reading. I am also trained in the Wilson Reading System, a powerful intervention program proven successful for students needing additional help in spelling and reading.I have been married for 31 years to my husband, Bob. I have one daughter, Erin, and a wonderful son-in-law, Zeb! During my “free time,” I enjoy drawing colored-pencil sketches of pets for others, reading, spending time with family and friends and going up north to our cabin near Minocqua, Wisconsin.
The following is a list of some of the Supportive Consultant roles and responsibilities.
Provide identified assistance to students of need (academic, behavioral, social, other) as
determined by a GRACE SCHOOLS SERVICE PLAN.
Oversee completion and distribution to parents of new and revised Teacher and
GRACE Student Service Plans in collaboration with the classroom teacher(s). As
needed, include listing of accommodation and modification recommendations.
Provide a copy of the Service Plan Progress at the end of each grading period (trimester)
Attend IEP, Service Plan, and Supportive Consultation meetings as warranted.
Be The Center for Advanced Academics (CENTER) Site Coordinator.
Be the Edgenuity – Odyssey/Pathblazer (computer based learning) Site Coordinator