The Teacher Training Institute at Chartwell

The Teacher Training Institute at Chartwell School (TTI) provides teachers with the tools and practical experience to explicitly and systematically navigate specific learning disabilities, including dyslexia. 

TTI courses integrate the elements of language using structured literacy, including phonology, orthography, morphology, semantics, and syntax. The teaching is systematic, diagnostic, explicit, prescriptive, and cumulative with the goal of achieving mastery. 

A unique aspect of TTI is the on-campus practicum that provides teachers, under the guidance of Chartwell Master Teachers, hands-on, classroom experience with young readers struggling with dyslexia. 

We call this multi-pronged learning approach -- knowledge acquisition, hands-on application, and peer review -- The Chartwell Way.

Program Highlights

  • To date, more than 165 teachers from 27 schools have benefitted from TTI instruction -- reaching thousands of students who may be struggling with language-based learning difficulties and that would have otherwise gone undetected. 
  • TTI partnered with the entire Hollister School District, providing training to over 70 teachers in six months
  • Chartwell recently completed a new, four-classroom building on its 65-acre Seaside, CA campus which will be home to the Teacher Training Institute in the summer of 2021.

Coming Soon! 2021 Dates and Courses

Our new Teacher Training Center will open in the summer of 2021. 

We are delighted to be able to host 50-100 teachers this summer in our Structured Literacy Course with Practicum.  We are also planning future professional development opportunities for teachers in other areas, including Social Emotional and Academic Development, Addressing Executive Functioning issues, Strategies for Students with ADHD and Using Assistive Technology to Support Learning.

Dates and course offerings will be available on February 15, 2021. Email info@chartwell.org to be notified of updates.

Master Teachers

Jodi Amaditz is the director of the lower and middle school at Chartwell. Jodi holds a masters from Columbia University Teacher’s College and is certified in various Orton-Gillingham-based approaches. Over the past 20 years, Jodi has worked with more than 400 students challenged by dyslexia.

Billy Swift is the director of student support at Chartwell. Prior to Chartwell, Billy was a teacher and case manager at Landmark School in Massachusetts, a leader in teaching students with language-based learning differences. Billy holds a masters of science in education from Simmons College.

Participants' Perspective