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Teacher Training Institute

My student looked at me and asked, Why have I never been taught to read this way before?

Teacher Training Institute Participant

The Teacher Training Institute (TTI) at Chartwell School has long provided public, private and charter school teachers with science-based tools and strategies to explicitly and systematically navigate and educate students with specific learning disabilities, including dyslexia and ADHD. TTI expanded to respond to the growing need for teacher support and training as outlined in the California Dyslexia Guidelines (2016), and it has continuously increased its virtual and on-campus curricular offerings. Additionally, the development of a ground-breaking research partnership between Chartwell and the renowned UCSF Dyslexia Center offers TTI participants access to the latest brain research that informs and guides their classroom instruction.

TTI courses are distinct in that they adhere to a multi-disciplinary learning approach we call The Chartwell Way. In addition to integrating the elements of language using structured literacy (phonology, orthography, morphology, semantics, and syntax), our Master Teachers offer a whole-child instruction approach on how to differentiate teaching based on a student’s unique profile. Chartwell Master Teachers explain how visual processing, working memory, retrieval, executive function and social emotional development affect student outcomes in the classroom. The Chartwell Way addresses how various diagnoses are linked and works to grow and develop the whole child—not just their literacy skills.

Instruction at TTI models the methods that attendees will learn to use in the classrooms. It is systematic, diagnostic, explicit, prescriptive, and cumulative with the goal of achieving mastery. Under the guidance of Chartwell Master Teachers, our three-pronged teaching process—knowledge acquisition, hands-on application, and trainer feedback—includes an on-campus practicum that provides teachers hands-on, classroom experience with young readers struggling with dyslexia. Ongoing teacher support and coaching is also offered following the course.

Chartwell staff can also work with individual schools or districts to design and deliver specific course curriculum. Email Jodi Amaditz at for more information.

Participants' Perspective

Summer 2023

Structured Literacy - Session 1 - RESERVED for Lead to Literacy 
June 19-23, 2023
Contact Giselle Blong at Lead to Literacy at

Structured Literacy - Session II - RESERVED
June 26-30, 2023
Contact Giselle Blong at Lead to Literacy at

Structured Literacy - Session III
July 3-7, 2023
No classes on July 4; Hours are 8:30 am-4:00 pm M/W/Th/F; no class on Tuesday, July 4

More information here.

Structured Literacy - Session IV
July 10-14, 2023

8:30 am - 3:00 pm M-Th; 8:30 - 1:00 pm on Friday

More information here.

DISTRICTS: Please contact us directly at to discuss group trainings on the Chartwell campus or your own. Chartwell works with districts year round, during the summer and academic year.

Jodi Amaditz

Jodi Amaditz

Titles: Director of Teaching and Learning, Assistant Head of School, Co-Director Teacher Training Institute
Billy Swift

Billy Swift

Titles: Director of Student Support, Co-Director Teacher Training Institute