2019 Summer Training & Internship: The training and work experience that differentiates teachers

DVFS Adolescent Literacy Program Training:
June 12 - 21, 2019, 8:30 – 4:00

DVFS Teaching Internship:
June 24 –July 26, 2019, 8:00 – 12:30


The DVFS Teacher Training and Internship will help teachers strengthen their ability to implement the differentiated instruction needed to meet the needs of a diverse population of students. Our accredited training course is a comprehensive Orton-Gillingham based curriculum designed for middle and high school students. This curriculum includes multisensory research-based reading, spelling, writing and study skills methodologies that are effective for students with learning differences.

Our training center is the only school-based program in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware accredited by BOTH the International Dyslexia Association (IDA) and by the International Multisensory Structure Language Education Council (IMSLEC) as a center for teaching and teacher-training excellence.

This IMSLEC accreditation ensures the professionals who enroll in our course that our training meets or exceeds the highest professional standards in the preparation of Multisensory Structured Language specialists including clinicians and teachers.


Helen Mannion is the director of the Teacher Training Center at DVFS and the language and literacy instruction at the school. Helen received her BA from Bucknell University and her M.Ed. from Benedictine University in reading and literacy. She is a Certified Academic Language Therapist who focuses her research and curriculum development on language and literacy instruction.

Megan Fortgang teaches several classes at Delaware Valley Friends School, including: Middle School Language Arts, Upper School Language Arts, 10th grade American History, and 6th grade Social Studies. In addition to her teaching duties, Megan is a teacher trainer in our IMSLEC accredited DVFS Adolescent Literacy Program.

Kathy Halligan is a member of the Language Arts Department at Delaware Valley Friends School. She holds a degree from University of Millersville in Special Education. Kathy trained at Teacher's College with Judith Birsh in the Orton-Gillingham Program. She is also trained in The Wilson Reading System, Just Words, Fundations, and Read Naturally Fluency Program.

Karyn Payton holds a Bachelor of Art in Psychology from Temple University and a Master of Art in Education and Human Development from The George Washington University. She holds Pennsylvania certification in Early Childhood Education (preschool-3rd grade) as well as an out-of-state certification in Early Childhood Special Education.

Delaware Valley Friends School welcomes students in grades 3 - 12 with learning differences, particularly in reading (dyslexia), writing (dysgraphia), math (dyscalculia), memory (long-term and working), processing speed, ADHD and executive functioning challenges.

The School shall not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national or ethnic origin, gender, sexual orientation, sexual identity, age, disability or marital status in the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, athletic and other school administered programs, or in hiring, use of volunteers or board membership.

Delaware Valley Friends School
19 E. Central Avenue, Paoli, Pennsylvania 19301
Phone: 610.640.4150
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