Professional Development

Districts & Schools

The goal of PAF’s professional development is to ensure effective instruction by teachers and successful reading outcomes for students. To this end, comprehensive teacher training and ongoing support can be tailored to the needs of individual schools and districts and can be delivered on-site or through synchronous platforms.

Initial PAF Professional Development Course consists of two parts:  

   PAF Classes (14 hours) will cover:

  • An overview of research-based multisensory techniques for teaching reading, spelling, and handwriting 
  • Components of a PAF lesson at various levels in the sequence 
  • Planning a PAF lesson
  • Instructional practices for developing accurate and fluent reading and comprehension
  • Administering and analyzing PAF’s curriculum-based assessments.

   Ongoing Support (6 hours) will include:

  • Coaching teachers based on shared videos of lessons
  • Feedback sessions
  • Lesson planning 
  • Placement of students in instructional groups
  • Pacing of instruction
  • Instructional language
  • Assessments
  • Question and answer sessions

Completion of this 20-hour Initial PAF Professional Development Course is essential to the success of the program in your school or district. Thereafter, additional hours of ongoing support are available and strongly encouraged. Refer to the Ongoing Support Sessions in the chart below for more information.

Additional further professional development is also offered in specific aspects of the PAF curriculum, giving teachers the opportunity to dive deeper into the fundamentals of multisensory instruction. These topics include reading comprehension, syllabication, spelling, and assessments. Refer to the Follow Up Training Sessions in the chart below for more information.

Courses are taught and support is given by Master Teachers with more than 30 years of experience teaching PAF in public and independent schools.

Please contact us at info@pafprogram.com for further information.

Description Total Number of Hours Total Price Requirements Course Qty
(1 course = 25 participants)
Additional Teachers
Initial PAF Professional Development Course 20

$8,000 for first 25 participants (#9010)

$250 for every additional participant (#9011)

1 Teacher Handbook per teacher attending

Please contact customer.service@pafprogram.com to set dates and times.

PAF Teacher Training Package 4

$1,890 for first 25 participants (#9020)

$75 for every additional participant (#9021)

1 Teacher Handbook per teacher attending

Please contact customer.service@pafprogram.com to set dates and times.

PAF Follow-up Training for schools that already received Initial PAF Professional Development Course  4

$1,260 for first 25 participants (#9030)

$50 for every additional participant (#9031)

Please contact customer.service@pafprogram.com to set dates and times and to inquire about materials.
PAF Ongoing Support Session 1

$420 for first 25 participants (#9040)

$20 for every additional participant (#9041)

Please contact customer.service@pafprogram.com to set dates and times and to inquire about materials.
PAF Ongoing Support Package 4

$1,260 for first 25 participants (#9050)

$50 for every additional participant (#9051)

Please contact customer.service@pafprogram.com to set dates and times and to inquire about materials.
  • If sessions are synchronous, session recordings cannot be viewed after the scheduled training session.
  • Sessions can be delivered live, online or at your school, in which case, travel expenses may apply. Please check with us. Thanks!
  • A certificate of completion of PAF professional development can be delivered to each participant provided that proof of attendance is delivered to the PAF team by the school or district. PAF will not be responsible for taking attendance. 

Teachers

For individual teachers seeking professional development in the PAF Reading Program, we offer two options. First, attend one of the PAF courses offered at the Windward Institute. Below is detailed information about upcoming events. Alternatively, contact us at info@pafprogram.com to inquire about PAF courses offered throughout the school year.

 

Multisensory Reading Instruction PAF Part I

This four-session course focuses on multisensory techniques for teaching reading, spelling, and handwriting in the primary grades using the PAF Reading Program. PAF incorporates the theory and practices of Orton-Gillingham instruction into an early reading program intended to be used with groups of children at-risk for reading difficulties. PAF can also be used remedially for struggling readers, for tutoring, or as an effective beginning reading program for all children.  

Topics will include instructional practices supported by the latest research on developing accurate decoding and fluent reading, comprehension, lesson planning, and curriculum-based assessments.

For teachers of grades K-5 and special education settings.

This course is offered for two graduate credits. There are additional hours, assignments, and fees.  

Presenter: PAF Instructors
Dates: Tuesday – Friday, June 28, 29, 30, July 1
Time: 9:00 am – 1:00 pm 
Fee: $625 (includes manual)

Contact: Annie Stutzman
(914) 949-6968 ext. 1221 or 3129

wi@thewindwardschool.org

PAF Part II Course:

 

In PAF Part II, additional topics will be presented that will address reading instruction for students in grades K-5. Topics include long vowels, homonyms, morphemes, multisyllable words, spelling rules, and transitioning from controlled readers into grade level text. This four-session course is for teachers who have taken Multisensory Reading Instruction PAF Part I.

For teachers of grades K-5

Presenter: CANCELED 
Dates: CANCELED 

Contact: Annie Stutzman
(914) 949-6968 ext. 1221 or 3129

wi@thewindwardschool.org

Multisensory Reading Practicum: Using the PAF Program

In the Multisensory Reading Practicum, participants implement the skills and concepts acquired in Multisensory Reading Instruction: PAF Part I. Working closely with PAF master teacher Keri Levine, participants receive instructional support and mentoring as they plan and teach PAF lessons to students in a tutorial setting. During this 15-session practicum, participants utilize diagnostic, formative, and summative assessments to enhance instruction; analyze students’ strengths and weaknesses to create individualized lessons and receive instructions and daily feedback from the instructor. 

For teachers of grades K-5 and special education settings.

Prerequisite: Multisensory Reading Instruction: PAF Part I

This course is offered for two graduate credits. There are additional hours, assignments, and fees including course materials. For more information about graduate credit, contact the WI prior to registration.

Instructor: Keri Levine, MS
Dates: Monday – Friday, July 11 – 29
Time: 8:45 am – 11:30 am 
Orientation: Friday, July 8, 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm 
Fee: $695

 

Contact: Annie Stutzman
(914) 949-6968 ext. 1221 or 3129

wi@thewindwardschool.org

Parents

For parents looking to enhance their knowledge about research-based reading instruction and the fundamentals of the PAF Reading Program, we recommend they attend courses offered at the Windward Institute. Please contact us at info@pafprogram.com for further information.

 

Multisensory Reading Instruction
PAF Part I

This four-session course focuses on multisensory techniques for teaching reading, spelling, and handwriting in the primary grades using the PAF Reading Program. PAF incorporates the theory and practices of Orton-Gillingham instruction into an early reading program intended to be used with groups of children at-risk for reading difficulties. PAF can also be used remedially for struggling readers, for tutoring, or as an effective beginning reading program for all children.  

Topics will include instructional practices supported by the latest research on developing accurate decoding and fluent reading, comprehension, lesson planning, and curriculum-based assessments.

For teachers of grades K-5 and special education settings.

This course is offered for two graduate credits. There are additional hours, assignments, and fees.  

Presenter: Deidre McKechnie, MS Ed
Dates: Tuesday – Friday, June 28, 29, 30, July 1
Time: 9:00 am – 1:00 pm 
Fee: $625 (includes manual)

Contact: Annie Stutzman
(914) 949-6968 ext. 1221 or 3129

wi@thewindwardschool.org

PAF Part II Course:

In PAF Part II, additional topics will be presented that will address reading instruction for students in grades K-5. Topics include long vowels, homonyms, morphemes, multisyllable words, spelling rules, and transitioning from controlled readers into grade level text. This four-session course is for teachers who have taken Multisensory Reading Instruction PAF Part I.

For teachers of grades K-5

Presenter: Deidre McKechnie, MS Ed
Dates: Monday-Thursday, August 29, 30, 31, September 1 
Time: 9:00 am – 1:00 pm 
Fee: $625 (includes manual)

Contact: Annie Stutzman
(914) 949-6968 ext. 1221 or 3129

wi@thewindwardschool.org