Hamilton Institute at Wheeler

Research. Expertise. Understanding.
Three words which describe the resources you will find at The Hamilton Institute

Within its 30-year history, The Hamilton School at Wheeler has affected the lives of more than 400 students — students who may not have found success in traditional classrooms. Through structured literacy instruction, and under the care of specially-trained faculty, children at The Hamilton School improve as readers and writers. Beyond academic successes though, Hamilton fosters in its students, confidence, curiosity, and a joy of learning.

It is believed that 20% of children experience reading-related problems in school. Hamilton’s approach to teaching students with language-based learning differences, specifically dyslexia, works. However, to maintain low student: teacher ratios, a Hamilton education is available to a limited number of children. In addition to the small class sizes, the high cost of tuition makes a Hamilton education out of reach to many in need.  The Hamilton Institute, with its outreach and advocacy programs, training workshops and conferences, and parent education resources, developed from the proven expertise of the Hamilton School.


Our Mission

The Hamilton Institute was founded to widen the reach of The Hamilton School’s impact across the broader Rhode Island and New England communities. The Hamilton Institute has a three-fold mission:

  • To serve children with undiagnosed learning differences by offering free reading screenings. Specially trained faculty conduct an hour-long screening. Results are reviewed with the family. This report can then be shared with the child’s school in an effort to better reach the learner. Contact us at HamiltonInstitute@wheelerschool.org for details. Signups for the free service can be made here.  See box below for information on screenings during this time.
  • To further educate families and classroom teachers about dyslexia and other language-based learning differences. Professional development is offered to both educators and parents of children who struggle to read and write. The focus of the annual conference is on the Orton-Gillingham Approach, a structured, explicit, and direct way to teach reading, writing, and spelling. Additional topics include multi-sensory instruction across content areas.
  • To spread awareness and expertise about language-based learning differences and teaching children who are diagnosed with them. Locally, administrators from The Hamilton Institute and faculty from The Hamilton School collaborate with schools interested in expanding services for students with language-based learning differences.

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Programs and resources led by the Hamilton Institute at Wheeler are supported, in part, by external grants and the personal philanthropy of Hamilton School families.

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Hamilton Institute Reading Screenings

Students in Wheeler’s Video Broadcasting Course created a short video to explain and promote reading screenings offered by the Hamilton Institute for Outreach and Advocacy.  Through their Upper School course, students used the Digital Production Studio to storyboard, shoot, edit and collaborate with each other and on-campus faculty and Aerie professionals.  Among the students on the project were: Stephan Bejer, Riley Harrison, Adam Miller, Adam Remondi, Grayson Sparr and Eliot Wemple. The latter three are all graduates of the Hamilton School at Wheeler and now in Wheeler Upper School. We thank the class for its efforts on behalf of Hamilton.

Institute Expertise

Reading Screenings
Zach Edson, M.A.T.
Wendy Harsfield, M.S.Ed.
Jenifer Harrison, M.Ed.
Margot Miller, M.A.T.
Beau Poppen-Ajaijian, M.A.T.
Carrie Sorensen, M.A.T.

Past Conference Leaders and Presenters
Alison Anderson, MS CCC-SLP
Linda Atamian, Orton-Gillingham Fellow
Lise Faulise, BS OTR/L, BCP
Rosaline Granoff, SLP
Sally Shaywitz, MD
Dr. Rick Solomon, PHD
Sarah Ward, CCC-SLP

Past Hamilton Faculty Presenters
Katie Belida, Bobbie Berking-Dalzell, Zach Edson, Jeanette Epstein, Jon Green, Liz Hallock, Maura Healey, Megan O’Hara, Will Rennie, Carrie Sorensen


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