Research. Expertise. Understanding.
Three words which describe the resources you will find at The Hamilton Institute
Within its 30-year history,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.
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 for details. See box below for information on virtual 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.
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.