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Intensive, Seminar-Style Workshops at the Ely Center in Boston Area!

We are very excited to announce our SUMMER 2014 PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT SCHEDULE for Story Grammar Marker® Certification Modules and Technology Workshops! Participants LOVED both the Technology workshop and the SGM® Certification Module last Fall, so we have 2 opportunities for each this Summer. Again, we will be holding the sessions at the Ely Center in Newton, MA which is 20 minutes from Boston. See below for details!

Please note: As always, we contract with schools, school districts, agencies and professional organizations and can provide workshops on these topics ON SITE. We travel throughout the United States and internationally to provide ON SITE professional development. If interested, please click here to Request a Proposal.

What is unique about these Professional Development opportunities?

  1. Convenient location! The Ely Center is located in the Auburndale section of Newton, MA – at the crossroads of Interstate 95 and the Massachusetts Turnpike (90). It is 25 minutes from Boston Logan International Airport and 17 minutes from Downtown Boston. It is a 3 hour drive from New York City and 1 ½ hours from Hartford, CT. It is a quick 1 hour flight from the Baltimore/Washington DC area as well as from eastern Canada.
  2. Small groups and individual attention! These intensive workshops are limited to 10 participants and are in a seminar-style format with Maryellen Rooney Moreau, M.Ed. CCC-SLP, creator of Story Grammar Marker® and Sean J. Sweeney by Sean Sweeney, MS, MEd, CCC-SLP of and of the Ely Center, as the presenters.
  3. Workshops will be specific! These workshops will be specialized and geared to goals and needs of participants; covering a range of student ages, abilities, learning differences and subject areas.
  4. Observation opportunities! Workshop participants will have the chance to observe SLPs at the Ely Center in therapy sessions using MindWing's methodology and tools also available will be video demonstrations.

When are the workshops being held?


SGM® Certification Module I:
Monday, July 21- Tuesday, July 22, 2014, 8am-4pm

Integrating Technology Tools with Braidy, The Storybraid®, SGM® and ThemeMaker®:
Wednesday, July 23, 2014, 8am-4pm


SGM® Certification Module I:
Monday, August 18- Tuesday, August 19, 2014, 8am-4pm

Integrating Technology Tools with Braidy, The Storybraid®, SGM® and ThemeMaker®:
Wednesday, August 20, 2014, 8am-4pm

What is the cost?

How can you register?

Story Grammar Marker® Certification Module I

Presenter: Maryellen Rooney Moreau, M.Ed., CCC-SLP

Dates for 2 different sessions:

Monday, July 21- Tuesday, July 22, 2014, 8am-4pm
Monday, August 18- Tuesday, August 19, 2014, 8am-4pm

Workshop Includes:

What is covered in SGM® Certification Module I?

This certification module will cover MindWing's methodology from early childhood (Braidy®) to elementary (SGM®), writing (Talk to Write, Write to Learn™), expository text (ThemeMaker®) at the middle school level, Autism and social communication, make connections to the Common Core State Standards and data collection. The major focus will be how to use MindWing's methodology to provide instruction and intervention, while supporting the Common Core State Standards and using data collection tools to monitor progress. The intention of this Module is for participants to have to ability to use this methodology at an expert level with students and clients as well as be able to mentor and in-service within a school district about the foundations of MindWing's methodology.

Who is this Certification Module for?

Please note: This is an ADVANCED level course. For this course to be most beneficial, all participants should already have attended a MindWing Concepts workshop in the past or have been using MindWing’s tools in school or clinical settings.

Proud participants of the fall 2013 SGM® Certification Module I

Click here to register for one of the SGM® Certification Modules.

Integrating Technology Tools with Braidy, The Storybraid®, SGM® and ThemeMaker®

Presenter: Sean J. Sweeney, M.S., M.Ed. CCC-SLP, and Maryellen Rooney Moreau, M.Ed., CCC-SLP


Wednesday, July 23, 2014, 8am-4pm
Wednesday, August 20, 2014, 8am-4pm

Workshop Includes:

What is covered in this Integrating Technology Tools workshop:

This intensive workshop will show you how to select and integrate apps for iPad with MindWing's methodology. The presenters will provide in-depth work with the Narrative Developmental Sequence (Stages 1-5) from the descriptive level (stage 1) of character and setting all the way through to the complete episode (stage 5) of a story. Narrative discourse is complex, involving thinking, language and social communication simultaneously. Narrative intervention using picture books, Story Grammar Marker® maps and MindWing's low-tech manipulatives have been very effective in improving student outcomes. Apps can also serve as part of a narrative intervention program, as they present visual, interactive and creative contexts through which students can understand and form stories. Participants will learn to examine app features to select apps that scaffold narrative language development through intervention using Apps, in conjunction with children's literature, Story Grammar Marker® maps and manipulatives. Each Stage of Narrative Development will be discussed and Apps at each stage will be demonstrated using Apps such as: The SGM® App, Pic Collage, Buildo Rescue, Tellagami, Emotionary and Toontastic. The Narrative Developmental Sequence provides a framework for intervention in the areas of critical thinking, expression of stories and experiences, writing and social situations, and various apps can be utilized for each stage in context.

Along with the Stages of Narrative Development, corresponding expository text structures will also be examined. For example, Action Sequences involving character, setting and series of actions correspond with "Sequencing," an expository text structure that can be explored in the context of curriculum content: a timeline in social studies, a series of steps in a science experiment or simply following directions. The 7 expository text structures of description, list, sequence, cause/effect, problem/solution, compare/contrast and persuasion/argument will be explored with Apps allowing students to interact with and visualize information, such as: Popplet, Educreations Interactive Whiteboard and Corkulous in conjunction with ThemeMaker™ maps and manipulatives.

Combining Apps, Story Grammar Marker® & ThemeMaker® tools, children's literature, expository selections and manipulatives is an engaging way to improve students' oral expression, social communication, writing and comprehension.

Proud participants of the fall 2013 Technology Workshop

Click here to register for one of the Integrating Technology Tools workshops.