A.C.E. Summer Institute

A.C.E. Summer Institute: Targeted Support to Address Learning Challenges Like Dyslexia, Dysgraphia, and Dyscalculia

Grades 2-4 and Grades 5-7
July 2-27 (No camp on Wednesday, July 4)
8:15–11:45 a.m.: Academic Instruction;
12:00–3:30 p.m.: Waynflete Flyers Camp Options

Academics, Confidence, and Exploration (A.C.E.) is the goal of this lively morning program designed to support campers whose academics are their biggest challenge. Teachers trained in Orton-Gillingham, Wilson Reading, Lindamood-Bell, and other research-based intervention programs will help make learning exciting, collaborative, and successful. Campers will avoid the “summer slide” with small group, project-based learning aimed to encourage creativity and critical thinking while overcoming academic difficulties. Each camper will receive three individualized, targeted tutoring sessions per week. A.C.E. campers will spend the afternoon in their choice of Waynflete camps such as Ceramics, Gymnastics, Ultimate Frisbee, Coding, Creative Dance, Laboratory of Rock, and more.

Program Elements

Individualized Tutoring: Three 45-minute sessions weekly

Based on a camper’s specific learning profile, they will meet with a trained tutor for instruction in reading (focusing on decoding and comprehension), writing (focusing on organization, detail, clarity, and spelling), math skills, and/or executive function coaching.

Small Group Multi-Sensory Learning: Theme-Based Projects

Groups of five students, a teacher, and a counselor will dive into theme-based projects designed to encourage writing, reading, math, planning, and critical thinking skills in a fun, collaborative environment. Campers will create artwork, join in cooking projects, do science experiments, and participate in team-building activities. Camp will culminate with a sharing event for parents to celebrate the group’s unique project work and creations!

Afternoon Explorations

A.C.E. Campers will spend the afternoon in a variety of Waynflete camps that foster their confidence and build a love of learning outside of formal academics. Campers choose one afternoon program for each of the following weeks: July 2-6 (no camp Wednesday, July 4th), July 9-13, July 16-20, and July 23-27.

Application Process

Waynflete’s A.C.E Summer Institute is designed for bright, motivated campers in Grades 2-7 with learning challenges. Enrollment is conditional upon the child’s ability to participate in the group program without significant behavioral accommodations. The program is not designed to support the needs of students with primary emotional difficulties. Waynflete's Director of Academic Support and Enrichment Director will evaluate applications, including classroom teacher feedback, as well as available IEPs, and evaluate results to determine suitability and programming needs for each applicant. Space is limited.

Application Materials:

  1. Student Information Form (Download Here)
  2. Student Evaluation Form to be completed by a teacher (Download Here)
  3. Copy of recent IEP or formal support plan (if applicable)
  4. Copy of most recent psycho-educational testing (if available)
  5. Check for $30 non-refundable application fee, payable to Waynflete School

Mail to: Waynflete A.C.E. Summer Institute
360 Spring Street
Portland, ME 04102

Instructor Bios

Jason Bradeen
A.C.E Program Director 2018

Jason Bradeen is an educator who is passionate about empowering students and creatively solving challenges. Jason understands his strengths, appreciates his challenges, and has a tool-box of strategies that he uses to surmount a variety of circumstances. This is the exact style that he brings to his work with students. He has degrees in psychology, school counseling, and school leadership, and professional experience in ropes course facilitation, individual counseling, and school administration. For the last 17 years, he has supported students from all backgrounds to reflect on their learning style, set goals, and thrive!

Jason is the Executive Director and Founder of Skew, served in Academic Support at Waynflete, and is currently a School Counselor at Saco Middle School. He lives in Portland with his wife, Nicole, and his two boys, Theodore and West (both who have tons of energy just like their dad). His other passions include racing his bicycle, eating and cooking enticing foods (especially sushi), and woodworking projects.

Elizabeth Burdick
A.C.E. Program Director 2018

Elizabeth Burdick was a classroom teacher and reading specialist at the elementary level for 14 years before she became an Academic Support Teacher at Waynflete School; a position she has held for 9 years. She works one-on-one with students in the Lower, Middle, and Upper Schools to help them overcome their learning challenges. She earned a BA in Psychology from Smith College and a Master’s in Education from Boston University. She has extensive training in literacy development, math skills, and executive function coaching, including: Orton-Gillingham, Visualizing and Verbalizing, Seeing Stars, Handwriting Without Tears, TouchMath, and Nimble Numeracy.

Elizabeth lives in Scarborough with her husband and their three children Willy(20), Izzy(18), and Oliver(16). She loves reading (preferably on the beach), watching her kids play sports, and all kinds of art.

Maegan Crabtree
A.C.E. Program Director 2018

Maegan Crabtree is a Learning Specialist and tutor at Waynflete School who previously taught fifth grade at Cape Elizabeth Middle School. Maegan holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and an Master's degree in Education and has training in Orton Gillingham, Lindamood-Bell and other research-based intervention programs. Maegan’s intervention work is rooted in relationship, multisensory instruction and confidence building. She finds a lot of joy in working closely with students who are faced with learning challenges and loves helping students find their confidence and excitement for learning. When she isn’t teaching, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two sons, hiking, biking, reading, swimming, traveling and spending time with family and friends.