William and Kristen Eckenwiler

William Eckenwiler...

Earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education from Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio. He then moved to Richmond, Virginia where he taught fourth grade and sixth grade. After ten years of public school experience, Bill enrolled at Reformed Theological Seminary in Jackson, Mississippi where he earned a Masters Degree in School Administration and a Masters Degree in Christian Education. Upon graduation, twelve years were spent teaching at the seminary and university level while earning his Doctorate in Reading Education from the University of Central Florida, in Orlando. Dr. Eckenwiler chose to explore homeschooling as the topic for his dissertation. He has taught future elementary school teachers at the University of Central Florida, Geneva College in Pennsylvania, and at Barton College, in Wilson, NC. He is the author of the book, A+ Education, Choosing the Best School Option for Your Child. Bill and his wife Kristen co-authored specialized curriculum to help parents teach their children to read. This material is offered through their companion company, The Struggling Reader, Inc.

Kristen Eckenwiler...

Graduated with honors from the University of Central Florida, in Orlando where she earned her Bachelor of Science in Education. She has worked in the public school classroom with first- second-, and fourth-grade students. Additionally, Kristen was heavily involved in gathering research data for the Voyager Reading Program, and the Literacy First Reading Program. She completed her Masters Degree in Reading from the University of Central Florida. Although both she and her husband possess current North Carolina teacher licenses, they have opted to have Kristen stay at home and homeschool their two sons. She has delivered workshops on a variety of topics, including struggling readers and learning disabilities at conferences up and down the east coast. Kristen has taught classes in the Elementary Education Program at the collegiate level, and stays very busy with her husband as they offer testing, tutoring, and curriculum products to educators at every level.

 

Kristen Eckenwiler's Talks:
 

Friday

9:00

Room 170

Does My Child Have a Learning Disability?

 When a homeschooled child seems to flounder for no easily identified reason, parents often exhaust themselves in their search for answers.  At some point a parent may wonder if there might be a learning disability at the root of their child’s struggle.  Kristen and William have designed this workshop to help parents sort out the difference between routine struggles and those that could well be a learning disability.

 

2:00

Room 170

Multi-sensory Teaching: Not Just for the Learning Disabled

For decades, learning specialists have understood the power of multi-sensory teaching.  Often associated with learning disabilities, this dynamic teaching strategy has found a home in many non-disability settings as well.  Kristen and William have designed this workshop to explain the research-based thinking behind multi-sensory teaching methods.  Practical suggestions will be given for adding this powerful strategy to your own classroom.

 
 

Saturday

9:00

Room 170

The Struggling Reader! Am I Emphasizing the Right Things?

Does your son or daughter seem to be faltering in their efforts to learn to read?  Is it the curriculum?  Is it you?  Based on current research, The Eckenwilers have designed this workshop to help parents better understand the most essential elements of the reading process, along with those critical ingredients that must be emphasized to produce a successful, capable reader.

 

11:15

Room 170

Struggling Learners Discussion

Join Kristen Eckenwiler and Jennifer Janes for a wonderful opportunity to ask questions, glean ideas for helping your own struggling student, and to come away encouraged in the face of your challenging circumstances. 

12:30

Room 170

Teaching the Learning Disabled Child

A learning disability presents many unique challenges to any teacher as they search for the most effective way to teach their child.  Based on solid research, Kristen and William have designed this workshop to present teaching strategies and adaptations that have been shown to effectively meet the needs of students who struggle with various learning disabilities.