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Courses

  • Phonics First Primary Orton-Gillingham Course Content Designed for:

    K-1 General Education; K-2 Resource/Special Education

    This course qualifies teachers to bring beginning-level Orton-Gillingham multisensory instruction to their classrooms. Phonics First® transforms beginning and struggling readers into skilled learners through our effective, fun, multisensory approach. PF Primary encompasses the first 18 hours of the complete Level I course.

    Participants learn to teach:
    • Alphabet and phonological awareness strategies
    • Basic phonetic concepts for decoding and encoding
    • A Three-Part Drill for structured review
    • Tactile/kinesthetic spelling techniques for phonetic and non-phonetic words
    • Oral reading/connected text fluency
    • Introductory syllabication for multisyllabic words

    Additional Benefits:
    • Guidance with lesson planning and classroom implementation
    • Opportunities for hands-on lesson practice
    • Emphasis on teaching reading to beginning, struggling and dyslexic/learning disabled readers using Orton-Gillingham methodology

    Upon completion, participants will:
    • Receive a document of completion
    • Be prepared to teach Phonics First® to K-2 students

    Prerequisite: None
    Course Hours: 18

    * To complete the remaining 12 hours of Level I at a later date, enroll in the Phonics First® Level I Completion course.

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  • Phonics First Orton-Gillingham Level I Course Content designed for:

    K-3 General Education; K-5 Resource/Special Education

    This comprehensive and highly intensive Orton-Gillingham course provides teachers with the necessary strategies and tools to deliver high-quality Phonics First® lessons.

    Participants learn to teach:
    • Alphabet and phonemic awareness strategies
    • Basic and advanced phonetic concepts for decoding and encoding
    • A Three-Part Drill for structured review
    • Tactile/kinesthetic spelling techniques for phonetic and non-phonetic words
    • Oral reading/connected text fluency
    • Higher-level spelling skills
    • Syllabication for multisyllabic words (8 Syllable Types/3 Syllable Patterns)

    Additional Benefits:
    • Guidance with lesson planning and classroom implementation
    • Opportunities for hands-on lesson practice
    • Emphasis on teaching reading to beginning, struggling and dyslexic/learning disabled readers using Orton-Gillingham methodology

    Upon completion, participants will:
    • Receive a document of completion
    • Be prepared to teach Phonics First® to K-5 students
    • Be eligible to apply for Level II and certification

    Prerequisite: None

    Course Hours: 30

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  • Phonics First®/Structures Orton-Gillingham Level II Course Content designed for:

    K-12 General Education; Resource/Special Education

    This course emphasizes instruction of the learning/language-disabled student at all grade-levels and is critical for teachers working with special education students grades 4-12 and adults.

    Level II is required for those pursuing certification.

    Participants gain expertise in:
    • Instruction of skills taught in Phonics First®/Structures Level I
    • Customizing lessons for the dyslexic and learning/language-disabled student at all grade-levels
    • Advanced concepts of decoding and encoding

    Participants learn to customize instruction in:
    • Basic phonics through advanced morphology
    • Syllabication/multisyllable word attack strategies
    • The Reciprocal Teaching process
    • Multisensory comprehension
    • Multisensory syntax (grammar)

    Additional benefits:
    • Guidance with lesson planning and classroom implementation
    • Opportunities for hands-on lesson practice
    • Emphasis on teaching reading to struggling and dyslexic/learning disabled readers using Orton-Gillingham methodology

    Upon completion, participants will:
    • Receive a document of completion
    • Be prepared to teach Phonics First® and Structures to K-12 dyslexic/learning disabled students
    • Be eligible to complete our nationally recognized Phonics First® Specialist Certification

    Prerequisite: Completion of Phonics First® Level I three months or more prior to enrolling in Level II. Current teaching experience with Phonics First® is strongly recommended.

    Course Hours: 24

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  • Structures Orton-Gillingham Course Content Designed for:


    Grades 6-12 Resource and Special Education
    (Appropriate for grades 6-12 students with dyslexia and learning disabilities whose reading skills range from grade 1 and up.)


    This highly-intensive course qualifies teachers to bring Orton-Gillingham multisensory instruction to their intervention and remedial classroom. Structures transforms LD/dyslexic readers into skilled learners through our effective, fun, multisensory approach.


    Participants learn to teach:
    • Anglo-Saxon word study of basic phonetic concepts
    • Basic to advanced morphology, including Greek and Latin roots and affixes
    • Vocabulary development
    • A Three-Part Drill for structured review
    • Tactile/kinesthetic spelling techniques for phonetic and non-phonetic words
    • Syllabication for multisyllabic words (8 Syllable Types/3 Syllable Patterns)
    • Higher-level spelling skills
    • Fluency-building strategies
    • Introductory comprehension techniques

    Additional Benefits:
    • Guidance for lesson plans and classroom implementation
    • Opportunities for hands-on lesson practice
    • Emphasis on teaching reading to struggling and dyslexic/learning disabled readers using Orton-Gillingham methodology

    Upon completion, participants will:
    • Receive a document of completion
    • Be prepared to teach Structures to grades 6-12 students
    • Be eligible to apply for Level II and certification

    Prerequisite: None
    Course Hours: 30

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  • K-1 General Education; K-2 Resource/Special Education

    This course encompasses the first 14 hours of the Phonics First® Level I E-Learning course. (To complete the remaining 8 hours of Level I at a later date, enroll in the Phonics First® Level I Completion course.)

    Participants learn to teach:
    • Alphabet and phonological awareness strategies
    • Basic phonetic concepts for decoding and encoding
    • A Three-Part Drill for structured review
    • Tactile/kinesthetic spelling techniques for phonetic and non-phonetic words
    • Oral reading/connected text fluency
    • Introductory Syllabication for multisyllabic words

    Additional benefits:
    • Guidance with lesson planning and classroom implementation
    • Emphasis on teaching reading to beginning, struggling and dyslexic/learning disabled readers


    Upon completion, participants will:
    • Be prepared to teach Phonics First® to K-2 students

    Prerequisite: None
    E-Learning Hours: 14

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  • Phonics First Orton-Gillingham Level I Course Content designed for:

    K-3 General Education; K-5 Resource/Special Education

    This highly-intensive course qualifies teachers to bring Orton-Gillingham multisensory instruction to their classrooms. Phonics First® transforms struggling readers into skilled learners through our effective, fun, multisensory approach.

    Participants learn to teach:
    • Alphabet and phonemic awareness strategies
    • Basic and advanced phonetic concepts for decoding and encoding
    • A Three-Part Drill for structured review
    • Tactile/kinesthetic spelling techniques for phonetic and non-phonetic words
    • Oral reading/connected text fluency
    • Higher-level spelling skills
    • Syllabication for multisyllabic words (8 Syllable Types/3 Syllable Patterns)

    Additional Benefits:
    • Guidance with lesson planning and classroom implementation
    • Opportunities for hands-on lesson practice
    • Emphasis on teaching reading to beginning, struggling and dyslexic/learning disabled readers using Orton-Gillingham methodology

    Upon completion, participants will:
    • Be prepared to teach Phonics First® to K-5 students

    Prerequisite: None

    E-Learning Course Hours: 22

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  • Phonics First® Orton-Gillingham Level II Course Content designed for:

    K-12 General Education; Resource/Special Education

    This course emphasizes instruction of the struggling readers at all grade-levels and is critical for teachers working with dyslexic and learning disabled students grades 4-12.

    Level II is required for those pursuing certification.

    Participants gain expertise in:
    • Instruction of skills taught in Phonics First®/Structures Level I
    • Customizing lessons for the dyslexic and learning/language-disabled student at all grade-levels
    • Advanced concepts of decoding and encoding

    Participants learn to customize instruction in:
    • Basic phonics through advanced morphology
    • Syllabication/multisyllable word attack strategies
    • The Reciprocal Teaching process
    • Multisensory comprehension
    • Multisensory syntax (grammar)

    Additional benefits:
    • Guidance with lesson planning and classroom implementation
    • Opportunities for hands-on lesson practice
    • Emphasis on teaching reading to struggling and dyslexic/learning disabled readers using Orton-Gillingham methodology

    Upon completion, participants will:
    • Be prepared to teach Phonics First® and Structures to K-12 dyslexic/learning disabled students

    Prerequisite: Completion of Phonics First® Level I three months or more prior to enrolling in Level II. Current teaching experience with Phonics First® is strongly recommended.

    Course Hours: 16.25

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  • For those who have takenPhonics First® Primary and want to complete the entire Phonics First® Level I course, this E-Learning course is continues where theFundamentalscourse left off. This course extends the previous content to meet the needs of struggling readers in grades 2-5. Course content includes higher-level phonics skills for decoding and encoding, additional spelling rules and higher-level syllabication strategies. Emphasis is on teaching reading to struggling and learning disabled/dyslexic readers in upper elementary grades.

    Prerequisite: Phonics First®Primary
    Who: K-3 classroom teachers, K-5 intervention, resource, special education teachers, curriculum directors, tutors
    Where: Anywhere via an internet connection
    Instructor: Certified Phonics First®Instructor
    Duration: 8 hours divided into four-hour segments
    Cost: $135 (utilizes materials fromPhonics First®Fundamentalscourse)
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Workshops

  • Our Master Instructor shares best practices on how to utilize RLAC’s criterion-referenced Phonics First® Diagnostic Assessment. This highly effective tool is used to evaluate students' decoding and encoding skills. Learn to administer the assessment to students and utilize the results to assist in detecting word-level weaknesses, determining instructional groups and planning targeted/intensive instruction for both Phonics First®Orton-Gillingham and other phonics programs. (This assessment may also be used as a supplement to other progress monitoring tools). Assessment uses A and B versions which assess skills in:

    • Alphabet
    • Basic sounds
    • Word coding for phonetic/non-phonetic words
    • Word coding for pseudowords
    • Multisyllable word attack
    Who: K-3 classroom teachers, K-12 intervention, resource, special education teachers
    Where: Anywhere via an internet connection
    Instructor: Certified Phonics First®Instructor
    Duration: 30 minutes
    Cost: $100 (includes Phonics First® Diagnostic Assessment of Decoding and Encoding containing the following: Assessment Administration Guide, Reproducible Student Response Forms, Reproducible Scoring Forms, Assessment Word Cards, Quick-Reference Scoring Guide)
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  • Syllabication instruction teaches struggling readers strategies to decode multisyllable words quickly and accurately. Students learn to systematically break a multisyllabic word into small, manageable syllables, identify the vowel sounds within each syllable and read the word. Teachers learn the in-depth Phonics First® Orton-Gillingham system for teaching structured, sequential, and cumulative syllabication lessons.  This workshop coupled with the Supporting Struggling Adolescent Readers: Greek and Latin Roots workshop (above) provides teachers of struggling middle and high school readers with powerful intervention tools to meet a variety of needs.

    Who: 6-12 grade intervention, resource, special education teachers, curriculum directors, tutors
    Where: Anywhere via an internet connection
    Instructor: Certified Phonics First® Instructor
    Duration: Three hours divided into two 1½-hour segments
    Cost: $75 (includes materials)

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  • Learn how the study of prefixes, suffixes and Greek and Latin root morphology provides a sophisticated method of teaching decoding and encoding to middle and high school students. Approximately 65% of all reading done at these levels comes from the Greek and Latin layer of language. Learn engaging multisensory strategies to enhance reading, writing, spelling and fluency while expanding vocabulary, spelling, comprehension and preparedness for state standardized tests as well as the ACT and SAT.  This workshop coupled with the Syllabication Strategies workshop (below) provides teachers of struggling middle and high school readers with powerful intervention tools to meet a variety of needs.

    Who: 6-12 grade intervention, resource, special education teachers, curriculum directors, tutors
    Where: Anywhere via an internet connection
    Instructor: Certified Phonics First® Instructor
    Duration: Three hours divided into two 1½-hour segments
    Cost: $50
    Recommended Materials: Word Roots Level 1

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  • Research demonstrates a direct correlation between a child developing strong phonological awareness skills and becoming a highly-skilled reader. This workshop covers the background knowledge necessary for early reading development, the progressing levels of phonological awareness instruction critical in developing successful readers and a range of targeted and purposeful activities to teach these critical foundational reading skills. The content corresponds to the English Language Arts focus areas in the Common Core State Standards Foundational Reading skills for Kindergarten and beginning first grade. This is an excellent opportunity to ensure a student’s reading readiness as they enter Kindergarten.

    Who: K-1 classroom teachers, K-2 intervention, resource, special education teachers, curriculum directors, tutors
    Where: Anywhere via an internet connection
    Instructor: Certified Phonics First® Instructor
    Duration: Two hours
    Cost: $100 (includes three books: Phonemic AwarenessPhonemic Awareness in Young Children - A Classroom CurriculumGetting Ready to Read)

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  • The adoption of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) means schools must immediately and rapidly gear-up struggling readers. The demands of the CCSS’ higher-level comprehension skills require students employ accurate decoding and fluent reading in order to be able to comprehend increasingly complex text. Consistent implementation of specific Phonics First® Orton-Gillingham strategies in the classroom and intervention settings allows teachers to accurately target specific skill-deficits and to support and strengthen student decoding and fluency.  During this workshop, teachers look at the decoding and fluency-related standards of the common core and determine which Phonics First® instructional components ensure success for beginning, struggling, at-risk, ELL and LD students. Teachers review and practice Phonics First®  strategy implementation for classroom and small-group instruction at the prevention, intervention and remediation levels. The workshop also includes an introduction to Reciprocal Teaching, a powerful tool for deepening comprehension through a process of clarifying, questioning, summarizing and predicting.

    Prerequisite: Phonics First® Foundations Level I or Phonics First® Primary
    Where: Anywhere via an internet connection
    Instructor: Certified Phonics First® Instructor
    Duration: Three hours divided into two 1½-hour segments
    Cost: $50
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