Phonics First Professional Development

What is Phonics First? Brainspring's nationally accredited Phonics First® is a dynamic and interactive professional development course gives teachers the depth of knowledge and expertise to teach reading to beginning and struggling readers K-12. Based on Orton-Gillingham methodology, it is immediately applicable to a variety of learners in both classroom and small-group learning environments.

Listen to the Phonics First® co-creator and Master Instructor Laurie Wagner as she shares information about our internationally=accredited multisensory structured language (MSL) program.

Phonics First® course participants learn the lesson elements necessary for delivering quality, multisensory, code-emphasis reading lessons for critical decoding and encoding skill development.

Phonics First Includes the Critical Literacy Components of:

  • Phonemic awareness
  • Decoding and spelling
  • Fluency
  • Vocabulary
  • Comprehension

 Phonics First Uses Differentiated Instruction Techniques that are:

  • Prescriptive
  • Multisensory
  • Phonics-based
  • Systematic, structured and sequential

 Phonics First Participants Learn:

  • Current reading research
  • Rationale for multisensory instruction
  • Stages of reading development
  • Reading readiness
  • Phonology
  • Five-Part lesson components
  • Three-Part Drill
  • Multisensory spelling for phonetic and non-phonetic words
  • Syllabication
  • Oral Reading Strategies and comprehension integration
  • Lesson Planning