WHY BRAINSPRING?

Brainspring’s Educator Academy provides successful continuing education opportunities for teachers with Orton-Gillingham multisensory instruction programs for the classroom. Our nationally accredited Phonics First® and Structures® curricula help transform struggling readers into skilled learners with an effective, fun, multisensory approach.

Our robust online and in-person offerings include courses, workshops, coaching, and a certification process, all of which are available for educators across all grades (Pre-K through grade 12) and tiers. Please see our Professional Development Course Information page to find the right course for you.

  • EXPERIENCED

  • nationally Accredited

  • DESIGNED WITH TEACHERS IN MIND

  • COMPREHENSIVE

  • WE MAKE LEARNING FUN

EXPERIENCED

Since 1991, Brainspring has facilitated professional development in Orton-Gillingham based multisensory instruction. Today, our Educator Academy team continues to empower teachers nationwide—increasing knowledge, expertise, and ultimately success.

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EDUCATOR ACADEMY COURSES

Brainspring's robust online and in-person program catalog provides Orton-Gillingham professional development for teachers across all grades (Pre-K through grade 12) and tiers. Our offerings include courses, workshops, coaching, and a certification process.


Our open enrollment professional development courses are offered in multiple formats: In-Person, Livestream, and Self-Paced. For course descriptions, please see our Professional Development Course Information page.

importance of Orton-Gillingham

Well respected for over 75 years, but newly discovered by many, the Orton-Gillingham instructional approach is rooted in years of neurological, psychological and educational research. It was a combination of neuropsychiatrist Dr. Samuel T. Orton and education psychologist Anna Gillingham’s research that began the methodology that is today referred to as “Orton-Gillingham.” With the help of Bessie Stillman, a classroom teacher, the Orton-Gillingham instructional processes were developed.

As with anything that changes over time and in the hands of many, it is critical that programs using the label Orton-Gillingham retain all the non-negotiable elements of instruction without compromise or dilution. To that end, the most outstanding of these courses and programs have sought accreditation through organizations such as IMSLEC (International Multisensory Structured Language Education Council), IDA (International Dyslexia Association) and/or AOGPE (Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners). Attending a workshop, a short course or simply reading books and manuals is not a sufficient or effective way to learn the breadth, depth and scope of knowledge necessary to successfully instruct students or adequately train teachers.

EDUCATOR ACADEMY FAQ

  • Why should it matter to me that Phonics First® and Structures are nationally accredited Orton-Gillingham programs?

  • What types of students benefit from Phonics First® and Structures?

  • Can Phonics First® and Structures be used with an existing reading program?

  • How do Phonics First® and Structures fit with the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), Tiered Instruction, and Response to Intervention (RTI)?

  • How much time is required for lesson implementation?

  • How can educators participate in Brainspring’s Professional Development and how much time is required?

  • Does Brainspring Educator Academy provide coaching, on-going professional development, and certification options?

  • I have questions that aren’t answered on this page. Where can I find more information?

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"Our students showed remarkable progress and our MEAP state reading scores jumped from 56.2 to 82.5 after only 3 months of Phonics First® Academic Advantage On-site Tutoring. I would highly recommend it to any [urban] school wishing to make significant gains in student reading ability. No school should be without it!."

Steve Christian, Assistant Principal

Fleming Elementary, Detroit, MI

"The Monday I returned from the CEC Convention I immediately started doing core words, which cannot be decoded using "spelling on the arm". I was totally amazed! ... I will stay in touch and keep you apprised of the successes we have!"

Kris Kenna, Academic Support Teacher

Central Manor Elementary

"Our students showed remarkable progress and our MEAP state reading scores jumped from 56.2 to 82.5 after only 3 months of Phonics First® Academic Advantage On-site Tutoring. I would highly recommend it to any [urban] school wishing to make significant gains in student reading ability. No school should be without it!."

Steve Christian, Assistant Principal

Fleming Elementary, Detroit, MI

"The Monday I returned from the CEC Convention I immediately started doing core words, which cannot be decoded using "spelling on the arm". I was totally amazed! ... I will stay in touch and keep you apprised of the successes we have!"

Kris Kenna, Academic Support Teacher

Central Manor Elementary

"Our students showed remarkable progress and our MEAP state reading scores jumped from 56.2 to 82.5 after only 3 months of Phonics First® Academic Advantage On-site Tutoring. I would highly recommend it to any [urban] school wishing to make significant gains in student reading ability. No school should be without it!."

Steve Christian, Assistant Principal

Fleming Elementary, Detroit, MI

"The Monday I returned from the CEC Convention I immediately started doing core words, which cannot be decoded using "spelling on the arm". I was totally amazed! ... I will stay in touch and keep you apprised of the successes we have!"

Kris Kenna, Academic Support Teacher

Central Manor Elementary