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.
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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.
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.
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"Our students showed remarkable progress and our M-STEP 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
"The most common feedback we received is that teachers wished that they have been trained by Brainspring before starting their educational journey."
Erica Keen, K-12 District Dyslexia Coordinator
Arkansas Virtual Academy
"Not only did our students continue to advance in their reading skills as evidenced by a full year’s growth, but 39% of our students made more than one year’s progress in reading."
Jeanine Cyrwus, Director of Outreach & Literacy
"Feedback from teachers after implementation has been very positive. Since switching to Phonics First, teachers felt like their instruction has been better and they have seen student growth."
Tracy Hinty, Supervision of Federal Programs
Rockbridge County Public Schools
"Thank you for creating such an excellent and diligent phonics program. If schools and families implemented this program to children at a young age, there would not be such a reading epidemic across our nation. Phonics truly is the answer!"
"I wish I would have found Phonics First earlier in my teaching career. Our students across the country would be stronger readers and writers if a balanced program such as Phonics First was being implemented."
"I loved this training and can’t wait to get started with my students!"
"I strongly believe after completing this training that EVERY HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY TEACHER should have this!!! Our student reading success would improve if all teachers knew how to teach this material."
"I learned so much. I now have complete confidence in using the program and teaching the material. I can now implement the material as it was designed. Thank you for a great week!"
"I feel like I’ve learned more from this PD than any PD I’ve participated in before!"
"Awesome training. It was my first exposure to Structures, and it is fabulous! I am recommending that each of our elementaries has at least one interventionist trained to use with our 5th and 6th grade struggling readers! Thank you!"
"I have been hoping for this type of instruction since I have been back in the classroom! The push in many elementary schools is comprehension when children cannot write or read fluently. So excited to move forward with Phonics First! Thank you!!!"
"Our trainer was amazing. She was so knowledgeable about the program and was able to share real world examples. She was also incredibly helpful with answering everyone’s specific questions."