Level II


Completion of either: Phonics First® Level I OR Structures® Level I
3+ months teaching Phonics First® or Structures® to students


30 hours


Kindergarten through 12th grade general education, special education, intervention, and resource teachers who have taken either Phonics First® Level I or Structures® Level I


This rigorous Orton-Gillingham course focuses on increasing teaching expertise for remediating reading development of K-12 students with dyslexia and learning differences in small-group and one-on-one settings. Teachers review and deepen their ability to teach the Level I course content of both Phonics First® and Structures® to meet the unique needs of each learner.

Further, the Level II course expands teaching expertise beyond phonological awareness and phonics. Teachers learn instructional strategies to teach reading fluency, morphology, vocabulary, comprehension, grammar, and syntax. During the Level II course, teachers gain knowledge to instruct students with dyslexia and learning differences in multiple areas of reading and writing by applying their enhanced knowledge of structured, sequential, multisensory teaching. This allows them to adapt a wide range of teacher-selected materials to their students’ reading and writing needs.

Level II is a required course for those pursuing Brainspring’s nationally recognized certification.

Participants gain expertise in
  • Instruction of skills using both Phonics First® and Structures® curricula
  • Applying the Principles of Orton-Gillingham instruction to multiple areas of reading and writing instruction
  • Customizing lessons for students with dyslexia and learning differences
PARTICIPANTS LEARN to Customize Instruction in
  • Phonological Awareness
  • Phonics skills for basic through advanced decoding and encoding
  • Morphology
  • Syllabication/multisyllable word attack strategies
  • Fluency building
  • Vocabulary development
  • The Reciprocal Teaching process
  • Multisensory comprehension
  • Multisensory syntax (grammar)
Additional Benefits:
  • Emphasis on modifying lesson components to instruct individuals and small groups of students with similar skill needs
  • Interactive, collegial discussions to plan and analyze lessons
  • Opportunities for hands-on lesson practice with other participants
  • Emphasis on teaching reading to students with dyslexia and learning differences at all grade levels using Orton-Gillingham methodology
  • Complimentary Brainspring Members Area Access: reproducible lesson resources and activities
  • Receive a document of completion
  • Be empowered with additional multisensory, direct instruction strategies to teach phonological awareness, fluency, vocabulary, comprehension and syntax to K-12 students with dyslexia and learning differences
  • Be eligible to apply to our supervised practicum, the final step in Brainspring’s nationally recognized Orton-Gillingham Dyslexia Specialist certification program
  • Be eligible to purchase two Graduate Credits (Ashland University)