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Orton-Gillingham Dyslexia Specialist Certification Process

  • • Phonics First - 30 hr course

    - OR -

    • Primary - 18 hr course +

    • Level 1 Completer - 12 hr course

    - OR -

    • Structures - 30 hr course

  • • Level II - 30 hr course

  • • Supervised Practicum - 60 hrs

ORTON-GILLINGHAM COURSES and CERTIFICATION

  • Phonics First® Level I Orton-Gillingham Training
    Kindergarten through 3rd Grade general education (Tier 1 whole class/small group)
    4th through 5th Grade general education (Tier 1 small group)
    Kindergarten through 5th Grade special education, intervention, resource (Tier 2,3)

    This comprehensive and highly intensive multisensory training course qualifies teachers to bring Orton-Gillingham instruction into their classrooms. Phonics First® transforms beginning, struggling, dyslexic and learning disabled students into skilled learners through its effective, fun, multisensory approach to reading and spelling.

    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
    • Syllabication for multisyllabic words (8 Syllable Types/3 Syllable Patterns)
    • Higher-level spelling skills
    • Oral reading/connected text fluency

    Additional benefits:
    • Guidance with lesson planning and classroom implementation
    • Opportunities for hands-on lesson practice with other participants
    • Emphasis on teaching reading to beginning, struggling, dyslexic and learning disabled students using Orton-Gillingham methodology
    • Complimentary Brainspring Members Area Access: reproducible lesson resources and activities

    Upon completion, participants will:
    • Receive a document of completion
    • Be prepared to teach Phonics First® to students in Kindergarten through 5th Grade
    • Be eligible for Level II and to apply for Brainspring’s nationally recognized certification program
    • Be eligible to purchase 2 Graduate Credits (Ashland University)

    Prerequisite: None
    Course Hours: 30
    Contact us to discuss your state requirements for dyslexia and other literacy initiatives.

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    November 26, 2018 (Wait List) 5 Johnson Creek Wisconsin
    December 5- January 17, 2019 (Non Consecutive Days) 5 Belleville Michigan
    January 7-26, 2019 (Non Consecutive Days) 8 Troy Michigan
    January 14, 2019 5 Orlando Florida
    January 28, 2019 5 Pelham Alabama
    February 4, 2019 5 Madison Tennessee
    February 25, 2019 5 Indianapolis Indiana
    March 4-23, 2019 (Non Consecutive Days) 8 Troy Michigan
    March 11, 2019 5 Portland Oregon
    March 18, 2019 5 Louisville Kentucky
    April 1, 2019 5 Pittsburgh Pennsylvania
    April 1, 2019 5 Troy Michigan
    April 8, 2019 5 Denver Colorado
    April 29-May 22, 2019 (Non Consecutive Days) 9 Troy Michigan
    May 6, 2019 5 Orlando Florida
    May 28,2019 (Accelerated) 4 Lake Charles Louisiana
    May 28,2019 (Accelerated) 4 Alpharetta Georgia
    July 15,2019 5 Eureka Missouri
    July 22,2019 5 Cincinnati Ohio

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  • Phonics First® Primary Orton-Gillingham Training
    Kindergarten through 1st Grade general education (Tier 1 whole class/small group)
    Kindergarten through 2nd Grade special education, intervention, resource (Tier 2,3)

    This course qualifies primary teachers to bring beginning-level Orton-Gillingham multisensory instruction to their classrooms. Phonics First® transforms beginning, struggling, dyslexic and learning disabled students into skilled learners through its effective, fun, multisensory approach to reading and spelling.

    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 with other participants
    • Emphasis on teaching reading to beginning, struggling, dyslexic and learning disabled students using Orton-Gillingham methodology
    • Complimentary Brainspring Members Area Access: reproducible lesson resources and activities

    Upon completion, participants will:
    • Receive a document of completion
    • Be prepared to teach Phonics First® to students in Kindergarten through 2nd Grade
    • Be eligible for the Phonics First® Level I Completion course
    • Be eligible to purchase 1 Graduate Credit (Ashland University)

    Prerequisite: None
    Course Hours: 18
    Contact us to discuss your state requirements for dyslexia and other literacy initiatives.
    To complete the remaining 12 hours of Level I, enroll in the Phonics First® Level I Completion course. Contact Brainspring for details: 800-732-3211

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  • Structures Level I Orton-Gillingham Training
    4th through 5th Grade general education (Tier 1 whole class)
    6th through 12th Grade* special education, intervention, resource (Tier 2,3)

    *Appropriate for students with dyslexia and/or learning disabilities whose reading skills are at or above a 1st Grade level

    This comprehensive and highly intensive multisensory training course qualifies teachers to bring Orton-Gillingham multisensory instruction to their intervention and remedial classrooms. Structures transforms dyslexic and learning disabled students into skilled learners through its effective, interactive, multisensory approach to reading and spelling.

    Participants learn to teach:
    • Anglo-Saxon word study of basic to advanced phonetic concepts
    • Morphological study of Greek and Latin roots and affixes
    • 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
    • Vocabulary development
    • Fluency-building strategies
    • Introductory comprehension techniques

    Additional benefits:
    • Guidance for lesson plans and classroom implementation
    • Opportunities for hands-on lesson practice with other participants
    • Emphasis on teaching reading to struggling, dyslexic and learning disabled students using Orton-Gillingham methodology
    • Complimentary Brainspring Members Area Access: reproducible lesson resources and activities

    Upon completion, participants will:
    • Receive a document of completion
    • Be prepared to teach Structures to general education students in 4th through 5th Grade
    and remedial students in 6th through 12th Grade
    • Be eligible for Level II and to apply for Brainspring’s nationally recognized certification program
    • Be eligible to purchase 2 Graduate Credits (Ashland University)

    Prerequisite: None
    Course Hours: 30
    Contact us to discuss your state requirements for dyslexia and other literacy initiatives.

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    February 11, 2019 5 Melbourne Arkansas

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  • Level II Orton-Gillingham Training
    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 training course emphasizes instruction of struggling readers at all grade levels and is critical for teachers working with dyslexic and learning disabled students of all ages and skill levels.

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

    Participants gain expertise in:
    • Instruction of skills taught in Level I (Phonics First® or Structures)
    • Customizing lessons for dyslexic and learning or language disabled students
    • 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:
    • Emphasis on modifying lesson components to instruct individuals and small groups of students with similar skill needs
    • Interactive, collegial discussions
    • Opportunities for hands-on lesson practice with other participants
    • Emphasis on teaching reading to struggling, dyslexic and learning disabled students at all grade levels using Orton-Gillingham methodology
    • Complimentary Brainspring Members Area Access: reproducible lesson resources and activities

    Upon completion, participants will:>
    • Receive a document of completion
    • Be prepared to teach Phonics First® and Structures to dyslexic and/or learning disabled students in Kindergarten through 12th grade
    • Be eligible to apply for Brainspring’s nationally recognized Orton-Gillingham Dyslexia Specialist Certification program
    • Be eligible to purchase 2 Graduate Credits (Ashland University)

    Prerequisite: Completion of Phonics First® Level I OR Structures Level I more than three months prior to enrolling in Level II. Current teaching experience with Phonics First® and/or Structures is strongly recommended.
    Course Hours: 30
    Contact us to discuss your state requirements for dyslexia and other literacy initiatives.

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  • Accredited multisensory courses are intensely reviewed by a recognized outside accrediting body, ensuring the program meets rigorous national standards of content and exceptional quality of instruction.

    Brainspring is doubly accredited:
    • IDA (International Dyslexia Association) at Tier III, the highest level of IDA accreditation
    • IMSLEC (International Multisensory Structured Language Education Council) at the Teaching Level and Instructor of Teaching Level

    Brainspring’s accreditations allow qualified course graduates to apply for certification as a Brainspring Orton-Gillingham Dyslexia Specialist.

    Level III Certification:
    Those seeking certification must apply and be accepted into Level III.

    General Requirements:
    • Minimum of a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university
    • Letters of Recommendation
    • Demonstrated implementation of Phonics First® and/or Structures with students
    • Exams: Level I and Level II written, oral and practical exams

    Prerequisite Coursework:
    • Phonics First® or Structures Level I (live course)
    • Phonics First®/Structures Level II (live course)
    • Phonological Awareness: Preparing Early Readers workshop

    Supervised Sixty-Hour Practicum
    • Teaching individuals or small-groups (4 maximum) of students who have language-based learning disabilities or dyslexia
    • Lessons are a minimum of 40 minutes each, 2-5 days per week

    Certification Renewal
    • 30 hours approved CEU/PD every three years

    Contact Brainspring Educator Academy for complete details, requirements and application.
    Contact us to discuss your state requirements for dyslexia and other literacy initiatives.

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ORTON-GILLINGHAM E-LEARNING

  • Phonics First® Level I Orton-Gillingham E-Learning Training
    Kindergarten through 3rd Grade general education (Tier 1 whole class/small group)
    4th through 5th Grade general education (Tier 1 small group)
    Kindergarten through 5th Grade special education, intervention, resource (Tier 2,3)

    The Phonics First® Level I E-Learning course covers all the multisensory training content of the in-person course in an interactive and flexible online format. Phonics First® transforms beginning, struggling, dyslexic and learning disabled students into skilled learners through its effective, fun, multisensory approach to reading and spelling. Teachers will actively participate in learning modules and connect with Phonics First® Instructors as they learn how to effectively incorporate Orton-Gillingham instruction into their classrooms or small-groups.

    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
    • Syllabication for multisyllabic words (8 Syllable Types/3 Syllable Patterns)
    • Oral reading/connected text fluency
    • Higher-level spelling skills

    Additional Benefits:
    • Guidance with lesson planning and classroom implementation
    • Emphasis on teaching reading to beginning, struggling, dyslexic and learning disabled students using Orton-Gillingham methodology
    • Complimentary Brainspring Members Area Access: reproducible lesson resources and activities

    Upon completion, participants will:
    • Receive a document of completion
    • Be prepared to teach Phonics First® to students in Kindergarten through 5th Grade
    • Be eligible to purchase 2 Graduate Credits (Ashland University)

    Benefits of E-Learning:
    Engage with the content. Specifically developed for the online learning environment, this course is much more than a series of video lectures. You’ll be actively involved in learning through built-in interactions, activities and practice assignments.
    Get guidance from an expert. Phonics First® Instructors are there to guide you through the course, answering questions and providing personalized feedback on assignments.
    Fit learning into your schedule. You can access course content and complete assignments when it’s convenient for you.
    Track your progress. With built-in activities like Knowledge Checks, discussions and quizzes, it’s easy to know that you’re on the right track to learning the lesson content, processes and strategies.
    Access a variety of resources. In addition to the standard course content, you’ll find a library of resources developed to support you during and after the course, as well as optional resources to dig deeper into topics of interest. On-line interactions and activities, video demonstrations and printable activities are just a few of the tools you’ll find throughout the course.

    Prerequisite: None
    E-Learning Course Hours:
    Required Viewing and Assignments: 25 hours, 20 minutes
    Additional Practice Time: 6 hours, 30 minutes
    Contact us to discuss your state requirements for dyslexia and other literacy initiatives.

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  • Phonics First® Primary Orton-Gillingham E-Learning Training
    Kindergarten through 1st Grade general education (Tier 1 whole class/small group)
    Kindergarten through 2nd Grade special education, intervention, resource (Tier 2,3)

    The Phonics First® Primary E-Learning course covers all the content of the in-person course in an interactive and flexible online format. Phonics First® transforms beginning, struggling, dyslexic and learning disabled students into skilled learners through its effective, fun, multisensory approach to reading and spelling. Teachers will actively participate in learning modules and connect with Phonics First® Instructors as they learn how to effectively incorporate beginning Orton-Gillingham instruction into their classrooms or small-groups.

    Participants learn to teach:
    • Alphabet and phonological awareness strategies
    • Basic phonetic concepts for beginning decoding and encoding
    • A Three-Part Drill for structured review
    • Tactile/kinesthetic spelling techniques for phonetic and non-phonetic words
    • Beginning 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, dyslexic and learning disabled students using Orton-Gillingham methodology
    • Complimentary Brainspring Members Area Access: reproducible lesson resources and activities

    Upon completion, participants will:
    • Receive a document of completion
    • Be prepared to teach basic Phonics First® to students in Kindergarten through 2nd Grade
    • Be eligible to purchase 1 Graduate Credit (Ashland University)

    Benefits of E-Learning:
    Engage with the content. Specifically developed for the online learning environment, this course is much more than a series of video lectures. You’ll be actively involved in learning through built-in interactions, activities and practice assignments.
    Get guidance from an expert. Phonics First® Instructors are there to guide you through the course, answering questions and providing personalized feedback on assignments.
    Fit learning into your schedule. You can access course content and complete assignments when it’s convenient for you.
    Track your progress. With built-in activities like Knowledge Checks, discussions and quizzes, it’s easy to know that you’re on the right track to learning the lesson content, processes and strategies.
    Access a variety of resources. In addition to the standard course content, you’ll find a library of resources developed to support you during and after the course, as well as optional resources to dig deeper into topics of interest. On-line interactions and activities, video demonstrations and printable activities are just a few of the tools you’ll find throughout the course.

    Prerequisite: None
    E-Learning Course Hours:
    Required Viewing and Assignments: 15 hours, 20 minutes
    Additional Practice Time: 3 hours, 55 minutes
    Contact us to discuss your state requirements for dyslexia and other literacy initiatives.

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  • Phonics First® Level II Orton-Gillingham E-Learning Training
    Kindergarten through 12th Grade general education, special education, intervention, and resource teachers who have taken Phonics First® Level I

    This rigorous Orton-Gillingham training course emphasizes instruction of struggling readers at all grade levels and is critical for teachers working with dyslexic and learning disabled students.

    Participants gain expertise in:
    • Instruction of skills taught in Level I
    • Customizing lessons for dyslexic and learning disabled students
    • 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
    • Emphasis on teaching reading to struggling, dyslexic and learning disabled student at all grade levels using Orton-Gillingham methodology
    • Complimentary Brainspring Members Area Access: reproducible lesson resources and activities

    Upon completion, participants will:
    • Receive a document of completion
    • Be prepared to teach Phonics First® and Structures to dyslexic and/or learning disabled students in Kindergarten through 12th Grade

    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.

    E-Learning Course Hours: 16.25
    Contact us to discuss your state requirements for dyslexia and other literacy initiatives.

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  • Phonological Awareness: Preparing Early Readers E-Learning Training
    Kindergarten through 1st Grade general education
    Kindergarten through 2nd Grade special education, intervention, resource

    Research demonstrates a direct correlation between a child developing strong phonological awareness skills and becoming a highly-skilled reader.

    Emphasis on phonological awareness instruction in Kindergarten and early 1st Grade gives each student the opportunity to meet the skill demands of beginning reading.

    Participants learn:
    • Background knowledge required for early reading development
    • Progressing levels of instruction critical for developing successful readers
    • Targeted and purposeful activities to teach critical foundational skills

    Upon completion, participants will:
    • Be prepared to teach Phonological Awareness to beginning and struggling readers in Kindergarten through 2nd Grade

    Prerequisite: None
    E-Learning Course Hours: 2
    Contact us to discuss your state requirements for dyslexia and other literacy initiatives.

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  • Unlocking Unfamiliar Words: Syllabication Strategies for Success E-Learning Training
    3rd through 12th Grade special education, intervention, resource

    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 Brainspring Orton-Gillingham system for teaching structured, sequential, and cumulative syllabication lessons.

    This workshop coupled with the Greek and Latin Roots workshop provides teachers of struggling middle and high school readers with powerful intervention tools to meet a variety of needs.

    Participants learn to teach:
    • A systematic process to read unfamiliar, multisyllable words
    • Phonetic syllable-reading practice
    • Three Syllable Patterns
    • Eight Syllable Types

    Upon completion, participants will:
    • Be prepared to teach structured syllabication to struggling readers in 3rd through 12th Grade

    Note: While the content of this workshop is sufficient for some struggling readers, it is not a replacement for the complete intervention/remediation course content of Phonics First® or Structures for students with significant reading deficits, LD or dyslexia.

    Prerequisite: None
    E-Learning Course Hours: 3
    Contact us to discuss your state requirements for dyslexia and other literacy initiatives.

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  • Morphology: Greek and Latin Roots Overview E-Learning Training
    4th through 5th Grade general education
    6th through 12th Grade special education, intervention, resource

    This overview workshop introduces the study of prefixes, suffixes and Greek and Latin root morphology which provides a sophisticated method of teaching decoding and encoding to middle and high school students. Infusing roots and affixes into general education for 4th through 5th grade at-level readers enhances vocabulary and comprehension.

    Approximately 65% of all reading at the middle school level and above comes from the Greek and Latin layers 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 Unlocking Unfamiliar Words workshop provides teachers of struggling middle and high school readers with powerful intervention tools to meet a variety of needs.

    Participants learn to teach:
    • Morphology: Greek and Latin roots and affixes
    • A Three-Part Drill for structured review
    • Tactile/kinesthetic spelling techniques for roots and affixes
    • Vocabulary

    Upon completion, participants will:
    • Be prepared to teach Greek and Latin roots to students in grades 4th through 12th Grade

    Note: While the content of this workshop is sufficient for some struggling readers, it is not a replacement for the complete intervention/remediation course content of Phonics First® or Structures for students with significant reading deficits, a learning disability or dyslexia.

    Prerequisite: None
    E-Learning Course Hours: 3
    Contact us to discuss your state requirements for dyslexia and other literacy initiatives.

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  • Phonics First® Refresher E-Learning Training
    Individuals who have completed Phonics First® Level I or Phonics First® Primary

    During this workshop, teachers review the Brainspring Phonics First® Level I Orton-Gillingham training methodology. Multisensory techniques, strategies and concepts will be reviewed, new insights will be gained, and accuracy of the program will be emphasized. Participants are also introduced to Reciprocal Teaching, a powerful tool for deepening comprehension through a process of clarifying, questioning, summarizing and predicting. Information is included about how each lesson component connects to and enhances Common Core Standards.

    Participants will review:
    • Lesson plan components
    • Visual, auditory, tactile-kinesthetic techniques for phonetic and non-phonetic words
    • Syllabication strategies

    Upon completion, participants will:
    • Gain a deeper understanding of each lesson component
    • Be better prepared to deliver Phonics First® lessons with fidelity

    Prerequisite: Completion of Phonics First® Level I or Phonics First® Primary
    E-Learning Course Hours: 3
    Contact us to discuss your state requirements for dyslexia and other literacy initiatives.

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ORTON-GILLINGHAM WORKSHOPS

  • Phonics First® Level I Refresher Workshop
    Kindergarten through 5th Grade teachers who have completed Phonics First® Level I or Phonics First® Primary

    This course is designed to review the Brainspring Phonics First® Level I Orton-Gillingham training methodology. Multisensory techniques, strategies and concepts will be reviewed, new insights will be gained, and accuracy of the program will be emphasized.

    Teachers will review:
    • Lesson plan components
    • Visual, auditory, tactile-kinesthetic techniques for phonetic and non-phonetic words
    • Syllabication strategies

    Additional benefits:
    • Collegial discussion
    • Instructor led question-and-answer session

    Upon completion, participants will:
    • Gain a deeper understanding of each lesson component
    • Be better prepared to deliver Phonics First® lessons with fidelity

    Prerequisite: Completion of Phonics First® Level I or Phonics First® Primary
    Course Hours: 6

    Materials:

    Participants Must Bring:

    • Phonics First® Curriculum (green cover)
    • Phonics First® Course Manual (blue cover)
    • Phonics First® Strategy Cards (available from the Members Area)
    • Small white board/marker/eraser and/or sand tray
    • Card Pack rubber banded by Layers (does not have to be in order within the layer)
    • Red Words screen / crayon
    • Phonics First® Syllabication Guide
    • Phonics First® Stories

    To purchase any of these materials, call 800-732-3211.
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  • Structures Level I Refresher Workshop
    4th through 12th Grade teachers who have completed Structures Level I

    This course is designed to review the Brainspring Structures Level I Orton-Gillingham Training methodology. Multisensory techniques, strategies and concepts will be reviewed, new insights will be gained, and accuracy of the program will be emphasized.

    Teachers will review:
    • Lesson plan components
    • Visual, auditory, tactile-kinesthetic techniques for phonetic and non-phonetic words
    • Syllabication strategies.
    • Morphology: Greek and Latin roots and affixes

    Additional benefits:
    • Collegial discussion
    • Instructor led question-and-answer session

    Upon completion, participants will:
    • Gain a deeper understanding of each lesson component
    • Be better prepared to deliver Structures lessons with fidelity

    Prerequisite: Completion of Structures Level I
    Course Hours: 6

    Materials:

    Participants Must Bring:

    • Structures Curriculum Guide (orange cover)
    • Structures Course Manual (purple cover)
    • Structures Syllabication Guide
    • Structures Strategy Cards (available from the Members Area)
    • Small white board/marker/eraser and/or sand tray
    • Card Pack rubber banded by Layers (does not have to be in order within the layer)
    • Red Words screen / crayon
    • Syllable Division Cards

    To purchase any of these materials, call 800-732-3211.
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  • Phonological Awareness: Preparing Early Readers Workshop
    Kindergarten through 1st Grade general education
    Kindergarten through 2nd Grade special education, intervention, resource

    Research demonstrates a direct correlation between a child developing strong phonological awareness skills and becoming a highly-skilled reader. This workshop places emphasis on phonological awareness instruction in Kindergarten and early 1st Grade to give each student the opportunity to meet the skill demands of beginning reading.

    Participants learn to teach:
    • Background knowledge required for early reading development
    • Progressing levels of instruction critical for developing successful readers
    • Targeted and purposeful activities to teach critical foundational skills

    Materials

    • Phonemic Awareness
    • Phonemic Awareness in Young Children - A Classroom Curriculum


    Upon completion, participants will:
    • Be prepared to teach Phonological Awareness to beginning and struggling readers in Kindergarten through 2nd Grade.

    Prerequisite: None
    Course Hours: 3

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  • Unlocking Unfamiliar Words: Syllabication Strategies Workshop
    3rd through 12th Grade general education, special education, intervention, resource teachers who have not been trained in Phonics First® or Structures

    This workshop teaches Brainspring Orton-Gillingham Syllabication through systematic, multisensory decoding lessons for multisyllable word attack strategies. Content is designed for students who struggle to read at grade-level. Teachers also learn how to teach and/or review key phonetic structures of our language that underpin decoding success as well as multisensory strategies for teaching non-phonetic word reading and spelling.

    Participants learn to teach:
    • A systematic process to read unfamiliar, multisyllabic words
    • Phonetic syllable-reading practice
    • Three Syllable Patterns
    • Eight Syllable Types
    • Multisensory strategies to teach/review non-phonetic sight words

    Additional benefits:
    • Hands-on, interactive learning
    • Emphasis on teaching decoding to struggling, dyslexic and learning disabled students using Orton-Gillingham instruction

    Upon completion, participants will:
    • Be prepared to teach structured syllabication to students in 3rd through 12th Grade

    Note: While the content of this workshop is sufficient for some struggling readers, it is not a replacement for the complete intervention/remediation course content of Phonics First® or Structures for students with significant reading deficits, a learning disability or dyslexia

    Materials

    • Unlocking Unfamiliar Words: Syllabication Strategies manual
    • Syllabication Guide with reproducible student activity pages
    • Syllabication Card Set
    • Red Word screen and red crayon


    Prerequisite: None
    Course Hours: 6

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  • Morphology: Greek and Latin Roots and Affixes Workshop
    4th through 5th Grade general education
    6th through 12th Grade special education, intervention, resource

    Learn highly-engaging, multisensory word study activities to teach morphology (Greek and Latin roots and affixes) to facilitate student skill development in reading, spelling, vocabulary, fluency and comprehension. Knowing the meanings of just a few roots unlocks the mystery of hundreds of words. Teachers learn Brainsprings's Orton-Gillingham based systematic and multisensory approach to teaching morphology which enhances understanding and engages students in developing a curiosity for our language.

    Approximately 65% of all reading at the middle school level and above comes from the Greek and Latin layers 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.

    Participants learn to teach:
    • Morphology: Greek and Latin roots and affixes
    • A Three-Part Drill for structured review
    • Tactile/kinesthetic spelling techniques for roots and affixes
    • Vocabulary

    Additional benefits:
    • Hands-on, interactive learning

    Upon completion, participants will:
    • Be prepared to teach morphology lessons

    Note: While the content of this workshop is sufficient for some struggling readers, it is not a replacement for the complete intervention/remediation course content of Phonics First® or Structures for students with significant reading deficits, a learning disability or dyslexia. .

    Materials

    • Word Study: Greek and Latin Roots Implementation Guide
    • Structures Card Pack
    • Answer board/marker/eraser


    Prerequisite: None
    Course Hours: 6

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