Learn about our accredited Orton-Gillingham based courses, workshops, certification, and registration options. All online professional development options, both livestream and self-paced, may be found here.

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Orton-Gillingham Dyslexia Specialist Certification Process

  • • Phonics First - 30 hr course (Live Course Only)

    - OR -

    • Primary - 18 hr course +

    • Level 1 Completer - 12 hr course

    - OR -

    • Structures - 30 hr course (Live Course Only)

  • • Level II - 30 hr course

  • • Supervised Practicum - 60 hrs

IN-PERSON 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.

    Pricing & Registration

  • Start Date Days City State
    July 06, 2020 5 Farmington Arkansas
    July 13, 2020 5 Mammoth Springs Arkansas
    July 27, 2020 5 Batesvile Arkansas

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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

    Pricing & Registration

  • Start Date Days City State

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  • Appropriate Audience:
    4th & 5th grade: General Education (Tier I Small-Group Intervention – Use phonics/syllabication components; Whole Class – Use morphology components)
    6th through 12th grade*: Special Education, Intervention, Resource (Tiers 2 & 3: Small group or one-on-one instruction)

    *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.

    Pricing & Registration

  • Start Date Days City State

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  • Brainspring Science of Reading
    Phonics First and Structures teachers:

    Complete the Arkansas Science of Reading Requirements with this two-day Brainspring class.

    This class complements instructional practices learned in Phonics First Level I or Structures Level I, with an in-depth focus on the science of teaching reading to all students. This research and knowledge enhances a teachers’ ability to meet the needs of all students. The class emphasizes how the brain learns to read through both decoding skills and language comprehension. Teachers leave with a deeper understanding of how to implement effective teaching methods for teaching decoding, language comprehension and reading comprehension.

    Participants learn the research and practical application of:
    • Theoretical models of reading research and their impact on reading instruction
    • Simple View of Reading
    • Four-Part Mental Processor
    • Scarborough’s Rope
    • Chall’s Stages of Reading Development
    • Broader phonological and phonemic awareness development models
    • Permanent word storage within the brain and the impact for classroom instructional practices
    • Sound walls vs. using a traditional word wall
    • Orthographic Mapping and how to promote this essential skill
    • Fluency in the sub-skills of phonemic awareness and phonics
    • Expanded components of oral reading fluency instruction: accuracy, rate and prosody within the Phonics First® and Structures curriculum.
    • Building student’s background knowledge within the classroom
    • Lesson format to teach Vocabulary
    • Strategies to teach the structure of the English Language
    • Instructional design to promote students’ verbal reasoning and literacy knowledge

    Participants leave the class with the ability to immediately apply their new knowledge through lesson-plan templates for teaching reading in line with the Arkansas Science of Reading requirements. Throughout the two days, participants will see components modeled and be able to apply what they are learning in conjunction with what they have already learned in Phonics First Level 1 or Structures Level I.

    Materials:
    • Equipped for Reading Success (David Kilpatrick)
    • Participant Notebook

    Prerequisite: Completion of Phonics First® Level I or Structures Level I (Note: Phonics First® Primary and Phonics First® Kindergarten do not meet the prerequisite requirement)
    Class Length: 2 Days

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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 in-person 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
    Please note: You may attend Level II after completing Level I e-learning, but Level I e-learning courses cannot be applied toward the Orton-Gillingham Dyslexia Specialist Certification.
    Contact us to discuss your state requirements for dyslexia and other literacy initiatives.

    Pricing & Registration

  • 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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  • LIVE COACHING
    Brainspring instructors come to your classroom to guide and support you in delivering  PF or Structures® lessons. 

    Coaching Benefits:
    •Refresh instructional strategies from the course
    •Learn ways to individualize components for all students
    •Receive guidance for incorporating PF or Structures® into the schedule
    •Gain confidence delivering the PF or Structures® program
    •Facilitate PF or Structures® discussion between teachers and administrators

    Prerequisite:  Completion of Phonics First® Level I, Structures or Phonics First® Primary

    Contact us to discuss your state requirements for dyslexia and other literacy initiatives.

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IN-PERSON WORKSHOPS

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

    This workshop 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 to support delivery with fidelity.

    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:

    • Small white board/marker/eraser
    • Red Words screen / red crayon
    • Note-taking materials (paper and pen)
    • Phonics First® Course Manual (blue cover)[optional]
    • Phonics First® Curriculum (green cover) [optional]

    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 workshop 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 to support delivery with fidelity.

    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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  • Prerequisite: None
    Workshop Hours: 3

    Appropriate Audience:
    Kindergarten – 2nd grade: General Education
    Kindergarten – 12th grade: Special Education, Intervention, Resource

    Course Description:
    One of the five pillars of teaching children to read is phonological awareness. The underlying foundation for all reading development starts with an awareness of and the ability to manipulate the sounds of our language.

    Phonological awareness skills are held as the strongest predictor of success in learning to read. Regardless of age, students with a weakness in phonological awareness will fall behind, experiencing poor spelling, inaccurate decoding of new words, mispronunciation of words and difficulty remembering or recalling new words. Pre-readers, and beginning and struggling readers and spellers of all ages require purposeful, guided, sequential instruction in foundational phonological awareness skills in order to make strong print connections tied to skilled reading and spelling.

    Participants Learn:
    • Phonological Awareness and Phonemic Awareness
    • Phonological awareness-literacy connections
    • Current research: when to teach; who to teach; when it should be mastered
    • Phonological awareness continuum of progressing skill levels
    • Signs of phonological awareness weakness and assessments
    • Targeted, purposeful activities at all levels of phonological awareness for K-12 students

    Materials:
    Phonemic Awareness
    Equipped for Reading Success

    Contact us to discuss your state requirements for dyslexia and other literacy initiatives.

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  • Prerequisite: None
    Workshop Hours: 6

    Appropriate Audience:
    3rd through 12th grade: Special education, Intervention, Resource

    Course Description:
    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

    Please 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.

    Contact us to discuss your state requirements for dyslexia and other literacy initiatives.

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  • Prerequisite: None
    Workshop Hours: 6

    Appropriate Audience:
    4th & 5th grade: General Education
    6th through 12th grade: Special Education, Intervention, Resource

    Course Description:
    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 struggling readers. 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 4th through 12th grade

    Please 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.

    Contact us to discuss your state requirements for dyslexia and other literacy initiatives.

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Self-Paced Online
Professional Development

Attend our self-paced online professional development courses on your schedule. In order to ensure fidelity, the course information is easy to engage with through built-in interactions, activities, and practice assignments. Our instructors are available to answer your questions and provide personalized feedback via email.

  • Prerequisite: None
    Self-Paced Online Course Length:
         Required Viewing and Assignments: 25 hours, 20 minutes
         Additional Practice Time: 6 hours, 30 minutes
    Price: Starting at $845

    Appropriate Audience:
    Kindergarten through 3rd grade: General Education (Tier 1: Whole class or small group)
    4th & 5th grade: General Education (Tier 1: Small group)
    Kindergarten through 5th grade: Special education, intervention, resource (Tiers 2 & 3: Small group or one-on-one)

    Course Description:
    The Phonics First® Level I Self-Paced Online 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 Self-Paced Online Courses:
         • 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. Online interactions and activities, video demonstrations, and
         printable activities are just a few of the tools you’ll find throughout the course.

    Please Note:
    Self-paced online courses cannot be applied toward the Orton-Gillingham Dyslexia Specialist Certification.

    Contact us to discuss your state requirements for dyslexia and other literacy initiatives.

  • Pricing & Registration

  • Prerequisite: None
    Self-Paced Online Course Length:
         Required Viewing and Assignments: 15 hours, 20 minutes
         Additional Practice Time: 4 hours
    Price: Starting at $745

    Appropriate Audience:
    Kindergarten & 1st grade: General Education (Tier 1: Small group)
    Kindergarten through 2nd grade: Special Education, Intervention, Resource (Tiers 2 & 3: Small group or one-on-one)

    Course Description:
    The Phonics First® Primary Self-Paced Online 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 Self-Paced Online Courses:
         • 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. Online interactions and activities, video demonstrations, and
         printable activities are just a few of the tools you’ll find throughout the course.

    Contact us to discuss your state requirements for dyslexia and other literacy initiatives.

  • Pricing & Registration

  • Prerequisite: None
    Self-Paced Online Course Hours: 30
    Price: Starting at $845

    Appropriate Audience:
    4th & 5th grade: General Education (Tier I Small-Group Intervention – Use phonics/syllabication components; Whole Class – Use morphology components)
    6th through 12th grade*: Special Education, Intervention, Resource (Tiers 2 & 3: Small group or one-on-one instruction)

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

    Course Description:
    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 to purchase 2 Graduate Credits (Ashland University)

    Benefits of Self-Paced Online Courses:
         • 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. Online interactions and activities, video demonstrations, and
         printable activities are just a few of the tools you’ll find throughout the course.

    Please Note:
    Self-paced online courses cannot be applied toward the Orton-Gillingham Dyslexia Specialist Certification.

    Contact us to discuss your state requirements for dyslexia and other literacy initiatives.

  • Pricing & Registration

  • Prerequisite: Completion of Phonics First® Level I or Phonics First® Primary
    Self-Paced Online Class Length: 6-7 hours (60 days to complete from date of purchase)
    Price: $159

    Appropriate Audience:
    Kindergarten through 5th Grade teachers who have completed Phonics First® Level I or Phonics First® Primary

    Course Description:
    This self-paced, online class uses videos, on-screen animations, activities and quizzes to review the Brainspring Phonics First® Level I Orton-Gillingham methodology. Class content includes a thorough review of multisensory techniques, strategies, and concepts to support delivery with fidelity.

    Review Includes:
         • Lesson plan components
         • Visual, auditory, tactile-kinesthetic techniques for phonetic and non-phonetic words
         • Syllabication strategies

    Additional Benefits:
         • Interactive discussion board
         • Instructors available to answer questions

    Upon Completion, Participants Will:
         • Gain a deeper understanding of each lesson component
         • Be better prepared to deliver Phonics First® lessons with fidelity

    Contact us to discuss your state requirements for dyslexia and other literacy initiatives.

  • Pricing & Registration

  • Prerequisite: Completion of Phonics First® Level I, Structures or Phonics First® Primary
    Price: Starting at $259

    Whether you're miles away or just down the road, our Instructors are available to guide and support you in delivering Phonics First® or Structures®.

    Coaching Benefits:
          • Refresh instructional strategies from the course
          • Learn ways to individualize components for all students
          • Receive guidance for incorporating PF or Structures® into the schedule
          • Gain confidence delivering the PF or Structures® program
          • Facilitate PF or Structures® discussion between teachers and administrators

    How it Works:
          • Submit a 30-minute video of yourself teaching a PF or Structures® lesson within a
         specified two-week window
          • A highly-trained Brainspring Coach will review the video and meet with you via
         video conference. You will review key points of the video submission with positive feedback
        and receive a detailed written report as well
          • Select multiple coaching sessions for increased guidance and support with our program

    Contact us to discuss your state requirements for dyslexia and other literacy initiatives.

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Professional Development

A Brainspring Instructor teaches these courses live, in real time, via Zoom. In order to ensure fidelity, the course information is easy to engage with through small-group discussions, practice sessions, and Q & A opportunities. If questions arise between sessions, trained instructors are available to answer your questions via email.

  • Prerequisite: None
    Course Hours: 30
    Price: Starting at $895

    Appropriate Audience:
    Kindergarten through 3rd grade: General Education (Tier 1: Whole class or small group)
    4th & 5th grade: General Education (Tier 1: Small group)
    Kindergarten through 5th grade: Special education, intervention, resource (Tiers 2 & 3: Small group or one-on-one)

    Course Description:
    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.

    A Brainspring Instructor teaches this course live in real time via Zoom (access and use details are provided upon registration). Participants log in on each course date and time to participate. Courses allow for interaction with the Instructor and other course participants in order to retain the hands-on learning approach. Course sessions also include small-group discussions, practice sessions, and question and answer opportunities.

    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
         • 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 eligible for Level II and to apply for Brainspring’s nationally recognized certification program
         • Be prepared to teach Phonics First® to students in Kindergarten through 5th Grade
         • Be eligible to purchase 2 Graduate Credits (Ashland University)

    Contact us to discuss your state requirements for dyslexia and other literacy initiatives.

  • Pricing & Registration

  • Prerequisite: None
    Course Hours: 18
    Price: Starting at $795

    Appropriate Audience:
    Kindergarten through 1st grade: General Education (Tier 1: Whole class or small group)
    Kindergarten through 2nd grade: Special Education, Intervention, Resource (Tier 2 & 3: Small group or one-on-one)

    Course Description:
    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.

    A Brainspring Instructor teaches this course live in real time via Zoom (access and use details are provided upon registration). Participants log in on each course date and time to participate. Courses allow for interaction with the Instructor and other course participants in order to retain the hands-on learning approach. Course sessions also include small-group discussions, practice sessions, and question and answer opportunities.

    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)

    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 our Partnerships team for details: 800-732-3211

    Pricing & Registration

  • Prerequisite: None
    Course Hours: 30
    Price: Starting at $895

    Appropriate Audience:
    4th & 5th grade: General Education (Tier I Small-Group Intervention – Use phonics/syllabication components; Whole Class – Use morphology components)
    6th through 12th grade*: Special Education, Intervention, Resource (Tiers 2 & 3: Small group or one-on-one instruction)

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

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

    A Brainspring Instructor teaches this course live in real time via Zoom (access and use details are provided upon registration). Participants log in on each course date and time to participate. Courses allow for interaction with the Instructor and other course participants in order to retain the hands-on learning approach. Course sessions also include small-group discussions, practice sessions, and question and answer opportunities.

    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 readers, and students with dyslexia and/or
         learning disabilities 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 grades 4 & 5
         and remedial students in grades 6-12
         • Be eligible to attend Level II and to apply for Brainspring’s nationally recognized certification program
         • Be eligible to purchase 2 Graduate Credits (Ashland University)

    Contact us to discuss your state requirements for dyslexia and other literacy initiatives.

  • Pricing & Registration

  • Prerequisite:
    Completion of either:
         • Phonics First® Level I
         • Structures Level I
         • 3+ months current teaching experience with Phonics First® and/or Structures
         is strongly recommended.
    Course Hours: 30
    Price: Starting at $800

    Appropriate Audience:
    Kindergarten through 12th grade: General Education, Special Education, Intervention & Resource

    Course Description:
    This rigorous Orton-Gillingham training course emphasizes instruction of struggling readers at all grade levels and is critical for teachers working with students of all ages and skill levels who have dyslexia or a learning disability.

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

    A Brainspring Instructor teaches this course live in real time via Zoom (access and use details are provided upon registration). Participants log in on each course date and time to participate. Courses allow for interaction with the Instructor and other course participants in order to retain the hands-on learning approach. Course sessions also include small-group discussions, practice sessions, and question and answer opportunities.

    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 readers and students with dyslexia or learning disabilities
          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 students with dyslexia or learning disabilities
          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)

    Contact us to discuss your state requirements for dyslexia and other literacy initiatives.

  • Pricing & Registration

  • Prerequisite: Completion of Phonics First® Primary, Phonics First® Level I or Structures Level I
    Class Length: 2 days (6 hours)
    Price: $349

    Arkansas Educators Please Note:This course, in conjunction with Phonics First® Level I or Structures Level I, completes the Arkansas Science of Reading Requirements. Phonics First® Primary and Phonics First® Kindergarten do not meet the state requirements.

    Course Description:
    This class complements instructional practices learned in Phonics First Level I or Structures Level I, with an in-depth focus on the science of teaching reading to all students. This research and knowledge enhances a teachers’ ability to meet the needs of all students. The class emphasizes how the brain learns to read through both decoding skills and language comprehension. Teachers leave with a deeper understanding of how to implement effective teaching methods for teaching decoding, language comprehension and reading comprehension.

    Participants leave the class with the ability to immediately apply their new knowledge through lesson-plan templates for teaching reading in line with the Arkansas Science of Reading requirements. Throughout the two days, participants will see components modeled and be able to apply what they are learning in conjunction with what they have already learned in Phonics First Level 1 or Structures Level I.

    A Brainspring Instructor teaches this workshop live in real time via Zoom (access and use details are provided upon registration). Participants log in on the workshop date and time to participate. Workshop allows for interaction with the Instructor and other course participants in order to retain the hands-on learning approach. Course sessions also include group discussions and question and answer opportunities.

    Participants Learn the Research & Practical Application of:
          • Theoretical models of reading research and their impact on reading instruction
          • Simple View of Reading
          • Four-Part Mental Processor
          • Scarborough’s Rope
          • Chall’s Stages of Reading Development
          • Broader phonological and phonemic awareness development models
          • Permanent word storage within the brain and the impact for classroom instructional practices
          • Sound walls vs. using a traditional word wall
          • Orthographic Mapping and how to promote this essential skill
          • Fluency in the sub-skills of phonemic awareness and phonics
          • Expanded components of oral reading fluency instruction: accuracy, rate and prosody within
          the Phonics First® and Structures curriculum.
          • Building student’s background knowledge within the classroom
          • Lesson format to teach Vocabulary
          • Strategies to teach the structure of the English Language
          • Instructional design to promote students’ verbal reasoning and literacy knowledge

    Materials:
          • Equipped for Reading Success (David Kilpatrick)
          • Participant Notebook

    Upon Completion, Participants Will:
          • Be eligible to purchase 1 Graduate Credit (Ashland University)

    Contact us to discuss your state requirements for dyslexia and other literacy initiatives.

  • Pricing & Registration

  • Prerequisite: Completion of Phonics First® Level I or Phonics First® Primary
    Workshop Hours: 6
    Price: $249

    Appropriate Audience:
    Kindergarten through 5th Grade teachers who have completed Phonics First® Level I or Phonics First® Primary

    Course Description:
    This workshop 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 to support delivery with fidelity.

    A Brainspring Instructor teaches this workshop live in real time via Zoom (access and use details are provided upon registration). Workshop allows for interaction with the Instructor and other participants in order to retain the hands-on learning approach.

    Review Includes:
         • 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

    Contact us to discuss your state requirements for dyslexia and other literacy initiatives.

  • Pricing & Registration

  • Prerequisite: None
    Workshop Hours: 3
    Price: $179

    Appropriate Audience:
    Kindergarten – 2nd grade: General Education
    Kindergarten – 12th grade: Special Education, Intervention, Resource

    Course Description:
    One of the five pillars of teaching children to read is phonological awareness. The underlying foundation for all reading development starts with an awareness of and the ability to manipulate the sounds of our language.

    Phonological awareness skills are held as the strongest predictor of success in learning to read. Regardless of age, students with a weakness in phonological awareness will fall behind, experiencing poor spelling, inaccurate decoding of new words, mispronunciation of words and difficulty remembering or recalling new words. Pre-readers, and beginning and struggling readers and spellers of all ages require purposeful, guided, sequential instruction in foundational phonological awareness skills in order to make strong print connections tied to skilled reading and spelling.

    A Brainspring Instructor teaches this workshop live in real time via Zoom (access and use details are provided upon registration). Workshop allows for interaction with the Instructor and other participants in order to retain the hands-on learning approach.

    Participants Learn:
          • Phonological Awareness and Phonemic Awareness
          • Phonological awareness-literacy connections
          • Current research: when to teach; who to teach; when it should be mastered
          • Phonological awareness continuum of progressing skill levels
          • Signs of phonological awareness weakness and assessments
          • Targeted, purposeful activities at all levels of phonological awareness for K-12 students

    Materials:
    Phonemic Awareness
    Equipped for Reading Success

    Contact us to discuss your state requirements for dyslexia and other literacy initiatives.

  • Pricing & Registration

  • Prerequisite: None
    Workshop Hours: 6
    Price: $249

    Appropriate Audience:
    3rd through 12th grade: Special education, Intervention, Resource

    Course Description:
    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.

    A Brainspring Instructor teaches this workshop live in real time via Zoom (access and use details are provided upon registration). Workshop allows for interaction with the Instructor and other participants in order to retain the hands-on learning approach.

    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

    Please 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.

    Contact us to discuss your state requirements for dyslexia and other literacy initiatives.

  • Pricing & Registration

  • Prerequisite: None
    Workshop Hours: 6
    Price: $249

    Appropriate Audience:
    4th & 5th grade: General Education
    6th through 12th grade: Special Education, Intervention, Resource

    Course Description:
    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.

    A Brainspring Instructor teaches this workshop live in real time via Zoom (access and use details are provided upon registration). Workshop allows for interaction with the Instructor and other participants in order to retain the hands-on learning approach.

    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 4th through 12th grade

    Please 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.

    Contact us to discuss your state requirements for dyslexia and other literacy initiatives.

  • Pricing & Registration