Bring Orton-Gillingham to your classroom with our online professional development courses, workshops, and coaching. Our online professional development courses are available in two formats to meet educators scheduling needs: self-paced or livestream. Both online course types cover the multisensory training content of the in-person course option. Questions? Call 844-680-7094 or contact us here.

Self-Paced
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.

  • 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 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. 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
    Self-Paced Online 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.

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

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  • 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 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 Course:
    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
    Self-Paced Online 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.

  • Register

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

    Please Note: All Livestream Workshops are available to groups of ten or more. Please contact us for scheduling availability.

    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

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

    Self-Paced Online Class Hours: 6-7 (60 days to complete from date of purchase)

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

  • Register

  • 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

    Contact us to be notified once the Structures Level I Self-Paced Online Course course is available.

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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: 2

  • Register

  • 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
    Self-Paced Online Course Hours: 3
    Contact us to discuss your state requirements for dyslexia and other literacy initiatives.

  • Register

  • 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
    Self-Paced Online Course Hours: 3
    Contact us to discuss your state requirements for dyslexia and other literacy initiatives.

  • Register

  • Miles away or just down the road, Brainspring aims 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

    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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Livestream
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.

  • 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)

    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.

    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.

    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)

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

  • Register

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

    A Brainspring Instructor teaches this course live in real time via Zoom (access and use details are provided upon registration). 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 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

    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

    Livestream Length: 6 hours
    Minimum of 10 participants necessary.

  • Contact Us to Get Started

  • Kindergarten through 1st Grade general education
    Kindergarten through 2nd Grade special education, intervention, resource

    Please Note: All Livestream Workshops are available to groups of ten or more. Please contact us for scheduling availability.

    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

    Materials Included:
    Phonemic Awareness Book
    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
    Livestream Length: 3 hours
    Minimum of 10 participants necessary.

  • Contact Us to Get Started

  • 3rd through 12th Grade special education, intervention, resource

    Please Note: All Livestream Workshops are available to groups of ten or more. Please contact us for scheduling availability.

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

    Prerequisite: None
    Livestream Length: 6 hours
    Minimum of 10 participants necessary.

  • Contact Us to Get Started

  • 4th through 5th Grade general education
    6th through 12th Grade special education, intervention, resource

    Please Note: All Livestream Workshops are available to groups of ten or more. Please contact us for scheduling availability.

    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
    Livestream Length: 6 hours
    Minimum of 10 participants necessary.

  • Contact Us to Get Started