Structures Level I




30 hours


4th & 5th grade: General Education (Tier 1 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 differences whose reading skills are at or above a Grade 1 level.


This comprehensive and highly intensive course qualifies teachers to bring Orton-Gillingham multisensory instruction to their classrooms. Structures® transforms struggling, dyslexic, and learning-differenced readers into skilled learners through our effective, interactive, multisensory approach to reading and spelling.

Participants Learn to Teach
  • Phonological awareness strategies
  • 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
Additional Benefits:
  • Guidance with 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 learning differences using Orton-Gillingham methodology
  • Complimentary Brainspring Members Area Access: reproducible lesson resources and activities
  • Receive a document of completion
  • Be prepared to teach Structures® phonics (decoding and encoding) and morphology content to Tier 2 and 3 students in grades 6-12; 4th-5th grade Tier I small groups (morphology whole class)
  • Be eligible to attend Level II and to apply for Brainspring’s nationally recognized certification program
  • Be eligible to purchase two Graduate Credits (Ashland University)