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COURSES and CERTIFICATION

  • Phonics First® Level I Orton-Gillingham Course Content designed for:
    K-5 General Education*, Intervention, Resource, Special Education
    * Classroom intervention instruction for grades 4-5

    This comprehensive and highly intensive course qualifies teachers to bring Orton-Gillingham multisensory instruction to their classrooms. Phonics First® transforms beginning, struggling, dyslexic/LD readers into skilled learners through our 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, and dyslexic/LD readers using Orton-Gillingham methodology

    Upon completion, participants will:
    • Receive a document of completion
    • Be prepared to teach Phonics First® to K-5 students
    • Be eligible for Level II and to apply for Brainspring’s nationally recognized certification program

    Prerequisite: None
    Course Hours: 30

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  • Phonics First® Primary Orton-Gillingham Course Content designed for: K-1 General Education; K-2 Intervention, Resource, Special Education

    This course covers the same content as the first 18 hours of the Level I Course. It qualifies primary teachers to bring beginning-level Orton-Gillingham multisensory instruction to their classrooms. Phonics First® transforms beginning, struggling, dyslexic/LD readers into skilled learners through our effective, fun, multisensory approach to reading and spelling. Phonics First® Primary encompasses the first 18 hours of the complete Level I course.

    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, and dyslexic/LD readers using Orton-Gillingham methodology

    Upon completion, participants will:
    • Receive a document of completion
    • Be prepared to teach Phonics First® to K-2 students
    • Be eligible for the Phonics First® Level I Completion Course

    Prerequisite: None
    Course Hours: 18
    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 Course Content designed for:
    Grade 6-12* Resource, Special Education
    *Appropriate for grades 6-12 students with dyslexia and learning disabilities whose reading skills range from grade 1 and up.

    This comprehensive and highly intensive course qualifies teachers to bring Orton-Gillingham multisensory instruction to their intervention and remedial classroom. Structures transforms dyslexic/LD readers into skilled learners through our 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 and dyslexic/LD readers using Orton-Gillingham methodology

    Upon completion, participants will:
    • Receive a document of completion
    • Be prepared to teach Structures to grades 6-12 remedial students
    • Be eligible for Level II and to apply for Brainspring’s nationally recognized certification program

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  • Level II Orton-Gillingham Course Content designed for:
    K-12 General Education and Resource/Special Education Teachers who have taken EITHER Phonics First® or Structures
    This rigorous course emphasizes instruction of the learning/language-disabled student at all grade-levels and is critical for teachers working with dyslexic/LD students grades 4-12 and adults.

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

    Participants gain expertise in:
    • Instruction of skills taught in Phonics First® Level I
    • Customizing lessons for the dyslexic and learning/language-disabled student at all grade levels
    • 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
    • Interactive, collegial discussions
    • Opportunities for hands-on lesson practice with other participants
    • Emphasis on teaching reading to struggling and dyslexic/LD readers using Orton-Gillingham methodology

    Upon completion, participants will:
    • Receive a document of completion
    • Be prepared to teach Phonics First® and Structures to K-12 dyslexic/learning disabled students
    • Be eligible to apply for Brainspring’s nationally recognized Orton-Gillingham Dyslexia Specialist Certification program

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  • Brainspring Accreditations and Certification Requirements
    Accredited courses have been thoroughly reviewed by a recognized outside accrediting body. Accreditation ensures the program meets rigorous national standards in the teaching of reading and language skills using multisensory structured language (MSL) methodology. Accreditation ensure standardized consistency 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 in turn us to allow qualified course graduates to apply for certification as an 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® 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 Practicum
    • Supervised 60-Hour Practicum
    o Teaching individuals or small-groups (4 maximum) of students who have language-based learning disabilities or dyslexia
    o Lessons 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 and requirements.

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E-Learning

  • Phonics First Orton-Gillingham Level I Course Content designed for:

    K-3 General Education; K-5 Resource/Special Education

    This highly-intensive course qualifies teachers to bring Orton-Gillingham multisensory instruction to their classrooms. Phonics First® transforms struggling readers into skilled learners through our effective, fun, multisensory approach.

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

    Additional Benefits:
    • Guidance with lesson planning and classroom implementation
    • Opportunities for hands-on lesson practice
    • Emphasis on teaching reading to beginning, struggling and dyslexic/learning disabled readers using Orton-Gillingham methodology

    Upon completion, participants will:
    • Be prepared to teach Phonics First® to K-5 students

    Prerequisite: None

    E-Learning Course Hours:  22 viewing hours

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  • K-1 General Education; K-2 Resource/Special Education

    This course encompasses the first 14 hours of the Phonics First® Level I E-Learning course. (To complete the remaining 8 hours of Level I at a later date, enroll in the Phonics First® Level I Completion course.)

    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
    • Emphasis on teaching reading to beginning, struggling and dyslexic/learning disabled readers


    Upon completion, participants will:
    • Be prepared to teach Phonics First® to K-2 students

    Prerequisite: None
    E-Learning Hours: 14

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  • Phonics First® Orton-Gillingham Level II Course Content designed for:

    K-12 General Education; Resource/Special Education

    This course emphasizes instruction of the struggling readers at all grade-levels and is critical for teachers working with dyslexic and learning disabled students grades 4-12.

    Level II is required for those pursuing certification.

    Participants gain expertise in:
    • Instruction of skills taught in Phonics First®/Structures Level I
    • Customizing lessons for the dyslexic and learning/language-disabled student at all grade-levels
    • 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
    • Opportunities for hands-on lesson practice
    • Emphasis on teaching reading to struggling and dyslexic/learning disabled readers using Orton-Gillingham methodology

    Upon completion, participants will:
    • Be prepared to teach Phonics First® and Structures to K-12 dyslexic/learning disabled students

    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.

    Course Hours: 16.25

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  • Research demonstrates a direct correlation between a child developing strong phonological awareness skills and becoming a highly-skilled reader. This workshop covers the background knowledge necessary for early reading development, the progressing levels of phonological awareness instruction critical in developing successful readers and a range of targeted and purposeful activities to teach these critical foundational reading skills. The content corresponds to the English Language Arts focus areas in the Common Core State Standards Foundational Reading skills for Kindergarten and beginning first grade. This is an excellent opportunity to ensure a student’s reading readiness as they enter Kindergarten.

    Who: K-1 classroom teachers, K-2 intervention, resource, special education teachers, curriculum directors, tutors
    Where: Anywhere via an internet connection
    Instructor: Certified Phonics First® Instructor
    Duration: Two hours
    Cost: $100 (includes two books: Phonemic AwarenessPhonemic Awareness in Young Children - A Classroom Curriculum)

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  • 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 Phonics First® Orton-Gillingham system for teaching structured, sequential, and cumulative syllabication lessons.  This workshop coupled with the Supporting Struggling Adolescent Readers: Greek and Latin Roots workshop (above) provides teachers of struggling middle and high school readers with powerful intervention tools to meet a variety of needs.

    Who: 6-12 grade intervention, resource, special education teachers, curriculum directors, tutors
    Where: Anywhere via an internet connection
    Instructor: Certified Phonics First® Instructor
    Duration: Three hours divided into two 1½-hour segments
    Cost: $75 (includes materials)

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  • Learn how the study of prefixes, suffixes and Greek and Latin root morphology provides a sophisticated method of teaching decoding and encoding to middle and high school students. Approximately 65% of all reading done at these levels comes from the Greek and Latin layer 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 Syllabication Strategies workshop (below) provides teachers of struggling middle and high school readers with powerful intervention tools to meet a variety of needs.

    Who: 6-12 grade intervention, resource, special education teachers, curriculum directors, tutors
    Where: Anywhere via an internet connection
    Instructor: Certified Phonics First® Instructor
    Duration: Three hours divided into two 1½-hour segments
    Cost: $50
    Recommended Materials: Word Roots Level 1

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  • The adoption of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) means schools must immediately and rapidly gear-up struggling readers. The demands of the CCSS’ higher-level comprehension skills require students employ accurate decoding and fluent reading in order to be able to comprehend increasingly complex text. Consistent implementation of specific Phonics First® Orton-Gillingham strategies in the classroom and intervention settings allows teachers to accurately target specific skill-deficits and to support and strengthen student decoding and fluency.  During this workshop, teachers look at the decoding and fluency-related standards of the common core and determine which Phonics First® instructional components ensure success for beginning, struggling, at-risk, ELL and LD students. Teachers review and practice Phonics First®  strategy implementation for classroom and small-group instruction at the prevention, intervention and remediation levels. The workshop also includes an introduction to Reciprocal Teaching, a powerful tool for deepening comprehension through a process of clarifying, questioning, summarizing and predicting.

    Prerequisite: Phonics First® Foundations Level I or Phonics First® Primary
    Where: Anywhere via an internet connection
    Instructor: Certified Phonics First® Instructor
    Duration: Three hours divided into two 1½-hour segments
    Cost: $50
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Workshops

  • K-5 teachers who have completed Phonics First® Primary or Level I

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

    Review includes:

    • • Lesson plan components
    • • Visual, auditory, tactile-kinesthetic techniques for phonetic and non-phonetic words
    • • Syllabication strategies.
    • • Instructor led question-and-answer session

    Prerequisite: Completion of Phonics First® Primary or Level I
    Class Hours: 6 (or two 3-hour sessions divided by grade levels)

    Materials:

    Participants Must Bring:

    • Phonics First® Curriculum Guide
    • Phonics First® Course Manual
    • 1 Sand Tray with Magic Sand
    • Answer Board, Marker, Eraser
    • Complete card pack organized by Layers

    To purchase any of these materials, call 866-307-0802.
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  • Grades 6-12 teachers who have completed Structures Level I

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

    Review includes:

    • • Lesson plan components
    • • Visual, auditory, tactile-kinesthetic techniques for roots, affixes, phonetic and non-phonetic words
    • • Syllabication strategies.
    • • Instructor led question-and-answer session

    Prerequisite: Completion of Structures Level I
    Class Hours: 6

    Materials:

    Participants Must Bring:

    • Structures Curriculum Guide
    • Structures Course Manual
    • 1 Sand Tray with Magic Sand
    • Answer Board, Marker, Eraser
    • Complete teacher card pack organized by Layers

    To purchase any of these materials, call 866-307-0802.
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  • K-1 Classroom Teachers; K-2 Intervention, Resource, Special Education

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

    Teachers 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

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

    Prerequisite: None
    Class Hours: 3

    Materials

    • Phonemic Awareness
    • Phonemic Awareness in Young Children - A Classroom Curriculum
    • Getting Ready to Read
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  • Grade 3-5 Classroom teachers who have not been trained in Phonics First®

    This course teaches Phonics First® 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, multisyllable 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 and dyslexic/learning disabled readers using Orton-Gillingham instruction

    Upon completion, participants will:

    • • Be prepared to teach Phonics First® Syllabication lessons to struggling readers, grades 3-5

    Prerequisite: None
    Class Hours: 6

    Materials

    • Unlocking Unfamiliar Words: Syllabication Strategies manual
    • Phonics First® Syllabication Guide with reproducible student activity pages
    • Phonics First® Syllabication Card Set
    • Red Word screen and red crayon
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  • Grade 4-5 Classroom teachers

    Learn highly-engaging word study activities to teach 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 an Orton-Gillingham based systematic and multisensory approach to teach morphology which enhances understanding and engages students in developing a curiosity for our language.

    While this class is designed to teach upper elementary general education students, students who struggle with reading benefit from the content when paired with appropriately leveled intervention/remediation instruction.

    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
    • • Emphasis on teaching decoding, encoding and vocabulary to general education students using Orton-Gillingham instruction

    Upon completion, participants will:

    • • Be prepared to teach morphology lessons to general education students, grade 4-5.

    Prerequisite: None
    Class Hours: 6

    Materials

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