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Orton-Gillingham Dyslexia Specialist Certification Process

  • • Phonics First - 30 hr course

    - OR -

    • Primary - 18 hr course +

    • Level 1 Completer - 12 hr course

    - OR -

    • Structures - 30 hr course

  • • Level II - 24 hr course

  • • Supervised Practicum - 60 hrs

COURSES and CERTIFICATION

  • Phonics First® Level I Orton-Gillingham Training course content designed for:
    Kindergarten through 5th Grade general education*, intervention, resource, special education

    * Classroom intervention instruction for 4th through 5th grade.

    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® students in kindergarten through 5th grade
    • 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 Training course content designed for: Kindergarten through 1st grade general education; kindergarten through 2nd grade intervention, resource, special education

    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. Phonics First® Primary multisensory training 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, 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

    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 Orton-Gillingham Training course content designed for:
    Grades 6th through 12th* resource, special education
    *Appropriate for students in grades 6th through 12th with dyslexia and learning disabilities whose reading skills range from grades 1st and up.

    This comprehensive and highly intensive multisensory training course qualifies teachers to bring Orton-Gillingham multisensory instruction to their intervention and remedial classroom. 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 remedial students in grades 6th through 12th
    • Be eligible for Level II and to apply for Brainspring’s nationally recognized certification program

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  • Level II Orton-Gillingham Training course content designed for:

    Kindergarten through 12th grade general education, intervention, resource, special education teachers who have taken EITHER Phonics First® or Structures

    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

    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 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:
    • 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, dyslexic and learning disabled student at all grade levels using Orton-Gillingham methodology • Complimentary Brainspring Members Area Access: reproducible lesson resources and activities

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

    Prerequisite: Completion of Phonics First® OR Structures Level I three months or more prior to enrolling in Level II. Current teaching experience with Phonics First® and/or Structures is strongly recommended.
    Course Hours: 30
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  • Brainspring Accreditations and Certification Requirements:
    Accredited multisensory training 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 ensures 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 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 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 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 and requirements.

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E-Learning

  • Phonics First® Level I Orton-Gillingham Training E-Learning Course Content designed for:

    Kindergarten - 5th grade general education*, intervention, resource, special education.
    * Classroom intervention instruction for grades 4th through 5th

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

    Participants learn to teach:
    • Alphabet and phonemic awareness strategies
    • Basic and advanced phonetic concepts for decoding and encoding
    • A Three-Part Drill for structured review
    • Tactile/kinesthetic spelling techniques for phonetic and non-phonetic words
    • Syllabication for multisyllabic words (8 Syllable Types/3 Syllable Patterns)
    • Oral reading/connected text fluency
    • Higher-level spelling skills

    Additional Benefits:
    • Guidance with lesson planning and classroom implementation
    • Emphasis on teaching reading to beginning, struggling, and 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 Kindergarten through 5th grade students

    Benefits of E-Learning
    Engage with the content. Specifically developed for the online learning environment, this course is much more than a series of video lectures. You’ll be actively involved in learning through built-in interactions, activities and practice assignments.
    Get guidance from an expert. Phonics First® Instructors are there to guide you through the course, answering questions and providing personalized feedback to 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. Lesson notes, Checklists, video demonstrations and printable activities are just a few of the tools you’ll find throughout the course.

    Prerequisite: None

    E-Learning Course Hours: 30

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  • Phonics First® Primary Orton-Gillingham Training E-Learning Course Content designed for:

    Kindergarten through 1st grade general education; Kindergarten through 2nd grade intervention, resource, special education

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

    Participants learn to teach:
    • Alphabet and phonological awareness strategies
    • Basic phonetic concepts for beginning decoding and encoding
    • A Three-Part Drill for structured review
    • Tactile/kinesthetic spelling techniques for phonetic and non-phonetic words
    • Beginning oral reading/connected text fluency
    • Introductory Syllabication for multisyllabic words

    Additional benefits:
    • Guidance with lesson planning and classroom implementation
    • Emphasis on teaching reading to beginning, struggling, and 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 Kindergarten through 2nd grade students

    Benefits of E-Learning
    Engage with the content. Specifically developed for the online learning environment, this course is much more than a series of video lectures. You’ll be actively involved in learning through built-in interactions, activities and practice assignments.
    Get guidance from an expert. Phonics First® Instructors are there to guide you through the course, answering questions and providing personalized feedback to 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. Lesson notes, Checklists, video demonstrations and printable activities are just a few of the tools you’ll find throughout the course.

    Prerequisite: None
    E-Learning Hours: 23

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  • Phonics First® Level II (K-12)

    Phonics First® Level II Orton-Gillingham Training course content designed for:
    Kindergarten through 12th grade general education, intervention, resource, special education teachers who have taken Phonics First® Level I

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

    Participants gain expertise in:
    • Instruction of skills taught in Level I
    • Customizing lessons for dyslexic and learning disabled students
    • Advanced concepts of decoding and encoding

    Participants learn to customize instruction in:
    • Basic phonics through advanced morphology
    • Syllabication/multisyllable word attack strategies
    • The Reciprocal Teaching process
    • Multisensory comprehension
    • Multisensory syntax (grammar)

    Additional benefits:
    • Guidance with lesson planning and classroom implementation
    • Emphasis on teaching reading to struggling, dyslexic and learning disabled student at all grade levels using Orton-Gillingham methodology
    • Complimentary Brainspring Members Area Access: reproducible lesson resources and activities

    Upon completion, participants will:
    • Be prepared to teach Phonics First® to Kindergarten through 12th grade dyslexic and 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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  • Phonological Awareness Multisensory Training - Preparing Early Readers E-Learning Course designed for:
    Kindergarten through 1st grade classroom teachers; Kindergarten through 2nd grade intervention, resource, special education

    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 first grade gives each student the opportunity to meet the skill demands of beginning reading.

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

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

    Prerequisite: None
    Class Hours: 2

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  • Unlocking Unfamiliar Words: Syllabication Strategies for Success E-Learning designed for:
    Grades 6th through 12th Intervention, Resource, Special Education Teachers

    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 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 students in grades 3rd through 12th

    Prerequisite: None
    Class Hours: 3

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  • Greek and Latin Roots Overview workshop content designed for:
    Grades 6th through 12th intervention, resource, special education teachers

    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.

    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 6th through 12th

    Prerequisite: None
    Class Hours: 3

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  • Phonics First Refresher: Connecting to the Common Core E-Learning, designed for:
    Teachers who have taken Phonics First Level I or Phonics First Primary

    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.

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

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

    Prerequisite: Phonics First Level I or Phonics First Primary
    Class Hours: 3

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Workshops

  • Phonics First® Level I Refresher workshop content, designed for:
    Kindergarten through 5th grade teachers who have completed Phonics First® Primary or Level I

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

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

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

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

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

    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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  • Structures Level I Refresher workshop content, designed for:
    Teachers of grades 6th - 12th who have completed Structures Level I.

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

    Teachers will review:
    • Lesson plan components
    • Visual, auditory, tactile-kinesthetic techniques for phonetic and non-phonetic words
    • Syllabication strategies. • Greek and Latin roots Additional benefits:
    • Collegial discussion
    • Instructor led question-and-answer session

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

    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 Modules

    To purchase any of these materials, call 866-307-0802.
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  • Phonological Awareness workshop content designed for:
    Kindergarten through 1st grade classroom teachers, Kindergarten through 2nd grade intervention, resource, special education teachers

    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 first 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 activities to beginning and struggling Kindergarten - 2nd grade readers

    Prerequisite: None
    Class Hours: 3

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  • Unlocking Unfamiliar Words workshop is designed for:
    Classroom teachers of grades 3rd through 5th who have not been trained in Phonics First®

    This workshop 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, multisyllabic words
    • Phonetic syllable-reading practice
    • Three Syllable Patterns
    • Eight Syllable Types
    • Multisensory strategies to teach/review non-phonetic sight words
    Additional benefits:
    • Hands-on, interactive learning
    • Emphasis on teaching decoding to struggling, dyslexic and learning disabled students using Orton-Gillingham instruction

    Upon completion, participants will:
    • Be prepared to teach Phonics First® Syllabication lessons to dyslexic and learning disabled students, grades 3rd through 5th
    • Be better prepared to deliver Structures lessons with fidelity

    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


    Prerequisite: None
    Class Hours: 6

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  • Word Study: Greek and Latin Roots and Affixes workshop content designed for:
    Classroom teachers of 4th through 5th grade students.

    Learn highly-engaging, multisensory 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 also 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 in 4th and 5th grade.

    Materials

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


    Prerequisite: None
    Class Hours: 6

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