The Dyslexia Resource provides workshops and certified coursework on the following topics. These can also be customized for larger groups and professional development.
Lesson Planning & Implementation: In the Lesson Planning and Implementation workshop, attendees will use informal evaluations to determine where to begin with a student/students. They will also understand an OG sequence of skills, how they build upon each other, and learn the essential components of an OG lesson plan and the reciprocal nature of reading and spelling. Attendees will practice various parts of the lesson and use metacognitive strategies to improve working memory in students. During the course, attendees will use informal assessments to create a scope and sequence as well as design and write specific lesson plans. This is a 12 hour course. In conjunction with the Classroom Educator Class and Beyond the Basics, this course will satisfy the 70 hours of the coursework requirement at the Associate Level (Option B) of certification with the Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators.
A History Of The Language: Examine the rich layers of English and its lasting impact on its pronunciation, vocabulary and spelling. This workshop will shed light on why English isn’t a crazy language, just a complex one.
Morphology: When closely examined, the English language reveals levels of influences from its origins, conquering countries, and the absorption of cultures along the way. This class will look at distinct time periods in which English underwent changes as well as the impact these changes had on pronunciation, vocabulary, and spelling. The course will focus on the elements and characteristics of each layer with specific instruction on morphology beginning with Anglo-Saxon affixes through basic Latin roots and affixes. We will also explore the impact of suffixes on pronunciation, meaning, and usage. Attendees will be provided with tools and instructional procedures for teaching morphology to students in lower and upper elementary grades in one-on-one and group settings. This is a 10 hour course that satisfies some of the coursework requirement at the Certified Level of certification with the Orton-Gillingham Academy.
Grammar And Diagramming: The Grammar and Diagramming Class is intended for elementary and early middle school teachers who will be teaching grammar and writing concepts. Concepts will be reviewed, and effective teaching methods and resources will be shared. Each instructional topic will begin with an explanation of the concepts followed by diagramming and writing with those concepts. The emphasis will be on making grammar fun! This is an 8 hour course that satisfies some of the coursework requirement at the Certified Level of certification with the Orton-Gillingham Academy.
Comprehension: Demonstrating strong comprehension requires skills along the language continuum to construct and compose meaning. This workshop will break down these skills and examine the areas where dyslexic readers may struggle including skills such as main idea, drawing conclusions and making inferences.
Handwriting: Handwriting is a lost art. This workshop will explore the history of writing, discuss the research behind the importance of explicit practice, and provide activities and strategies to learn those letters.
Orton-Gillingham in Preschools: Children need to play and experiment with oral language as well as have opportunities to make connections between visual and non-visual stimulus before formal reading instruction begins. This workshop will focus on the visual, auditory, and kinesthetic activities pre-school children should be doing as well as what it means when they aren’t successful in the pre-reading stage.
Prerequisite: There is no prerequisite for our workshops but having coursework at the Classroom Educator Level or Associate Level is highly preferred.
Course availability: Offered throughout the school year and in the summers. Days and times vary.
*This course can be customized to meet the needs of your organization. Please contact us at [email protected].