Systematic Reading and Spelling Instruction

Overview of Orton-Gillingham | taught by Georgette Dickman, MA LDT/C

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Course description

Systematic Reading and Spelling Instruction (Overview of Orton-Gillingham)

English has a well-earned reputation for being difficult. English is difficult to speak, difficult to read, and difficult to spell. But it is, in fact, predictable. Nearly 80% of all words in English follow predictable patterns of sound, syllable-type, and add-on components (like prefixes, suffixes, and verb endings). This self-guided course will familiarize you with what systematic, multi-sensory, explicit reading instruction is and how to put it to use in your classroom. This course will help educators better understand the key components of the Orton-Gillingham approach in advance of receiving training from an established, accredited Orton-Gillingham-based training program.

Who Should Take It?

General education teachers, special education teachers, administrators, parents

Why Should They Take It?

To learn a research-based method of reading and spelling instruction that works with full class, small group, or one-on-one instruction and has been proven to work for all students including those who are and aren't affected by text-based reading disabilities.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand Systematic Reading Instruction in relation to other reading instruction approaches
  • Identify the key components of Systematic Reading Instruction
  • Recognize the key elements of a Systematic Reading lesson
  • Understand the linguistic structure of English to support teaching a systematic instruction of reading
  • Create lesson plans to implement a systematic reading instruction approach in your classroom
  • Devise assessments and mastery tests to track and report student progress

Subject Matter Expert

  • Georgette Dickman, MA LDT/C, Orton-Gillingham Therapist/Trainer

Georgette Dickman, MA LDT/C
Georgette Dickman, MA LDT/C
Subject Matter Expert

Georgette Dickman, MA, NJ Certified LDT/C, Orton-Gillingham Therapist Trainer and Adjunct Professor in Education at Fairleigh Dickinson University. She is the director of the Children's Dyslexia Center in Tenafly, New Jersey and was past-president of NJ branch of the International Dyslexia Association.

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