ReadSource provides workshops and certified coursework on the following topics. These offerings can be presented off-site and can be tailored to small or large groups, single day or multiple days.
Lesson Planning & Implementation: This workshop is geared for practitioners working in one-on-one tutoring settings. In the Lesson Planning and Implementation workshop, attendees will use informal evaluations to determine where to begin with a student. 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 how to drill various phonogram decks and use metacognitive strategies to improve working memory in students. During the final day, attendees will design and write specific lesson plans with word lists/phrases/sentences at basic and advanced levels. This is a 15 hour workshop. 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 Orton-Gillingham Academy.
Reading Comprehension & Vocabulary: This workshop will outline techniques for teachers to improve their students’ reading comprehension skills. The Reading Rope is a visual metaphor developed by Dr. Hollis Scarborough in 2001 to illustrate the various strands that must be intertwined for skilled reading to occur which includes skills necessary for word recognition and language comprehension. This workshop will focus on the language comprehension strand of the Reading Rope, and how it contributes to overall reading comprehension. Participants will understand the importance of building background knowledge, effective vocabulary instruction, and critical thinking skills (metacognition) in order to increase reading comprehension of nonfiction text. This is a 15-hour course that satisfies a portion of the coursework requirement at the Certified Level of certification with the Orton-Gillingham Academy.
Phonology & Morphology: Because English is a morphophonemic language, educators need to understand both phonology and morphology. This class will review important aspects of assessing and improving phonological awareness for dyslexic students. In addition, this class will point out distinct time periods in which English underwent changes as well as the impact these changes had on pronunciation, vocabulary, and spelling. When closely examined, the English language reveals levels of influences from its origins, conquering countries, and the absorption of cultures along the way. 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 15-hour course that satisfies some of the coursework requirement at the Certified Level of certification with the Orton-Gillingham Academy.
Early Literacy: This workshop focuses on early literacy instruction. Preschool teachers will learn how to create a solid foundation for reading success as well as how to identify students with red flags for reading difficulty. Concepts covered will include some basic research around reading acquisition, phonological and phonemic awareness, oral language, letter naming, sequencing, handwriting, and the sound-symbol concepts of phonics.
Interpreting Psycho-Educational Evaluations: This workshop focuses on gaining a better understanding of psychological testing. The class will help participants better understand the underlying processing issues of students with dyslexia by examining testing instructments such as the WISC-V and various achievement tests. The knowledge in this class will help the attendee learn how to describe students to other professionals and be more diagnostic and prescriptive in their instruction. This is a 15-hour course that satisfies some of the coursework requirement at the Certified Level of certification with the Orton-Gillingham Academy.
Course availability: Offered throughout the school year and in the summers. Days and times vary.
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