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ORSD Teachers Attend Training

18 teachers from the Acorn and Oden campuses received 30 Hours of Comprehensive Training in the Orton-Gillingham approach to teaching reading from the Institute for Multi-Sensory Education through IMSE Instructor Kristen White. This method guides the teacher to implement multi-sensory strategies for reading, writing and spelling. The lessons are explicit and systematic in teaching letter ID, the sounds letters and groups of letters make, blending these sounds to make words, reading irregular words and using these words in writing and reading with meaning. The outcome of this method places teachers in the classroom who can reach more students by teaching to the individual student’s strengths. All the strategies to use the student’s visual, auditory, and kinesthetic capabilities are covered. The strategies are engaging and have proven successful.  In June 2014, ORSD will facilitate the Advanced Orton-Gillingham Continuum through the Institute for Multi-Sensory Education. The course will consist of a thorough engaging session designed for teachers who teach 3rd grade through high school. Advanced decoding/encoding and higher level spelling rules will be taught. Participants will learn the stages of vocabulary with an emphasis on Greek and Latin roots. By implementing the Orton Gillingham methodology we feel like early detection of reading difficulties are met and all students benefit.

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