OG is independent of the curriculum as it focuses on teaching the skills of reading and that can apply to all countries that speak English.
Corey has delivered it in Multicultural settings in different countries and is very experienced at adapting it to suit the country.
The curriculum provided by REACH has been peer reviewed and accepted to meet or exceed international standards set for the Orton-Gillingham approach. Corey Zylstra, M.Ed. has been recognized and accredited as an Orton-Gillingham Master Trainer for the Canadian Orton-Gillingham Academy (MT/ CATT, OG), an Honorary Fellow of the American OG Academy (HF/ AOGPE) and a Certified Dyslexia Therapist through the International Dyslexia Association (CDT/IDA).
The understanding of peer reviewed courses and that I have been recognized with several certifying bodies may be helpful. Ultimately, the goal is to provide training for teachers and those who work with students with LDs as well as science-based approach to teaching language in all elementary classrooms, which is proven to lessen the impact of struggles with literacy for all learners.
Foundations of OG/MSLE
Foundations of Multisensory Structured Language Education (MSL) is an introductory course to Orton-Gillingham education and training. This 30 hour training course has been designed to prepare educators for either clinical training in the Orton-Gillingham approach or Orton-Gillingham training for classroom teachers. Approved by the Canadian Academy of Therapeutic Tutors, Orton-Gillingham as approved foundational training, the course also serves as an important link to current research for Orton-Gillingham practitioners currently in practice. This is an accredited course that includes assignments and exam work for course completion. *Completion of this training meets eligibility requirements for Supporter of our Canadian OG Academy
Course content: The Dyslexic Learner, Introduction to of the Orton-Gillingham approach, Phonological Awareness, Phonology (sounds and sound-symbol relationships), Decoding (from sound-symbol to blending sounds to text reading), Monitoring reading fluency quickly and easily, Orthography -lower level spelling rules and upper level spelling rules, Response to Intervention (RTI) in the classroom
This course is suitable for educators who wish to learn more about the Orton-Gillingham / MSL approach to supporting learners who struggle with language, including classroom teachers, learning assistant teachers, SLPs, school administration, and EAs. This class serves as prerequisite coursework for Orton-Gillingham Practitioner training or OG Classroom Educator training.
Foundations of MSL is an introductory course to the Orton-Gillingham approach to teaching students literacy. It includes an overview of the approach, of dyslexia and of the science behind Structured Literacy as an approach to teaching all students, but particularly those with dyslexia. This course focuses on deep study of the sound systems of our language, including sounds, sound/ symbol relationships and common spelling rules, as well as understanding of the scope of reading development. At the earliest stage of reading development, students must develop phonological awareness skills. During the course trainees will closely examine all elements of phonological awareness, including how to assess these skills and how to intervene when a gap is discovered. Additionally, trainees will explore screening for gaps in reading development for all elementary aged student. The final assignment is practical in nature as trainees will prepare a phonological awareness lesson following the Orton-Gillingham approach.
Further Training by Corey coming to Australia in 2017/18
The subsequent course (Orton-Gillingham Practitioner Training) delves deeper into lesson planning for the educational therapist to work in 1:1 settings. In addition to examination of determining skill gaps, trainees will learn practical applications of lesson planning in the OG / Structured Literacy approach so that they are prepared to design and administer lessons to teach sound/ symbol relationships, spelling rules, syllabication, morphemes, non-phonetic words, alphabet skills, and build reading fluency for learners who struggle. **Additional supervised practicum required for certification as an Orton-Gillingham Practitioner. Orton-Gillingham Classroom Educator extends on the Foundations course and prepares classroom teachers with very practical, evidence based strategies to effectively teach structured literacy in an elementary classroom to all learners. Concrete lesson plans and practical guidance prepares teachers to effectively teach reading and spelling as a thought-based subject and throw out a reliance on memorization of weekly spelling words in favour of an approach that allows students to understand how words are read and spelled logically. Focus is on providing lessons in group settings including whole classrooms and resource centres.