My children attended another tutoring center for five years straight. My daughter is ADD and dyslexic. The other tutoring center was not working for us and my daughter now attends RLAC, what a dramatic difference! She loves to attend without a fight. I strongly recommend this center.
– RLAC Mom

Professional Development E-Learning

RLAC delivers many of our Orton-Gillingham graduate-level courses and workshops via
E-Learning.

Phonics First® IMSLEC-Accredited Orton-Gillingham Professional Development courses are also available as: What Administrators are Saying

What Teachers are Saying

Courses

Phonics First® Level I

This comprehensive and highly intensive Orton-Gillingham ELearning course provides teachers with the necessary strategies and tools to deliver high-quality Phonics First® lessons. Course content includes: alphabet and phonemic awareness strategies; the three-part drill for structured review; tactile/kinesthetic spelling techniques for phonetic and non-phonetic words; syllabication for multisyllable words and guidance for lesson plans and classroom implementation. Emphasis is on teaching reading to beginning, struggling and learning disabled/dyslexic readers grades K-5.

Includes a 30-minute individualized coaching call with a certified Phonics First® Instructor.
Who: K-3 classroom teachers, K-5 intervention, resource, special education teachers, curriculum directors, tutors
Where: Anywhere via an internet connection
Instructor: Certified Phonics First® Instructor
Duration: 22 hours divided into ten 2 to 2 ½-hour segments
Cost: $695 (includes Phonics First® Essential Teacher’s kit)
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Phonics First® Fundamentals (First 14 hours of Level I)

This introductory Orton-Gillingham E-Learning course provides teachers with a solid understanding of the basic elements of the Phonics First® multisensory reading and spelling program. Course content includes: alphabet and phonemic awareness strategies; the three-part drill for structured review; tactile/kinesthetic spelling techniques for phonetic and non-phonetic words and beginning syllabication for multisyllable words. Emphasis is on teaching reading to beginning, struggling and learning disabled/dyslexic readers in primary grades.

Includes a 30-minute individualized coaching call with a Phonics First® Instructor.
Who: K-1 classroom teachers, K-2 intervention, resource, special education teachers, curriculum directors, tutors
Where: Anywhere via an internet connection
Instructor: Certified Phonics First® Instructor
Duration: 14 hours divided into six 2½-hour segments
Cost: $600 (includes Phonics First® Essential Teacher’s kit)
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Phonics First® Level I Completion

For those who have taken Phonics First® Fundamentals and want to complete the entire Phonics First® Level I course, this ELearning course is continues where the Fundamentals course left off. This course extends the previous content to meet the needs of struggling readers in grades 2-5. Course content includes higher-level phonics skills for decoding and encoding, additional spelling rules and higher-level syllabication strategies. Emphasis is on teaching reading to struggling and learning disabled/dyslexic readers in upper elementary grades.
Prerequisite: Phonics First®Fundamentals
Who: K-3 classroom teachers, K-5 intervention, resource, special education teachers, curriculum directors, tutors
Where: Anywhere via an internet connection
Instructor: Certified Phonics First® Instructor
Duration: 8 hours divided into four 2 to 2 ½-hour segments
Cost: $135 (utilizes materials from Phonics First® Fundamentals course)
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Phonics First® Level II

The Level II Phonics First® Orton-Gillingham E-Learning course strengthens the educator’s expertise and knowledge of the skills taught in Phonics First® Level I. Level II emphasizes instruction of the dyslexic and learning/language-disabled student at all grade-levels and is critical for teachers working with special education students grades 4-12 and adults. Content also includes instructing in the advanced concepts of decoding and encoding through morphology (Greek and Latin roots and affixes); increasing comprehension through the Reciprocal Teaching process and multisensory techniques (i.e. graphic organizers); and developing multisensory syntax (grammar) skills for written work.

Includes a 30-minute individualized coaching call with a Phonics First® Instructor.
Prerequisite: Phonics First® Level I (or Fundamentals AND Level I Completion). This content must have been completed at least three months prior to enrolling in Level II. Phonics First® teaching experience is strongly recommended.
Who: K-5 classroom teachers, K-12 intervention, resource, special education teachers, curriculum directors, tutors
Where: Anywhere via an internet connection
Instructor: Certified Phonics First® Instructor
Duration: 16 hours divided into six 2 to 2½-hour segments
Cost: $560 (includes Phonics First® Level II Teacher Kit*)
*Also requires materials from the Phonics First® Level I course.
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Workshops

Using the Phonics First® Assessment

Our Master Instructor shares best practices on how to utilize RLAC’s criterion-referenced Phonics First® Diagnostic Assessment. This highly effective tool is used to evaluate students’ decoding and encoding skills. Learn to administer the assessment to students and utilize the results to assist in detecting word-level weaknesses, determining instructional groups and planning targeted/intensive Phonics First® Orton-Gillingham instruction. (Assessment may also be used as a supplement to other progress monitoring tools).

Assessment uses A and B versions which assess skills in:
  • Alphabet
  • Basic sounds
  • Word coding for phonetic/non-phonetic words
  • Word coding for pseudowords
  • Multisyllable word attack
Who: K-3 classroom teachers, K-12 intervention, resource, special education teachers
Where: Anywhere via an internet connection
Instructor: Certified Phonics First® Instructor
Duration: 30 minutes
Cost: $100 (includes Phonics First® Diagnostic Assessment of Decoding and Encoding containing the following: Assessment Administration Guide, Reproducible Student Response Forms, Reproducible Scoring Forms, Assessment Word Cards, Quick-Reference Scoring Guide)
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Phonics First® Refresher: Connecting to the Common Core*

The adoption of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) means schools must immediately and rapidly gear-up struggling readers. The demands of the CCSS’ higher-level comprehension skills require students employ accurate decoding and fluent reading in order to be able to comprehend increasingly complex text. Consistent implementation of specific Phonics First® Orton-Gillingham strategies in the classroom and intervention settings allows teachers to accurately target specific skill-deficits and to support and strengthen student decoding and fluency.

During this workshop, teachers look at the decoding and fluency-related standards of the common core and determine which Phonics First® instructional components ensure success for beginning, struggling, at-risk, ELL and LD students. Teachers review and practice Phonics First® strategy implementation for classroom and small-group instruction at the prevention, intervention and remediation levels. The workshop also includes an introduction to Reciprocal Teaching, a powerful tool for deepening comprehension through a process of clarifying, questioning, summarizing and predicting.
Prerequisite: Phonics First® Level I or Phonics First® Fundamentals or Phonics First® Beginnings
Where: Anywhere via an internet connection
Instructor: Certified Phonics First® Instructor
Duration: Three hours divided into two 1½-hour segments
Cost: $50
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Supporting Struggling Adolescent Readers: Greek & Latin Roots

Learn how the study of prefixes, suffixes and Greek and Latin root morphology provides a sophisticated method of teaching decoding and encoding to middle and high school students. Approximately 65% of all reading done at these levels comes from the Greek and Latin layer of language. Learn engaging multisensory strategies to enhance reading, writing, spelling and fluency while expanding vocabulary, spelling, comprehension and preparedness for state standardized tests as well as the ACT and SAT.

This workshop coupled with the Syllabication Strategies workshop (below) provides teachers of struggling middle and high school readers with powerful intervention tools to meet a variety of needs.
Who: 6-12 grade intervention, resource, special education teachers, curriculum directors, tutors
Where: Anywhere via an internet connection
Instructor: Certified Phonics First® Instructor
Duration: Three hours divided into two 1½-hour segments
Cost: $50
Recommended Materials: Word Roots Level 1
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Unlocking Unfamiliar Words: Syllabication Strategies For Success

Syllabication instruction teaches struggling readers strategies to decode multisyllable words quickly and accurately. Students learn to systematically break a multisyllabic word into small, manageable syllables, identify the vowel sounds within each syllable and read the word. Teachers learn the in-depth Phonics First® Orton-Gillingham system for teaching structured, sequential, and cumulative syllabication lessons.

This workshop coupled with the Supporting Struggling Adolescent Readers: Greek and Latin Roots workshop (above) provides teachers of struggling middle and high school readers with powerful intervention tools to meet a variety of needs.
Who: 6-12 grade intervention, resource, special education teachers, curriculum directors, tutors
Where: Anywhere via an internet connection
Instructor: Certified Phonics First® Instructor
Duration: Three hours divided into two 1½-hour segments
Cost: $75 (includes materials)
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Preparing Early Readers: Phonological Awareness

Research demonstrates a direct correlation between a child developing strong phonological awareness skills and becoming a highly-skilled reader. This workshop covers the background knowledge necessary for early reading development, the progressing levels of phonological awareness instruction critical in developing successful readers and a range of targeted and purposeful activities to teach these critical foundational reading skills. The content corresponds to the English Language Arts focus areas in the Common Core State Standards Foundational Reading skills for Kindergarten and beginning first grade. This is an excellent opportunity to ensure a student’s reading readiness as they enter Kindergarten.
Who: K-1 classroom teachers, K-2 intervention, resource, special education teachers, curriculum directors, tutors
Where: Anywhere via an internet connection
Instructor: Certified Phonics First® Instructor
Duration: Two hours
Cost: $100 (includes three books: Phonemic Awareness, Phonemic Awareness in Young Children – A Classroom Curriculum and Getting Ready to Read)
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E-Learning Webinars

WHEN THE CHIPS ARE DOWN: Behavior Management Strategies for the Child with LD




Rick Lavoie is best known for his videos “How Difficult Can This Be?: The F.A.T. City Workshop” and “Last One Picked, First One Picked On: The Social Implications of Learning Disabilities”. These award-winning films have brought Rick’s sensitive and compelling message to countless thousands throughout the world. He holds three degrees in Special Education and has served as an adjunct professor at numerous universities and is currently a member of the Professional Advisor Board of the Learning Disabilities Association.

His webinar entitled WHEN THE CHIPS ARE DOWN: Behavior Management Strategies for the Child with LD will present behavior management strategies designed specifically for use with students with language and attentional deficits. All of the techniques are presented within a context of support, structure and responsiveness and will discuss the philosophical underpinning of each strategy.
Who: All teachers, administrators, parent of children with learning disabilities
Where: Anywhere via an internet connection
Speaker: Rick Lavoie M.A., M.Ed.
Duration: 1½ hours
Cost: $49 (purchase with Dr. Marcia Henry’s webinar below - $75 for both)
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THE HISTORY AND STRUCTURE OF WRITTEN ENGLISH: An Overview




Dr. Marcia Henry brings over 50 years of experience working in the field of language acquisition and specific language disabilities (dyslexia) as a diagnostician, tutor, teacher, and professor. She is a fellow in the Orton-Gillingham Academy, and received the Margaret Byrd Rawson Lifetime Achievement Award from IDA in 2000.

Her webinar entitled The History And Structure Of Written English: An Overview discusses the historical perspective of the English language and its primary importance to studying word formation. An understanding of the forces that influence written English, along with a grasp of the structure of the English spelling system, provides teachers and their students with a logical basis for the study of English. Marcia illustrates how students who recognize letter-sound correspondences, syllable patterns, and morpheme patterns in words of Anglo-Saxon, Latin, and Greek origin have the strategies necessary to read and spell.
Who: 6-12 grade intervention, resource, special education teachers, curriculum directors, tutors, ANYONE fascinated with the history of language and word origins
Where: Anywhere via an internet connection
Speaker: Dr. Marcia Henry
Duration: One hour
Cost: $39 (purchase with Rick Lavoie’s webinar above - $75 for both)
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