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Orton-Gillingham Professional Development & Training

What is Phonics First®?

Phonics First

Phonics First® is RLAC’s very own nationally accredited Orton-Gillingham methodology to teaching literacy. Our dynamic and interactive professional development courses and workshops give special and general education teachers the knowledge and expertise to implement evidence based strategies that will improve student achievement. Based on the Orton-Gillingham approach to reading, Phonics First® is language-based, multisensory, structured, sequential, cumulative, cognitive, and flexible.

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Free Webinar

Listen to Phonics First® co-creator and Master Instructor Laurie Wagner, as she shares information about our internationally accredited multisensory structured language (MSL) program. Please follow this link to listen to the presentation.

Accreditation through IMSLEC - International Multisensory Language Educational Counsel

Accreditation through the International Multisensory Language Education Council ensures that teachers are receiving an approved curriculum that meets the needs of learners at all levels.

All Teachers Use Phonics First® to:

  • Understand the science of teaching reading to a broad range of students
  • Develop expertise in teaching reading to beginning, at-risk, struggling, ELL, LD, and dyslexic students

Educators Participating in Phonics First® Professional Development:

  • Achieve the confidence necessary to differentiate reading and spelling instruction to meet the unique needs of struggling, LD and dyslexic students
  • Acquire multisensory reading and spelling strategies that actively engage students in skills-acquisition, enhance existing instruction and intensify intervention programs
  • Learn to teach Phonics First® programs with fidelity ensuring sustainable success for their students

Phonics First® Includes the Critical Literacy Components of:

  • Phonemic awareness
  • Decoding and spelling
  • Fluency
  • Vocabulary
  • Comprehension

Phonics First® Uses Differentiated Instruction Techniques
that are:

  • Prescriptive
  • Multisensory
  • Phonics-based
  • Systematic, structured and sequential

Phonics First® Participants Learn:

  • Current reading research
  • Rationale for multisensory instruction
  • Stages of reading development
  • Reading readiness
  • Phonology
  • Vowel intensives
  • Five part lesson plan
  • Three-part drill
  • Multisensory spelling for phonetic and non-phonetic words
  • Syllabication
  • Oral Reading Strategies and comprehension integration
  • Lesson Planning