Our students showed remarkable progress and our MEAP state reading scores jumped from 56.2 to 82.5 after only 3 months of Phonics First® Academic Advantage On-site Tutoring. I would highly recommend it to any [urban] school wishing to make significant gains in student reading ability. No school should be without it!
– Steve Christian, Assistant Principal, Fleming Elementary, Detroit, MI

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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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.

IMSLEC-accredited Phonics First® Professional Development is recognized by the IDA (International Dyslexia Association)

IMSLEC, based in Dallas, Texas, accredits training courses in multisensory structured language. As a result of the review of IMSLEC’s accreditation process, all of the courses accredited by IMSLEC are recognized by IDA.

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