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 Courses

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

Phonics First® Foundations Level I

Grades K-3 classroom teachers; K-5 resource and special education teachers.

Description and Additional Information

This comprehensive and highly intensive Orton-Gillingham 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. Participants have opportunities for hands-on lesson practice with other participants. Emphasis is on teaching reading to beginning, struggling and learning disabled readers.

Course Hours:30
Course Code:PF210
Course Schedule and Registration Information

Phonics First® Foundations Basic (the first 18 hours of Level I)

Grades K-1 classroom teachers; K-2 resource and special education teachers.

This introductory Orton-Gillingham 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. Participants have opportunities for hands-on lesson practice with other participants. Emphasis is on teaching reading to beginning, struggling and learning disabled readers in primary grades.

Course Hours: 18
Course Code: PF100

Course Schedule and Registration Information

Phonics First® Foundations Level II

For all teachers grades K-12 who seek in-depth expertise using Phonics First® as an intensive remediation program. Required for those pursuing certification.

Description and Additional Information

This course emphasizes the advanced concepts of decoding and encoding through Greek and Latin roots and affixes and encompasses instruction in multisensory comprehension and grammar techniques. This class also provides extensive review and refinement of all Level I multisensory teaching skills and content knowledge. Level II course content is critical for teachers working with special education students grades 4-12 and adults.

Prerequisite:Completion of Phonics First® Foundations (PF210), must have been completed no less than three months prior to enrolling in PF300. Prior Phonics First® teaching experience is strongly recommended.
Course Hours:24
Course Code:PF300
Course Schedule and Registration Information

Phonics First® Foundations Basic (the first 18 hours of Level I)

Grades K-1 classroom teachers; K-2 resource and special education teachers.

This introductory Orton-Gillingham 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. Participants have opportunities for hands-on lesson practice with other participants. Emphasis is on teaching reading to beginning, struggling and learning disabled readers in primary grades.

Course Hours: 18
Course Code: PF100

Course Schedule and Registration Information

Phonics First® Structures

For grades 6-12 resource and special education teachers.

Description and Additional Information

This course provides easy-to-follow lesson plans, which are flexible for use in a variety of settings. Important multisensory techniques and strategies (neuro-linguistic programming) are an integral part of all lesson parts, further enhancing learning and retention. In addition to the components of the Structures program such as Anglo Saxon words, Greek and Latin roots and higher level spelling rules, teachers leave the course with expertise in the following areas: the three-part drill for structured review; tactile/kinesthetic spelling techniques for phonetic and non-phonetic words; syllabication for multisyllabic words and guidance for lesson plans and classroom implementation. Participants have opportunities for hands-on lesson practice with other participants. Emphasis is on teaching reading to struggling and learning disabled readers.

Course Hours:30
Course Code:PF350
Call to Inquire, (800) 732-3211

Phonics First® Certification

Description and Additional Information

The certification process is completed with this independent 60-hour teaching practicum. Participants receive guidance and feedback on designated lessons from an RLAC Master Trainer. RLAC trainers observe five lessons in person or via videotape. Candidates must apply to be accepted into this class.

Prerequisite:PF210, PF300
Call to Inquire, (800) 732-3211

NEW Phonics First® Beginnings

KG classroom teachers; KG-1st grade resource and special education teachers.

Description and Additional Information

The Beginnings course provides teachers with an understanding of the foundational components of the Phonics First® multisensory reading and spelling program as it applies to beginning and struggling Kindergarten readers and first grade learning disabled readers. Course content includes: phonological awareness for beginning readers, alphabet development skills, letter formation; the three-part drill for structured review; and tactile/kinesthetic beginning spelling techniques for phonetic and non-phonetic words; and guidance for lesson plans and implementation.

Prerequisite:None
Course Hours:18
Course Code:PF50
Call to Inquire, (800) 732-3211