All it takes is courage and commitment to achieve our goal that all children can read; Phonics First® is the key that is helping us achieve our goal.
– Marian Horowitz, Curriculum & School Improvement Director, Tecumseh Schools, MI

Reading Improvement Webinars


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“Is it Too Late to Help my Middle/High School Student with Reading?”

A Family Center "Ask the Experts" presentation with Stephanie Cork, Director of Education for Reading and Language Arts Centers.

Older students have different needs than younger ones, yet it is often gaps in the same underlying skills which cause reading difficulties of higher level text. Sixty-five percent of the words in written text above the sixth grade level contain Greek and Latin roots.

Learning how to weave in root instruction can improve vocabulary, increase comprehension and allow older children to read and spell more advanced terminology. Basic skills, meanwhile, can be addressed in a more sophisticated manner.

Recommended Audience: Parents and Educators of middle and high school students.

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The Family Center is a compass to help guide you to resources, professionals and information. The Family Center believes that by educating, connecting and supporting our families, we can share with caregivers the tools to succeed in this vital task of raising healthy children and building strong families.

“The Importance of Leadership”

Mr. Paul Kidd, a school psychologist by training, currently serving as the Director of Special Services for Cloverleaf Local Schools, will share his perspectives about the manner in which leadership impacts public education processes. In a light-hearted adaptation of the Discovery Channel’s hit show, Mr. Kidd will serve up several “myths” to be busted, confirmed, or deemed plausible based on experiences he has had over his 20 year career in public education, especially as those experiences relate to bringing change to the institution.

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“What is Phonics First®?”

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

Who should participate? This webinar is applicable to anyone that is looking to supplement their core reading curriculum; implementing a tiered approach to reading instruction; or strengthening their expertise in the science of teaching reading.

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“How Does Orton-Gillingham Multisensory Instruction Benefit Struggling Readers?”

Orton-Gillingham (OG) Multisensory Structured Language (MSL) instruction is well-suited to school and classroom learning. Learn how OG’s versatile hands-on MSL reading strategies impact instruction for beginning, struggling, at-risk, ELL and learning disabled readers. This evidence-based instruction significantly improves reading skills acquisition and empowers your teachers to reach all students in whole-group and small-group settings. These MSL strategies integrate into existing reading curriculum. Additionally, this type of instruction enables teachers to work at a student’s current operational stage in reading. This has proven to minimize the number of struggling readers by third grade.

Who should participate? K-3 Classroom teachers, K-5 Resource and Special Education Teachers, Intervention Specialists, Speech Pathologists, Administrators and Parents.

Please follow this link to hear the recorded session after reviewing the system requirements. You may be prompted to download the latest version of Java and/or activate Active X.