MCC Elementary Staff Taking Orton-Gillingham Training
The Orton-Gillingham approach was developed by neurologist Dr. Samuel T. Orton and educator Anna Gillingham, and has been used successfully throughout the world. The program was originally used to teach individuals with dyslexia how to read, but now many educators realize that the program is applicable to all learners. The program uses explicit, systematic, sequential, multi-sensory instruction to teach the fundamental structure of language. Instruction begins with simple sound/symbol relationships and progresses to more complex concepts. Each five-part lesson plan uses a student’s visual, auditory and kinesthetic learning pathways to capitalize on their strengths while remediating deficits.
The explicit, systematic, multi-sensory approach is the key to success in teaching reading, writing and comprehension. This approach combines a strong literature program with organized direct instruction to meet the needs of our emergent readers. Early intervention is the best hope to prevent and alleviate reading difficulties. The Orton-Gillingham approach benefits all students, particularly those identified as being at risk. This training and program provides teachers with the required tools to teach students how to read.
The district trained 5 staff members this past summer and is currently training 6 more staff members including 2 paraprofessionals. We also plan on training 6 more staff this upcoming summer. This program targets our young learners in Kindergarten through 2nd grade. Our goal is to increase the reading skills of these young learners. The staff is very excited and already seeing great growth in our students.