About one-third of early elementary students in the United States fall behind in reading each year. A staggering 5-15% of students are estimated to have the language disability called dyslexia.

The most well-known, research-proven approach to teaching struggling readers, particularly those with dyslexia, is the Orton-Gillingham approach. This short, one-credit, online course will deepen participants’ understanding of the Orton-Gillingham approach and help them gain the skills to implement it confidently.

This course makes use of the Teaching That Works instructional model. This model is based upon research-based professional development practice.

Reading Intervention That Works utilizes the following instructional methods:

  • Job-embedded: Each participant will design a reading intervention lesson using the Orton-Gillingham approach and teach it to a struggling reader in his or her own class or school. That way it can be tried out immediately, and the teacher can receive feedback and grow in the skills necessary to carry out this intervention approach.
  • Collaborative: Participants will refine their understandings, discover applications, and reflect on their practice with colleagues. Participants may converse online via convenient written forum discussions, or through computer-aided face-to-face technology.
  • Practical: After learning about the Orton-Gillingham approach and seeing it modeled, the participant creates his/her own reading intervention lesson and puts it into practice.
  • Reflective: The teacher and instructor review the lesson and discuss what went well, what can be better, and how to improve.

Instructor: Jane Mose, DMLC ’85, M.A., Special Education