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Reading Teacher Training

Contact these resources for phonics workshops and reading teacher training.

A Reading Method for Every Child Workshops
San Francisco Bay Area, California: Mary Pecci arranges teacher training workshops by appointment. She also offers a 3-1/2 hour reading workshop video to use as a staff development tool. It includes how to teach reading in order to prevent reading problems from developing; how to test reading ability; and how to remediate reading problems with intensive, systematic phonics instruction. For further information, visit or e-mail Mary at

Association for Direct Instruction
Nationwide: The mission of the ADI is to improve education by promoting "instruction that represents the state-of-the-art in research-based practices--instruction that emphasizes thoughtful balance rather than faddish extremes". They publish the Effective School Practices magazine and provide staff development workshops across the nation. Contact them at

Ball-Stick-Bird Workshops and In-service Training
Williamstown, Massachusetts: The workshops train teachers in child development, as well as the theory and use of Dr. Renee Fuller's phonics program for beginning, dyslexic, and learning-disabled students. The mornings are usually devoted to theory and the afternoons to classes demonstrating how to teach individuals or groups of actual students. For more information, visit or e-mail them at

Direct Approach to Reading and Spelling Seminars
Indianapolis, Indiana: Kathleen Alfke trains teachers, tutors, homeschooling parents, principals, and grandparents in how to implement simple, inexpensive, audio-visual, explicit, systematic phonics into their existing reading program. A reading teacher and consultant herself, she does staff development and training around the state of Indiana. Teachers like this program because it is so easy to learn and can be used in any classroom from kindergarten to high school, special ed to gifted and talented. For further information e-mail Kathleen at

Discover Intensive Phonics for Yourself
Nationwide: HEC Reading Horizons provides a network of certified trainers to serve teacher training needs. Their two-day workshop actively involves the teachers in learning the step-by-step process of guiding a student through the Discover Intensive Phonics For Yourself reading system. Designed for teachers, aides, and parents, the workshop involves the participants in the hands-on multi-sensory methodology that guides students through the 42 sounds of the alphabet, five phonetic skills, and the two decoding skills. Its reading system is sequential, cumulative, explicit phonics, beginning at zero level and continuing through the decoding of multi-syllable words. It is recommended for kindergarten through second grade in elementary settings. This phonics program is also effective when taught to older students. A 20-year history of teaching middle/high school, workplace literacy, corrections, ABE, ESL, and family literacy has proven adults can and do increase their grade level significantly within 3-5 months. For more details and pricing information, visit or call 800-333-0054.

Livermore, California: Dolores Hiskes, author of Phonics Pathways, holds teacher workshops, sets up phonics tutoring programs in schools and communities, and trains tutors to use her program. E-mail her at

Educational Resources for Busy Parents and Educators
Nationwide: A former teacher, school librarian, principal, and Assistant Superintendent for Instruction, Elaine McEwan is author of numerous books for parents and educators. She writes and speaks nationwide to administrators who want to improve their schools' academic performances. E-mail Elaine at or visit

Excel Learning Center
Kennewick, Washington: Margie and Wayne Hurt provide workshops covering explicit phonics guidelines, specific program suggestions, book lists, and practical "how to" tips, incorporating their teaching experiences since 1964. For more information, call 509-735-0523.

Georgia Educational Training Agency
Marietta, Georgia: Brenda Fitzgerald, NRRF Georgia Director, trains teachers and parents to use intensive, systematic, explicit phonics. Her popular Leaping into Literacy workshop focuses on the five elements that make up an excellent reading program: phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension. Detailed information on the courses offered is available through The Complete Reading Series. Contact her at 770-794-8525; or 125 Town Park Dr., Suite 30, Kennesaw, GA 30144; or visit

LETRS--Language Essentials for Teaching Teachers of Reading and Spelling
Nationwide: LETRS is a program designed to help teachers implement scientific research-based reading instruction. Teachers should understand the language structures they're teaching, how students learn to read and write, and the best reasons why some children fail to learn. This information and the best instructional strategies are embodied in these 12 standalone, sequential modules. Each component of reading instruction -- phonemic awareness, phonics and word study, oral language, vocabulary, reading fluency, comprehension, and writing -- is addressed. Dr. Louisa Moats refined the professional development methods used in this program over a lifetime of work with diverse groups of teachers. For more information about LETRS, visit the publisher Sopris West or call 800-547-6747.

Lindamood-Bell Reading Clinics
Nationwide: Specially trained Lindamood-Bell instructors teach phonics and speech therapy to those who need more intensive instruction than a regular classroom provides. Clinics are in California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Texas, New York, Massachusetts, Washington state, and Washington, D.C. Visit for more details.

Marva Collins Seminars
Chicago, Illinois: In her Success in Phonics seminars, Marva Collins shares the keys to the success she has experienced in teaching children with all kinds of special needs to become competent readers. Topics included are long and short vowels, blends, diphthongs, digraphs, syllabication, spelling, and diacritical marking, plus vocabulary, reading comprehension, poetry, avoiding discipline problems, and much more. Visit for seminar details.

Orchestrating Success in Reading
British Columbia, Canada: Dawn Reithaug gives workshops throughout Canada based on her publications. She has worked as a classroom teacher, an English as a Second Language (ESL) teacher, a learning assistance teacher, and a diagnostic (Assessment Center) teacher. For more information, call 604-926-4714 or e-mail

Professional Reading Services
Roanoke, Virginia: As requested by various school districts in Virginia, Betty Price, owner of PRS, provides teacher training workshops in Language Development and also for Teacher Recertification. For information, e-mail

Reading and Language Arts Centers Phonics First™ Orton-Gillingham Multisensory Training
Nationwide: These extensive teacher training centers provide educators throughout the United States with an intense learning experience in using the Orton-Gillingham reading methodology in special education and general education classrooms. They incorporate Orton-Gillingham and current reading research to bring educators training in the most effective and proven approaches to teaching reading. Teacher workshops and in-service training programs are customized to meet the needs of each school and district. They bring their programs to you. Contact them at 800-732-3211, e-mail, or

Reading ASSIST Institute
Wilmington, Delaware: Serving the mid-Atlantic states, RAI is a private non-profit organization whose purpose is to help children with specific reading disabilities unlock the written word. They provide instructional classes to teachers and volunteer tutors in multi-sensory, sequential, intensive phonics curriculum to teach reading, writing, and spelling. To contact them, visit or call 302-425-4080.

Reading Genie
Auburn, Texas: Dr. Bruce Murray--the Reading Genie--is an associate professor in the Department of Curriculum and Teaching at Auburn University. "Actually, there's nothing magic about learning to read when we base our instruction on the science of reading education. We can plan lessons using this public knowledge base to ease children into reading and spelling with the alphabetic code. Soon they will be reading independently with understanding and enjoyment." For more information, e-mail or call 334-844-6934.

Remediation Plus System
Toronto, Canada: Jo-Anne Gross, developer of the R+ System. The primary purpose of Remediation Plus is to remediate the root of academic frustration in children diagnosed with specific language learning disabilities or reading delays. The sessions are delivered with the Remediation Plus research based reading, spelling and writing program that includes phonemic awareness training, linguistic gymnastics and Orton Gillingham methodology. For more information, e-mail

Right Track Reading
Livingston, Montana: Miscese Gagen, a Livingston mother, successful reading tutor, and author of the reading instructional book Right Track Reading Lessons, is offering free workshops on Getting Your Child on the Right Track to Reading Proficiency. For more information, visit, e-mail Miscese Gagen at, or call 406-222-3393.

Spalding Education Foundation
Nationwide: Spalding Education Foundation provides workshops in the Spalding Method (based on Orton-Gillingham) of teaching reading to teachers and parents in different scheduled locations around the nation. For course details and information on training in your area, visit or e-mail

Wilson Language Training Workshops
Nationwide: Wilson Language Training offers training to teachers in schools throughout the country. These workshops equip teachers to use the Wilson Reading System in teaching students. The Wilson Reading System is a carefully sequenced, 12-step program that helps students master decoding and spelling in English. Based on accepted Orton-Gillingham philosophy and principles as well as on current phonological coding research, it was originally designed for dyslexic adults and students in grades 6-12, but has been revised so it can be used with elementary students as well. Wilson Language Training also offers ongoing supervision for educators interested in completing a certification program. To contact them, call 508-865-5699 or visit

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