As most of you know, Orton Gillingham is the method of reading that has research based proof that helps dyslexic students how to read and spell. There are many programs out there that are based off of Orton-Gillingham and when done with fidelity they work within our small group RTI setting or within special education.
A few weeks ago I was able to sit in on a Language Live intervention class done with 8th graders and I was blown away by what I was seeing. I will admit I was a skeptic when it came to Language Live but I am now going to say I am a believer in what this program can, and is, doing in our middle schools. Again, when done with fidelity.
Awhile back now I had heard about a professional development class that was being offered within Knox County School called year-long reading. It is based on Louisa Moats and her research so right from that information I knew this would be a good thing. Louisa Moats has done a lot of research on reading, writing and spelling. Just do a google search on her name and you will find many of her articles and her books that she has written on this topic.
Yesterday I was given the opportunity to sit in on the training that was offered for teachers in grades 3-5 and I was blown away. (KCS is also doing this for K-2 and for middle and high.) I am so impressed with what Knox County is doing with our general ed ELA (English Language Arts) curriculum. Every single teacher should be in this training because sadly our colleges and universities are not teaching this, the science behind reading.
There is a lot of literature out there in regards to our brains and how we have to be taught to read. We were never meant to be readers so we need to teach our brains how to read. I'm not telling any of you anything you don't already know but it makes me so happy to know that at least Knox County Schools is teaching our teachers this information.