Bridgeway Christian Academy (BCA), located at 724 Garlington Road, is pleased to announce that they will be sending their pre-school and elementary school faculty members to an extensive Orton-Gillingham Training in Charlotte, NC later this summer. BCA is a private, non-denominational evangelical school that is fully accredited with the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) and by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).
Orton-Gillingham is an instructional approach intended primarily for use with students who have difficulty with reading, spelling, and writing of the sort associated with learning challenges and even dyslexia. The theory combines multi-sensory techniques along with the structure of the English language. Items taught include: phonemes and morphemes, such as prefixes, suffixes, and roots. Common spelling rules are introduced as well. Multi-sensory education incorporates the three learning pathways, which are: auditory, kinesthetic, and visual. This approach is beneficial not only for students with dyslexia, but for all learners. It can be implemented in a large group setting as well as with individuals, small groups and at-risk populations. The approach allows for implementation of Response to Intervention (RTI) at all levels while allowing for differentiation of instruction.
Orton-Gillingham is often interpreted as an approach only meant for reading remediation; however, the multi-sensory component impacts all children. The uniqueness of this type of instruction is that it allows the educator to capitalize on an individual student’s dominant learning modality while delivering instruction that will strengthen the remaining learning pathways. The approach is so named because of the foundational and seminal contributions of Dr. Samuel T. Orton and Anna Gillingham.
“We are thrilled to be able to offer this training to our already wonderfully qualified teachers,” said Kimberly Reeve, Chief Administrator at BCA. “This will allow BCA to essentially have an entire resource team that will be equipped to accommodate all of our students, especially those who learn differently or have various learning challenges,” she said.
As participants, BCA staff members will learn:
· Phonemic awareness
· Multi-sensory strategies for reading, writing and spelling (phonetic and non-phonetic words)
· Syllabication patterns for encoding / decoding
· Reciprocal teaching for reading comprehension
· Student assessment techniques
· Guidelines for weekly lesson plan
“We’re confident that through this opportunity, our staff will come away from this intense training with additional tools and resources that will enable them to better serve our amazing students and their families,” added Reeve. “More importantly, they will be credentialed in Orton-Gillingham, which ultimately, is in the best interest of our kids.”
Bridgeway Christian Academy currently offers classes for P3 through the 8th grade and is scheduled to begin 9th grade in August, 2017. The plan is to add 10th grade in 2018, 11th grade in 2019 and for there to be a fully operating high school by August, 2020.
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