Courses, Lectures & Workshops

All teachers should have access to training in best educational practices and current research.
Our faculty is trained in the best research and evidence-based approaches to help our LD/ADHD students achieve success, but the reality is that not every student who needs a TSS education can attend. To extend our reach and help as many students as possible, we provide ongoing teacher training and professional development support. Below is a list of our professional development courses, workshops, and collaborative presentations offered in 2019 for both educators and parents. Our fall CoLAB Series will post soon. Thank you for your support and interest.
 

 
 
Welcome to The Southport School's new initiative - The Southport CoLAB. The CoLAB provides the highest quality programs in training professionals, educators, and families using a collaborative, partnership-based approach with like-minded organizations and experts in the field. Our mission is to integrate research, practice, and advocacy to effect positive outcomes for people with learning and attention issues.
 
Led by Southport School teachers and collaborators, we currently offer three specialized training programs: structured literacy, executive functioning, and assistive technology. Parents, teachers, and administrators are invited to learn more about how we can work as a community to impact the nearly 1 in 5 students with learning and attention issues, including the 1 in 10 with dyslexia, in our schools.
 
If you have questions, please contact the CoLAB by email or by phone at 203.254.2044. Thank you for your interest and we hope to see you on campus soon.
 

Courses | Lectures | Workshops

Structured Literacy IV - AOGPE Certified Level II, Sept. 2019 - May 2020 (Tuesdays)

Structured Literacy IV - AOGPE Certified Level II

Date:  September 2019 - May 2020  (Tuesdays)

2019                           
September 10
October 1
October 22
November 12
December 3

2020
January 7
January 28
February 25
March 17
April 7
April 28
May 19
June 16 (snow day)

Time: 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Fee:  $1,595 

Register here

Instructor: Theresa Collins

Cancellation Policy:  Please scroll to bottom for details


Course Description:

The Certified Level coursework is designed to expand and deepen the trainee's Associate knowledge base and is a 36-hour course. It covers specific topics, such as phonology, morphology, vocabulary, and comprehension in greater depth as well as broadening the trainee's background in other learning differences that are often co-morbid with dyslexia.  At the Certified Level, practitioners practice independently and must possess the background and skills to be able to work with students who have more complicated profiles.  

The Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators requires 100 hours of coursework at the Certified Level.   Twenty-five of those hours can comprise conference attendance hours, and twenty-five hours can include web content or webinars approved by the Principal and/or Supervising Fellow.

The Certified coursework offered by The Southport School is divided into Certified I and Certified II, which do not need to be pursued in sequential order. 

This course does NOT include the practicum, which is required for Academy membership at the Certified Level.  The Practicum can be arranged for an additional fee.                    

The order of topics is approximate.  Some topics will fill more than one session; others will be developed throughout the course.  Videos will be included where appropriate.

Course Goals & Objectives:

Goal 1:  The Certified member is able to explain the underlying principles and describe the specific concepts and procedures that set the Orton-Gillingham Approach apart from others.

Objectives:

1. The Certified member is able to explain that the Approach explicitly teaches the structure of language in its phonological, morphological, semantic, and syntactic

2. The Certified member is able to cite references that support Orton-Gillingham as the instructional Approach of choice for persons with dyslexia.

Goal 2:  The Certified member of the Academy demonstrates the knowledge and skill to provide instruction as an independent Orton-Gillingham practitioner.

Objectives:

1. The Certified member demonstrates orally, in writing, and through practice with students, an understanding of the principles of the Approach.

2. The Certified member understands the nature and needs of the learner.

3. The Certified member is able to teach the structure of the English language.

4. The Certified member is able to interpret diagnostic evaluations, administer relevant academic and diagnostic tests, and design specific therapeutic interventions using the Approach.

5. The Certified member is able to write case histories and progress reports.

6. The Certified member demonstrates competence in case management.

Goal 3:  The Certified member adheres to the Academy’s Code of Ethics and understands the privileges and responsibilities of the Certified member.


Structured Literacy II - AOGPE Associate Part II, Sept. 2019 - May 2020 (Fridays)

Structured Literacy II - AOGPE Associate Part II

Date: September 2019 - May 2020 (Fridays)

2019
October 4
November 1
November 22
December 6

2020
January 10
January 24
February 7
February 28
March 13
May 1
May 8
June 5

Time: 1:00 - 4:00 PM

Fee: $1,595 

Register here

Instructor: Theresa Collins

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Classroom Educator course

Cancellation Policy: Please scroll to bottom for details


Courses Description:

The Associate Level coursework is designed to hone the trainee's ability to provide diagnostic and prescriptive instruction in a one-to-one remedial setting. In addition, it exposes the trainee to more sophisticated levels of language instruction than can be provided in the Classroom Educator course.

The Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators (AOGPE) requires a total of hours of 60 hours of coursework at the Associate Level. Trainees who have already taken Classwork Educator have met the first half of that requirement.  This 36-hour follow-up course will exceed the Academy's requirements for Associate Level coursework.

Associate Part II coursework will include but is not limited to:  morphology; assessment, both formal and informal; vocabulary, comprehension, and fluency; and the writing process. An additional emphasis will be on developing lesson plans and student profiles in preparation for the trainee's application to the AOGPE at the Associate Level.

This course does NOT include the practicum, which is required for Academy membership at the Associate Level.  The practicum can be arranged for an additional fee.

Curriculum: AOGPE Associate Level guidelines       

Note:  The order of topics is approximate.  Some topics will fill more than one session; others will be developed throughout the course.  Videos will be included where appropriate.


Course Goals/Objectives:

The training program at the Associate level leads to the following:

Goal 1

The Associate in training (the trainee) understands the rationale for selecting the Orton-Gillingham Approach for individuals with dyslexia.

Objectives:

  1. The Associate trainee demonstrates an understanding of the stages of normal reading development.
  2. The trainee is able to explain why the principles of the Orton-Gillingham Approach
  3. The trainee is able to explain why Orton-Gillingham is the Approach of choice for the dyslexic learner.

 Goal 2

The Associate trainee has knowledge and skill to provide instruction working under the supervision of a Fellow of the Academy.

Objectives:

  1. The trainee demonstrates general knowledge of the needs and nature of the dyslexic learner.
  2. The trainee has basic knowledge of the English language's
  • History
  • Structure

3. The trainee demonstrates knowledge of the following principles of instruction the essential components of the Approach:

  • Diagnostic and prescriptive
  • Synthetic - analytic
  • Sequential, structured, systematic, and cumulative
  • Multisensory Visual, Auditory, Kinesthetic, Tactile (VAKT)
  • Teaching toward automaticity
  • Teaching for integration and application of principles

4. The trainee’s lesson plans provide evidence of clear goals that match a sequence of Orton-Gillingham concepts.

5. The trainee demonstrates awareness of formal and informal assessment measures.

Goal 3

The Associate trainee adheres to the Academy’s Code of Ethics and understands the privileges and responsibilities of the Associate member.


Cancellation Policy:  

In the event that The Southport School closes for weather or other unexpected events, class will be canceled.  Under those circumstances, the instructor will contact trainees as soon as possible via e-mail or text; Southport’s closings are available on Facebook, Twitter, NBC-30, News-12, and CTWeather.com.  For the most part, Southport follows Fairfield public schools for weather-related closings. 

AOGPE Practicum

The Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators (AOGPE) places great value on the mentorship model, which involves the application of information and teaching skills acquired through the formal coursework. The practicum includes: ongoing support by the Supervising Fellow; observations of the trainee teaching complete lessons in a variety of settings; written and verbal feedback after the observations; completion of required readings; development of a teaching portfolio; and support for application to the AOGPE for certification. Participants will also be encouraged to participate in ongoing coursework and professional development through attending additional course offerings at the Southport CoLAB. Teachers who are already working in school environments are welcome to complete their practicums within their home school environments; teachers working in private practice may complete their practicums in their own teaching sites. Observations may be conducted onsite or remotely, depending on individual circumstances. The AOGPE has set specific guidelines for the practicums at each level of membership to ensure that the teacher is competent to instruct using the Orton-Gillingham Approach. More information about those requirements can be found on the AOGPE website: https://www.ortonacademy.org/.

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Cancellation Policy:  

In the event that The Southport School closes for weather or other unexpected events, class will be canceled.  Under those circumstances, the instructor will contact trainees as soon as possible via e-mail or text; Southport’s closings are available on Facebook, Twitter, NBC-30, News-12, and CTWeather.com.  For the most part, Southport follows Fairfield public schools for weather-related closings. 

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