CINCINNATI, Ohio (March 23, 2017) – Educators are increasingly recognizing the intrinsic importance of a student’s wellbeing, and at a recent global conference in New Zealand, Mayerson Academy's...Read More
CINCINNATI, Ohio (January 9, 2017) – Mayerson Academy, a non-profit provider of professional development services in the education sector, has published a free toolkit for school building...Read More
Each month, Mayerson Academy explores a different character strength. September’s focus is on curiosity. This seems timely, as teachers and students are settling into the new school year. And,...Read More
I see first-hand how Orton-Gillingham helps not only the truly learning disabled but also those students who just didn’t pick up on the essentials of reading and spelling while in their classroom. It gives me chills and great pride to see how my teaching can give my students just what they need to be better readers and spellers. Their confidence just blooms through the highly effective, repetitive, multi-sensory approach of Orton-Gillingham.
I think that Thriving Learning Communities with Happify is a true revolution in education. They are on the leading edge.
The Orton Gillingham Practicum I is the single most valuable class I have taken in my career as an intervention specialist. The education, hands-on training, and resources provided have equipped me with the skills needed to teach students to read successfully. I am looking forward to continuing with Practicum II soon. The staff, instructors, guest speakers, and master teachers are extremely knowledgeable, experienced, helpful, and professional.
I think [TLC] will help our students (and staff) take control of their own learning and lives to be more likely to reach their fullest potential.
I was most thrilled by the way that we were engaged in the very activities and language that we will need to turn around and use at our school. It was the most practical PD I have ever experienced.
Our kids are going to need emotional intelligence to handle this moving, shifting world. Thriving Learning Communities gives children self-confidence and reassurance that they are okay even when they fail and a mindset that turns 'I can't do this' into, 'I can do this.'
I love the character strengths. That's a huge component of what we need to offer kids. Embracing their uniqueness is huge.
Thriving Learning Communities has taken our positive school culture to a new level.
Orton Gillingham changed my perspective on teaching reading. The course was extremely thorough and the resources provided were abundant! Not only did the course cover every detail of Orton-Gillingham philosophy, history, and techniques, but the staff then worked in the classroom and helped us realize how to best make Orton work within our individual environment. I had a second grader in the group that was at a preschool reading level. After OrOrton-Gillingham tutoring, this child is now in the third grade, reading ON GRADE LEVEL!
To say [Orton-Gillingham] has helped, is an understatement. Students learn to read and decode in so many different ways. Now that I have an additional strategy and resource to use to teach my kids makes me a better teacher.
I have applied the strategies I learned from the Orton-Gillingham course in my first-grade classroom. It has made a positive difference! I have noticed major improvements in my students’ reading fluency and decoding skills.
My experience with OG has impacted my entire way of teaching! I have had students bump up three grade levels already!
The Orton-Gillingham training has impacted my teaching in a monumental way! I cannot remember how I taught reading before this training. The resources, decks, student sheets, and practice time has given me the tools and skills needed to provide direct and appropriate multi-sensory reading instruction. I have students who are EXCITED to come to Orton Lessons, they are feeling confident about reading which is reflecting in all of their work.
I have three students with very specific reading needs. I am able to individualize the Orton lessons and use the structure and philosophy of the program to match their special learning styles. Each is addressed one-on-one and their progress has been amazing. Previous years and other programs were ineffective, but this year they are not only reading more fluently, but writing and spelling using Orton strategies.
By recognizing and naming character strengths, the child has been given the freedom to manifest that strength--the permission to own it. And to be great and realize their full potential. We’ve empowered them and given them permission to sit in their greatness.
I was thrilled to see the Thriving Learning Communities program come to our district. I saw the children really embrace it and it was beautiful.
The class was hugely beneficial to me as a speech and language therapist and I had already taken graduate classes addressing phonics. This course was just as good if not better because of the thorough teaching and coaching on how to use the approach with students. The OG approach focuses on multi-sensory teaching of sound-spelling relationships in the English language and is associated with reading and dyslexia. However, I have found this method is beneficial to almost all my students who are struggling with reading.
Teamwork, humor, and perseverance: It worked like magic because every time I used these strengths it seemed like everyone including me got something in return.
I cannot say enough about my experience so far with the online OG class I am currently taking through the Mayerson Academy. I have been a reading specialist for 27 years, but I am learning more through this class than I think I have learned in my career so far!
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