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Literacy/ Orton-Gillingham Instruction

Orton-Gillingham is an approach to teaching reading, writing, and spelling. While it was originally developed for individuals with language-based learning disabilities, such as dyslexia, it is now widely recognized as the gold-standard method for teaching reading to all learners and is aligned with the science of reading. 

Sharon was trained in, and uses, a pure Orton-Gillingham approach when working with students. This method of instruction is not based on any system or program, but a deep knowledge of the structures and elements of language. Pure Orton-Gillingham instruction allows for individualized, flexible, and responsive teaching.

Sharon is a Certified Level member of the Orton-Gillingham Academy. She also works as an Orton-Gillingham Teacher Trainer and Support Specialist  for Edwards Orton-Gillingham. 

Sharon has also been trained in and utilizes Structured Word Inquiry (SWI), a scientifically sound and inquiry-based method for teaching orthography, etymology, spelling, reading, and meaning. 

Student Writing

The Orton-Gillingham Approach is...



Instruction is based on a child's individual learning profile and needs.



Visual, auditory, tactile, and kinesthetic pathways are engaged to optimize learning.


Language-based. All language structures are taught, including grammar and word meaning, to create competent readers and writers. 


Cumulative. Students move sequentially from the simple to the complex as they master each level of language skills. 



Students are taught the what, how, and why of what they are learning.


Diagnostic and Prescriptive.

Assessment is ongoing and consistent. Previous lessons inform future lessons.


Emotionally Sound.

Instruction seeks to help students experience feelings of success.

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