As a coordinator of professional development for teacher education in a university setting, it is important for me to be able to identify areas in which teachers need support in order to help their students achieve academically. One area in which administrators and teachers continually report the need for assistance is reading…. Through my work, I see thousands of teachers and university faculties attend professional development workshops throughout the year. What I have witnessed during (Yoshimoto) Orton-Gillingham workshops is unique. Participants are engaged and eager to learn more as each day progresses. They leave energized and confident to tackle the difficult task of teaching struggling readers how to navigate and understand text. Even more importantly, I’ve seen this enthusiasm and confidence transfer to students. Students progress through their instruction and increase their reading achievement every step of the way. Once they are provided with the tools to help them read and write more clearly, students feel empowered to take ownership of their learning, and they believe in themselves. There is no greater gift for a teacher than to see his or her students making progress with happiness and certitude.
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