Students are taught the written form of the sounds of English, which they then put into words. This makes English logical. As the students write the words, they learn the approximately two dozen spelling rules that govern English. The students also learn to examine words for their roots and meanings, allowing for more thoughtful reading and better comprehension.
When invited by school principals, Reading Reform Foundation's consultants come twice a week to the classrooms of teachers who have completed a course. The specific phonics-based approaches that employ multisensory techniques of teaching and learning can then be applied in a real-life setting.
Reading Reform Foundation of New York, a 34 year-old not-for-profit organization, was founded by a group of teachers to improve the teaching of reading, writing, spelling and comprehension. The Founders were convinced by their own experience that all children could learn to read if they were taught properly.
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Reading Reform Foundation will be providing a pilot project of teacher training for school year 2015-16 in collaboration with the New York City Department of Education and Manhattanville College. This program aligns with Chancellor Farina’s vision of providing professional learning opportunities that will develop expertise among school leadership and staff to support capacity building within schools.
Teaching Reading, One Teacher & Thirty Children at a Time
Teachers often approach me to say that teaching the program has made them better spellers. They say, "I can read, but I didn't know there were rules that governs thousands of words."
Reading Reform Foundation offers courses all year round which model the techniques of our approach to teaching. Participants may be certified teachers, administrators or parents. Classes are held in our conveniently located headquarters, one half-block west of Columbus Circle.
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