The learning never stops for teachers in The School for Language-Based Learning Differences at Trident Academy. Six teachers recently returned from the Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators (AOGPE) Conference, and four other teachers will attend week-long trainings at the Phillips Exeter Academy this summer.
Many sessions at the AOGPE Annual Conference focused on the Common Core State Standards. Barbara Wilson, AOGPE fellow, spoke about the positive integration of Orton-Gillingham and the Common Core.
The Common Core of Standards which focus on the foundational skills of reading also align with the Orton-Gillingham approach in reading. According to the Common Core, educators must teach the concepts of print, the alphabetic principle, and other basic conventions of the English writing system. These standards promote a phonetic approach to reading rather than a whole language approach.
“Common Core tells us what to teach, and Orton-Gillingham tells us how to teach,” explains Corbin Bettencourt, Trident Academy teacher and associate level member of AOGPE. “The conference was an excellent opportunity to connect with other educators about how they’re handling, not just the Common Core implementation, but also other classroom issues.”
Trident Academy teachers Sheila Costello, Elizabeth Alexander, Kathleen Loveland, Laura Bryant, and Colby Doetzer joined Mrs. Bettencourt at the conference, which was held near Charlotte, N.C.
This summer, School of Language-Based Learning Differences teachers Julia Carter, Dana Brown, Rhonda McKenna, and Jenny Pringle will attend week-long trainings at Phillips Exeter Academy. Their trips are funded by grants from the Stranahan Foundation, whose mission is to assist individuals and groups in their efforts to become more self-sufficient and contribute to the improvement of society and the environment.
Ms. Carter will attend the Biology Institute at Exeter, a week immersion in biology and the latest biology teaching techniques in a state-of-the-art science education facility. Learn more.
The other teachers will attend the Writers’ Workshop, which provides teachers from all academic disciplines the opportunity to spend a week as writers with other talented writers and teachers from around the country. Learn more.