ORTON-GILLINGHAM S.T.A.R.S LEVEL TWO CERTIFICATION

Equipping parents and schools to use evidence-based, multi sensory tools to help children overcome reading difficulties

Upon completion of this course, educators will receive certification from ScholarSkills as Level Two Orton-Gillingham STAR Instructors. STAR is our acronym for Systematic Training in Analytical Reading. This Level Two certification means that instructors have been intensively trained in the use of multi-sensory tools to teach and remediate students in foundational reading skills comprising the structures of sounds, words, and sentences. This equips instructors to teach and remediate students from Kindergarten through Grade 8.Upon completion of this course, educators will receive certification from ScholarSkills as Level Two Orton-Gillingham STAR Instructors. STAR is our acronym for Systematic Training in Analytical Reading. This Level Two certification means that instructors have been intensively trained in the use of multi-sensory tools to teach and remediate students in foundational reading skills comprising the structures of sounds, words, and sentences. This equips instructors to teach and remediate students from Kindergarten through Grade 8.Upon completion of this course, educators will receive certification from ScholarSkills as Level Two Orton-Gillingham STAR Instructors. STAR is our acronym for Systematic Training in Analytical Reading. This Level Two certification means that instructors have been intensively trained in the use of multi-sensory tools to teach and remediate students in foundational reading skills comprising the structures of sounds, words, and sentences. This equips instructors to teach and remediate students from Kindergarten through Grade 8.Overview of Course Content

This course is for schools and districts that want their instructors to be trained in evidence-based, multi-sensory techniques for teaching students--especially those who are struggling to read. It is an intensive, systematic, phonetic, structured evidenced-based approach to decoding and word recognition. Instructors will learn how to use multi-sensory visual, interactive, tactile, auditory learning strategies to help students avoid or overcome reading difficulties. For example, teachers will learn how to engage students in exciting, effective ways by helping them sound, say, and sing syllabic and phonemic sounds.
Ultimately, this is a speech-to-print course. Students will build foundations for excellence in reading and writing by learning how to spell phonemic and syllabic sounds and write them down. In other words, students will learn how to spell well to read well. The course content includes the following:

Levels 1-3: Phonetic Foundations

  • An introduction to the Science of Reading made simple: What every reading teacher needs to know about how the brain learns to read.
  • An introduction to the Science of Spelling made simple: what every reading teacher needs to know about how systematic spelling instruction enhances reading instruction.
  • Instructors will learn:
  • How to help students master the alphabetic principle
  • How to help students build phonemic awareness through auditory training
  • How to help students master phonetic elements through simple syllables
  • How to help students develop phonemic analysis through syllabic segmentation
  • How to help students build words by using the essential syllabic patterns such as CVC and VCE words

Level 4: Multi-letter consonant sounds

In this section, instructors will learn how to teach students multi-letter sounds such as blends and digraphs. These sound clusters are important because they appear at the beginning and at the end of words. Knowing how to say and spell consonant and vowel clusters provides students with an invaluable key for decoding words.
Level 5: Advanced multi-letter spellings of long vowel sounds
Level 5 introduces students to the long vowel sounds and advanced multi-letter sounds.
English has 15 vowel sounds and 28 different ways to spell those sounds. This presents great difficulty for both teachers and students. This course will help instructors to show their students how to say the vowel sounds and spell all of the various phonograms that represent those sounds so that students can speak, read, and write with greater accuracy.

Level 6: Multi-sensory tools for teaching grammatical foundations and sentence analysis

This section will help instructors to learn the most effective and exciting ways to teach grammar for reading comprehension.

Level 7: Multi-sensory tools for teaching vocabulary acquisition through morphological analysis

This section will help instructors to learn the most effective and exciting ways to teach students how to build a rich vocabulary by analyzing morphological components such as roots, prefixes, and suffixes.

This course consists of over 150 self-teaching videos, which help students to master the structures of sounds, words, and sentences. Interactive digital quizzes help students to target their weaknesses while affirming their strengths and encouraging their efforts.

ScholarSkills will provide webinars and live coaching sessions throughout the training process.

Upon completion of this course, educators will receive certification from ScholarSkills as Level Two Orton-Gillingham STAR Instructors. STAR is our acronym for Systematic Training in Analytical Reading. This Level Two certification means that instructors have been intensively trained in the use of multi-sensory tools to teach and remediate students in foundational reading skills comprising the structures of sounds, words, and sentences. This equips instructors to teach and remediate students from Kindergarten through Grade 8.



What's unique about this course?

This course will equip instructors to teach students how to Spell well to Read well. Educators will learn how to use the Science of Spelling to teach reading skills. Teaching spelling skills has been historically proven as the most effective way to teach reading and writing skills---especially to students who face reading difficulties or have been diagnosed with specific learning disorders.

Here's a summary of why spelling is the most effective way to teach reading:



What multi-sensory tools do we use to implement this spell-to-read or speech-to-print methodology?

1. Interactive flashcards with embedded QR codes

We use interactive flashcards with embedded QR codes, which help students to hear and spell phonemic sounds correctly. These cards can be used in both an online or physical classroom environment. They are available as PDF printouts, and they are also available in book form so that students can practice at home.

2. Interactive audio lessons and student response exercises

Our LMS (course platform) makes it easy for instructors to help students sharpen their auditory skills by using guided audio developmental spelling exercises and quizzes. Students demonstrate their reading and spelling skills by recording themselves and uploading the recordings through the platform or by email.

3. Physical textbooks with interactive QR codes

These texts allow students to hear sounds, spell sounds, and write them down. They also provide instructors with ways of identifying and targeting weaknesses that are specific to individual students.

4. Self-teaching learning videos

Self-teaching videos are a major component of each course level, as they allow students to learn critical elements of sound and to review those elements at their own pace. They also provide teachers with an invaluable tool for individuating and differentiating lessons.

5. Singing and chanting spelling songs

Chanting enchants students and helps them to remember concepts by rhyming. We have created our own blend of easy-to- remember sing-along sounds so that students can store critical concepts quickly and retrieve them easily.

6. Gamification and motivation

Our course platform motivates students and affirms their effort by constantly showing how many points they are gaining for each exercise or quiz completion.



What unique value will instructors gain from this course?

Most teacher training courses provide valuable ways for teachers to interact with their students. This program offers that and more: the training course becomes a fully-loaded teaching course. Instructors get to keep the entire course and implement it immediately within their classrooms as teachers and outside of their classrooms as tutors. Entrepreneurially minded educators can use the course and the Learning Management System (LMS) to launch their own full or part-time reading skills tutoring businesses.

Your Instructor


Brian Vieira
Brian Vieira

Mr. Vieira is the President of ScholarSkills Learning Center in N.Y and the Executive Director of Win With Reading. He has been a state-certified teacher, principal, and educational services provider in New York City for nearly thirty years. Mr. Vieira is a reading specialist who offers live and asynchronous courses that equip educators with evidence-based, multi-sensory tools, which help struggling students overcome reading difficulties and specific learning disorders. He is a graduate of Emory University, with an M.A. from Brooklyn College.


Course Curriculum


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Courses Included with Purchase



Prefix-Smart: Vocabulary from Latin and Greek Prefixes
How to use prefixes to learn thousands of words quickly and effectively
Mr. Brian Vieira M.A. President of ScholarSkills
$99
Root-Smart: Vocabulary from Latin and Greek Roots
How to use roots to learn thousands of words quickly and effectively
Mr. Brian Vieira M.A. President of ScholarSkills
$99
Multisensory Grammar for Reading & Writing Skills (Elementary)
Kids will master the parts of speech through easy, exciting, self-teaching videos. This course is perfect for remote learning, homeschools, and classrooms.
Brian Vieira (M.A.) President of ScholarSkills
$99

Original Price: $297


Frequently Asked Questions


When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.
Can this course be purchased as a bundle?
Yes! In fact, we recommend that instead of purchasing individual courses, instructors should invest in the comprehensive reading comprehension curriculum course package. This would comprise phonics, grammar, and vocabulary. Students would learn how to master the structures of sounds, words, and sentences, and acquire the foundational phonetic, grammatical, and morphological skills they need to understand everything they read. Having access to each course at the same time, allows instructors to combine phonetic, grammatical, and morphological elements in one lesson.

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