Literacy Workshop: The Orton-Gillingham Approach to Teach Reading and Spelling


Tuesdays & Thursdays
4:00-7:30 p.m.

Act 48 Credits will be provided.

Teachers participating in this workshop will be introduced to the Orton Gillingham approach for explicit, structured, sequential, multisensory instruction of reading and spelling.  The course will include a thorough description of learners with dyslexia, their strengths as well as their error patterns, and current research related to effective intervention. A supervised practicum component will allow teachers to assess, prescribe, and plan lessons for a student.  Workshop content will provide detailed and current information about the five essential components of reading instruction:  phonemic awareness, phonics, vocabulary, fluency and comprehension.  Participants will learn the structure of the English language; mastery of basic phonology, orthography and morphology will be emphasized.

Maria Paluselli, Chief Learning Officer at Provident Charter School, will lead this workshop.  Maria is a certified  Orton-Gillingham Trainer.  For over 10 years she served as the Director of the Children’s Dyslexia Center training and supervising teachers and tutors at initial and advanced levels.  Maria has worked as a consultant and trainer independently, as well as for Winsor Learning, publisher of a multisensory reading program.  She has taught this Literacy Workshop at the Allegheny Intermediate Unit as well as the University of Pittsburgh.



Workshop Fee: $450

Included Required Materials:   $36.60

The Language Toolkit, Paula Rome and Jean Osman.

Total: $486.60


Checks can be made payable to: Provident Charter School
Please send payment to: 1400 Troy Hill Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15212

Registration is required; spaces are limited. Refunds can be made if a cancellation is made by May 1, 2019.  A 10% processing fee will not be refunded.