Los Angeles Unified Providing Districtwide Orton-Gillingham Professional Development



DDCA is happy to share strides being made in the Los Angeles Unified School District when it comes to investing in teacher training to support struggling readers, especially those with characteristics of dyslexia.  During the 2021-2022 school year, the Division of Instruction and the Division of Special Education are collaborating to provide 30-40 hours of professional development in the Orton-Gillingham Approach for teams of five teachers at each elementary school and teams of three teachers at each secondary school in the district.  Every principal is expected to designate a diverse team to participate in the training, including special education teachers, general education teachers, and other staff.

“The Orton-Gillingham Approach educator course empowers teachers as clinicians to develop a deep knowledge of how the English language works and how the brain learns to read.  They will also learn how to plan and monitor student learning by following a systematic and cumulative scope and sequence; using assessment data, and planning explicit and multi-sensory lessons.  As our students return to in-person instruction, it will be imperative for us to be as highly effective as possible in ensuring our students receive the most effective instruction to master reading proficiency.”

-Mary Ann Sullivan, Coordinator, TK-12 Instruction, Division of Special Education, Los Angeles Unified  School District

DDCA encourages anyone in the LAUSD district to follow up with their school to ensure that they are taking advantage of this opportunity for teacher training.

Does Your School District Want to Learn More About Dyslexia?

Does your school district want to learn more about dyslexia? Don’t miss these five free dyslexia webinars for CA school districts co-sponsored by Los Angeles County Office of Education (LACOE) and Glean Education.

DDCA Leaders recently connected with LACOE, and we are impressed with their lineup of upcoming dyslexia webinars.  Each webinar is targeted for a specific audience within your school district.  District staff can sign up for all five webinars or just the webinars that they are interested in.  A recorded version is available for those who pre-register but are unable to attend the live version.  You must be employed by a CA local education agency to register for these free webinars. Please share with your local school district. There are limited spots so pre-register today.

“Quality reading instruction is pivotal in both teaching young learners to access the code, but also in diagnosing issues that students may have. We’re seeking to raise educator awareness in understanding the scope of dyslexia and all of its complexities, while giving tools and strategies for them to address these issues and provide targeted, ongoing supports.”

-Leslie Zoroya, RLA Coordinator, Los Angeles County Office of Education

Here are the links to each of the Dyslexia series webinars (times are PST):

Understanding & Recognizing Dyslexia: What CA Educators Need to Know 
Jan. 13, 2021, 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Audience: K-12 Teachers, Instructional Coaches, Administrators 

Screening for Dyslexia: What School Leaders Need to Know
Feb. 23, 2021, 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Audience: K-12 Teachers, Instructional Coaches, Administrators 

Implementing Intervention for Students with Dyslexia: What Teachers Need to Know
March 17, 2021, 3:00 – 4:00 pm
Audience: K-12 Teachers, Instructional Coaches, Administrators 

Accommodating Students with Dyslexia in the Middle & High School Classroom: What Teachers Need to Know
April 14, 2021, 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Audience: Middle School Teachers, High School Teachers, Secondary Administrators, Instructional Coaches

Assessing & Supporting Dyslexia: What School Psychologists Need to Know
May 12, 2021, 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Audience: School Psychologists, Administrators, Instructional Coaches