Teaching Teachers Technique: Lower School Faculty Participate in Orton-Gillingham, Structured Literacy Workshop

In August, all lower division faculty participated in a workshop focused on the Orton-Gillingham method: an approach to teaching literacy based on a comprehensive body of research that has revealed how we learn to read. The workshop, created by the Institute for Multi-sensory Education (IMSE), was directed by Amy Gulley, a dyslexia specialist. Its main goal was to demonstrate the power of structured literacy, an umbrella term that refers to the most effective, powerful methods for helping all students develop literacy skills and become better readers. For years, educators mainly applied plans like Orton-Gillingham to students who struggled to read. However, research shows that these methods are effective for readers of all skill levels and abilities, and that they can be incorporated into every classroom. “Structured literacy programs—which include Orton-Gillingham methodology—provide a multisensory and building block approach to reading,” explains Kate Bitter, dean of the lower division. “By providing [...]

2022-06-23T15:23:34-07:00November 23, 2021|Alumni, FYE22, Lower Division Academics, News|

Stevenson’s Summer Faculty Symposium Celebrates Its Fifth Year

This August, weeks before students returned to campus, 28 faculty members attended the School’s fifth annual Summer Faculty Symposium. The Symposium affords participants the opportunity to take a week-long deep dive into the critically reflective skills essential to authentic learner-centered teaching, build and practice true collegiality, and refine their pedagogy in keeping with the School’s core values. Since its inception in August 2016, more than 100 teachers have taken part, and more than 75% of those who have participated remain at Stevenson. Because so many veterans have already participated voluntarily, the program is now largely for the benefit of teachers new to Stevenson, for whom it is a required part of their onboarding. Stevenson's president Dr. Kevin Hicks '85 designed the syllabus more than a decade ago in light of research regarding adult learning and leading-edge culturally-aware instructional practices. The Symposium's central premise is that authentic collegial relationships—across departments [...]

2022-06-06T10:35:34-07:00September 1, 2021|Alumni, FYE22, News|
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