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Slingerland Teacher Training

Summer Session: June 28-29 & July 2-27, 2018

Slingerland® Summer Courses are full-day, 4-week, training sessions which include a hands-on teaching practicum. This course will help you be more effective in teaching:

- Reading fluency- Decoding
- Reading comprehension- Basic writing skills
- Phonemic awareness- Handwriting
- Phonics and word recognition- Oral language skills


In this summer course, participants will learn how to present information so the visual, auditory and kinesthetic-tactile pathways are used simultaneously to enhance student academic performance. The Slingerland® Approach is an effective way to make the core curriculum accessible to all students.

Click here to access the 2018 registration form.

All courses are approved for 133 Washington State clock hours or 6 continuing education units. Additional fee applies.

Available Courses

Level 1

This course is the core of the Slingerland training program and includes a practicum with students.
  • Introduction in steps of handwriting, written language, decoding and reading comprehension.
  • Understanding the etiology of dyslexia.
  • Introduction of phonics rules and their application in encoding and decoding.
  • Introduction to the neurology of language.
  • Understanding of the development of oral language skills.
  • Study of the history, philosophy and current research about dyslexia.
  • Lesson plan preparation using current curriculum in the Slingerland approach.

Level 2

Level 2 begins with a brief overview and focuses on more advanced techniques in the language arts continuum. The use of dictation paragraph and the screening procedures for identifying students will also be presented.

  • Guided observation of the diagnostic and prescriptive elements within the daily format.
  • Practice in diagnosing and prescribing for more than one child.
  • Relating oral language skills to reading and writing.
  • Understanding the vertical and horizontal use of the format for daily instruction.
  • Integration of new learning throughout the format.
  • Instruction in critical thinking skills necessary for reading, writing, and speaking.
  • Study current research in dyslexia.
  • Administration and Evaluation of Slingerland Screening Materials.

Level 3

The Participant learns how to organize, maintain, and evaluate a summer Slingerland session, its students and participants. This course requires prior approval for people interested in increasing their skills in the Slingerland Approach or continuing training to become a staff teacher.

What others have said...

"I wish I had done this [course] years ago...I feel this is one of the most beneficial training courses that I have taken." - Mariette

"The training is very intensive and I highly recommend this summer program. Any reading teacher would benefit from Slingerland training." - Wendy

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