About 20 Sedalia School District 200 teachers spent the week of June 11 immersed in Phonics First Orton Gillingham training at Smith-Cotton High School.

According to the program's website (ortonacademy.org), Orton Gillingham "is an instructional approach intended primarily for use with individuals who have difficulty with reading, spelling, and writing of the sort associated with dyslexia." Sedalia 200's training sessions were led by Samantha Brooks, who has been been a special education resource teacher for the past 26 years in Arkansas.

Devon Gilmore, Sedalia 200's curriculum director for grades K-5, said the training will give teachers knowledge and tools to help students become skilled readers.

"I am very impressed with the Phonics First Orton Gillingham training," Gilmore said. "This is an excellent, nationally accredited program that teaches reading and spelling skills."

OrtonGillingham1: About 20 Sedalia School District 200 teachers participate in Phonics First Orton Gillingham training on Monday, June 11, at Smith-Cotton High School. The week-long training was focused on helping improve students' reading abilities.

OrtonGillingham2: Instructor Samantha Brooks discusses the practice of "pounding out" sentences, in which students tap the syllables as they recite a sentence.

Sedalia School District 200