From the Students

 
 
 

From the Professionals

 
 
 
 
  • Kelly Key

    Fairview Elementary School

    “OG is a wonderful approach for teaching phonics to students. There are many wonderful things about OG. First, it is incredible to use with ALL students-no matter what level of phonics students come in with knowing and having. Next, the strategies taught in OG are easily seen being transferred into students’ writing, problem solving in reading, and spelling each and every day. Kids say, “Use your b checker” when spelling and writing. They identify “h brothers” in spelling or when reading. The students learn to apply the rules in all areas, not just use them during “OG time”. Third, it is great for educators as well. It helps us “freshen up” on the phonics rules that we were taught or may not have been taught throughout our own education. Lastly, OG is an approach that encompasses strategies to help reach auditory learners, kinesthetic learners, and visual learners.

    I say these statements having been an educator for 27 years-as a classroom teacher and as a Title I teacher. I’ve seen things come and go, but OG offers so much to so many.”

    1st Grade Teacher

    Logansport

  • Debbie Garcia

    SUPER School, IPS

    “I would like to thank Therese, Ann P-H, and the entire staff at the M. A. Rooney Foundation. They have provided training, coaching and data support. This has given our team an opportunity to close the gap in our students reading skills. Their commitment to help students achieve is inspiring. We are so grateful for the opportunity to work with them.”

    Principal

    Indianapolis

  • Will Klein

    SUPER School, IPS

    “Thank you, M. A. Rooney Foundation and all the Orton Gillingham coaches and Therese, Ann P-H and all the wonderful people at the Foundation. I have been an ESL teacher for 4 years and now a 1st grade teacher and I can truly say the most enjoyable part of my day is teaching the Orton Gillingham lesson. The lesson is very structured and well thought out. The best part of working with them is their tireless pursuit for helping students improve their reading ability. They provide each individual student data to see where student is to increase their reading ability and to take to them to the next level.

    I don’t know where we would be without them. Thank you.”

    First Grade Teacher

    Indianapolis

  • Emily Diemer

    SUPER School, IPS


    “I have worked closely with the M. A. Rooney Foundation as the Orton Gillingham coach at SUPER School. The M.A. Rooney Foundation has been incredibly helpful assisting in revamping our OG Program. They have provided resources and additional support in our building. They coach, collect data and progress monitor our students. They observe teachers and teach lessons. We have seen tremendous growth in our students. They have made a huge difference in lives of our students at SUPER School. The M. A. Rooney Foundation is a wonderful group of people who care deeply about children.”

    Special Education Teacher

    Indianapolis

  • Brenda Whitaker

    Edgewood Primary School

    “As a primary school, we have tried many different literacy and intervention programs. OG has been by far the most effective program we have used in teaching our students the fundamental skills of decoding and learning the rules and patterns of our language. This is our fourth year implementing the OG program. Each year since starting the program, our first-grade teachers have noticed a considerable improvement in their incoming students' ability to decode words. Our second-grade teachers have noticed an improvement in both fluency and comprehension. This year, in spite of the fact that our second-grade students had not received in-school instruction for the final quarter of the school year, the third-grade beginning-of-year reading scores were higher than any other grade level in K-5! We attribute that to four solid years of O-G instruction. We deeply appreciate the training, support, and encouragement we have received from the M. A. Rooney Foundation.”

    Principal

    Ellettsville

  • Theresa Simpson

    Edgewood Primary School

    “OG is a wonderful program which is providing my students with a clear understanding of reading fundamentals. What I absolutely love is that it is beneficial for ALL students. I enjoy watching and listening to my students apply and recite the rules. The growth my students experience in reading (and spelling) is due primarily to the understanding of the rules. I LOVE OG!!!”

    1st Grade Teacher

    Ellettsville

  • Casey Gibson

    Mooresville Consolidated School Corporation

    “I am truly grateful to the M.A. Rooney Foundation for their partnership with us, Mooresville Consolidated School Corporation, to ensure our teachers and support staff are fully equipped to implement Orton-Gillingham in our K-2 classrooms as well as during Tier 3 and Special Education interventions. As a district, we have implemented the systematic approach of using Orton-Gillingham during all of our K-2 Tier 3 intervention groups daily. Our staff follows the M.A. Rooney Foundation’s lesson plans that are provided on its website. Through this approach, we have seen our struggling readers become proficient readers. More than that we have seen our struggling readers begin to love reading!”

    Director of Title One

    Mooresville

  • Hayley Terrell

    Jeremiah Gray Kindergarten Academy

    "OG has made an enormous impact on our Level 1 and 2 English learners at JGKA! Not only does the continuum of skills rigorously teach them the reading and writing skills they need to catch up with English speaking peers, the intense letter sound practice helps with their speaking by giving them more confidence in their pronunciation. The exposure to sight words helps them speak in complete sentences and boosts participation. For students that struggle with understanding new content due to limited language, the repeated pattern of instruction in OG makes it one of their favorite times of the day!"

    EL Teacher

    Indianapolis

  • Lora Hansell

    Jeremiah Gray Kindergarten Academy

    "When our teachers are asked to reflect on what has had the greatest impact on student achievement in our building, they will quickly reply, “OG!” After our first year of implementation we saw a huge increase in student achievement, having 91% of our students scoring at or above proficiency on the mClass DIBELS assessment. Our students are more confident readers and writers, and they apply the skills taught in OG throughout the school day.

    Due to our high number of English Learners, we decided to implement OG building wide as part of our core curriculum. The M.A. Rooney foundation trained our entire staff and provided extensive follow-up support to ensure maximum success with this program. Ann Duncan met with teachers regularly to go over critical components of the program, and also made herself available for questions at any time. She spent time model-teaching and coaching so that teachers were able to see the program in action, and always provided wonderful feedback to improve instruction. Our teachers love Ann, and they value her expertise immensely!

    Building leaders have a lot of instructional opportunities presented to them on a daily basis. Choosing to implement the Orton-Gillingham phonics program was the BEST instructional decision I’ve made. OG has helped my students become more confident readers and has empowered my teachers to provide the right instruction to be able to overcome an achievement gap that may limit our language learners."

    Principal

    Indianapolis

  • Fawn J. Harris

    Jeremiah Gray Kindergarten Academy

    "As a veteran teacher, with many years in the classroom, I continue to see the benefits of the OG curriculum. Since using OG, I see at least 75% of my students mastering most of the letters and sounds before the end of our first grading period. In my experience, it has taken most of the school year for the majority of the children to master letter identification and sound relationships. I love how OG presents the letters, sounds and sight words, using intentional teaching strategies. The lessons are scripted and follow the same format throughout the year. This makes it easy for the children to predict what skill will be addressed next. I record OG lessons for our online students this year as well. Many parents have expressed how their children love the OG lessons and look forward to trying to “beat the teacher” in writing or in reading the words. Thank you to our trainer, Ann Duncan, for her continued support with our teaching of OG."

    Kindergarten Teacher

    Indianapolis

  • Kennedy Henson

    Jeremiah Gray Kindergarten Academy

    "Last year, as a first year teacher, the idea of teaching phonics was terrifying to me. I had no idea where I would even begin. The structure and routine of OG quelled my fears enormously. I attribute my students’ success to OG’s strong foundational skills and repeated practice provided by the curriculum. OG training was comprehensive and the continued support from Ann Duncan (both online and in person) has helped me gain a full understanding of both the program and phonics from a kindergarten perspective. I love teaching OG, and my students love learning to read!"

    Kindergarten Teacher

    Indianapolis

  • Lesley Miller

    The Community Schools of Frankfort

    “The partnership that has developed with M. A. Rooney and the Community Schools of Frankfort is one that has lifted the abilities of not only our teachers, but our students. As a district who believes in the comprehensive literacy approach, we know that students need access to reading from a young age. Providing Orton-Gillingham training to our teachers, paraprofessionals, coaches, and administrators has shed light on approaches that help to directly teach the early literacy skills needed to be successful. Our teachers walked away from the training astonished at how complex the reading process is and the multiple ways we need to instruct in order for students to develop a strong system of literacy skills. Our teachers are able to better diagnose the needs of a student and provide specific support to meet the skill sets they are ready to learn. As if all this wonderful training were not enough, we worked collaboratively with Jamey Peavler and Ann Duncan to implement and coach teachers in these practices. Their support system is just what you want it to be. It is timely, purposeful, and powerful in changing instructional practice. We are indebted to our work with this great organization who puts students' needs first.”

    Director of Title I and Literacy

    Frankfort

  • Dr. Kat Jessup

    Brownsburg Community School Corporation

    “In looking at our district’s data, we knew we needed a stronger foundational beginning for our early learners. After a great deal of research our teachers determined that Orton-Gillingham would be the cornerstone of our early literacy program. This past summer all of our kindergarten teachers, special education teachers, and instructional coaches were trained in OG by the M. A. Rooney Foundation. I was excited to be able to participate in the training as well. Understanding what our teachers would be doing in their classrooms has been very valuable as I now know the best ways to support them. With only 9 weeks into the school year, we are already seeing huge gains with our students. The routine and expectations set forth through OG have been incredibly well received by our students, they look forward to their OG time each day. Our students have a stronger understanding of letters and letter sounds than they have had in the past. As we continue the use of OG, we believe the end of the year data will show the best results we have ever seen. The foundation our students are building through the use of OG will benefit them for years to come.”

    Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction

    Brownsburg

  • Stephanie Truax

    Richland-Bean Blossom Community School Corporation

    “The Orton-Gillingham approach in reading instruction has changed the way our school teaches literacy. Orton-Gillingham has furnished us with the tools, strategies and training we were lacking in our reading instruction. An abundance of supportive tools and resources for this program are provided online as well as leveled lesson plans that are blueprints for teaching explicit language decoding and encoding skills. Our OG instructors went above and beyond to instruct our teachers and support staff on how to successfully implement these best practices into our reading instruction and align it with our curriculum. We are so grateful to the M. A. Rooney Foundation and their Orton-Gillingham team for helping our students to be successful, fluent readers!”

    Kindergarten Teacher

    Bloomington

  • Lisa Harkness

    Greenwood Community School Corporation

    “Without the expertise and assistance from the M. A. Rooney Foundation, Greenwood Community Schools would not have witnessed the tremendous growth in IREAD scores in such a short period of time. The district's IREAD passing rate increased from 89.4% passing in 2016, to 94.8% in 2019. Utilizing Orton-Gillingham strategies as Tier 1 instruction has been a key to our success. Orton-Gillingham instructional strategies are good for all kids, but essential for some kids who need extra targeted support.”

    Director of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment

    Greenwood

  • Danielle Schrad

    Paramount Cottage Home

    “We can't thank you enough for the amount of support the M.A. Rooney Foundation provides for Paramount School of Excellence through academic data, instructional coaching, and Orton-Gillingham training. OG training has transformed our teachers' phonics instruction. This high-quality and extensive literacy skills training provides our teachers with evidence-based practices on the foundational literacy skills for our early learners. These critical skills directly impact students learning and our students being successful in assessment and life! OG has truly been a game-changer for our teachers and students! The M. A. Rooney Foundation has contributed immensely to the academic success at Paramount School of Excellence. Thanks again for your partnership!”

    Assistant Principal

    Indianapolis

  • Kensi Sauley

    Paramount Brookside

    “Paramount Brookside has been partnering with the Rooney Foundation to provide our staff with high-quality phonics instruction through Orton-Gillingham training since 2016. This training has allowed our staff to learn evidence-based phonics techniques that can help remediate reading instruction. Our school utilizes Orton-Gillingham phonics instruction every day and it has truly made a difference in our students’ reading ability! The Orton-Gillingham training offered by the Rooney Foundation has transformed our literacy practices, given our teachers the skills for successful phonics instruction, and has given our students the confidence to excel as learners!”

    Assistant Principal

    Indianapolis

  • David Ennis

    Greenwood Community School Corporation

    “The world of education has been changed in the 23 years of my educational career. The M. A. Rooney Foundation has been invaluable with preparing K-2 teachers not only to meet the ever-changing legislation that has been passed at the state level, but most importantly to meet the academic needs of all learners. The staff at the Rooney Foundation has had a positive effect on hundreds of students in my building alone. I continue to be thankful for the ongoing partnership and dedication to students that they provide.”

    Principal Westwood Elementary

    Greenwood

  • Allison Edwards

    Edwards Insight, LLC

    "As a dyslexia therapist, I am constantly searching for effective tools to enhance my intervention with struggling readers. I really appreciate the electronic blending board that you created! My students are all at different learning levels so this tool is very versatile and practical!"

    Dyslexia Therapist

    Houston