From the Students

From the Professionals

Shanna Hinman
Mooresville Consolidated School Corporation

Special Education Teacher

“As a special educator, I have been using The Orton Gillingham program for years to help students improve their reading skills and meet academic goals. This program is a fun and interactive way to work with students in a small group setting. This program is an extremely impactful way to facilitate reading skills such as decoding, blending, and writing unknown words. The sound cards help ‘train’ students’ eyes to look for hunks and chunks within words. This program uses a multi-sensory approach utilizing hand and body gestures to help students learn different rules and syllable types. I have found the Orton Gillingham reading program to be an invaluable tool to help students improve their reading skills and foster a sense of success. I give the Orton Gillingham program my highest recommendation.”

11/30/20

Heather Pence
Mooresville Consolidated School Corporation

2nd Grade Teacher

“My Orton Gillingham Phonics training was a game changer for me. It has structured my phonics instruction for student engagement and gives me flexibility to adjust to student needs. When I hear my students read with confidence and apply skills when decoding an unknown word, I attribute it to the components of my O.G. program!”

11/30/20

Emily Diemer
SUPER School, IPS

Special Education Teacher

“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.”

10/26/20

Kelly Key
Fairview Elementary School

1st Grade Teacher

“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.”

10/26/20

Debbie Garcia
SUPER School, IPS

Principal

“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.”

10/26/20

Will Klein
SUPER School, IPS

First Grade Teacher

“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.”

10/26/20

Theresa Simpson
Edgewood Primary School

1st Grade Teacher

“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!!!”

10/23/20

Brenda Whitaker
Edgewood Primary School

Principal

“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.”

10/23/20

Casey Gibson
Mooresville Consolidated School Corporation

Director of Title One

“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!”

10/20/20

Kennedy Henson
Jeremiah Gray Kindergarten Academy

Kindergarten Teacher

"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!"

10/19/20

Lora Hansell
Jeremiah Gray Kindergarten Academy

Principal

"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."

10/19/20

Hayley Terrell
Jeremiah Gray Kindergarten Academy

EL Teacher

"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!"

10/19/20