Quality Tutors / Most Up-to-Date TrainingAuthor:
Posted: June 23, 2017
“Quality is never an accident. It is always the result of high intention, sincere effort, intelligent direction and skillful execution. It represents the wise choice among many alternatives.” Author Unknown
Quality Tutors / Most Up-to-Date Training
When I started Aspire Academy, I chose my tutors from people I had known for a long time. People I knew understood kids who learned differently, who were kind, patient, thoughtful, and always wanted to be the best at whatever they did. People who liked to dive deep into whatever they learned and tried.
I had planted the seeds of my desire for them to become dyslexia tutors a year or two prior. When I started Aspire Academy, the seed had grown and they joined me. Then we brought a few more people into our fold. I was a certified Wilson tutor, and I began to train them. But through their training, they taught me a few things because they had delved so deeply into the Wilson materials. I began thinking of how much I learned through my certification process, and how it is good to never stop growing professionally. So, I asked if they would like to begin the journey of becoming professionally trained by Wilson, like I had done. And they all agreed.
Aspire Academy is proud to announce that all of its tutors received Wilson training in Spring 2017 at Groves Academy in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Together, we traveled to Minneapolis and attended their three-day, intensive training as a group.
The focus of the training was to deliver the program with fidelity. Executing each of the 10 steps correctly. By teaching it in the manner they prescribe, the results allow children to maximize their ability to read and write fluently. We studied the five building blocks of reading, and how to deliver those through the Wilson program.
The Wilson Reading System is an Orton-Gillingham method that has 10 prescribed steps to achieve fluent reading, writing, spelling and understanding of complex text. These steps are designed to be given in an hour. It is no small task, with lots of small steps that make a big difference in whether a child achieves accurate, fluent reading.
When interviewing tutoring centers and schools who provide Orton-Gillingham methods, ask what types of training teachers and tutors have received, and how current the certification and training is of staff. Ask if just one person is certified, or if many are certified.
The results of the Wilson training was so effective, we will continue to send all tutors hired at Aspire to in-person, Wilson training for three days.
“Quality starts and ends with superior, expert training.” - Heidi Kroner
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