Reading Reform Foundation of New York has adhered to its original mission: to improve reading instruction for all children.

Informative Courses

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Learn from over 70 years of research.

All Reading Reform Foundation courses are based on the Orton-Gillingham or other Orton approaches to teaching reading, writing, spelling and comprehension. These methods are based on seventy years of research.

In Reading Reform Foundation's experience we have learned that it is especially useful for a participant to follow through with ONE program by putting it to use as he/she is learning, and then taking an advanced course in the program.

Therefore, participants may choose only ONE of the introductory courses and, if available, its corresponding advanced course.


Reading, Writing & Spelling: A Multisensory Approach

Description: This introductory course presents an Orton-Gillingham-based approach to teaching reading, handwriting and spelling. Participants will learn specific techniques for teaching sound-symbol relationships, syllable division and spelling rules. Teachers, tutors and parents will find this course valuable.

Instructor: Esther Morgan Sands, M.S.

Dates: Saturdays: May 6, May 13, May 20 and June 3. Four sessions.

Times: 9:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Fee: $150 including materials (10% of fee non-refundable)

Location: Reading Reform Foundation Entrance: 340 West 58th Street New York, NY 10019 (one block from Columbus Circle/59th Street subway)

*Reading Reform Foundation is a New Jersey Department of Education Professional Development Provider. See registration form below.



M. spoke only Arabic so no one was able to communicate with him. He would walk around the room, scribble on any paper given to him and then rip up the paper. At some point, M. made a complete turnaround. He now sits still, takes part in class work and attempts to do the work. M. told me that he now wants to pay attention and learn, and he has been doing just that.

—First-grade teacher

Our Course Instructors

 Bonnie Lee Apple

Bonnie Lee Apple is a teaching consultant working with teachers in public-school classrooms on behalf of Reading Reform Foundation. She also is affiliated with the Rose Institute for Learning and Literacy at Manhattanville College, Purchase, New York. She is certified through the Spalding Education Foundation as a lecturer and instructor. Ms. Apple earned her Master's degree in education at Harvard University, studying under Dr. Jeanne Chall, author of a seminal treatise on the teaching of reading.


Esther Morgan Sands

Esther Morgan Sands has over 30 years of teaching experience in the primary grades. She received her B.A. from Queens College and M.S. in Special Education from Yeshiva University. In 1997 she received the Branch Award from the New York Branch of the International Dyslexia Association. Ms. Sands has been Supervisor of Reading Reform Foundation's in-school teacher training program since 1989. She has been teaching courses in Orton-Gillingham-based approaches to teaching reading, writing and spelling since 1980.



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New Jersey Professional Development Credit

Reading Reform Foundation courses offer the opportunity to earn Professional Development credit from the New Jersey Department of Education.

If you are applying for professional development credits through the New Jersey Department of Education, you are responsible for seeing that the activity is written in your PIP, and your supervisor must approve. You will be provided with further information about this process on the first day of your class.

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Refund and Withdrawal Policy

Ten percent (10%) of any course instructional fee is non-refundable from the outset of registration. Withdrawal and refund requests for the balance of the fee must be received in writing prior to the course start date. No instructional fees or graduate credit fees are refundable after the course begins.

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Our Handbook

Sunday Is for the Sun, Monday Is for the Moon:

Teaching Reading, One Teacher & Thirty Children at a Time

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What People Are Saying

"I can state with conviction that this program has assisted our lower grade children to excel in their reading tasks. Our classroom teachers rave about the merits of the program when I visit their classrooms. The evidence has been in the growth of the children as they transition from the lower to the upper grades. I strongly recommend the Reading Reform program to every principal. They will see immediate results."

—Collaborating Principal

What is Our Approach?

Students are taught the written form of the sounds of English, which they then put into words. This makes English logical.

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