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What is Sally Borden Connect?

Building upon the success of the in-person Sally Borden Program, Friends Academy launched Sally Borden Connect in 2018 to expand our services to learners beyond our school community in North Dartmouth, Mass. Connect supports students of all ages who have language-based learning differences (including dyslexia, dysgraphia, and dyscalculia) and executive functioning challenges (such as prioritizing, organizing, and expanding their work).

Services

For students, we offer tutoring, summer programs, and educational assessments. For educators, we provide trainings and workshops on effective methods for teaching dyslexic students.

Online and In Person

Tutoring

Individualized support for students of all ages, led by tutors who are trained and experienced in working with dyslexic learners.

In-Person Only

Summer Programs

Six-week summer courses for elementary and middle school students in Orton-Gillingham Language Arts, Math Maintenance, and Writing Maintenance.

Online and In Person

Educational Assessments

Screenings and assessments to help families understand their child’s learning profile and determine the best path for finding support.

Online and In Person

Teacher Training & Workshops

Trainings, in-services, and workshops to empower educators to bring best practices for teaching dyslexic students to their schools and districts.

Connect with Sally Borden Connect

If you would like more information about any of our offerings, including tutoring, assessments, trainings, and workshops, please contact Shelbi Randenberg, Director of Sally Borden Connect.

Tutoring

Does your child need one-on-one academic support? Our experienced, trained tutors help learners of all ages break through barriers using instruction and interventions that are customized for their learning profile.

We work with students who have dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyscalculia, and executive functioning challenges in subject areas including:

  • General academic support
  • Mathematics (through algebra)
  • Executive function support
  • Reading intervention and assessments
  • Writing support
  • Orton-Gillingham for reading and spelling

Sally Borden Connect tutors offer a breadth of knowledge and experience working with neurodiverse students who have dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyscalculia, and executive functioning challenges. Their backgrounds and certifications include Structured Literacy/Dyslexia Interventionists (CERI), speech-language pathology, Orton-Gillingham Academy certifications, Brain Frames training, Lindamood Bell’s Visualizing and Verbalizing® and Seeing Stars® programs, and more.

Tutoring is done both online and in person at Friends Academy. We can work with families and schools to provide tutoring sessions during or after the school day.

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Summer Programs

Through Friends Academy Summer Programs, Sally Borden Connect offers three courses: Orton-Gillingham Language Arts (grades 1-8) the Math Maintenance Course (grades 6-8), and the Writing Maintenance Course (grades 6-8). These programs are held on Friends Academy’s campus in North Dartmouth, Mass.

“In six weeks, my child learned more about letter-sound relationships than in an entire public school year.”

Parent of an Orton-Gillingham Summer Program participant

Parents must complete this screening form before they are eligible to register students for these programs.

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Educational Assessments and Screenings

Is your child not progressing sufficiently in their academics? An educational assessment can provide insight into their learning strengths and weaknesses, and allow their progress to be monitored over time.

We can also screen students for dyslexia to help families determine if they should pursue a full neuropsychological evaluation for their child. Using our recommendations for evaluators and educational advocates, families can get answers and make decisions about appropriate education choices for their child.

Sally Borden Connect provides assessments, screenings, and evaluations including:

  • Dyslexia
  • Speech and language
  • Language and literacy
  • Reading (both normed and benchmark) and reading fluency
  • Math skills

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Teacher Training and Workshops

Sally Borden Connect offers virtual trainings for educators on the Orton-Gillingham Approach, a highly effective intervention for reading and spelling. These trainings are open to teachers, administrators, tutors, and parents. Participants learn about dyslexia, dysgraphia, the science of reading, and fundamental elements of the Orton-Gillingham approach.

“Thank you for providing us with such a wonderful course. It really broke down the components of reading into understandable, manageable chunks. I am excited to start teaching using the OG method and seeing the results.”

Orton-Gillingham Training Participant

Upcoming Orton-Gillingham Trainings

Classroom Educator Level

2024 Dates:
June 24-28 • July 8-12 • July 15-19 • Aug. 12-16 • Aug. 19-23
Register now for a Classroom Educator Training »

The 30-hour Orton-Gillingham Classroom Educator Level training is for individuals who are looking for an introduction to the Orton-Gillingham approach. Participants include parents, administrators, and educators working in a classroom, small group, or one-on-one. Topics include:

  • The background of dyslexia
  • The history of Orton-Gillingham
  • Phonological and phonemic awareness
  • Phonics and spelling rules
  • Types of syllables
  • Syllable division
  • Orton-Gillingham lesson planning
  • Strategies for multi-sensory instruction

Classroom level participants have the option to continue their formal Orton-Gillingham practice through working on a practicum with the AOGPE Fellows for an additional cost. This practicum will take place throughout the school year and prepare trainees to apply to the Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators.

Cost: $1,150

Space is limited. All sessions are virtual and run 9am-4pm EST each day. Participants are required to attend all Zoom sessions using a device with a working camera and microphone.

Associate Level

Training Part 1 (30 hours)
2024 Dates: June 24-28 • July 8-12 • July 15-19 • Aug. 5-9 • Aug. 12-16 • Aug. 19-23

Training Part 2 (30 hours)
2024 Dates: July 22-26 (waitlist only)Aug. 5-9 • Aug. 26-30

Register now for an Associate Level Training »

Designed for people who plan to work one-on-one with students, the intensive 60-hour Associate Level training includes the concepts covered in the Classroom Level training, and dives deeper into:

  • Vocabulary development
  • Morphology and words derived from Anglo-Saxon, Latin, and Greek
  • Refining students’ writing skills of sentences, paragraphs, and essays
  • Reading and interpreting a neuropsychological profile
  • A mock tutoring session

Associate level participants have the option to continue their formal Orton-Gillingham practice through working on a practicum with the AOGPE Fellows for an additional cost. This practicum will take place throughout the school year and prepare trainees to apply to the Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators.

Cost: $1,650

If you have already completed the first 30 hours (Classroom Training) and are interested in continuing the second 30 hours for the Associate Level, contact Shelbi Randenberg for details and pricing.

Space is limited. All sessions are virtual and run 9am-4pm EST each day. Participants are required to attend all Zoom sessions using a device with a working camera and microphone.

Please join the notification list for future training dates.

Customized Workshops and In-Services

Do you have a specific topic that you would like presented to your school or district? We create customized presentations on many topics related to learning diversity, including:

  • Dyslexia 101
  • Creating a Dyslexia-Friendly Classroom Environment
  • Understanding the Role of Speech-Language Therapy in the Treatment of Dyslexia
  • Infusing Oral Language Support into Structured Literacy Approaches
  • Understanding the Language and Literacy Connection

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Connect with Sally Borden Connect

If you would like more information about any of our offerings, including tutoring, assessments, trainings, and workshops, please contact Shelbi Randenberg, Director of Sally Borden Connect.