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Supplemental Educational Services
Service Summary Information

A Different Way In Reading Center

1. Name of organization: A Different Way In Reading Center
Primary location: 8 North Church Street
Schenectady, NY  12305
Contact information:
(phone / email / website):
(518) 377-5387
LEAs where service will be provided: Schenectady City School District
2. Years provider has delivered service: Began September 2008. Four instructors have combined total of over 30 years using Alphabetic Phonics program.
3. Evidence that services have been effective: Along with past students' improvement in literacy, research from Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children and from Masonic Learning Centers show that Multisensory Structured Language Education (MSLE) programs are effective with struggling and dyslexic readers.
4. Title of the instructional program, curriculum series to be used (if appropriate):

Alphabetic Phonics - Orton-Gillingham based MSLE program
Susan Barton-Bright Horizons

5. Grade level(s) the provider will serve: 1-12
6. Content area(s) provider will serve: Reading, handwriting, spelling and written expression are all included in the program.
7. Number of sessions provided per week, if applicable: Three sessions per week.
8. Average length of each service session (minutes/hours): One hour per session. Program takes, at a minimum, two years.
9. Duration of the available service period (e.g. September 1 – June 30; September 1 – August 31; weekends only; summer school only; specific number of weeks or hours, other, etc;): September - August 25
10. Type of instruction: Direct teaching in: phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, comprehension, spelling and writing.
10a. Description of methods and strategies for serving eligible students with disabilities: Alphabetic Phonics is specifically designed for students with dyslexia. Structured activities have students use more than one sense at a time, making learning memorable and engaging. Students learn to read one step at a time; cumulative review occurs daily.
10b. Description of methods and strategies for serving eligible students with limited English proficiency: The step by step nature of the program, use of picture cards, daily cumulative review and sentence formulas to aid in written expression help students with limited English proficiency.
11. Qualifications of the service provider(s)/instructor(s): The two teachers hold NYS certification in special educationa and are Certified Academic Language Therapists in MSLE.
All four instructors have undergone the complete two year training in Alphabetic Phonics.
12. Reports to parents, teachers, and LEA (Content, frequency, method of delivery): Parents will be invited to quarterly meetings to discuss student progress. Written reports will be sent to parents, teachers and LEAs quarterly.
13. Will transportation to the service location be provided at no charge if requested? (Note: LEAs are not required to provide or pay for transportation) We are unable to provide transportation.
14. Additional relevant information: Reading instruction includes: identifying and "playing" with sounds in words; learning sounds that letters consistently make; learning sight words; figurative language; inference; comprehending simple and complex sentences; using predicting, questioning, clarifying and summarizing to understand written text.
Spelling instruction includes: unblending sounds to identify the letters that make up the word; learning consistent spelling rules; learning irregular or "pattern breaker" words.
Instruction in written expression includes: simple and complex sentence construction; brainstroming and use of graphic organizers for improved paragraph construction; structured proofreading techniques.
Last Updated: April 26, 2012