I took Martha's course for professional and personal reasons. As an educator, it was some of the best PD I have done. It put to rest a lot of myths about structured literacy. It was scientific but child centred. It was structured but encouraged exploration and inquiry. There wasn't a workbook in sight but there were lots of practical home-made, hands-on games and activities that made learning effective and fun. As a successful adult Dyslexic, I learned things about how I learn that I had never seen clearly before. Martha is a dynamic and sympathetic presenter who guides with grace and humour.
William J. McCordic School
"Martha Kovack's OG/Structured Literacy Course for educators was very informative and engaging! As a new educator I was eager to learn about these approaches, and had many questions. Martha was an excellent instructor. She was able to answer all questions asked, and delivered the course in an interesting format. I truly enjoyed the course, which covered a broad range of tips/advice - not just a focus on slides. We received resources that made the OG/SL approach clear, allowing me to follow along easily. The strategies were easy to integrate into my practice. After finishing the course, I felt prepared enough to begin to use this approach with my students." Melissa Vanzant, OCT, HBA/B.Sc., BEd, MEd
Primary/Junior teacher and tutor
Thank you Martha for your in-depth discussions, varied examples, and expertise. You made the training less intimidating and shared your experiences on strategies that work with students. I feel going forward I still have more to learn. One has to make it their own. I will use games, humour, and keep the lessons as safe as possible. Students have to have 95% success. Thank you again Martha!
Lee Bird, OCT, BFA, B.Ed.
Whale Cove, Nunavut
I just wanted to tell you that I really enjoyed your presentation last night to the ECEs and Kindie teachers. I was lucky enough to be able to join in and I always learn something new and valuable listening to you. I always wanted to say that one of the most important things you taught me last year when I took your course was to pause and give students time to process and respond (you also mentioned this last night). I've been complimented many times over the last year from parents who have listened in on my tutoring or teaching sessions and said thank you for giving my kid the extra time to think and reply. Sometimes that's all they need and it's such an obvious but priceless piece of advice that I use every day when talking to kids (and adults!). Thanks again and I look forward to future Sound Readers Power Hour meetings.
Emily Tucci (nee Chicorli), OCT, B.A., B.Ed.
Access Learning Structured Literacy Tutor
"I just want to say thank-you so much again for this training!! It helped me fill in gaps in my learning, and develop more effective lessons for my students. I appreciate your enthusiasm for the science of reading and your openness to all questions. You create a positive and welcoming learning environment, and I think all educators will benefit from your expertise!"
Pamela Robinson, OCT, B.Sc., B.Ed.
Founder, Access Learning
"... this course was eye opening with regards to how language works, how our brains decode and the huge benefits of a structured and systematic approach to introducing it. It gave me a new understanding and appreciation for this complex topic as well as practical tools to help Justin learn to read. The demonstration videos really helped to illustrate topics and the activities were varied and easy to reproduce."
Trina Rowe, MSC (OT)
Parent of child with dyslexia
"Just wanted to pass along that I thoroughly enjoyed your course and it has provided a great base for the course I am taking now. It also piqued my interest! Your introduction gave me a head start and strong basis for the lessons provided in this course. I would highly recommend it."
M.S., CCC-SLP Reg. CASLPO
"I highly recommend Martha Kovack's Intro to OG/Structured Literacy course! Martha skillfully dispelled the myths of past educational practice and laid out the key concepts gleaned from scientific research into the process of learning to read. She guided us through the framework of Structured Literacy and on to the practical application of working with students. I very much appreciated Martha's friendly, collegial manner and her willingness to listen to participants, tailoring sessions to meet our needs. This course with Martha is the best place to begin your journey to understanding Structured Literacy!
Retired curriculum consultant & grandparent of child with dyslexia
Hi Martha. Now that the dust has settled and I have had some time to reflect, I am beyond grateful that I discovered your training.
You gently guided me along while opening my eyes to the abundance of research that challenges everything I ever knew about teaching my students to read. You offered the perfect balance of research to support the work along with many different practical suggestions to use within my program right away. You created a safe atmosphere where I could openly reflect on my learning without ever feeling judged or criticized. Your sessions and homework tasks were engaging and reflective of our needs and questions. The sessions felt highly productive with numerous opporunties to see the various elements and practice them ourselves. You left us with ample resrources to keep the learning going. Although I am just at the beginning, your passion has been inspiring and led to other upcoming coursework opportunities. Sincerest thanks!
Teacher, York Academy Care and Treatment Program, York Hills Centre for Children, Youth and Families
Richmond Hill, ON (May 2021)
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"Your course was great! Exactly what I needed to help sort through my experience based knowledge and all the SOR information out there right now. Just hearing you explain and practically apply some of the terminology was all I really needed to be able to process all the great info that’s out there online." Margie Riddell, B.A., B.Ed., OCT
Early Years Program Facilitator
I just wanted to say that I loved your course that I recently took about Structured Literacy. During both sessions you made the lessons so engaging and worked with all of us to teach us how to use it in our classrooms. I can't believe how valuable this course has already been. I was able to use the PAST test on my entire class to see where they are at and understand their next steps. I was then able to use this information and let parents know during conferences what their child's next step is with phonological awareness. I can't wait to do more training with you as I feel like I could listen and learn from you all day, you are truly a wealth of knowledge and I am so thankful that you are willing to share your knowledge with others so we can help more kids who are struggling.
Katie Cook, OCT, BA, BEd