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School Year Practicum Dates:
2021: 9/8, 9/30, 10/28, 11/18, 12/2
2022: 1/27, 2/24, 3/24, 4/21
Thursdays, 6-9pm CDT
Please fill in the below form to sign-up for the upcoming practicum. If you are a school district or organization registering multiple people, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Why SLANT® Certification?
The SLANT System®'s professional development program is designed to prepare teachers to teach reading, spelling, and writing skills to individuals diagnosed with language based reading difficulties, or dyslexia. Teachers who are interested in receiving a deeper understanding of the methods, scope and sequence, and overall improving their practice in the science of reading would benefit from becoming a SLANT System® Certified Teacher.
Training in The SLANT System® can provide you with the knowledge of the English language structure and tools necessary to explicitly and systematically teach every student at any grade level, the literacy skills that will benefit them for life.
• Throughout the practicum, participants will be able to:
• Individualize reading instruction for a small group of students
• Use the SLANT System® materials (included with registration)
• Plan and implement at least 60 lessons for the students over the course of one school year, for total a minimum of 60 hours
• Adapt the implementation to meet their classroom time needs
Each participant is assigned a SLANT® Coach that visits during the participant’s SLANT® teaching time (visits may be live online) 5 times during the school year. The Coach assists the participant in administering and interpreting initial assessment results, in implementing the program using appropriate techniques and helps the participant to adapt the program to the specific needs of his/her group of students.
Monthly seminars provide opportunities to expand the participant’s skills in SLANT® techniques, language structure, and knowledge about dyslexia; as well as providing a forum for discussion. Participants must pass several short assessments as well as a certifying exam. The seminars cover additional topics such as:
• Advanced phonemic awareness
• Orthographic mapping
During their course of study, teachers learn how to assess students for risk factors of dyslexia including assessment in the areas of phonological and phonemic awareness, rapid naming skills, alphabet knowledge, phonics, decoding skills, and encoding skills. Each teacher must assess at least two students and interpret the assessment results to determine if the student is appropriate for SLANT® instruction. The assessment is then used as a guide to instructional planning. During the training year, teachers learn how to use student data to keep track of progress, as well as using the SLANT® Phonics Survey to monitor growth within the program.
Teaching Level Certification is valid for 3 years after successful completion of all above requirements. Renewing this Certification requires 30 professional development hours in specific areas of study.
Graduate credit hours are available for both the SLANT System® Introductory Course (2 credit hours) as well as the Practicum Seminars (4 credit hours). If a participant opts to receive the graduate credit, they will be billed through and receive a transcript from Dominican University in River Forest, Illinois.
For Illinois teachers, CPDUs are provided to all participants in the introductory and practicum at no additional cost.
"Having a coach has been extremely helpful. I have been able to talk to her about individual students as well as teaching practices."