SARA @ Mountain Brook, Alabama

Shelton Academic Reading Approach (SARA)
Special offering in Mountain Brook, Alabama

The Shelton Academic Reading Approach (SARA) is an IMSLEC and IDA accredited course utilizing structured, multi-sensory language instruction based on the Alphabetic Phonics approach for teaching reading, handwriting, spelling, comprehension and written expression for students with specific language disabilities, such as dyslexia and related disorders. SARA also introduces participants to concepts related to the identification of a student with specific language disabilities. SARA utilizes the Take Flight: A Comprehensive Intervention for Students with Dyslexia program developed at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital.

Upon completion of the course and the associated practicum, participants will be eligible to sit for the Alliance National Registration Examination and gain national certification through the Academic Language Therapy Association (ALTA) and refer to themselves as Certified Academic Language Therapists (CALT).

This course may be taken for graduate level credit as part of the required coursework for the Master of Arts in Teaching through Dallas Baptist University. Get more information about Degree Programs through DBU.

Hosted by and taught at Mountain Brook City Schools
32 Vine Street
Mountain Brook, Alabama 35213
For more information contact Nancy Coffman at ncoffman@shelton.org, 972-774-1772, ext 2233.

A maximum of 30 participants per group.

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Year One Coursework

 

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Coursework and Practicum (15 Days, 120 Hours, Materials Included) - $3000
All instructor materials needed to implement the program are included. Students materials for year 1, for 1 group of 4 students may be purchased for $500.

Prerequisite: A Bachelor's degree is required for Teaching Level certification.

Schedule:
Summer 2019 - June 24 - 28, 2019 (5 Days - 40 hours)
Fall 2019 - 8/13 & 14, 9/24 & 25, 11/12 & 11/13 (6 Days - 48 hours)
Spring 2020 - 2/25 & 26, 4/28 & 29 (4 Days - 32 hours)
Total 15 days - 120 hours

Supervision/Mentoring

  • 5 demonstration lessons per participant per year:
    videos of lessons submitted to and critiqued by a Shelton Qualified Instructor (each participant is assigned a mentor)
  • 60 clinical teaching hours
    Tracking of Clinical Teaching Hours: documentation submitted to Shelton for verification and tracking.
  • Minimum 9-month period

 


Year Two Coursework

Registration will be available as the program progresses

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Coursework and Practicum – $2300 (10 Days, 80 Hours, Instructor Materials Included)
All instructor materials needed to implement the program are included. Student materials are not included, however, guidance is given in selecting and purchasing appropriate student materials.

Course Description: SARA, an IMSLEC and IDA accredited course, addresses basic language skills for reading, writing and spelling. Participants are trained in the use of a multisensory structured language program for students with specific language disabilities such as dyslexia and related disorders. SARA is based on the Alphabetic Phonics approach and utilizes the Take Flight: A Comprehensive Intervention for Students with Dyslexia materials developed at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital.

This course satisfies all requirements at the Therapy Level and prepares the participant for the Alliance National Registration Exam at the Dyslexia Therapist Level.

Schedule:
Fall 2020 - 6 Days TBD
Spring 2021 - 4 Days TBD
Total 10 days

Year Two Practicum

  • Required for certification
  • 10 demonstration lessons
  • a minimum of 350 clinical teaching hours
  • Minimum 2-year period