Expanding access to effective instruction in reading, spelling and writing for struggling readers

 


Intervention

One-on-one intervention with Orton-Gillingham specialists

Teacher Training Program

Become a certified Orton-Gillingham Teacher! 

Events

Know more about our events for teachers, parents, language education specialists and clinicians!

Donate

Your donation will make a difference in the Llorens Torres & Cantera elementary school communities by allowing us to continue our "Lectores para un futuro/Readers for the Future” initiative

Our History

Multisensory Reading Centers of Puerto Rico was founded in 2012 under the supervision of our Executive Director Natalia Canto De la Fuente, Md. E. to provide after school intervention sessions. From 2010 to 2013, the teacher training program was developed from a collaboration between Dr. Mary Farell and Natalia Canto and received IMSLEC certification in April 2013. In the past three years, the MRC  has served more than 60 students and has certified 16 teachers in the Orton Gillingham methodology, and is in the process of certifying more to provide reading intervention to students in both public and private school settings.


Our Mission

Education in which qualified and knowledgeable teachers meet the diverse literacy needs of all students in order for them to achieve their full potential.

Our Vision

Provide access to effective literacy instruction for struggling readers, particularly students with language-based learning disabilities.

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MRC Orton Gillingham Teachers

Our Objectives

  • To provide information to the general public in Puerto Rico on dyslexia – prevalence and characteristics

  • To provide information on multisensory structured language education teaching as a preferred method for teaching reading, writing, and spelling to students with dyslexia

  • To provide training of the highest order by adhering to the standards of the International Multisensory Structured Language Education Council (IMSLEC) in the Multisensory Reading Centers of Puerto Rico training course in multisensory structured language education.

  • To provide both the IMSLEC teaching level and trainer of teaching level certificates.

  • To recruit highly qualified teachers for training in the Multisensory Reading Centers of Puerto Rico structured language education training course.

Our Goals

  • Provide support to students with dyslexia and other learning disabilities in order for them to reach their full academic potential.

  • Train highly qualified professionals in the Orton-Gillingham methodology, a structured, explicit and multisensory approach to literacy.

  • Develop and implement a multisensory reading intervention curriculum in Spanish based on the Orton-Gillingham methodology.

  • Advocate for high quality education that meets the specific learning needs of students with language based learning disabilities. 

  • Create awareness about language based learning disabilities and the importance and significant impact of early intervention.


What is IMSLEC?

The International Multisensory Structured Language Education Council (IMSLEC), is a nonprofit organization with the mission of accrediting quality Multisensory Structured Language Education (MSLE) training courses. Accredited courses meet IMSLEC criteria and instructional program standards for preparing specialists in Multisensory Structured Language Education. IMSLEC accredits training programs which offer extensive coursework and supervised teaching experience leading to professional certification. The training programs may be independent post-secondary training programs or may exist within already accredited institutions, such as colleges, universities or medical entities.

IMSLEC promotes and ensures quality Multisensory Structured Language Education (MSLE) training for teachers and therapists of individuals with dyslexia and related disorders. IMSLEC’s accreditation process supports essential standards and criteria for academic and practicum work that are crucial to the successful training of dyslexia teachers, therapists and other specialists.

MSLE instruction certifies programs that which incorporate all the components demonstrated by the National Reading Panel as essential components in effective literacy intervention programs that would ensure best assistance to individuals with dyslexia and related disorders to gain literacy skills.

Currently only 19 programs are accredited by IMSLEC; MRC is the number 20. Multisensory Reading Centers of Puerto Rico is the only organization in Puerto Rico certified by IMSLEC.


Mission of IMSLEC

The mission of IMSLEC is to accredit quality training courses for the professional preparation of multisensory structured language education specialists.

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The Multisensory Reading Centers of Puerto Rico offers reading intervention services for children K- 12

  • One-one intervention provided by highly trained and certified personnel and tailored to the individual student’s needs.

  • Cumulative, sequential lessons designed to approach phonics in a structured and explicit way.

  • Mid and End of the semester Progress Reports

I wanted to share with you a recent test, so that you could appreciate how far she (my daughter) has come this year. The grade she received bares little importance to us, I am really most proud that she was able to complete the test by herself with NO HELP. During the last Parent Teacher Conference at her school the teachers could not stop saying how her self confidence and self esteem have increased to the point that she is able to work independently and is learning without the “fear of making mistakes”. She is implementing the OG techniques to navigate through all her classes and mantains a positive attitude towards new material. Thank you MRC personnel for your trust in her and for giving her the tools she so much needs.
-Mother of a student diagnosed with a specific learning disability (reading delay and visual motor problems) and ADD
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Reading Clinic

Currently helping students become better readers

Participating Schools: 

  • Saint John’s School

  • Robinson School

  • Colegio Puertorriqueño de Niñas

  • Commonwealth Parkville School

  • Cupeyville School

  • Academia San Ignacio

  • Tasis

  • Baldwin School of PR

  • Josefita Monserrate de Sellés

  • Escuela Montessori

  • Ramey School

Summer Program 

One on one Orton Gillingham intervention provided by a certified specialist and tailored to invidiual student's needs.

This includes help with:

  • Reading

    • Fluency

    • Accuracy

    • Comprehension

  • Spelling

  • Writing

Students engage with teachers for 1 hour sessions 4 or 5 days per week. The lessons can be offered in English or Spanish.

Students must be aged 5 or older

To register, please contact us at info@mrcpr.org or call us at 787-948-1071

 

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Natalia Canto, MEd  - MRC Executive Director

  • Bachelor’s Degree: Elementary Education

  • Master’s Degree: Reading Specialist from Harvard University

  • Received Orton Gillingham’s Certification in 2011

  • Certified as a Teacher Trainer in the Orton Gillingham methodology


Melanie Catalfomo - MRC Program Development Coordinator

  • Bachelor’s Degree: Romance Languages from Boston College

  • Received Orton Gillingham’s Certification in 2018


Maite Montaner - MRC Readers for the Future Program Director

  • Bachelor’s Degree: Literature and Language in English and Spanish from Universidad del Sagrado Corazón

  • Received Orton Gillingham’s Certification in 2011

  • Candidate for Orton Gillingham Teacher Trainer


Carol Crespo - MRC Readers for the Future Teacher

  • Bachelor’s Degree: BA in Social Sciences from the University of Puerto Rico in Cayey & BA in theology from the Latin American Seminar in San Jose, Costa Rica.

  • Others: Completed required education courses from the Red Universitaria de Puerto Rico; and education courses funded by the National Writing Center in Sagrado Corazón.

  • Received Orton Gillingham’s Certification in 2012


Jeannette Valldejuli - MRC Readers for the Future Teacher

  • Bachelor’s Degree: Elementary Education (Kinder - 3rd grade), University of Puerto Rico

  • Orton Gillingham’s Certification May 2019

  • Certified in ADHD by State University of New York, University of Buffalo via Coursera


Jessica Ann Bowles - MRC Readers for the Future Teacher

  • Bachelor’s Degree: History and Education, University of Puerto Rico

  • Professional Certification in ADHD by University of Puerto Rico

  • Orton Gillingham’s Certification May 2019


Mónica Fossas - MRC Readers for the Future Teacher

  • Bachelor’s Degree: Elementary Education (Kinder - 3rd grade), The University of Dayton

  • Master’s Degree: Special Education, The University of Dayton

  • Special Education Teacher Certification K-12 from the State of Ohio

  • Certified in Lindamood-Bell 2003


Isabel Cristina López Sánchez - MRC Readers for the Future Teacher Assistant

  • Bachelor's Degree: Licenciada en Administración mención Gerencia Empresarial, Universidad José María Vargas, Caracas Venezuela

  • Readers for the future since 2016


Susana Morales - MRC Readers for the Future Teacher Assistant

  • Bachillerato Biología de Lake Erie College en Painesville, Ohio

  • Estudios en Medicina Veterinaria de la Universidad Nacional Pedro Henríquez Ureña de Santo Domingo, República Dominicana

  • Maestra sustitución Academia del Perpetuo Socorro 

  • Readers for the Future since 2018


Camill Sotomayor - MRC Reading Clinic Supervisor

  • Bachelor's Degree: Theater & minor in Spanish from Northwestern State University

  • Early Childhood-4th grade General Education certification, State of Texas

  • Early Childhood-4th grade Bilingual Supplementation certification, State of Texas

  • Received Orton Gillingham’s Certification in 2017

  • Orton-Gillingham Teacher Trainer Certification completion May 2019


Tamara Valle - MRC Reading Clinic OG Interventionist

  • Education: Bachelor's Degree: Arts from Universidad del Sagrado Corazón

  • Elementary English Teacher certification

  • Montessori Assistant certification

  • Received Orton Gillingham’s Certification in 2017


Janice González Cabassa

  • Bachelor’s Degree: Elementary Education K-3 from the University of Puerto Rico

  • Profession: 1st grade teacher at Robinson School

  • Received Orton Gillingham’s Certification in: 2011

  • Certified Orton Gillingham Teacher Trainer 2016


Jessica Purcell

  • Bachelor’s Degree: Elementary Education K-3 from Universidad del Sagrado Corazón

  • Profession: Kindergarten teacher at Saint John’s School

  • Received Orton Gillingham’s Certification in 2014


Jacquelyn Pedley, Med

  • Bachelor’s Degree: Psychology and Sociology from Fairfield University

  • Master’s Degree: Early Childhood Education from Boston College

  • Profession: 1st grade teacher at Saint John’s School

  • Received Orton Gillingham’s Certification in 2016


Mayra G. Delgado

  • Bachelor’s Degree: Elementary Education k-3 from the University of Puerto Rico

  • Profession: 3rd grade teacher at Pathways Program, Robinson School

  • Received Orton Gillingham’s Certification in 2016


Sheila Marie Hau

  • Bachelor’s Degree: Elementary Eduaction in English

  • Profession: 5th grade teacher at Saint John’s School

  • Received Orton Gillingham’s Certification in 2017

  • Department of Education Teacher's Certification- Elementary English


Alina Casero

  • Bachelor’s Degree: Elementary Eduaction in English

  • Profession: 1st to 3rd grade teacher at Colegio Puertorriqueño de Niñas

  • Received Orton Gillingham’s Certification in 2017


Amy McFarland

  • Master's Degree: Multicultural Education from George Mason University, VA

  • Certified Literacy Coach, Iowa State University

  • Received Orton Gillingham’s Certification in 2017


Laura Amill Rosario, MEd

  • Bachelor’s Degree: Elementary Education K-3 from the University of Puerto Rico

  • Master’s Degree: Special Education from the Universidad Central de Bayamón

  • Profession: 1st grade teacher at Robinson School

  • Received Orton Gillingham’s Certification in 2011


Ely Anne Valls, MEd

  • MRC Officer Admin

  • Bachelor’s Degree: Marketing and Human Resources from Boston University

  • Master’s Degree: Early Childhood Education from Universidad Interamericana de Puerto Rico

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Reading is the essential foundation upon which all learning is based and research shows that good reading skills reduce crime and poverty.  If we support teacher training in evidence-based, structured reading instruction methods, 95% of young learners can advance as proficient readers (Boon Philanthropy).

MRC is committed to the highest standards for teacher training in the Orton Gillingham approach providing a comprehensive, intense one year program of training. Upon completion, teachers will be awarded an Orton Gillingham Teacher certificate endorsed by the nationally accredited IMSLEC.

  • More than 75 hours of lecture

  • 30 hours of supervised practicum in the Fall with a student from 1st to 3rd grade

  • 30 hours of supervised practicum in the Spring with a student from 4th to 12th grade

  • Course is in English

  • Next Teacher Training course August 2019- May 2020

2018-2019 Class-12 teachers from the following educational institutions are currently undergoing the training:

  • Boys and Girls Clubs of PR

  • Saint John’s School

  • Commonwealth-Parkville School

  • Colegio Puertorriqueño de Niñas

Graduate Testimonials

  • After 9 years teaching English in an elementary school, I feel more confident and I teach with a purpose. I now have the tools needed to identify those students who need help and in what specific area (ex. comprehension, phonology, morphology) to guide them.

  • After 10 years of classroom experience, my understanding of language development has grown exponentially. I've gleaned more from OG training than I ever did from any other professional experience.

  • I would definitely recommend this program. You will gain the knowledge and tools not only to help struggling readers, but to further fluency and comprehension for all students. You will gain an understanding of language difficulties; how their brains work and how you can help them achieve success and enjoy reading and school.

If you are interested in becoming an Orton Gillingham certified teacher contact us at info@mrcpr.org!

Acccepting applications until March 1, 2019

Next Teacher Training starts August 2019 

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What is IMSLEC

The International Multisensory Structured Language Education Council (IMSLEC), is a nonprofit organization with the mission of accrediting quality Multisensory Structured Language Education (MSLE) training courses. Accredited courses meet IMSLEC criteria and instructional program standards for preparing specialists in Multisensory Structured Language Education. IMSLEC accredits training programs which offer extensive coursework and supervised teaching experience leading to professional certification. The training programs may be independent post-secondary training programs or may exist within already accredited institutions, such as colleges, universities or medical entities.   

IMSLEC promotes and ensures quality Multisensory Structured Language Education (MSLE) training for teachers and therapists of individuals with dyslexia and related disorders. IMSLEC’s accreditation process supports essential standards and criteria for academic and practicum work that are crucial to the successful training of dyslexia teachers, therapists and other specialists.

MSLE instruction certifies programs that which incorporate all the components demonstrated by the National Reading Panel as essential components in effective literacy intervention programs that would ensure best assistance to individuals with dyslexia and related disorders to gain literacy skills.

Currently only 19 programs are accredited by IMSLEC; MRC is the number 20. Multisensory Reading Centers of Puerto Rico is the only organization in Puerto Rico certified by IMSLEC.

 

Congratulations to the Teacher Training Class of 2017-2018

Congratulations to the Teacher Training Class of 2017-2018

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Children are made readers on the laps of their parents.
— Emilie Buchwald
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Multisensory Reading Centers is committed to providing support to the families of struggling readers. Understanding the needs of your child is key to reading success. Stay informed about the latest news on reading intervention, professional articles, activities and workshops for parents!

Resources

Videos:

Publications & Articles:

Games

Language is made up of sounds. We know that children who can tune in to language patterns (recognize rhyming words) and manipulate sounds within language (if I change the /a/ in cat to an /I/ I have the word kit) will be more successful learning how to read. Being able to do these tasks is having strong phonological awareness skills. Research has proven that all children benefit from practice in these importance skills.
Parents, you can help by playing ” sound games” with your child! Here are some links that will help you.

Have fun!

Let’s have some Fun with Literacy!

Websites

Apps

 

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Stories of Hope

During the last month, third grade students have been asking to take books home from our classroom library. This student from Lectores para un Futuro expressed she wished to share a picture book with her younger brother. While other students chose to read chapter books that match their reading level.

Lectores para un futuro

How we help

  • A certified Orton Gillingham teacher works with students in group sessions of 4-5 students.

  • Students receive daily intervention for 45 minutes

  • Sessions are structured, secuencial and cumulative integrating multisensory skills into the teaching of literacy.

Purpose

Multisensory Reading Centers of Puerto Rico está actualmente trabajando en  el proyecto piloto, Lectores para un futuro: Enseñanza multisensorial para niños de Kindergarten a Segundo Grado. Nuestro objetivo es ayudar a estudiantes rezagados de diversas escuelas del sector público de Puerto Rico, de las edades de 5 a 8 años, a desarrollar las destrezas necesarias en las áreas de lenguaje y escritura. El propósito de este proyecto longitudinal es evaluar el impacto que tiene esta intervención en el desarrollo de la alfabetización a través del uso de programas de intervención temprana basados en la metodología Orton Gillingham. La meta del proyecto, Lectores para un futuro, es que los niños que participen del mismo puedan desarrollar sus destrezas de alfabetización a un nivel de proficiencia esperado trayendo como consecuencia una disminución en el número de niños referidos para el programa de Educación Especial por dichas destrezas.

Soy maestra de salón recuerso y atiendo a niños de kínder y primer grado. Mi experiencia este año escolar con Multisensory Reading Centers of Puerto Rico (MRC) ha sido una muy gratificante. En mi caso, sólo tengo a un niño de primer grado viviendo la experiencia de ser parte del grupo que recibe intervención de lectura diaria. El mismo es un niño que está repitiendo primer grado y ha madurado muchísimo durante este año escolar. Cuando lo expongo a la lectura he observado como utiliza lo aprendido en las intervenciones de MRC para lograr con éxito el trabajo. Es un niño muy brillante y muy curioso. La metodología implementada lo ha ayudado a desenvolverse en la lectura teniendo éxito en todas las clases y sacando excelentes notas.
— Maestro Departamento de Educación abril 2016

Professional Community

  • As part of our initiative "Lectores para un futuro", MRC offers a series of literacy workshops for teachers of the LLT school and adjacent public schools teachers.

For more information, contact us at info@mrcpr.org!

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