Two Respected Educators Join Spalding Education Staff

 

To help with the ever-increasing workload and growth of the organization, Spalding has brought educators Sydna Zilm and McKenzie Hawkins on board. Both are highly trained and experienced in The Spalding Method.

 

PHOENIX - July 1, 2013 - Two well-respected Phoenix-area educators, Sydna Zilm and McKenzie Hawkins, officially join the Spalding Education International (SEI) staff today. Both are also Spalding Executive Trainers, Spalding Certified Teacher Instructors, members of the Spalding Curriculum Development Committee, and both have taught at highly ranked Spalding Accredited Schools.


 

Sydna Zilm

 

 

    McKenzie Hawkins

 

 

 

Sydna Zilm
Sydna is the new Professional Development Specialist, responsible for certifying candidates as tutors, teachers and instructors and providing further professional development opportunities for instructors. She will also be working with the already accredited schools and new school accreditations.

 

"I'm so excited to join the SEI staff and to be able to exponentially influence the lives of children, families and teachers all over the world with The Spalding Method," said Sydna.

 

Sydna holds a master's degree in Elementary Education from Northern Arizona University and a bachelor's degree from Southern Utah University in Elementary Education and Early Childhood. She also has endorsements in special education, English as a second language, reading, and in gifted and talented. She began her teaching career in 1984 on Arizona's Navajo reservation, where she spent 19 years at two different schools. In 2003 she was hired by Chandler Traditional Academy - Liberty Campus. In the 2012-13 school year she taught at CTA's Humphrey Campus.

 

McKenzie Hawkins 
McKenzie's title is Outreach and Media Specialist and her focus will be new schools, follow up after courses, and making presentations to prospective schools. She's also SEI's liaison with its public relations agency.

 

"I look forward to supporting and working with Spalding schools and those schools interested in Spalding," said McKenzie. "I believe in The Spalding Method whole-heartedly and am thrilled to be a part of it as it grows."

 

She earned a Master of Arts in Multiple Subjects Education from Pepperdine University in Malibu, CA and a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education, with an Early Childhood emphasis, from Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, AZ. McKenzie's additional training includes Structured English Immersion and English Language Development. In 2003 Alhambra Traditional School (ATS), hired her as a 5th grade educator - a role she filled for five years before becoming their Academic Coach. McKenzie's participated in numerous committees while at ATS, including the Collaborative Leadership Team, Alhambra Leadership Cohort, Curricular and Instructional Strategists Committee - Just in Time Assessments, Lesson Productions with Instructional Dialogues, and Math Lesson Production. In 2008 she received the Excellence in Education Award.

 

Both new hires will also assist with follow-up professional development for those who have completed Writing Road to Reading courses.

 

Experienced Spalding Educators 
"Sydna and McKenzie have a wonderful understanding of the role The Spalding Method plays in K-6 education," said SEI CEO Jim Sexton. "I have no doubt they will be fantastic representatives for Spalding and that their experience and expertise will help introduce our curriculum to more classrooms."

 

"SEI is looking forward to a new beginning with the addition of two new full-time staff members," added SEI Executive Director for Educational Services Janie Carnal. "Sydna and McKenzie's expertise as classroom teachers, coaches, Spalding instructors, and Executive Trainers will enhance the work of the Educational Services Department by adding new Spalding schools and Spalding Certified Teachers who are well-trained to meet the needs of all children."

 

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About Spalding Education International
Spalding Education International (SEI) is dedicated to teaching all students to spell, write and read. The organization was founded in 1986 by Romalda B. Spalding, author of "The Writing Road to Reading" - a comprehensive K-6 total language arts program that closely aligns with the Common Core Standards. In the Spalding Method, instruction is explicit, systematic, interactive, diagnostic and multi-sensory. SEI courses are accredited by the International Multisensory Structured Language Education Council (IMSLEC) for its literacy instructional programs for teachers and Spalding teacher trainers. Classroom and resource room teachers, adult educators, as well as home educators in the United States, Canada, Australia, Central America, Europe, Singapore and Taiwan are currently using the Spalding Method. SEI is a nonprofit, tax exempt 501(c)(3) corporation based in Phoenix, Ariz. For more information, call 1-623-434-1204 or visit www.spalding.org.

 

Contact: Jeff Pizzino / 480-606-8292 / jeff@pizzinovations.com

Spalding Education Says New Phonograms App Can Close the Book on Illiteracy
A 2013 study revealed 32 million US adults can’t read. Understanding the connection between speech and print is key to unlocking superior reading skills, says the nonprofit organization that’s known for its integrated Writing Road to Reading language arts curriculum. Researchers at Yale and other reading experts support phonics teaching as crucial to successful reading skills.
PHOENIX – April 17, 2014 – An educational organization believes its app will help beginning readers learn the sounds of letters and letter combinations, known as phonograms, and prevent them from ever joining the 14 percent of US adults who can’t read. Not having a strong understanding of phonograms is considered a key obstacle for those who have trouble learning to read.
Phonograms App
According to a study conducted last year by the US Department of Education and the National Institute of Literacy, 32 million US adults can't read. That number has remained unchanged for 10 years. Approximately 21 percent of US adults read below a 5th grade level, and 19 percent of high school graduates can't read.
The app, developed by Phoenix-based Spalding Education International (SEI), contains all 70 phonograms plus 17 advanced combinations. It's the first phonograms app that connects the speech sounds with writing them.
In The Spalding Method — the teaching philosophy its Writing Road to Reading curriculum is based on — teachers begin by demonstrating that spoken words consist of individual speech sounds. In schools using The Spalding Method, teaching the phonograms and manuscript writing are combined. According to SEI’s textbook, this "forms tight neural links between particular phonograms, particular letters, and particular motor (writing) movements.” Ten of the top 50 ranked elementary schools in Arizona use SEI’s curriculum. Schools in California, New York, Utah, Florida, as well as in Australia, also use it. "
Phonics is the gateway skill to reading and language proficiency for learners of all ages — especially for inner city, English Language Learners and dyslexic students. Writing the letters simultaneously with learning the sounds they represent reinforces the connection between sounds and print and aids retention,” says SEI Executive Director for Educational Services Janie Carnal. “It’s what makes the Spalding Method unique among language arts curricula.
In addition to phonogram introduction, the app also contains an oral and a written phonogram review. It allows teachers and parents to help students master the phonograms and become proficient readers. Specific phonograms can be selected and practiced for mastery. Students can also study on their own.
"Spalding’s phonograms app currently works on Android smartphones, 7” tablets, and 10” tablets, and can be downloaded from the Google Play Store. The demo version allows the student to sample the first 10 phonograms. The full version is available for $3.99. An Apple version is in the works."
“Phonics is just the foundation of our integrated language arts approach,” said Carnal. “We build on a foundation of phonics to teach other necessary spelling, writing, reading, speaking and listening skills. This is one of the strengths of our program that correlates well with the Common Core English Language Arts Standards and extends students’ academic performance.”
The most current brain research supports the efficacy of phonics. Researchers at Yale University School of Medicine conducted a ground-breaking study that revealed when children are taught solid decoding skills (connecting sounds with letters) early on, and receive systematic instruction in spelling, vocabulary and comprehension, they are able to master reading with little difficulty.
“We know from more than 50 years of experience that Spalding-taught kindergartners read after a few months, and in first grade and above students read at or above grade level,” added Carnal. “One of the nice by-products of such reading success is teachers’ job satisfaction dramatically improves along with students’ test scores.”
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About Spalding Education International
Spalding Education International (SEI) is dedicated to teaching all students to spell, write and read. The organization was founded in 1986 by Romalda B. Spalding, author of The Writing Road to Reading" — a comprehensive K-6 total language arts curriculum that incorporates the teaching philosophy of The Spalding Method. Spalding's curriculum closely aligns with and often exceeds the Common Core State Standards. In The Spalding Method, instruction is explicit, systematic, interactive, diagnostic and multi-sensory. SEI courses are accredited by the International Multisensory Structured Language Education Council (IMSLEC) for its literacy instructional programs for teachers and Spalding teacher trainers. Classroom and resource room teachers, adult educators, as well as home educators in the United States, Canada, Australia, Central America, Europe, Singapore and Taiwan are currently using The Spalding Method. SEI is a nonprofit, tax exempt 501(c)(3) corporation based in Phoenix, Ariz. For more information, call 1-623-434-1204 or visit www.spalding.org.
Contact: Jeff Pizzino / 480-606-8292 / jeff@PRjeff.com

Welcome! Spalding Education International (SEI) is dedicated to teaching all students to spell, write and read. SEI is the home of The Writing Road to Reading, a comprehensive K-6 total language arts program.

In The Writing Road to Reading, all elements of the language are integrated in spelling, writing, and reading lessons.

·         Phonemic awareness

·         Systematic phonics

·         High-frequency vocabulary

·         Word meanings and usages

·         Word parts

·         Grammar

·         Composition

·         Literary appreciation

·         Text structure

·         Fluency

·         Listening

·         Reading comprehension

Writing Composition

Mrs. Spalding constantly sought ways to make her method easier to teach and learn. In The Spalding Method, instruction is explicit, systematic, interactive, diagnostic, and multisensory. The success of The Spalding Method with diverse students, even those who have learning disabilities or are English Language Learners, is in large part due to the integration of scientifically-based content and methodology.

 

The Writing Road to Reading is a favorite of classroom and resource room teachers, adult educators as well as home educators because Spalding-taught students become competent and enthusiastic readers, spellers and writers. It is used with great success in the United States, Canada, Australia, Central America, Europe, Singapore and Taiwan.