Slingerland® Literacy Institute offers many options for educators who need:  

  • Targeted areas of literacy/language training (Short Classes)  

  • Training that is more integrated in scope (Basics Class)  

  • Comprehensive training of skills (Comprehensive Classes)   

All classes are based on adaptations made by Beth Slingerland to the multisensory approach developed by Anna Gillingham and Bessie Stillman, and based on the research findings of Dr. Samuel T. Orton. Beth Slingerland collaborated with Gillingham and Stillman to develop the classroom adaptation of the Orton-Gillingham Approach.

Comprehensive Classes 

The Comprehensive Classes provide intensive training in techniques for multisensory, structured literacy instruction, including the research and reasoning behind the techniques. Slingerland Comprehensive classes are accredited by the International Multisensory Structured Language Education Council (IMSLEC) and are accepted for the certification pathway. 

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Workshops are offered to provide targeted training and exposure to specific parts of the Comprehensive Classes.

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Basics Classes

The Basics Class merges three Short Classes and includes 50 classroom hours focused on the specific components of reading, spelling and written language, and handwriting. Classes are approved for graduate level extension credit through University of San Diego. Registration for extension credit must happen ON or BEFORE the first day of the workshop. (see enrollment information below) 

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Graduate Level College Extension CREdits

Participants in Slingerland® Comprehensive Classes, Short Classes, Basics Classes, and workshops may receive graduate-level extension credits upon completion of the class or program. These credits are not part of a degree program; however, participants may contact their university of choice for acceptance of credits for a Slingerland course. Enrollment for credit is at the option of the participant.  

If enrolling for graduate level extension credits for Slingerland® classes through University of San Diego, please follow this link to their site: USD Slingerland Classes. Attendees must enroll for graduate level extension credits BEFORE the class begins. Enrolling through University of San Diego’s site does not automatically complete registration for a Slingerland® class. Attendees are required to register and pay for the Slingerland® class through the online store or the links provided.

Clock Hours (wa only)

In Washington, SLI classes are approved for clock hours through my247ed. View the website listing for all classes and the number of approved clock hours here. Create an account to access the information. While there is no cost for creating an account, clock hour fees will apply.