Dear Parents and Students,
I have been teaching literature and math to students from kindergarten to university for over 25 years — in public schools, private schools and in my private practice, The Writing Studio. As a Fellow of the Academy of Orton-Gillingham, I believe almost all students can be taught to read using our multisensory approach to teaching language. Having seen the growing confidence and self-esteem that follows when students discover how capable they are and how much they enjoy learning, I have been inspired by my students to create a school establishing this methodology in Toronto.
Many students with Dyslexia have difficulties with written expression and math. The Claremont Writing Mastery Program© is built on the Orton-Gillingham Approach and current literacy research. It addresses difficulty with the generation of ideas, structure and organization needed for clear communication in multiple genres. In addition, the language and structure of other subject areas uses vocabulary accessible to the student. Support and accommodation occurs across the curriculum. I know that students with dyslexia sometimes have difficulty remembering steps in a procedure, due dates and information. Therefore, at Claremont, we place a special emphasis on helping our students stay organized by teaching them study skills, organization, use of technology and even designing our space and desks in innovative ways to enable the student to keep track of materials and assignments.
The experience I bring to the school as Director, includes numerous workshops and seminars for the University of York and Toronto, York Region Board of Education, and education professionals in the private school sector. I have trained teachers and parents in the Orton-Gillingham Approach who are now teaching in British Columbia, Yukon, Alberta, Ontario, Montreal, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick. I also train and partner with a school for students with learning disabilities in the Bahamas. I am a member of the Ontario College of Teachers (OCT) and the Elementary Teachers Federation of Ontario (ETFO). As a founding member of the Board of the International Dyslexia Association, Ontario Branch (ONBIDA), I served for 3 years as Publicity Chair and Treasurer. I am the tutor-trainer for the Scottish Rite Charitable Foundation of Barrie, Ontario.
Finally, in my work with adults and children, I am mindful of the unique gifts and personalities of each and everyone. The individual is not merely a sum of "skill sets" or "achievement levels", but also an individual where motivation, curiosity, and values integrate with learning and development.
Evelyn Reiss, Director