Thank You

Payne relies on generous grants and donations to help underwrite the costs of training for teachers. Here are some of this year's supporters:

  • Sarkeys Foundation
  • Kirkpatrick Family Fund
  • Masonic Charity Foundation of Oklahoma
  • The Merrick Foundation
  • Oklahoma State Department of Education
  • The Oklahoman/Anschutz Foundation
  • Pi Beta Phi Foundation
  • Robert Glenn Rapp Foundation
  • Inasmuch Foundation

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"In all my professional experience, I have ever had such a high quality, effective training as Structured Language Basics."
Lindsay | Teacher

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Practitioner Training (CALP)

Become a 

Certified Academic Language Practitioner 


Payne Education Center will launched its first ever certification course to become a Certified Academic Language Practitioner (CALP) in the fall of 2015.

The Academic Language Therapy Association (ALTA) certifies CALPs as individuals who are driven to be exceptionally skilled reading teachers and proponents of multisensory, structured language methods for teaching all children to read. 

This opportunity is unique to teachers who have completed Payne’s Structured Language Basics course since 2007. Teachers who apply for this opportunity must:

  1. Attend 2 additional days training
  2. Undergo mentoring by Payne Instructors
  3. Log practicum hours with students
  4. Sit for the Alliance exam, given at Payne Education Center (Usually in the month of June)

What does this National Certification Do for me?

  1. Provides educators with a highly sought designation
  2. Elevates the profession of MSL Educators
  3. Promotes professional expertise to consumers
  4. Allows state, national, and international certification portability to MSL educators
  5. Gives states a guideline for potential licensure

What do I have do to complete my Certification?

    1. Attend Payne’s 5-day Structured Language Basics Course between 2007-2017
    2. Attend 2, 5-hour seminars.
      • Held at Payne Education Center (1 fall, 1 spring)
    3. Complete 5 demonstration lessons with a Payne Qualified Instructor
      • Conducted onsite or by video
    4. Log 60 hours of Practicum
      • 90 40-minute lessons or equivalent
    5. Pass ALTA’s Alliance Exam, administered at Payne

 What will I be able to do as a CALP?

  •  Demonstrate knowledge of language development
  • Demonstrate basic knowledge of structure of written language
  • Demonstrate basic knowledge of dyslexia, written language disorders & other related disorders
  • Interpret testing
  • Use diagnostic & prescriptive MSL strategies to improve reading, spelling, & written expression
  • Apply relevant research in instructional practice
  • Use Section 504 & IDEA to guide professional conduct & advocacy
  • Follow ethical standards for the profession
  • Communicate effectively orally & in writing with colleagues, parents & other professionals

Interested? Email [email protected]