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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"Structured Language Basics has changed my life, and in the future will also change the lives of my students. With this knowledge, I truly believe it will be possible to teach ALL of my children to read and read well!"

Janet | Tuttle

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Energizing Readiness (ER)

A Nursery Rhyme Renaissance

Energizing Readiness (ER) is a one-day training appropriate for pre-kindergarten and 4-year-old program teachers, as well as early childhood program teachers, childhood special education teachers, and speech language pathologists. Through the wonder of nursery rhymes, teachers teach children what they need and love to learn. The structured, multisensory Energizing Readiness (ER) curriculum focuses on the pre-reading skills of oral language, phonological awareness, letter recognition, and letter sounds. Each of the 26 letters (and their corresponding alphabetic principle) and the numbers zero through nine are reinforced by using a nursery rhyme example for each letter and the numbers zero through nine. Trainees learn how to teach phonological awareness activities including oddity, segmenting, and splitting. Additionally, trainees learn multisensory language techniques that encourage the development of symbol relationships with their students.


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