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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 Testimonials

"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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Therapy Training (CALT)

Become a Certified Academic

Language Therapist (CALT)


 

Therapy level training is the heart and soul of Payne Education Center, as it was the reason for Payne's founding. Each year, approximately 18 trainees graduate through Payne's Structured Multisensory Language Foundations (SMLF) program. SMLF is a two-year therapist certification training, which enables skilled educators to use multisensory reading techniques to teach the basic language skills of reading, writing, and spelling. SMLF is based on the Alphabetic Phonics approach and utilizes the Take Flight: A Comprehensive Intervention for Students with Dyslexia program developed at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital, along with various other supplementary Payne materials and resources. SMLF has a high success rate in remediating language-learning differences, including students with dyslexia.

This two year program meets the training requirement for being certified through the Academic Language Therapy Association (ALTA) as a Certified Academic Language Therapist. This certification verifies that trainees have achieved the highest level of competency in the field of dyslexia education. Additionally, CALTs are recognized nationally as individuals who are driven to be exceptionally skilled reading teachers and proponents of multisensory, structured language methods for teaching all children to read. 

People who apply for this opportunity must:

  1. Attend 28 days of instruction (10 day summer training + 4 Saturday seminars/year)
  2. Undergo mentoring by Payne Qualified Instructors
  3. Log practicum hours with students
  4. Sit for the Alliance Exam, given at Payne Education Center

What does this National Certification Do for me?

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

What do I have do to complete my Certification?

  • Complete Introductory SMLF training (Year 1)
    • Attend summer training (usually the 2 weeks following the 4th of July holiday)
    • Attend 4 Saturday Seminars held at Payne Education Center (2 fall, 2 spring)
    • Complete 5 demonstration lessons with a Payne Qualified Instructor (Conducted onsite or by video)
    • Log 350 hours of Practicum
  • Complete Advanced SMLF training (Year 1)
    • Attend summer training (usually the 2 weeks following the 4th of July holiday)
    • Attend 4 Saturday Seminars held at Payne Education Center (2 fall, 2 spring)
    • Complete 5 demonstration lessons with a Payne Qualified Instructor (Conducted onsite or by video)
    • Log 350 hours of Practicum
  • Pass ALTA’s Alliance Exam, administered at Payne

What will I be able to do as a CALT?

  • Demonstrate knowledge of language development
  • Demonstrate knowledge of structure of written language
  • Demonstrate 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

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