For over 60 years, the Reading Center has quietly tested and taught over 7,600 students and trained over 1,400 educators from all over the country (and the world) in Orton-Gillingham, the evidence-based teaching approach proven to help struggling readers learn to read.
In 1951, Paula Rome established an organization of teachers in Rochester, MN who were trained to apply the Orton Gillingham approach to benefit students who were struggling with reading, writing and spelling. In 1957, Jean Osman joined her to lead the organization. Both women are known throughout the United States and the world for their tutoring, training and for their groundbreaking publications, The Language Toolkit, and The Advanced Language Toolkit. Both publications remain the “go-to” books on how to teach people with language learning difficulties. They provided leadership in national and regional organizations that are committed to helping those with dyslexia, such as the International Dyslexia Association, the IDA of the Upper Midwest and the Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators.