New! 2013 Super Spelling
See the spelling camps page for details.
Jun 24 - Jul 16, 2013
509-946-5453 (Audrey) or 509-627-5447 (Linda)
Jun 18 - Jul 17, 2013
New! 2013 Training
Call 605-693-4454 to register
Commerce City, CO
Community Leadership Academy
Jun 10-14, 2013
Jul 8-12, 2013
If you would like to request a seminar in your area, please visit our
seminar request page.
Spelling Dictionaries now available!
Audio Tape/Visual Aid "Overview" and full catalog available FREE upon
Online ordering coming soon!
An EQUAL and OPTIMAL educational opportunity through multi-sensory language arts.
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Tutorial Network Referrals
We are happy to provide free referrals to qualified Riggs tutors throughout the
U.S. We have no financial interest in these private businesses and assume no liability
for the referrals.
Individual, Agency, School and Corporate Literacy Program Consultation Services
FREE phone consultations. Let us help you, your company, school or agency to a future
with full literacy and rising test scores.
Need a crash course to help kids get on track with whole language or other programs?
We can help you set up a spelling camp by furnishing proven advertising copy, names
of trained Riggs teachers in your area, tuition and materials suggestions, lesson
plans, training, etc. References available from those who have done it!
FREE 3-Hour Overviews
Free 3-hour Overviews are available in some places. If you would like to host one
of these in your school, organization, group, home, etc., please
contact us. If you are responsible for language arts instruction for one
student or many thousands, this is one of the best ways to make an informed decision
about curriculum and training. Reading the paper "Phonetics,
Spelling, Whole Language: How We Put Them Together for the Best of Both Worlds"
is a first step. If a presenter is not available in your area,
contact us for the following other options:
- One-hour Digital Taped "Overview" with Visual Aids which is suitable for
small groups, staff meetings, etc.
- Audio CD Edition of the Revised Orton Phonograms with handwriting instructions.
This is an excellent tool for adolescent and adult learners to teach themselves
the English patterns with full multi-sensory instructional techniques. Anyone can
- Employment Referrals. This works both ways - if our Riggs-trained teachers
are seeking employment, or schools want to employ a Riggs-trained teacher, aid or
- Speaker's Bureau. Speakers are available at conferences, educational forums,
radio and TV talk and interview shows. The Writing & Spelling Road to Reading and
Thinking Riggs' representatives carry an "up-beat" message that America
is beginning to solve their literacy problem and could win the "brain race" -- internationally
-- via our method and motto, "An EQUAL and OPTIMAL educational opportunity through
multi-sensory language arts."
- Special Education, Learning Disabilities Information,
Assessments and Recommendations. The research and experience of Dr. Hilde L.
Mosse, M.D., former head psychiatrist for the New York City Board of Education,
guides the Institute's recommendations in this area. Her last book,
The Complete Handbook of Children's Reading Disorders, chronicles
her nearly 100% success in teaching 1000 psychologically-disturbed and disabled
patients to read using The Writing Road to Reading. She considered this 714-page,
2-volume work the capstone of her life's work, which included many other books on
learning disabilities authored in both English and German. Some 51 pages tell why
she felt that Spalding's The Writing Road to Reading (from which our program
is partially derived) worked with her seriously-impaired patients -- from psychological,
neurological and pedagogical perspectives. Using her guidelines from the first chapter
of Volume 1, we have produced and published The Reading Acts
Test, an individually-administered sub-skill observation assessment
of what students do not know rather than what may be wrong with them. We have published
a one-volume, unabridged paperback edition.
Dr. William Cruickshank, Professor Emeritus, Child and Family Health, Psychology
and Education, University of Michigan, helped us to rename the book: You Can Prevent
or Correct Learning Disorders. He enthusiastically endorsed Dr. Mosse's
"It is unusual that a doctor of medicine has become an authority on the theoretical
and clinical aspects of reading. Dr. Mosse illustrates that authority extensively
and intensively. Her book is a compendium of significant information. It indeed
could and should serve as a text for educational courses for teachers of children
with learning disabilities as well as provide valuable insights for classroom and
remedial teachers, parents, aides and others concerned with learning disorders.
Here is a book by an author who knows her subject matter, who obviously knows disabled
children and who understands appropriate intervention and prevention procedures.
This book should be on the library shelves of every university and in the office
of every professor of education, every superintendent, principal and disability
"Mentor" Instructor Business Opportunities
We have recently begun to build a network of "mentor" instructors worldwide. Their
primary interest and qualification is their knowledge and experience to train others
in this method. Their training includes theory, demonstration, practice, application
and feedback. Some are also interested in other business opportunities involving
this program including tutoring, operating remedial or special education services,
and charter or umbrella schools for home teaching. They also vend our materials
and enroll others in our correspondence course through Southern Arkansas University.
Currently, we have mentor teachers in South Dakota, Massachusetts, Michigan, Tennessee,
North Carolina, Arizona, California, Oregon, Indiana and Washington, and in the
Yukon Territory and Alberta in Canada. To qualify you would need to use our instructional
materials and have had successful experience in teaching the method. A promotional
person and a trainer can apply together. If you feel you may already be qualified,
please contact our director, Carolyn Knutson.
Model School Proposal
We're Seeking a Public School Business Partner
We want to create a "model" elementary school, simulating average conditions in
an inner city school with a part ethnic, at-risk student body. We propose using
all of the best teaching methods, beginning with our language arts method, taught
by trained teachers. We would like to then broadcast these classes nationwide via
a high definition satellite.
The purpose is to show what truly excellent instruction in the hands of properly
trained teachers can produce - a picture being worth about 10 million words. There
are already some exemplary "model" schools in the nation, but they are infrequently
copied because few see what happens in them. This plan is detailed in a 50-page
proposal we prepared for the New American Schools Development Corporation in 1992.
We proposed nine core subject components (NASDC asked for five: language, math,
history, geography and science). We added:
- early childhood development - to train, via satellite, the caretakers of young children
in the nation's childcare facilities as a means of helping to prepare the children
to come to school ready to learn.
- business to work preparation
- business and personal ethics, and family life
an after school remedial and adult educational component
We are inviting the interest of a business partner to help finance, broadcast and
market this model product. The proposal is available for review to qualified inquiries.
Plus Six Referral Telephone Messages
We want to syndicate these messages (they'll keep people glued to your station),
so we're working to locate a "celebrity voice"/syndicate partner who can introduce
our messages and help us in distribution to ensure the widest possible coverage.
With a truly legitimate program and life-changing messages, we think you will be
able to see the differences immediately. The "samples" which follow are incredibly
important "bytes" of literacy information for those who have not yet mastered English
print. Ninety million functionally-illiterate adults (47% of all adults) can only
access information through the voice media. There's a business opportunity here
for someone who also has a desire to help this nation back to a place of full competition
in the world marketplace. The proposed cover letter to radio stations and sample
messages follow. The follow-up telephone messages answer pertinent questions for:
- Teachers looking for a "skills package" for their whole language programs
- Parents needing help with their children
- Adults who need help with writing, spelling, reading
- Explanation of the difference between old-fashioned phonics for pronunciation and
phonetics for speech and spelling
- The history and experience of The Riggs Institute
- Research which supports our statements
If you are interested or know someone who is, please
contact us. We will send the copyrighted, complete production to qualified