It all started with a desire to be able to teach ALL children how to read and write successfully.
Mrs. Romalda B. Spalding was well educated and an exceptional educator; however, she discovered that her preparation was not adequate for teaching ALL children to read and write successfully. She searched for a reading method that empowered children to become fluent, thoughtful readers and writers. She received guidance and training from the distinguished neurologist, Dr. Samuel T. Orton, a leader and specialist in helping dyslexic and other learning-disabled children.
University of Illinois, Bachelor’s Degree
Columbia University, Master’s Degree
Studied under Dr. Samuel T. Orton, distinguished neurologist, who specialized in helping dyslexic and other learning-disabled children
Mrs. Spalding tutored children under Dr. Orton’s supervision
Experienced more success with disabled children than her regular education students
Massachusetts General Hospital
Children’s Hospital at Harvard Medical School
Public and private schools as a classroom teacher
The Writing Road to Reading, First Edition, in 1957, based on Dr. Orton’s techniques
First – Fourth Revised Editions of The Writing Road to Reading
Served on advisory boards of the Orton Dyslexic Society
Served on advisory boards of the International Montessori Society
Received numerous awards
Then in 1986, the Spalding Education Foundation was established in order to perpetuate the METHOD of teaching language arts.
Romalda established the foundation (now Spalding Education International) as a resource for Spalding materials, to perpetuate her method of teaching language arts, and to maintain the principles and procedures which have made The Spalding Method so effective. Spalding Education International (SEI) is a non-profit corporation. It offers courses that certify tutors, teachers, and instructors in The Spalding Method. Courses were held through contracts with schools, districts, and universities where on-site staff development was provided for schools that adopted the method as their total language arts program. Schools could also apply for SEI Accreditation.