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Conducted by Don McCabe and/or Kate Gladstone

Special Inservice or Workshop Topics:

1)   Developing Your Own Spelling Program

2)   Using AVKO Materials in Regular Classrooms

3)   Using AVKO Materials in Resource Rooms

4)   The Mechanics of English Spelling

5)   Mouth Control   Participants will learn how to help students acquire NEW PATTERNS OF SPEECH that will help them avoid violent confrontations and help them develop self-confidence and self-esteem.

6)   Spelling: Accentuate the Positive; Eliminate the Negative; Don't Mess with Mr. In-Between

7)   Phonemic Awareness

8)   Phonics

9)   Starting a Tutoring Course

10)  Design Your Own Inservice

11)  Handwriting Repair with Kate Gladstone

12)  AVKO Tutor Certification

Free Video

Great for HomeSchool groups and school inservices or workshops

Watch Don McCabe as he takes a 17-year-old dyslexic through his first lesson at the AVKO Educational Research Foundation.

You will be able to watch the young man's face as he discovers that Mr. McCabe has "tricked him" into being able to read and spell instantly the word malicious!   This will help you see just how spellbinding and interesting Don McCabe can be in any of the workshops listed above.

And Now the Surprise!
    The Low, Low cost of AVKO Inservices

  • Cost:  $600.00 a day, plus expenses.  Grants available.

  • Grants of up to $300.00 available to school systems that can demonstrate a need for financial assistance.

  • Grants of up to $500.00 available to Home School Organizations and adult literacy organizations such as local chapters of the International Dyslexia Association, the Learning Disabilities Association, Literacy Volunteers of America, Laubach Literacy, Michigan Literacy, Reading Reform Foundation, the Right to Read Foundation, and any independent local literacy group.

The AVKO Challenge and Guarantee

Participants may watch a demonstration in which a student (or students) of their choice learn to spell a difficult word such as scattered, psychology, or malicious.  Your choice!   They will learn to spell whichever word they select without once seeing the word, without studying the word, and without writing it seven times.  This is guaranteed.  If Don McCabe cannot get the students you selected to do this, AVKO will refund the entire cost of the inservice.


All donations are greatly appreciated.  If you would like to support our mission which is to raise the level of literacy to the point where the words, illiteracy, phonemic awareness, learning disabilities, dysgraphia, family literacy, adult literacy, and illegible handwriting will no longer have relevance, please mail your tax-deductible check (in U.S. dollars) to The AVKO Foundation, 3084 Willard Road, Suite W, Birch Run, MI 48415-9404.  The AVKO Foundation is recognized by the IRS as a 501(C)3 publicly supported organization working with teachers, parents, tutors, and home schooling parents, publishing materials developed by its research, and providing free daily tutoring at its local reading clinic.

If you have comments about this website or questions concerning spelling, invented spelling, whole language, phonics, learning disabilities, dyslexia, homeschooling, etc., you may always e-mail DonMcCabe@aol.comWe appreciate any comments that will help us make this website even more useful. 

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Research Director
AVKO Educational Research Foundation
3084 Willard Road, Suite W
Birch Run, MI 48415-9404