Breaking down the elements of the English language, RL uses proven MSLE (multisensory structured language education) principles: multisensory, sequential/logical, systematic, synthetic/analytic, and diagnostic. Students work to improve their skills in phonics, spelling, vocabulary, and oral reading for fluency and comprehension. Reconstructive Language (RL) is Gow’s own remedial language-skills program, created by school founder Peter Gow, Jr, with guidance from pioneering neurologist Dr. Samuel T. Orton.
Our RL teachers are highly trained, and all Gow Teachers receive instruction in the basics of the RL program so that they can support language development across the curriculum. As experts in language remediation, faculty and administrators regularly present at conferences, including the International Dyslexia Association (IDA), Learning Disabilities Association of America (LDA), and The Association of Boarding Schools (TABS).
Gow’s Reconstructive Language program meets the IDA’s Knowledge and Practice Standards for Teachers of Reading. Our teacher preparation program, accredited by The International Multisensory Structured Language Education Council (IMSLEC), requires a supervised teaching practicum.
Taken together, highly trained and dedicated faculty members implement a time-tested but innovative remediation program in concert with a structured schedule, small classes, individualized attention, a technology-rich environment, and motivated students. No wonder longitudinal test records and other data, along with alumni anecdotes, demonstrate RL’s transformative power.