About Romalda B. Spalding
Although Romalda Spalding earned a bachelors degree from the University
of Illinois and a masters degree from Columbia University, she
discovered that her preparation was not adequate for teaching all
children to read and write successfully.
Her search for a reading method that empowered children to become
fluent, thoughtful readers and writers led her in 1938 to the
distinguished neurologist Dr. Samuel T. Orton. Orton specialized in
helping dyslexic and other disabled children. After tutoring children
under his supervision, Mrs. Spalding soon realized that the children
taught using Dr. Orton's techniques experienced more success than her
regular education students.
Drawing on what she learned from Dr. Orton and her own experience
working with children at Massachusetts General Hospital, Children's
Hospital at Harvard Medical School, and public and private schools as
a classroom teacher, she wrote the textbook, The Writing Road to
Reading, first published in 1957.
The Spalding Method
continues to be validated by current research on the way children
learn. During her lifetime she received numerous awards and served
on advisory boards of the Orton Dyslexic Society and the International
Spalding Education International
In 1986, Romalda B. Spalding established the Spalding Education
Foundation (SEF) (now Spalding Education International)
as a resource for Spalding materials, to perpetuate
her Method of teaching language arts, and to maintain the
and procedures which have made The Spalding Method
Spalding Education International (SEI) is a nonprofit, tax-exempt 501(c)(3) corporation. It is the
only organization authorized by Romalda B. Spalding to provide
instruction in The Spalding Method.
SEI certifies tutors, teachers and instructors in The Spalding Method.
Spalding courses are held through contracts with schools, districts, colleges, and
universities. In addition, the Spalding Professional Development Program
(SPDP) provides on-site staff development for schools that have adopted
The Spalding Method as their total language arts
program. Schools may also apply for SEI Accreditation signifying that
they qualify as Spalding instructional models.
SEI also provides instructional materials
and publishes a quarterly newsletter, The
Spalding News, which provides instructional tips and reports
on current research and SEI events. Spalding Education International is accredited by the International Multisensory Structured Language Education Council for its literacy instructional programs for teachers and Spalding teacher trainers.