Yes. SPELL-Links is a structured literacy word study program. “Structured Literacy Program” is a term coined by the International Dyslexia Association and refers to programs that meet certain criteria, all of which SPELL-Links meets.
SPELLTalk is a free listserv discussion group for researchers, educators, and other professionals dedicated to improving literacy through discussion of research and evidence-based best practices.
SPELL-Link’d is a free professional learning community where passionate professionals who use SPELL-Links products and all speech-to-print structured literacy enthusiasts come together to share stories, exchange ideas, ask questions, and see SPELL-Links in action.
SPELL-2 does not run on current Mac OS but you can use the following workarounds to install and run SPELL-2 on your Mac.
- One OS at a time
Boot Camp helps you install Microsoft Windows on your Intel-based Mac. Restart your Mac to switch between macOS and Windows.
Install VM Fusion for Mac (or Parallels Desktop for Mac) and run Windows image in Virtual machine. Your current OS version will host Windows OS. The Apple Store may provide on-site technical support with installation.
As with any assessment, it is necessary to obtain adequate data so that the assessment is a valid and reliable measure of a student’s abilities. The domain of spelling is very large and the SPELL-2 assessment requires a representative sample of an individual student’s spelling in order to be valid and reliable. This requires, on average, 30 minutes for elementary grade students and 60 minutes for students in the middle grades and up. However, these are only averages. Because SPELL-2 is an untimed test, the actual testing time will vary across students. We recommend that the SPELL-2 assessment be administered over several sessions, each testing period lasting no more than 5-10 minutes. The investment of time to complete the assessment will provide efficiencies in implementation; once SPELL-2 has identified specific deficits and created an individualized instruction plan, you can zero-in and teach only what each student needs to learn.
You can access the spellings collected by the SPELL-2 software program prior to a student finishing the test. On your hard drive, navigate to Program Files/Learning By Design/SPELL-2. Double click on the ResponseViewer icon to access the spellings collected by SPELL-2 for each student.
When you complete one of our SPELL-Links Professional Development offerings, you will receive a Verification of Attendance Form with Certification of Maintenance Hours (CMHs). A $15 CMH administration fee is required to receive this documentation. CMHs are accepted by many organizations, including ASHA, for continuing education. You are required by ASHA to maintain your own copy of these documents in order to receive ASHA CEU credit for the CMHs that you self-report. Read more about CMHs on ASHA’s website.