Golden Gate

What is the Golden Gate Series: Reading and Spelling?

Golden Gate is a systematic and well-structured program for teaching reading decoding and spelling. The Golden Gate Series, based on the Orton-Gillingham method, incorporates five critical elements that lead to success for students with a learning difference. An intensive phonics program that promotes discovery learning, Golden Gate is structured in small steps, includes multi-sensory memory devices (Sound Signs and Secret Codes) and provides plenty of repetition and practice. The Golden Gate Series: Reading and Spelling, by Robert Gottsleben, MA, Speech-Language Pathologist and Dorothy Tyack, MA, Special Education Teacher, was first published in 1979. Golden Gate was developed at the San Francisco Scottish Rite Center for Childhood Language Disorders.

Dorothy Tyack (now deceased) received her original training in teaching reading in 1952 at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. She earned a Master’s degree in Special Education, Learning Disabilities, from the University of Illinois in 1969. Ms. Tyack worked with children at the San Francisco Scottish Rite Center for Childhood Language Disorders from 1969 to 2000 when she retired. She served on the Board of Trustees of the Orton-Gillingham Academy.

Robert Gottsleben (now deceased) earned an undergraduate degree in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Wisconsin and a Master‘s degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Stanford University. He worked for many years with Dorothy Tyack at the San Francisco Scottish Rite Center for Childhood Language Disorders.

Who Should Use the Golden Gate Program?

The Golden Gate Series can be used by a teacher, tutor, speech-language pathologist, reading specialist, or home-school parent. We use the term “teacher” to mean the person who administers the program. Students can be any age, as long as basic pre-reading skills are in place. Since immediate feedback is important, students should not work through the program independently.

Golden Gate Series