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Orton Gillingham Training

A New Design for Effective Practitioner Education

Orton Gillingham Reading Specialists offers a unique approach to OG training that is practicum centered and highly individualized. Our focus is on skills, competency and automaticity. Just like OG itself, these courses are structured and sequential, multi sensory, explicit and direct, and flexible.

Our courses are specifically designed to meet the standards of the internationally recognized credentialing organizations and to provide teachers with the high quality training and experience that students everywhere deserve.

All coursework and direct supervision are conducted by Karen Sonday, MA. Ms. Sonday is a Fellow of the Academy of Orton Gillingham Practitioners and Educators (AOGPE), is a Certified Dyslexia Therapist through the International Dyslexia Association (IDA) and is a Certified Trainer of Teachers with the International Multisensory Structured Language Education Council (IMSLEC).

Associate Level Part 1 is appropriate for anyone teaching students ranging from pre-reading through 5th grade level skills.  It includes the theory and practical components needed to implement the OG approach with a high degree of fidelity. It is not necessary to take Associate Level Part 2 to be qualified to work with students individually or in small groups in classrooms, resource rooms or one to one settings.

 

  ASSOCIATE LEVEL PART 1 ASSOCIATE LEVEL PART 2
Suggested Duration 6-9 months 6-9 months
Coursework Hours

45

No prerequisites needed.

45

Prerequisite: Associate Level Part 1.

Coursework Setting
  • 1:1
  • small groups of 2-4 trainees
  • OGRS Professional Development Seminars
  • online lectures
  • 1:1
  • small groups of 2-4 trainees
  • OGRS Professional Development Seminars
  • online lectures
Supervised Practicum Hours 150 150
Teaching Setting 1:1 1:1
Frequency 2-4 evenings per week—Mondays/Wednesdays and/or Tuesdays/Thursdays 2-4 evenings per week—Mondays/Wednesdays and/or Tuesdays/Thursdays
Teaching Hours 2-3 per night at 3, 4, 5, or 6 pm 2-3 per night at 3, 4, 5, or 6 pm
Meets requirements for ALTA—Certified Academic Language Practitioner AOGPE—Associate Level Membership
  IDA—Tier 3—Certified Dyslexia Practitioner IDA Knowledge and Practice Standards for Teachers of Reading Level 1
     
Coursework includes
  • Principles of effective instruction
  • Dyslexia and other learning disabilities
  • Pre-reading skills intervention including phonological awareness and phonemic awareness
  • Intro to the structure and history of the English language
  • Intro to phonology
  • Teaching language structure using seminal OG works including Rome and Osman’s Language Tool Kit and The Gillingham Manual
  • Multi sensory techniques
  • Beginning and intermediate affixes
  • Beginning Greek and Latin roots
  • Syllables and syllabication
  • Endings rules for suffixes
  • Metacognitive thinking/Socratic questioning
  • Teaching handwriting
  • Writing decodable text
  • Administering screening and progress monitoring measures
  • Documenting student progress
  • Demonstration of skills competency
  • Begin the required reading list for AOGPE’s Associate Level
  • Prepare for credentialing exams for ALTA and IDA
  • Advanced structure and history of the English language
  • Teaching advanced language structure using Rome and Osman’s Advanced Language Tool Kit
  • Advanced level affixes
  • Advanced level Greek and Latin roots
  • Extensive understanding of dyslexia and learning disabilities
  • Writing the annotated lesson plan
  • Group instruction and classroom adaptation
  • Understanding and interpreting formal and informal evaluations
  • Developing and administering informal evaluations
  • Developing student profiles and records
  • Typical and atypical reading acquisition
  • Language development
  • Seminal and current brain research
  • Basic grammar
  • State and Federal legislation
  • IEPs and 504s
  • Professional Ethics
  • Complete the required reading list for AOGPE’s Associate Level
  • Guidance for preparing the credentialing application for AOGPE
Additional benefits
  • working with a team of seasoned OG professionals in a dynamic environment
  • individualized pacing of coursework to ensure success, mastery and competency
  • direct mentoring and in depth training by a Fellow of the Academy of Orton Gillingham Practitioners and Educators
  • rigorous curriculum with focus on mastery and competency of skills
  • attendance at all Professional Development Seminars and Sonday System training at no charge
Cost $3000 $3000

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