ABOUT ORTON-GILLINGHAM TEACHER TRAINING
Who can benefit from Orton-Gillingham training?
Early childhood, elementary, middle, and high school teachers
Reading Specialists, Learning Specialists, and Literacy Coaches
Special Education teachers
Why become trained in Orton-Gilligham?
If you are an educator, you have almost certainly worked with students with dyslexia, since by some estimates 1 in 5 people have dyslexia. Among students diagnosed with learning differences, 85% have a reading disability (Source: NICHD). Beyond these figures, many more students simply struggle with different aspects of reading, writing and spelling, and very few teachers or even special educators have specific training to address these students' challenges. What's more, all students, even advanced readers and writers, benefit from having OG-trained teachers; Orton-Gillingham is simply good teaching practice.
Why choose OGA training and certification?
There are several organizations that offer Orton-Gillingham training and certification, but the Orton-Gillingham Academy holds the most rigorous standards. Each level of training includes coursework, practicum fieldwork, and a comprehensive application for certification. These standards are designed to ensure that OGA-certified educators have the thorough training they need in order to be excellent, effective practitioners.
CLASSROOM EDUCATOR ORTON-GILLINGHAM TRAINING AND PRACTICUM
The Classroom Educator level training is a 30-hour course that is appropriate for teachers who work with classrooms or small-groups, Tier 1 students.
The Classroom Educator Level Practicum includes:
• 50 hours of classroom or small group instruction over at minimum 8 months
• 5 hours of observation with feedback from course trainers
Upon successful completion of the course, trainees will be eligible to apply to the OGA for certification at the Classroom Educator Level.
The Classroom Educator training is currently only offered to school or district groups rather than individual educators.
ASSOCIATE LEVEL ORTON-GILLINGHAM TRAINING AND PRACTICUM
The Associate level training is a 70-hour course appropriate for both one-on-one practitioners and teachers who work with groups.
Course topics include:
• Administration of informal diagnostic assessments
• Creating O-G lesson plans
• Neurological underpinning of dyslexia and the needs of dyslexic learners
• Phonological awareness
• Sound-symbol relations
• Reliable spelling patterns
• Syllable structure of the English language
• Morphemic structure of the English language
• Diagnostic-prescriptive teaching
• Research-based multisensory, direct and systematic instruction that can transfer to a classroom setting
• Handwriting instruction
• Vocabulary instruction
• Basic comprehension skills
• Preparing the application to the OGA for Associate level certification
The Associate Level Practicum includes:
• 100 hours of 1-to-1 tutoring over the course of at minimum 8 months
• 10 hours of observation with feedback from course trainer
Upon successful completion of the course, trainees will be eligible to apply to the OGA for certification at the Associate level. Eighty CTLE and/or ASHA credit hours are also available.
Upcoming Associate Training:
CERTIFIED LEVEL ORTON-GILLINGHAM TRAINING AND PRACTICUM
The Certified level training is a 100-hour course that qualifies individuals as independent practitioners of the Orton-Gillingham Approach.
Course topics include:
Knowledge of dyslexia and reading disabilities
Review of basic phonology and handwriting instruction
Case management and professional communications
Formal and informal assessment measures
Understanding and interpretation of standardized testing
Student profile and matching lesson plans
Knowledge of methods and programs derived from OG
The stages of words attack and adapting the OG lesson plan
Review of phonology, phonics, and handwriting instruction
Study of morphology and advanced elements of the language
Exploration of the systematic, structured writing process
Teaching of vocabulary, comprehension, pragmatics, and study skills
OGA Code of Ethics
The Certified Level Practicum includes:
200 hours of classroom or small group instruction over at minimum 2 academic years
10 hours of observation with feedback from course trainers
Upon successful completion of the course, trainees will be eligible to apply to the OGA for certification at the Certified level
Upcoming Certified Training:
To be Announced
SCHOOL-WIDE & DISTRICT-WIDE TRAININGS
Classroom Educator and Associate Level trainings can be tailored to the specific needs of your school or district and held on-site or remotely for your staff. Contact Alphabet City Tutors to discuss training for your school or district.