Orton-Gillingham Classroom Educator: Coursework
Orton-Gillingham Classroom Educator Level + Associate Level: Part 1
The Orton-Gillingham Approach has been rightfully described as language-based, multisensory, structured, sequential, cumulative, cognitive, and flexible. These characteristics can be easily amplified and extended as they are in the following attributes: personalized, multisensory, diagnostic and prescriptive, direct instruction, systematic phonics, applied linguistics, linguistic competence, systematic and structured, sequential, incremental, and cumulative continuous feedback and positive reinforcement, cognitive approach, and emotionally sound. Orton-Gillingham is an instructional approach intended primarily for use with persons who have difficulty with reading, spelling, and writing of the sort associated with dyslexia. It is most properly understood and practiced as an approach, not a method, program, system or technique. In the hands of a well-trained and experienced instructor, it is a powerful tool of exceptional breadth, depth, and flexibility.
The Orton-Gillingham approach is appropriate for teaching individuals, small groups, and classrooms. It is appropriate for teaching in the primary, elementary, intermediate grades, and at the secondary and college level as well as for adults. The explicit focus of the approach has been and continues to be upon persons with the kinds of language processing problems associated with dyslexia. The Orton-Gillingham approach will benefit all learners. Early intervention is highly desirable, but it is never too late to begin!
This 40 hour accredited course meets the requirements for Orton-Gillingham Classroom Educator designation & 30 hours of the Associate Level (Part 1) with the Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners & Educators (AOGPE). It is the first step in preparing teachers to use the OG approach in the classroom setting and allows teachers to use direct instruction to bring a multi-sensory, structured, and linguistic phonics-based approach into the mainstream classroom. The Orton-Gillingham Classroom Educator is qualified to apply principles of the Orton-Gillingham Approach to modify and provide literary instruction for the classroom or small groups. Utilizing direct instruction, teachers bring a multisensory, structured, sequential, phonics and linguistic approach into the classroom and small groups. It is not intended for one-on-one remedial work. Part 1 of the Associate Level is the foundation-level course in the OG approach. Classes provide hands-on opportunities to learn the structure of the English language and practice multisensory techniques for teaching reading, spelling and handwriting.
Topics covered will prepare participants to teach students from kindergarten to university level, reading, writing, spelling and comprehension. This training provides instruction for small groups or one-on-one setting with intense remediation techniques and strategies are extensively instructed.
This is a 40 hour (37.5 contact hours) course that includes assignments, lesson plans
Practicum, which is required for Academy membership can be arranged by request
on an individual basis for an additional fee.