OG Training

The Orton-Gillingham Approach

Literacy is a right, not a privilege.

What Is OG?

OG is described as a language-based, multisensory, structured, sequential, cumulative, cognitive and flexible approach to helping students become confident readers, writers and life-long learners.

The critical elements that make OG effective for ALL students include: personalized, multisensory, diagnostic/prescriptive, direct, systematic, linguistic, systematic/structured, sequential/incremental/cumulative, continuous feedback/positive reinforcement, cognitive and emotionally sound.

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Orton-Gillingham Academy

RCF facilitates training of teachers in Orton-Gillingham, which is considered the gold standard in literacy instruction for ALL students and vital for students with dyslexia.

The training we provide is the best-of-the-best through a Fellow in the Orton-Gillingham Academy (formerly known as the Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators/AOGPE).

To learn more about the Academy, please go to www.ortonacademy.org.

OG Courses Offered

Classroom Educator Course

RCF offers training in the Orton-Gillingham Classroom Educator course as well as the Orton-Gillingham Associate Level course. 

The Classroom Educator training requires 35 hours of coursework with the option to earn an additional 5 hour certificate by completing homework. T
he Classroom Educator course focuses on the principles and fundamentals of the Orton-Gillingham approach and will include: a
n introductory understanding of dyslexia and characteristics of the dyslexic learner, specific procedures for teaching reading and spelling in whole and small groups, and using informal assessments to plan for instruction. Other content includes phonemic awareness, phonograms, syllable types, syllable division, spelling rules, basic affixes, and suffix rules. This is content that any teacher should have, but it is vital for all K-2 teachers.

You will receive a Certificate of Completion at the end of this course. Please note that this course alone does not certify you in Orton-Gillingham. There are additional requirements for certification.

Associate Level Course

Completion of the Classroom Educator course through an OGA Fellow is a mandatory prerequisite for taking this course. The Associate Level training has an application process to be accepted. 

This course requires 30 hours of coursework and 5 hours of homework that is required outside of the scheduled training hours. The focuses for this course include analyzing formal assessment data, vocabulary development, writing development, and Latin morphology. It is relevant for all educators, but especially for individuals working with students with dyslexia and/or older students (Grades 4 and up). 

You will receive a Certificate of Completion at the end of this course. Please note that this course alone does not certify you in Orton-Gillingham. This coursework applies towards certification at the Associate Level. 

Approved for Reading Requirements

Good news, OCPS teachers! The Orton Gillingham Classroom Educator course has been approved by the county for the 40 hour reading requirement from the DOE. If you have any questions, please contact Michelle Torres Vidal (michelle.torresvidal@ocps.net) or Kimberly Wood (kimberly.wood@ocps.net).

Free Implementation Support Plan

Each training cohort will receive access to an online resource library containing videos covering implementation topics such as utilizing informal assessments, understanding the parts of an OG lesson, lesson planning, and becoming familiar with resources available in Google Drive.

Participants will also have the opportunity to submit either a fifteen-minute recording of part of a lesson or a written lesson plan. All submissions will be reviewed by the OG team for feedback. Participants also will have the opportunity to have one (1) free calendly session with a member of the OG team.

Private Trainings

RCF will host a private training for your school, for up to 20 participants. This training can be held at your school location or virtual and can be customized to a week or 1 day a week (5 total days) that fits with your school’s schedule – depending on our team members availability. If your school is interested in learning more about scheduling a private training with our team, please e-mail karin@reedcharitablefoundation.org for more information.

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