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

Currently, RCF offers both the Orton-Gillingham Classroom Educator training (first 35 hours) and the Orton-Gillingham Associate Level Training (second 30 hours).

The Classroom Educator training focuses on the principles and fundamentals of the Orton-Gillingham Approach. This class will provide an introductory understanding of dyslexia, characteristics of the dyslexic learner, specific procedures for teaching these students primarily in reading and spelling, and the foundation for class or small group assessment and lesson planning.

This course does not certify you in Orton-Gillingham. You will receive a Certificate of Completion at the end of this course and this coursework is required and applies towards certification at the Classroom Educator Level. It is also a mandatory prerequisite to taking the Associate Level course.


There is a 5-hour homework component which counts for the 40-hour reading requirement

Associate Level Course

The Associate Level training has an application process to be accepted. This course focuses on analyzing testing 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). Completion of the Classroom Educator course through an OGA Fellow is a mandatory prerequisite.

This course alone does not certify you in Orton-Gillingham. You will receive a Certificate of Completion at the end of this course and this coursework is required and 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.

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