The Orton-Gillingham Approach to Teaching
Reading, Spelling, and Handwriting


Riverside School’s 60-hour virtual Associate Class for Winter 2021 conforms to OGA standards, which require a high percentage of synchronous and interactive instruction


50 hours will be synchronous and delivered via Zoom. This includes:

• – 35 hours that are primarily whole-group focused with some breakout sessions.
• – 15 ‘skills workshop’ hours focused on application of the O-G approach to designing lessons and student instruction. These hours will be primarily small-group focused with multiple instructors to provide feedback and answer questions.


10 hours will be asynchronous. Class members will watch videos as part of their homework, complete response work, and come to class prepared to discuss.


This is a graduate level course—an undergraduate degree (of any kind) is required.





The class takes place over 10 Saturdays in January, February, and March


Saturday, Jan. 2
is a brief introductory session from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. EST


The remaining sessions will be 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. or 5 p.m. EST on the following dates:


Saturday, January 9
Saturday, January 16
Saturday, January 30


Saturday, February 6
Saturday, February 13
Saturday, February 27


Saturday, March 6
Saturday, March 20
Saturday, March 27





Our OGA Associate Level class provides understanding of:

• – the brain basis of dyslexia and its characteristics
• – hallmarks of the O-G Approach, including its multisensory procedures
• – formal and informal assessment for diagnosis and instruction
• – phonology, including phonological awareness
• – the structure of language and how to teach it, including syllable patterns, syllabication principles, morphology, and grammar
• – decoding, fluency, and reading comprehension
• – handwriting
• – spelling
• – the components of an O-G lesson plan.


Our class includes a skills workshop provides a deeper understanding of the O-G approach through practice. It includes small group guided practice in:

• – developing and administering informal assessments
• – analyzing data from informal assessments in a diagnostic and prescriptive manner to plan instruction
• – writing O-G lessons
• – delivering O-G instruction using correct multisensory procedures


Class members will have access to a wide variety of Riverside School O-G wordlists, games and posters and other resources that may be used for lesson planning in class and beyond.





Course Instructors:

• – Cynthia Davis, Fellow, OGA
• – Charice Myers, Certified, OGA
• – Robin Hegner, Fellow-in-Training, OGA
• – Leda Spencer, Fellow-in-Training, OGA
• – Ann-Marie Lundmark, Fellow-in-Training, OGA





Interested in Certification?


Riverside School hosts 19 OGA Accredited
Training Programs in the country.

• – This class does not certify you, but it provides all 60 hours of coursework required for certification.
• – At the end of the course, individuals interested in pursuing Associate Level Certification with the Academy and who need the 100-hour practicum are welcome to interview for our limited Associate Practicum spots which lead to certification.
• – For more information about the Orton-Gillingham Approach and O-G Certification, please visit the Orton-Gillingham website at:





What did former class members have to say about our course?

“I was blown away with the teachers. They were able to provide a great deal of content in an easy to understand format. They presented in a high energy fashion which made the time move quickly. In addition, they provided many opportunities to practice new skills.”


“As an experienced Reading Specialist, Regular Ed., and Special Ed. teacher, I was pleasantly surprised at how much I still had to learn. The course exceeded my expectations and look forward to practicing these techniques with my students.”


“Everything was well done. I learned something each day and felt energized and excited to move forward. I learned more in this class than I did in practically my entire master’s program. Thank you!”





What can I expect for class cost, registration and payment??

• – Cost of the class is $2,000
• – Directly after you register, you will receive an e-mail with a copy of your registration. This e-mail will allow you to edit your registration, if desired.
• – Due to high demand and limited class space, final class registration will be dependent on the application portion of the form.
• – We will read all applications in the order they are received. You will receive an email regarding acceptance within a week of your registration. At this time, you will receive a link to make your reservation payment.
• – There is an initial non-refundable reservation payment of $400 due after you receive an e-mail of acceptance  to the class. This reservation payment is part of the total $2,000 class payment, and it guarantees your spot in the class.  If the $400 is not paid within a week of your acceptance, Riverside will open your spot to individuals on the waiting list.
• – Remaining balance of $1,600 is due prior to Dec. 17 at 5 p.m.






Questions? Please contact Cynthia Davis via e-mail: