The Orton-Gillingham Approach to Teaching
Reading and Spelling

Riverside School’s 45-hour Winter 2022
Associate Class is Now Full


The class will be held in-person at Riverside School unless switching
to remote is necessary for COVID mitigation.


If you are interested in next year’s class, please complete this brief form:
Interest Form: 2023 Riverside School OGA Associate Class




Class Details:
The class takes place over seven Saturdays.




The 45-hour total includes:


• – 30 Lecture hours that are whole-group focused but include hands-on activities and pair practice


• – 5 Asychronous hours done via video viewing at home to prepare for in-class discussion.


• – 15 Skillls Workshop hours provided to deepen understanding of the O-G approach. Small groups of three will work with an OGA FIT or Fellow to practice the app,roach with a Riverside School ‘Model Student.’

• – Homework including reading and response, quizzes, and other assignments.





Our OGA Associate Level class provides understanding of:


• – the hallmarks of the O-G Approach, including its multisensory procedures


• – the definition and characteristics of dyslexia


• – phonology, including phonological awareness

• – the structure of language and how to teach it, including syllable patterns, syllabication principles, and morphology


• – decoding and fluency


• – syllable pattern spelling, spelling generalization, and spelling special categories


• – informal assessment for diagnosis and instruction

• – the components of an O-G lesson plan and how to use error analysis for diagnostic and prescriptive planning


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


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





Course instructors:


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





Interested in Certification?


Riverside School hosts one of 20 OGA Accredited
Training Programs in the country.
OGA Accredited Training


• – This class does not certify you, but it provides 45 of the 60 hours of coursework required for certification, and it prepares you for the Practicum that is required for Certification.


• – See the schedule below* with details for completing the remaining 15 hours of coursework needed for certification. The cost of all 15 hours is $375.

• – After completing all 60 hours of coursework, individuals interested in pursuing Associate Level Certification with the Academy may apply for our 100-hour Associate Practicum Program
with the Academy which is required for certification. Often the cost of this practicum is covered by tutoring fees paid by the family of the practicum student.


• – For more information about the Orton-Gillingham Approach and O-G Certification, please visit the Orton-Gillingham website at: www.ortonacademy.org.



Register for each workshop below:


Spelling: Click here to register 


Formal Testing and Profile Writing: Click here to register 


The Brain Basis of Dyslexia: Click here to register 


Handwriting/Cursive: Click here to register 


Grammar: Click here to register


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 I 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 $1,700.


• – Directly after you register, you will receive an email with a copy of your registration. This email will allow you to edit your registration, if desired.

• – We will read all registrations in the order they are received. You will receive an e-mail regarding your place in the class within a week of your registration along with 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 $1,700 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 $1,300 is due prior to January 4th at 5 p.m.