The Orton-Gillingham Approach to Teaching
Reading and Spelling



Riverside School’s 60-hour Winter 2023 Associate Class is now full



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Class Details


The class will be held in-person at Riverside School 


Class dates and hours 


Wednesday, January 18: 4:30-6:30

Saturday, January 21: 9:00-3:00

Saturday, January 28: 9:00-3:00


Saturday, February 4: 9:00-3:00

Wednesday, February 15: 4:30-6:30

Saturday, February 25: 9:00-3:00


Saturday, March 18: 9:00-3:00

Saturday, March 25: 9:00-3:00

Wednesday, March 29: 4:30-6:30


Saturday, April 15: 9:00-3:00

Wednesday, April 19: 4:30-6:30




The 60 hours include:


44 In-Class hours that are whole-group focused and include hands-on activities and pair practice


10 Asynchronous hours you may complete at home between sessions via video to prepare for in-class discussion.


6 Applied Practice hours provided to deepen understanding of the O-G approach. Small groups of three will work with an OGA Mentor Teacher to practice the O-G approach 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 Applied Practice and beyond.


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





Course instructors:

Cynthia Davis, Fellow, OGA
Charice Myers, Fellow-in-Training, OGA




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!





Interested in Certification?


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


~ This class does not certify you, but it provides the 60 hours of courseworkrequired for certification, and it prepares you for the practicum that is required for Certification.


~ 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. Associate Certification Practicum Information 


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







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


~ Cost of the class is $1,700.  This covers everything you need for class, unless you are someone who likes to print the electronic resources and put them in a three-ring binder.


~ 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.