The Orton-Gillingham approach to teaching reading, spelling, and writing – Summer 2019


Registration will begin January 2019

To be put on the pre-registration list, please contact AOGPE Fellow Cynthia Davis at Riverside School via e-mail:


This is an intense 10-day, 60-hour course that will meet all of the coursework requirements for Academy of  Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators (AOGPE) Associate Level Certification. It involves 45 hours of coursework in the O-G Approach, dyslexia, the brain, assessment, phonology, the structure of language and how to teach it, morphology, handwriting, reading comprehension, and how to write and implement an O-G lesson plan.

Coursework includes lectures, daily reading, homework, discussions, demonstrations, videos, and hands-on practice of multi-sensory procedures and strategies. It includes 15 hours of Applied Practice time putting what you’ve learned into practice with a student. A mentor teacher will help you write and implement eight 45-minute lessons with a Riverside student, providing you with daily observation and feedback.

There is also a 45-hour coursework-only option for individuals who do not want the 15 hours of Applied Practice.


What did 2018 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!”

“I am so glad I chose to do the Applied Practice portion of the class, as I feel like everything we learned in the classroom portion made so much more sense when we actually put it into practice with a student. Our mentor teacher was so helpful and patient, and by working with her, she was able to answer all our questions and help us see how the approach varies when applied to individual students.”


Who Should Take This Course?

This course is for teachers, parents, tutors, students, and administrators who are interested in learning about a highly structured, sequential, multi-sensory approach for teaching children with dyslexia and other language-based learning disabilities. While no teaching experience is necessary, all participants must have a college degree.


Course Instructors

• Cynthia Davis, Fellow, AOGPE
• Nancy Spencer, Fellow ,AOGPE
• Charice Myers, Certified, AOGPE
• Robin Hegner, Certified, AOGPE
• Leda Spencer, Fellow-in-Training, AOGPE

This course is overseen by a Fellow in the Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators. The Riverside School O-G Training Institute provides the only AOGPE accredited Orton-Gillingham training course in Virginia.


Weekdays, June 17-28, 2019


Times & Cost

60-hour option: Days 1-2 are 9 a.m.–3:30 p.m. Days 3-10 the course hours will be from 8 a.m.–2 p.m. or 9:45 a.m.–3:45 p.m., depending on whether you choose an a.m. or p.m. applied practice tutoring time. This course option costs $1,200, which includes a nonrefundable registration fee of $200. Balance due May 6.

45-hour option: Days 1-2 are 9 a.m.–2:30 p.m. Days 3-10 are 9:45 a.m.–2 p.m. This course option costs $700, which includes a nonrefundable registration fee of $50. Balance due May 6.


Interested in 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 two available Associate Practicum spots starting in Fall 2019, Spring 2020.</>

For more information about the Orton-Gillingham Approach, visit the website of the Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators at