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Orton-Gillingham Advanced Applications: Certified Level (course and optional practicum)

DateMonday, July 23rd, 2018 to Friday, July 27th, 2018
Time 8:30am to 4:00pm
Course Number1125
LocationStern Center for Language and Learning
183 Talcott Road
Suite 101
United States
PrerequisitesOrton-Gillingham Associate Level training or WRS Level I Certification. Depending how much time has passed from initial OG training, it is recommended to take the OG Beyond the Basics workshop beforehand. Please email PPrice@sterncenter.org with any specific questions.
Course Description

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This course is designed for Orton-Gillingham practitioners interested in expanding their knowledge and application of the Orton-Gillingham (OG) Approach. Participants will deepen their understanding of dyslexia and comorbidity of dyslexia and other disorders including ADHD. A large focus of the course will explore assessment and screening tools for dyslexia and language-based learning disabilities, and how assessment can better inform instruction. Participants will leave with a broader understanding of the history of literacy instruction, development of the OG Approach, and popular OG-based programs. This hands-on and interactive class will require participants to discuss and dissect OG lesson plans. Teachers working toward their Orton-Gillingham Certified Level will obtain 37 hours of coursework, which includes watching online lectures. Those continuing with the OG Certified Level practicum will obtain another 20 hours of coursework during the school year.

The course will cover:

  • History of the English language and literacy education in America
  • History of the Orton-Gillingham (OG) Approach
  • Overview and comparison between different seminal works of the OG Approach which allows for greater flexibility teaching OG
  • Analysis of an OG scope and sequence and sample lesson plans in Levels II-IV
  • Assessment: What should be included in a comprehensive reading evaluation and why?
  • Screening Tests for Dyslexia
  • Dyslexia: past and current research and comorbidity of related disorders including ADHD
  • Fostering Students’ Executive Function skills including study skills and self-advocacy
  • Adapting OG to different populations including older students and Dual Language Learners

Course Requirements:

  • Complete attendance and class participation
  • View online lectures on ADHD and English Language Learners
  • Write summaries of assigned readings and online lectures
  • Final paper

If you are taking the class for graduate credit or for OG Certified Level training, you will need to purchase:

  1. Farrall, Melissa L., Reading Assessment: Linking Language, Literacy, and Cognition. (2012). Hoboken, NJ: Wiley and Sons.  ($36.77)
  2. Rawson, Margaret. 1992 (2nd edition). The Many Faces of Dyslexia. Baltimore, MD: The International Dyslexia Association.(ISBN: 0-89214-005-4) ($20)
  3. King, D. H. (2016). Never too late: Teaching adults to read and write. Greenville, SC: W.V.C. ED Publishing. ($25)
  4. ADHD Webinar: How ADHD Affects Executive Function in Adults and Kids by Barkley, Russell A., Ph.D. ($4.95)

The course will run from 8:30 AM – 3:30 PM on the following dates:

  1. Monday, July 23, 2018
  2. Tuesday, July 24, 2018
  3. Wednesday, July 25, 2018
  4. Thursday, July 26, 2018
  5. Friday, July 27, 2018

Teachers may further their OG training with the Certified Level practicum,  which includes three additional days of class during the school year and supervised practicum. The Certified Level practicum is also available for three graduate credits at an additional cost. If you register for the practicum, you will only be billed for 5 observations in one school year. A two-year practicum is required for OG Certified Level training. The practicum includes:

  • 20 hours of coursework divided into three dates in the fall, winter, and spring:
    • November 16, 2018
    • February 1, 2019
    • May 3, 2019
  • 100 lessons of supervised 1:1 instruction using the OG Approach
  • 5 Observations with a Fellow of the Academy

Cost breakdown with or without practicum:

  • Course: $425
  • Course and 3 graduate credits: $995.00
  • Practicum: $1,425.00 + travel
  • Practicum and 3 graduate credits: $1,995.00 + travel
  • Course and Practicum without graduate credits: $1,850.00 +travel
  • Course and Practicum with 6 graduate credits: $2,990.00 + travel

Peggy Price, M.Ed., Fellow/AOGPE

Director of the Orton-Gillingham Institute at the Stern Center

Peggy Price, M.Ed., Fellow/AOGPE, is the Director of the Orton-Gillingham Institute at the Stern Center. She provides training at the Orton-Gillingham (OG) Classroom Educator, Associate, and Certified levels in addition to a broad array of OG workshops and webinars. Peggy oversees a talented team of OG Fellows across the east coast who assist her with providing in-depth mentorship to educators seeking OG certification. She regularly speaks at national conferences about the OG Approach, has been featured in podcasts, and is an editor for the Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators newsletter. She has taught Orton-Gillingham to students from ages 5-44, and loves witnessing her students (and now the educators she mentors) blossom as they learn the structure of the English language. Price teaches 6-7 graduate courses a year in partnership with Castleton University.

Prior to moving to Vermont, Price taught at Trident Academy, a private school for students with language-based learning disabilities, in Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina. Price also taught at the Coralwood School in Dekalb County, Georgia, where she also served on the board of the Coralwood Foundation. During graduate school, Price held a research assistantship with Project Healthy Grandparents in Atlanta to provide early intervention services for low-income children at risk for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder.

Price holds a master’s degree in Special Education: Early Childhood Multiple and Severe Disabilities from Georgia State University. Her bachelor’s degree is in Psychology, with a concentration in Applied Behavior Analysis from Binghamton University. Her favorite quote is from Dr. Miriam Balmuth, “What we need instead of one well-grounded, teacher-proof method is a universe of well-grounded, method-proof teachers.” Peggy firmly believes every child has the right to become a literate member of our society, and every teacher deserves the knowledge and training to realize that promise.

Melissa Farrall, Ph.D., SAIF

Program Manager for Evaluations

Melissa Farrall, Ph.D., Program Manager for Evaluation, is the author of Reading Assessment: Linking Language, Literacy, and Cognition, and the co-author of All About Tests & Assessments published by Wrightslaw. Dr. Farrall presents nationally on topics related to assessment, learning disabilities, dyslexia, dysgraphia and intellectual functioning. She has performed nearly 1,000 diagnostic evaluations of children and adolescents.

After earning her doctorate from Brown University in the area of Slavic Linguistics, Dr. Farrall received her Master of Education from Rivier University, where she specialized in learning disabilities.

Dr. Farrall worked as a learning disability specialist in New Hampshire public schools for several years. In 1999 she became a certified Specialist in the Assessment of Intellectual Functioning, focusing on the link between reading and oral language.  She taught courses in the structure of language and assessment at Simmons College in Boston and at Rivier University in Nashua, NH. She has worked with the International Dyslexia Association at both the national and branch levels, and she serves as a reviewer for conference speakers. Prior to joining the Stern Center, Dr. Farrall worked as an educational consultant for St. Joseph Hospital in Nashua, NH.


Required MaterialsParticipants taking the course for graduate credits are required to purchase the texts listed in the "Additional Information" section below.
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