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Discover the program that teaches early care and education providers as well as parents how to foster early literacy skills in children ages five and under.


Orton-Gillingham Associate Level Course and Optional Practicum

DateMonday, August 7th, 2017 to Wednesday, August 16th, 2017
Time 8:30am to 4:00pm
Course NumberCourse: 1067 Practicum: 1068
LocationVermont Tech
201 Lawrence Place
United States
Course Description

In this course, participants will learn the structure of the English language and how to teach it to struggling readers in grades K-12 who may require intensive one-to-one intervention.

This course meets the requirements for the Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners Associate Level certification.

Course Curriculum

  • Design and teach an OG lesson
  • Administer a diagnostic assessment to inform OG instruction
  • Understand the reading brain and dyslexia
  • Teach systematic phonics, including phonemic awareness training
  • Teach syllable types and syllable division patterns
  • Teach morphemes (including Latin and Greek) within an OG lesson
  • Write a decodable text
  • Use a comprehensive scope and sequence for teaching the Orton-Gillingham Approach for students grades K-12

Course Requirements:

  • Complete attendance and class participation
  • Develop OG lesson plans
  • Write summaries of assigned readings

Tiers: 2 and 3

This course may be taken alone or with a practicum.

Associate Level Practicum includes:

  • 15 hours of coursework divided into three sessions
  • 100 hours delivering one-to-one OG lessons
  • 10 observations with feedback sessions by a Fellow of the Academy

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Course Reviews:

“The mentoring support I received helped to sustain the fidelity and implementation of the O-G approach.”

“Since I began implementing the Orton-Gillingham approach to teaching literacy in my whole class, small group and one on one instruction I have seen tremendous gains in my students’ ability to read and spell unfamiliar and/or multisyllabic words.”

“Before Orton-Gillingham I’m not sure I could answer every question that my students asked, specifically regarding spelling and decoding. Orton-Gillingham opened my eyes to the origins of our language, how and why syllables and words fit together, which patterns worked most of the time and why, which syllable types were most common and why. This knowledge has absolutely changed my teaching in a positive way.”


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.

Required Materials All required materials will be given on the first day of class and/or sent electronically, including The Gillingham Manual, Angling for Words, Gillingham phonogram deck, and course binder.
AudienceSpecial educators, reading specialists, literacy coaches, private tutors, adult educators, classroom teachers
Grade LevelK-12
Additional Information

This course will meet over seven days from 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM:

Monday, August 7, 2017
Tuesday, August 8, 2017
Wednesday, August 9, 2017
Thursday, August 10, 2017
Monday, August 14, 2017
Tuesday, August 15, 2017
Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Course: $1,525.00
3 graduate credits through Castleton University: additional $570

Optional Practicum: Additional $1,820.00*
3 graduate credits for practicum through Castleton University: additional $570.00
Course and practicum without credits: $3,345.00
Course and practicum with 6 graduate credits: $4,485.00

* The cost of the practicum does not include travel costs for observations. Long-distance mentorship is available.

The Stern Center’s Orton-Gillingham Institute is accredited by the Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators. We offer training to meet the requirements of two different OG certifications (OG Classroom Educator and OG Associate Level).

For More Information about the OG Approach and Academy Certification, please visit – http://www.ortonacademy.org/

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As a result of the Professional Learning course I attended at the Stern Center, I have a better understanding of how children learn differently and how my interactions with them impact their daily learning.

- Social Cognition 1 Attendee and Educator