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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 (Williston, VT)

DateMonday, August 6th, 2018 to Wednesday, August 15th, 2018
Time 8:30am to 4:00pm
Course Number1123
LocationVermont Tech
201 Lawrence Place
United States
Course Description



The Orton-Gillingham (OG) Approach is the underlying foundation of all multisensory structured language instruction. You will learn both the structure of the English language and how to teach it sequentially and systemically to struggling readers including students with dyslexia. This course meets the requirements for the Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators Associate Level certification.

The course will also cover how to:

  • 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 K-12

Course Requirements:

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

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

Course Reviews:

“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.”

This class will take place over the following dates:

  • Monday, August 6, 2018
  • Tuesday, August 7, 2018
  • Wednesday, August 8, 2018
  • Thursday, August 9, 2018
  • Monday, August 13, 2018
  • Tuesday, August 14, 2018
  • Wednesday, August 15, 2018

The course costs are are follows:

  • Course without graduate credits: $763.00
  • Course and 3 graduate credits: $1,333.00
  • Practicum: $1,820.00 (course is a prerequisite to the practicum)
  • Course and practicum without graduate credits: $2,583.00
  • Course and practicum with 6 graduate credits: $3,723.00

*A discount is applicable for Introduction to the Orton-Gillingham Approach participants who completed the course between October, 2017 and March, 2018. Please contact Caitlin at cniland@sterncenter.org to learn more or to register.


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.
Audience special educators, reading specialists, literacy coaches, private tutors, adult educators, classroom teachers
Grade LevelK-12; Tiers 2 and 3
Additional Information

The Summer 2018 offering of this course is being offered for a discounted price of $763.00 off the original price of $1,525.00 thanks to generous underwriting through the Cynthia K. Hoehl Institute for Excellence at the Stern Center for Language and Learning. This class is available for 3 graduate credits  for an additional fee of $570.  Other discounted courses are:

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