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Orton-Gillingham Associate Level Course and Optional Practicum (Orford, NH)

DateMonday, July 9th, 2018 to Wednesday, July 18th, 2018
Time 8:30am to 4:00pm
Course Number1122
LocationRivendell Academy
2972 Route 25A
New Hampshire
United States
Course Description

We’re sorry, but this course is  full.

It will also be offered in Williston, VT in August 2018.

Please click here for more information about the August course.

Please contact our professional learning team at proflearning@sterncenter.org 

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

Tiers: 2 and 3
This course may be taken alone or with a practicum.


Kerri McDonald-Schaub, M.Ed., Fellow/AOGPE

Professional Learning Instructor

Kerri  has extensive experience providing Orton-Gillingham training and practicum supervision. Kerri currently teaches at the Manchester-Essex Regional Middle School in Massachusetts and is an integral member of the Intensive Reading and Written Language program, which has been recognized as a model public school program through the Governor’s Community Innovation Challenge grant initiative. Kerri is a certified Massachusetts Reading Specialist and holds a Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Lesley University. She teaches reading instruction at the university level, and routinely presents at local and national conferences for teachers of reading and writing. Keri has worked closely with the Director of the Orton-Gillingham Institute, Peggy Price, mentoring teachers for the past two years.

Required MaterialsAll 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
Additional Information

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 course will be held at the Rivendell Academy in Orford, NH. Details of a different Vermont offering are being finalized and will be posted as soon as possible.

We are no longer accepting online registrations for this course.

Please contact Caitlin Niland to inquire about registering.  Caitlin can be reached by emailing cniland@sterncenter.org or calling (802)878-2332.

This class will take place over the following dates:

  • Monday, July 9, 2018
  • Tuesday, July 10, 2018
  • Wednesday, July 11, 2018
  • Thursday, July 12, 2018
  • Monday, July 16, 2018
  • Tuesday, July 17, 2018
  • Wednesday, July 18, 2018

The course costs are are follows:

  • Course without graduate credits: $1,525.00
  • Course and 3 graduate credits: $2,095.00
  • Practicum: $1,820.00 (course is a prerequisite to the practicum)
  • Course and practicum without graduate credits: $3,345.00
  • Course and practicum with 6 graduate credits: $4,485.00
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