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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 Classroom Educator Course and Optional Practicum

DateTuesday, June 20th, 2017 to Friday, June 23rd, 2017
Time 8:30am to 4:00pm
Course NumberThis course and practicum are sold out. Please call Caitlin Niland at (802)878-2332 to join the wait list.
LocationBarre Town School
70 Websterville Rd.
United States
Course Description

This course is specifically designed for K-5 classroom teachers and addresses the foundation skills within the Common Core State Standards. Participants will learn how to use the Orton-Gillingham Approach in the classroom setting to benefit all learners.

This course meets the requirements for the Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners Classroom Educator certification.

Tiers: 1 and 2

Course Curriculum

  • Design and teach an OG lesson
  • Deliver OG in a small group or whole class setting
  • Teach systematic phonics, including phonemic awareness training
  • Teach syllable types and syllable division patterns
  • Teach basic morphemes within an OG lesson
  • Write a decodable text
  • Use a comprehensive scope and sequence for teaching the Orton-Gillingham Approach for students grades K-5

Course Requirements:

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

Please Note: Reading specialists, literacy coaches, special educators, and private tutors are eligible for the OG Associate Level course but not the Classroom Educator course.

This course may be taken alone or with a practicum. 

Classroom Educator Practicum includes:

  • 50 hours delivering OG lessons to a small group or class
  • 5 observations with feedback sessions by a Fellow of the Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators

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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 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.
AudienceK-5 Classroom Teachers
Grade LevelK-5
Additional Information

The course and practicum are each eligible for 2 graduate through Castleton University. The cost of 2 graduate credits is $380.

Course: $1,150.00
2 graduate credits through Castleton University: $380

Optional Practicum: Additional $750*
2 graduate credits for practicum: $380
Course and practicum without credits: $1,900
Course and practicum with 4 graduate credits: $2,660.00

* 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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The mentoring support I received from the Stern Center Professional Learning staff helped to sustain the fidelity and implementation of the O-G approach…. This knowledge has absolutely changed my teaching in a positive way.

- Orton-Gillingham Associate Level Participant and Educator