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Teacher/Tutor Training for Dyslexia and Literacy Instruction

Training Dates: FEB 26–27 | MAR 12–13 | MAR 26–27 (3 Weekends)

Registration closes February 18th or when class fills.

Teachers, ed therapists, allied professionals, education or ed therapy students can complete the coursework needed to work towards Classroom Educator certification* in this 42-hour training course over 3 weekends. This level of training prepares a teacher for implementing the Orton-Gillingham Approach within a classroom or small group. It is a prerequisite for the Associate level course, the next level in OGA, which is required for one-on-one tutoring.

*Certification available for additional supervised practicum hours and additional fee.

Instructor: Grace Sharma,
Fellow/Orton-Gillingham Academy

Covering the following topics:
  • Dyslexia and reading disorders
  • The rationale for structured literacy, in particular the
    Orton-Gillingham Approach
  • Phonology & phonological awareness
  • The motor component, orthography of English, and
    the writing process
  • Basic phonics for reading and spelling
  • Intermediate phonics for reading and spelling
  • The lesson plan, and teaching materials
  • General history of the English language and beginning morphology
  • Informal assessment and diagnostic-prescriptive teaching
  • Accuracy, automaticity, and fluency
What is the Orton-Gillingham Academy?

The expressed purposes of the Academy are to:

  • Establish and maintain professional and ethical standards for
    practitioners and educators of the Orton-Gillingham Approach for the
    treatment of dyslexia.
  • Certify individuals who have demonstrated competence as practitioners and educators of the Orton-Gillingham Approach.
  • Accredit programs that train Orton-Gillingham practitioners and educators.
  • Accredit, in schools, clinics, and summer programs, Orton-Gillingham
    instruction that meets Academy standards.
  • Sponsor, promote and undertake research relevant to Orton-Gillingham instruction and disseminate the results of such research.
  • Promote public awareness of the needs of children and adults with dyslexia, and of the Orton-Gillingham Approach for the treatment of dyslexia.
What is the cost of coursework?

The total cost of Classroom Educator coursework is $970. Space is limited.

Course fee includes the courses’ training manual, Student Notebook, and 2 decks of drill cards. Participants must provide some supplies. A list of required readings and supplies is provided upon request or registration.

An optional follow-up practicum, which leads to certification by the Orton-Gillingham Academy, will be discussed during the training. The supervised practicum is available for an additional fee.

About Grace Sharma

Grace Sharma, is a Fellow with OGA. She is a credentialed educator in the areas of Early Childhood Education, Special Education, and Pupil Administrative Services.

Grace has been active in the field of education as a teacher, intervention specialist, administrator, and teacher trainer for over a decade. Grace is a Structured Literacy Dyslexia Specialist through the Center for Effective Reading Instruction (CERI) and a Fellow in the Orton-Gillingham Academy (OGA).

She is a Literacy Contractor for Voyager Sopris Learning, a National LETRS trainer, and serves as a Director and Secretary on the Board of the Northern California Branch of the International Dyslexia Association. Grace strives to empower students with their own “tool kit” of strategies to approach daily challenges and become confident, lifelong learners.