The Orton Gillingham Approach  to Teaching Reading, Spelling and Writing

Summer 2018


We will be opening registration in February, 2018.  

To be put on the pre-registration list, please contact Cynthia Davis.


This is an intense 10-day, 60-hour course that will meet all of the coursework requirements for AOGPE Associate Level Certification.  It involves 45 hours of coursework in the OG approach, dyslexia, the brain, assessment, phonology, the structure of language and how to teach it, morphology, handwriting, reading comprehension, and how to write and implement an OG lesson plan. Coursework includes lectures, daily reading, homework, discussions, demonstrations, videos, and hands-on practice of multi-sensory procedures and strategies.  It includes 15 hours of Applied Practice time putting what you’ve learned into practice with a student.  A mentor teacher will help you write and implement eight 45-minute lessons with a Riverside student, providing you with daily observation and feedback.

There is also a 45-hour coursework-only option for individuals who do not want the 15 hours of Applied Practice.  

What class members had to say about our 2016 course:

“Every piece was helpful and very well taught.  Time flew by.”

“I was very pleased with how the Applied Practice worked, and it benefited me in every way.”

“The games, materials, mnemonics, and resources were extremely useful.”

Who should take the course:

This course is for teachers, parents, tutors, students, and administrators who are interested in learning about a highly structured, sequential, multisensory approach for teaching children with dyslexia and other language based learning disabilities.  No prior teaching experience is required; however, all participants must have a college degree.

Course Instructors:

This course is overseen by a Fellow in the Academy of Orton Gillingham Practitioners and Educators.  The Read Institute at Riverside provides the only AOGPE accredited Orton-Gillingham training course in Virginia. 

  • Nancy Spencer, Fellow AOGPE
  • Cynthia Davis, Fellow-in-Training AOGPE
  • Charice Myers, Certified AOGPE
  • Robin Hegner, Certified AOGPE

Dates: Weekdays June 18th – 29th



60-hour option: Days 1-2 are 9:00 to 3:30. Days 3-10 the course hours will be from 8:00 to 2:00 or 9:45 to 3:45, depending on whether you choose an AM or PM applied practice tutoring time.

45-hour option: Days 1-2 are 9:00 to 2:30. Days 3-10 are 9:45 – 2:00 


60-hour option: $1,100, plus a non-refundable registration fee of $50.

45-hour option: $650 + nonrefundable registration fee of $50 


Interested in Certification?

At the end of the course, individuals interested in pursuing Associate Level Certification with the Academy and who need the 100 hour practicum are welcome to interview for our two available Associate Practicum spots starting in Fall 2017 and Spring 2018.


More Information:

For more information about the Orton-Gillingham approach, visit the website of the Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators at


Registration Open In February, 2018