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Educational opportunities for teachers

In partnership with The Schenck School, the Dyslexia Resource is excited to offer various courses and workshops aimed at increasing one’s knowledge about dyslexia and working with dyslexic students. Registration for the 2018 winter/spring/summer courses, as well as courses offered for the 2018-2019 academic year, is now available. Descriptions of classes available in the past are offered below.

Workshops and courses can be tailored for a group’s needs or wants. Please contact us if you would like to discuss opportunities at your school. Also subscribe to our Educator's email list to hear about classes as they are offered throughout the year!



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Orton-Gillingham Training

  • Orton-Gillingham Associate Level Course

    (Formally known as Teacher Training I) This first level course is a comprehensive, nine month class. The class advances the understanding of specific procedures of the O-G Approach and the underlying principles in teaching reading, spelling and vocabulary. Teachers learn how to teach struggling readers to unlock the code of reading and spelling. The class is appropriate for teachers, tutors, therapists, parents, and anyone else interested in learning about the Orton-Gillingham Approach to remediation.

  • Interpreting Psychoeducational Testing - Orton-Gillingham Certified Coursework

    (Formally know as Teacher Training II) The focus of this class is to gain a better understanding of psychological testing and how to use that knowledge to write a student profile and guide teachers/tutors in the planning of O-G lessons. This knowledge will help teachers better understand the underlying processing issues of students with dyslexia.

    Participants will also learn how to describe students to other professionals and to be more diagnostic and prescriptive in their teaching. Other local professionals including a testing psychologist, speech/language therapists, and occupational therapists, will also share their expertise with the class.

    NOTE: The Associate Level Class and Interpreting Psychoeducational Testing Class are recognized by education professionals for their highly effective and established immersion methodology into the Orton-Gillingham Approach (O-G). Classes include the opportunity for the practice and repetition necessary to master the Approach, and the opportunity to observe O-G taught in The Schenck School classrooms.

  • Orton-Gillingham - Classroom Educator Class

    (30 hour) The focus of this class is on the principles and fundamentals of the Orton-Gillingham Approach. This class will provide understanding of dyslexia, characteristics of the dyslexic learner, specific procedures for teaching these students primarily in reading and spelling, and adminstration of informal assessments. Specific areas covered will include phonemic awareness, all phonograms, syllable types, syllable division, short vowel rules, suffix rules, basic prefixes and suffixes, and plural rules. 

  • Orton-Gillingham - Classroom Educator - Beyond The Basic 30 Hours

    This class will review the Orton-Gillingham Approach and the concepts covered in the Classroom Educator Class. In addition, more advanced morphology including Latin and Greek roots, prefixes and suffixes, and accenting rules targeting advanced decoding will be covered. 

  • Orton-Gillingham - Subscriber Course

    This 10 hour class is designed for individuals seeking to learn more about dyslexia and the O-G Approach. Basic characteristics of dyslexic learners, brain research on learning and how it supports multi-sensory teaching, principles of the O-G Approach, basic rules concerning the structure of English that influence reading and spelling and a brief history of English will be discussed.


Now enrolling for 2018/2019 courses! 

Workshops & Orton-Gillingham Certified Coursework

  • A History of the Language

    Examine the rich layers of English and their lasting impact on its pronunciation, vocabulary and spelling. This class will shed light on why English isn’t a crazy language, just a complex one.

  • Morphology

    Explore Anglo-Saxon affixes and basic Latin roots and affixes. Attendees will be provided with tools and instructional procedures for teaching morphology to students in lower and upper elementary grades.

  • Grammar and Diagramming

    Through an explanation of concepts and effective teaching methods, attendees will discover ways to connect grammar with writing in fun, multisensory ways.

  • Vocabulary

    Engage with words on various levels to build a stronger understanding of words and their meaning. Attendees will discuss methods to enrich vocabulary classes and engage students to think critically about word meanings.

  • Comprehension

    Demonstrating strong comprehension requires skills along the language continuum to construct and compose meaning. This class will break down these skills and examine the areas where dyslexic readers may struggle including skills such as main idea, drawing conclusions and making inferences.