The Orton Gillingham approach to teaching reading is fast becoming the go-to recommendation from diagnosticians and neuropsychologists who refer students with dyslexia or other learning disabilities. In addition, many states are implementing laws that require an explicit, systematic, structured literacy approach (like Orton Gillingham) for teaching reading to these students.

Become an Orton Gillingham Educator and get the in-depth training in phonics that you need to effectively teach struggling readers.

 We now have two OG teacher trainings available in 2020:

The 2020 OG Associate Level Summer Cohort
The 2020 OG Associate Level Fall Cohort

Associate Level: appropriate for anyone teaching students from pre-reading through 8th grade-level skills. It includes the theory and practical components needed to implement the OG approach with a high degree of fidelity. 

We are now accepting applications for both cohorts! There are only six spots for specialists-in-training in each cohort, so apply soon!

Our courses are specifically designed to meet the standards of the internationally recognized credentialing organizations AOGPE, IDA and ALTA*, and to provide teachers with the high-quality training and experience that students everywhere deserve.

All coursework and direct supervision align with the revised 2018 IDA Knowledge and Practice Standards for Teachers of Reading and are conducted and overseen by Karen Sonday, MA. Education. Ms. Sonday is a Fellow of the Academy of Orton Gillingham Practitioners and Educators (AOGPE).

To be considered for this program, we will need a resume and letter of interest sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  OR contact Karen Sonday at 952-920-9280 for more information.



Coursework: 60 hours

Practicum: 60-70 hours (of the 100 hours required by AOGPE)

Two OG Cohorts Available:  

          Summer Cohort:  June 15, 2020 - August 6, 2020

          Fall Cohort:
  September 14, 2020 - January 21, 2021

Summer Schedule:

Mon. - Wed. June 15 - 17, 2020 9:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Lecture
Mon. - Thurs. All Subsequent Weeks 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Practicum
Mon. - Wed. All Subsequent Weeks 12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Lecture
  June 29 - July 2   NO CLASS

Fall Schedule:  (For weekday schedule, select either M/W option or T/Th option.)

Seven Saturdays

September 12 & 26, 2020
October 3 & 24, 2020
November 14, 2020
December 12, 2020
January 9, 2021

9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Lecture
Mon/Wed. All Subsequent Weeks evening Practicum
Tues/Thurs All Subsequent Weeks evening Practicum
  Nov. 26 - 28, 2020  Thanksgiving NO CLASS
  Dec. 23, 2020 - Jan. 1  Winter Break NO CLASS

Includes 60 hours of coursework and 60-70 hours of practicum on-site at OGRS.

*Additional practicum hour requirements vary by the credentialing organization.
These can be completed at our site or yours.

Optional 6 graduate credits available

Prerequisite: none

Coursework Includes

  • Principles of effective instruction
  • Dyslexia and other learning disabilities
  • Pre-reading skills intervention including phonological awareness and phonemic awareness
  • Intro to the structure and history of the English language
  • Intro to phonology
  • Teaching language structure using seminal OG works including Rome and Osman’s Language Tool Kit and The Gillingham Manual
  • Multisensory techniques
  • Beginning affixes
  • Beginning Greek and Latin roots
  • Syllables and syllabication
  • Endings rules for suffixes
  • Metacognitive thinking/Socratic questioning
  • Teaching handwriting
  • Writing decodable text
  • Administering screening and progress monitoring measures
  • Documenting student progress

Additional Benefits

  • Small training group, highly individualized
  • Working with a team of seasoned OG professionals in a dynamic environment
  • Access to a wide variety of high-quality teaching materials
  • Direct mentoring and in-depth training by a Fellow of the Academy of Orton Gillingham Practitioners and Educators
  • Rigorous curriculum with a focus on mastery and competency of skills


$4,000 plus materials (about $250)

$1,000 Non-refundable deposit upon acceptance.

Balance of tuition due two weeks prior to the start of selected Cohort.


Please inquire!

Karen Sonday - 952-920-9280 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.