Orton-Gillingham Teacher Training
Greengate School at Randolph offers high-quality training classes for teachers.
The Classroom Educator and Associate Level Training Courses provide an excellent foundation of core concepts for anyone who teaches reading and written language skills at any grade level, but especially for those teaching students who struggle with dyslexia or reading and written language disorders. Our training programs are approved by the International Dyslexia Association and the Orton-Gillingham Academy.
All coursework is offered virtually and is open to the public. No prior Academy coursework is necessary. However, hours are designated for those hoping to advance their Academy accreditation.
All class times are CST. Supervised Practicum is available to those wishing to deepen their knowledge of the approach and wish to apply to the Academy. Please contact Greengate School at Randolph for more information. Class fees are non-refundable.
Classroom Educator Course
June 6 - 10, 2022; 8:00am - 3:00pm CST, with one hour lunch.
The Orton-Gillingham Classroom Educator is qualified to apply the principles of the Orton-Gillingham Approach to modify and provide literacy instruction for the classroom or small groups (Tier 1 and 2).
Coursework will specifically cover dyslexia, formative assessment, the reading brain, phonemic and phonological awareness skills, short vowel rules, spelling rules, all syllable types, basic syllable division, basic morphology including an introduction to suffix rules and Anglo-Saxon prefixes and suffixes, as well as basic vowel teams. Suggested sequences and lesson planning formats will be provided.
This virtual 30-hour course satisfies the coursework requirement at the Classroom Educator Level of accreditation with The Orton-Gillingham Academy. An additional 30 hours of coursework can be taken to satisfy the coursework requirements for the Associate Level.
Cost: $1,040 (Includes materials and access to online resources.)
Associate Coursework Part Two
June 23 - 24, 2022 and July 7-8; 8:00am - 4:00pm CST, with one hour lunch
A pre-requisite for this course is the first 30 hours of the Classroom Educator Level Coursework led by any OGA Fellow or Fellow in Training. It will be offered virtually, online, and synchronous.
Associate Coursework: Part Two will review the Orton-Gillingham Approach and the concepts learned in the Classroom Educator, first 30 hours course. In addition, more advanced morphology, vowel teams, sequencing, and lesson planning will be covered. The instructor will also discuss conducting informal assessments and ways to embed all the elements of the reading rope including vocabulary, comprehension, and fluency into the lesson.
This is a 30-hour course. In conjunction with the Orton-Gillingham Classroom Educator Class, this course will satisfy the 60 hours of the coursework requirement at the Associate Level of certification with The Orton-Gillingham Academy.
If you are opting for Option B, 70 hours of coursework is required. You will also need to attend a Lesson Planning Workshop. For more information, visit the Orton Gillingham Academy website for Training and Certification.
Maximum capacity is 32 participants. Payment is due at registration. We cannot accept school purchase orders.
Cost: $1,040 (Includes materials and access to online resources. A $50 discount will be offered for registering for both courses.)
Lesson Planning Workshop
August 6, 2022; 8:00am - 2:00pm CST, Randolph School Drake Campus
A pre-requisite for this course is the first 30 hours of the Classroom Educator Level Coursework led by any OGA Fellow or Fellow in Training.
This workshop will meet in person and is designed to allow practitioners who have completed either the 30-hour or the full 60-hour coursework requirement to receive hands on practice creating materials and designing lessons. Come with questions! This workshop is designed as a "make and take." Please bring cardstock, index cards, markers, and pens in order to create a variety of materials that you can use immediately in 1:1 or group sessions.
Jennings Miller, M.Ed is a Fellow in the Orton Gillingham Academy (OGA) and a Certified Orton Gillingham/Multisensory Math Trainer. After graduating from Vanderbilt with a Master’s in Special Education in 2005, Jennings worked for ten years as a classroom teacher at The Marcus Autism Center and The Schenck School in Atlanta.
She currently runs a private dyslexia therapy practice in Decatur, GA, and has over 7,000 hours working 1:1 with students ages 5-18 of all abilities to develop reading, math, written expression, and language skills. As a Fellow, Jennings has designed instruction, training models, and provided mentorship for individuals, schools, and non-profits across the country. She partners with organizations that offer professional development for teachers and leads workshops focused on Orton-Gillingham based Multi-Sensory Math, extending the traditional reading and language approach to reach a diverse learning profile. She is passionate about designing trainings that are accessible for not only those seeking to become accredited members of the Academy, but also those wishing to deepen their knowledge about all things related to language, reading, and remediating the struggling reader.
Jennings volunteered her time with The International Dyslexia Association-Georgia Branch, serving as the chair for the Dyslexia Dash and IDA-GA Vice President. She is the 2018 recipient of the IDA-GA Outstanding Service Award, and she currently serves on the OGA programs committee. She has presented on various topics at national conferences. In 2020, Jennings published her first books, The Alphabet King and Fat Sam and Friends.
Testimonials from Training Participants
- “After attending the two-week Associate level Orton-Gillingham training, I am feeling very powerful! This multi-sensory approach can be applied to any program that a school district has adopted. I have been a public school teacher for 20 years and this course taught me so much new knowledge. I highly recommend this cognitive approach to learning.” -Tami, Literacy Coach, Hoover, AL
- “One of the best courses I have ever taken. The hands-on practice of the principles and techniques of O.G. were very helpful.”-Pamalee, Guntersville, AL
- “I am so grateful to have taken this approach to teaching reading and language…I strongly feel that this approach should be part of every public and private school curriculum. I highly recommend this to every teacher. This will benefit every student, not just students with dyslexia.”-Sharon, 3rd grade teacher, Madison City Schools
- “There is no better method I have seen to help ‘at-risk’ students, not just dyslexic students. Even good readers will benefit from this approach.”–Susan, retired teacher, Madison City Schools
- “I wish this had been a part of my teacher education classes”. –Marie