Orton-Gillingham Associate Training

Greengate School at Randolph Offers high-quality training classes for teachers.

The Associate Level Training Course provides 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.


Associate Level Training Course

The Associate Level training is an intensive, 60 to 70-hour two-week course.  It is designed for teachers and professionals with a minimum of a bachelor's degree who intend to work with students in small group remediation or in one-on-one tutorials. It is also appropriate for general education teachers who would like more complete understanding of the structure of language and multisensory instruction techniques for whole class teaching.  This summer, we are offering a session on June 7 - 18, 2021. The cost for the course, including materials, is $1,700. Currently, the course will be offered in a virtual format. If we are able to transition to an in-person training, it will be held in the Middle School Library, which is located on the Drake Campus.

Course Topics include:

  • The nature of dyslexia and reading problems
  • Principles of multi-sensory instruction
  • Alphabetic principle
  • Phonology and phonological awareness
  • Spelling instruction
  • Fluency
  • Syllable types and division patterns
  • Introduction to and practice in lesson planning and delivery
  • Handwriting
  • Structure and History of the English Language
  • An introduction to Advanced Decoding and Morphology
  • Formal Assessment
  • Neurological basis of dyslexia
  • Dyslexia, ADHD, and related challenges
  • Information about the practicum mentoring program

Class Requirements: The Associate Level course includes daily homework assignments, quizzes, and written responses to selected readings which are part of course requirements.

Please note: Completion of the Associate level training course does not mean an individual has achieved the Associate level in the Academy. To be at the Associate level, participants must complete 100 hours of supervised practicum over 8 consecutive months, which includes 10 lesson observations conducted by a Fellow in the Academy, a Fellow-in-Training, or a Clinical Supervisor. The practicum is available after completing the coursework, for an additional cost, and is strongly recommended.


Janet Jones is a fellow of the Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators and travels extensively training teachers in the Orton-Gillingham approach. She has a B.S. in Speech and Language Pathology from Northwestern University and an M.A. in Learning Disabilities from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Janet has 34 years of experience working as a multi-sensory language instructor teaching children, with varying needs, at all levels of the language continuum. After working as a public school learning disabilities resource teacher, she spent 22 years at The Jemicy School in Maryland, one of the first schools for dyslexic students in the country. During that time, she worked as an Orton-Gillingham therapist, tutorial department head, and Orton-Gillingham teacher trainer. She is the co-creator of Moose Materials, a collection of activities and games to support Orton-Gillingham instruction. She has been a speaker at numerous local, regional, and international dyslexia conferences.

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