Professional Development

Fraser Academy is pleased to offer the AOGPE Orton-Gillingham Training Course (Associate Level).

This OG Tutor Training, comprised of Associate Coursework (70-hours) and an Associate Practicum, is certified by the Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators, an internationally recognized institution operating out of North America. The training is composed of 3 modules, for a total of 9 days of instruction.

It consists of high-quality training in structured, multisensory language instruction that extends from basic phonics, reading, writing and spelling to higher level word attack and writing skills.

This training is geared towards educators or reading intervention specialists who teach both elementary and secondary school students with dyslexia and other language-related learning disabilities.

This approach also gives participants the opportunity to learn the structure of written English through systematic and multisensory teaching techniques.

Training Details

AOGPE Orton-Gillingham Training Course (Associate Level)

Part 1: Associate Coursework

Part 2: Associate Practicum

Optional (recommended): OG Tutor Practice Sessions

The OG Tutor Training Associate Coursework is comprised of 3 modules, for a total of 9 sessions.

Fall 2018 (Every other Fri-Sun in November X 3) – Registration Open

Time: Friday/Saturday 8:00 to 5:15pm; Sunday 8:00 to 4:15pm

Module 1: November 2, 3, 4 
Module 2: November 16, 17, 18
Module 3: November 30, December 1, 2

Early registration is advised.

Please contact Cass Tuck at with any questions regarding registration.

The Associate Coursework is offered twice per year, summer and fall. July 2019 dates will be announced soon.

Following the successful completion of the Associate Coursework, students may participate in a supervised Associate Practicum leading to a membership at the Associate Level in the Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators.

To learn more about the practicum, please email Colleen Chow, Director of Learning Services; Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators (AOGPE) Fellow-in-Training.

We also recommend that students register for OG Tutor Practice Sessions to integrate the theory of the OG course into practice. This course is designed specifically to assist new tutors.

The Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators is unique in being the only organization established and authorized expressly to set and maintain professional and ethical standards for the practice of the Orton-Gillingham Approach, to certify teachers and to accredit instructional programs that meet these standards.

Karen Leopold, MS Ed, an Accredited Training Fellow of the Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators (AOGPE), holds four New York State teaching certifications: General Education N-6, English 7-12, Reading, and Special Education. She has taught in one-on-one and in group settings, and worked as the Multisensory Language Consultant for several private and public schools. She served as the Director of the Kildonan Teacher Training Institute for 7 years, and 3 years as the Director of Language Training at Camp Dunnabeck. Karen has provided extensive teacher training, conducted workshops, and presented at many conferences in the United States and Canada. She has published The Student Notebook I (Basic), and II (Advanced), which is geared toward the dyslexic student, and is coauthor of the Learning Cursive workbooks, Learning Print, and Conquering Spelling Demons I and II. Currently, she is serving as President of the Colorado Rocky Mountain Branch of the International Dyslexia Association and is on the AOGPE Board of Trustees.

  • A Bachelor’s Degree
  • Fluency in the English language
  • Experience working with children

All coursework takes place at Fraser Academy, 2294 W 10th Ave (at Vine) in Vancouver.

Class participants may park in the school parking lot on weekends. On weekdays, participants must find legal street parking.

What is the application process for your course?

  • We process applications on a first-come, first-served basis. Spaces in the course are limited.
  • Upon receiving a complete application package, we will review it and if all of the prerequisites are met and we are able to offer you a space, you will be notified of your acceptance via email.

What can I expect the format of the OG Tutor Training Coursework to be?

  • The Associate Coursework is the foundation-level course in the OG approach. Classes provide hands-on opportunities to learn the structure of the English language and practice multisensory techniques for teaching reading, spelling, and handwriting. Presentations include lectures, multisensory experiences and teaching demonstrations.

What is the workload like outside of class time for the Part 1 Associate Coursework?

  • Homework requirements include reviewing the course notes in preparation for daily quizzes.

What topics are covered in the OG Tutor Training?

The Associate Coursework includes the following topics:

  • Dyslexia and reading disorders
  • The rationale of the Orton-Gillingham approach
  • Phonology & phonological awareness
  • Basic and intermediate phonics for reading and spelling
  • History of the English Language
  • Morphology
  • Vocabulary
  • Assessment and diagnostic teaching
  • Reading comprehension and fluency
  • Grammar and elements of a sentence/sentence types
  • Expository Writing (basic paragraph to essay)
  • The Academy structure and requirements

Will I get a certificate upon completion of the tutor training?

  • You will receive a letter indicating that you have completed the coursework. Associate Certification is available pursuant to completing the Associate Practicum under an AOGPE fellow. Email Colleen Chow at for further details.

Can I begin to tutor once I have completed the course?

  • The coursework contains the theory behind the Orton Gillingham approach as well as the content that needs to be taught to students to remediate a language-based learning disability. Ideally, all students will take the Associate Practicum to learn to implement the theory taught during the course.

What is the job market like for OG tutors?

  • There are three OG schools in the Lower Mainland, and numerous private tutoring agencies that prefer OG-certified tutors. Additionally, there is a demand for private OG tutors.

To Apply

Please submit an application package that contains the following via our online form:

  • Completed Application Form
  • Current resume
  • Handwritten Letter of Introduction
  • Two letters of reference, work-related (including information about professionalism, character, ability to work with children, and any previous tutoring experience).
  • Criminal Record Check Form – Please note that Fraser Academy processes the Criminal Records Check form directly and that the form must be included with your application package.
  • $100 non-refundable processing. You can pay online via Plastiq (2.5% admin fee) or by cheque, made out to Fraser Academy.

Applications are processed on a first-come, first-served basis.

We will review your application upon receipt and notify you by email of your acceptance into the course.

Part 1 – Associate Coursework

Costs for the Orton-Gillingham Tutor Training Course (Associate Level) are:

  • $100 non-refundable processing fee (includes criminal records check).
  • $1,445 ($995 instruction + $450 materials). You are required to pay the full coursework tuition fee at the time of acceptance in order to complete registration.

As of the application deadline, all course fees are non-refundable.

Part 2 – Associate Practicum

Completion of the Associate Practicum requires 10 observations. The cost is $200 per observation.


Payment can be submitted online via Plastiq (2.5% admin fee) or by cheque, made out to Fraser Academy

Mailing Address:

Attn: Cass Tuck
Fraser Academy
2294 W 10th Ave
Vancouver, BC V6K 2H8

If you have any questions, please email