Professional Development

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

This 70-hour course is certified by the Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators, the largest OG organization in North America. The training is composed of 3 modules, for a total of 9 sessions.

It consists of high-quality training in structured, multisensory language instruction that goes far beyond the basic level of teaching phonograms.

Participants learn advanced word attack and writing skills as well as comprehension and study strategies for teaching 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, as well as systematic and multisensory teaching techniques.

Training Details

The OG Tutor Training is composed 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

Application deadline: September 28, 2018.


Early registration is advised. Download the application by clicking the button below.

Please contact Cass Tuck at with any questions regarding registration.

The next course offering will be held July 2019 (Dates TBD).

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, required for those wishing to be certified by the Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators. You may still apply to take the course without a bachelor’s degree, with the understanding that you will not be able to apply for certification through the AOGPE.
  • Fluency in the English language
  • Experience working with children

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 can pay by cheque, made out to Fraser Academy or online via Plastiq (2.5% admin fee).

If it becomes necessary for a participant to withdraw from the course, any refund of the course fees will be dealt with on a case-by-case basis. Please note that the processing fee is non-refundable.

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.

I don’t have a university degree. Can I still apply for the course?

  • Yes, but you will not be able to receive certification through the Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators (AOGPE), which sets the standards for certification. Please visit their website for more info:

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

  • The Associate Level Course 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?

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

What topics are covered in the OG Tutor Training?

This Associate Course 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 OG Tutor Course?

  • You will receive a letter indicating that you have completed the coursework. Associate Certification is available pursuant to completing the OG Practicum under an AOGPE fellow.

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

  • Yes. However, it is highly recommended that you take the practicum.

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.

Following the successful completion of the Associate Level Course, students may choose to participate in a supervised Tutor 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, Assistant Director of Learning Services; Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators (AOGPE) Fellow-in-Training.

We also offer OG Tutor Practice Sessions to integrate the theory of the OG course into practice. This course is designed specifically to assist new tutors.

To Apply

Please submit an application package that contains the following:

  • Completed Application Form
  • Current resume
  • Two letters of reference, work-related
  • 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 (includes payment for Criminal Records Check)

Submit your completed application attention to:

Cass Tuck
Fraser Academy
2294 W 10th Ave
Vancouver, BC V6K 2H8
(or by fax: 604 736 5578)

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.

You are required to pay the full Tuition Fee of $1,445 ($995 instruction + $450 materials) at the time of acceptance in order to complete registration.

You can pay by cheque, made out to Fraser Academy or online via Plastiq (2.5% admin fee).

If you have any questions, please email