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Accredited OGA Orton-Gillingham Practitioner Training

Orton-Gillingham Classroom Educator Training

This OGA-accredited course consists of high-quality training in structured, multisensory language instruction, followed by an optional practicum. By taking this course you will learn to apply the Orton-Gillingham approach to provide literacy instruction for general classroom or small groups, to the benefit of all learners.

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Orton-Gillingham Associate Training (1:1 Instruction)

This OGA-accredited course consists of high-quality training in structured, multisensory language instruction, followed by an optional practicum. By taking this course you will learn to unlock the code of language and learn to deliver 1:1 intervention to struggling readers.

Prerequisite: Orton-Gillingham Classroom Educator Training Coursework

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Orton-Gillingham Certified Level Instructor Training

This OGA Certified Level course is intended for individuals who have achieved Associate Level membership with the Academy and wish to hone their practice. In this training you will learn how to work with students with complex learning needs and at a higher level of instruction.

Prerequisite: Orton-Gillingham Associate Training (1:1 Instruction)

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Workshops and Training

Format: series of five sessions (each three hours long)

Fall Series: in-person at Fraser Academy
Spring Series: remote via Zoom

Executive Function in the Classroom Series

The Executive Function in the Classroom Series provides educators with a combination of theoretical approaches and practical strategies for supporting students with executive function challenges.

This series of five sessions (each three hours long) provides interactive practice and take-home templates that will empower you to guide your students to regulate their behaviour and emotions, reflect on their thinking processes and develop learning strategies that enable them to reach their goals to succeed at school and in life.

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Format: one-day workshop

Executive Function and the Writing Process

This workshop combines the theory and practice of how to facilitate the writing process with a structured, sequential, and multisensory approach. Educators completing this course will gain a better understanding of the relationship between writing and the brain. This workshop will help educators provide students of varying ability levels with meaningful and accessible strategies to complete the writing process.
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Format: series of four sessions (each three hours long)

Fall Series: remote via Zoom
Spring Series: in-person at Fraser Academy

Wellness in the Classroom Series

This Wellness in the Classroom Series provides educators with the science, theoretical frameworks and practical strategies to support students with learning differences in developing healthy wellness habits that facilitate learning.

This series of four sessions (each three hours long) provides interactive practice and templates that support students to develop skills such as self-regulation, resilience and a growth mindset to navigate school and life successfully.

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Custom Workshops for Schools

In addition to the teacher training offered on-site at Fraser Academy, we are able to provide a customized learning experience for your school or organization by request on the following topics:

Format: three hour workshop

An Introduction to Structured Literacy

A Structured Literacy approach (such as the Orton-Gillingham approach) makes reading, writing and spelling accessible to all students, even those with learning challenges. This workshop provides a broad understanding of the science of reading and why a Structured Literacy approach should be taught in every classroom. Teachers will be given an overview of the research around the science of reading, the Five Core Elements of Reading Instruction, as well as develop an understanding of dyslexia and how an integrated approach can reach all learners.

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Format: full-day workshop or two, half-day workshops

Differentiation in the Classroom

Why is it important to differentiate instruction in the classroom? Over 20 percent of children learn differently and struggle with traditional modes of instruction. In this workshop, educators will learn to personalize instruction through developing a deeper understanding of their students’ learning profiles, readiness to learn and personal interests. Integrating this approach into your teaching team’s practice will inspire them to tailor content and instruction to include all students in the learning process.

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Format: half-day workshop

Differentiation of Assessments

Assessment is intended to reflect the learning of each student in our classrooms; however this is not always the case for the 20 percent of students who learn differently. Research shows that in order to evaluate learning effectively, educators need to create opportunities for purposeful feedback and apply that information to create differentiated assessments. This workshop will explore how different types of formative assessment can be used as an important mechanism for feedback. We will also explore how to develop assessments that provide every student with the opportunity to shine.

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Our Community Education Series presentations are open to the public. Join us!

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