Professional Development


Orton-Gillingham Classroom Educator Training

*This course is certified by the Orton-Gillingham Academy.

Orton-Gillingham is one of the most proven methods for teaching students to read and write. It is a structured literacy approach that can be used in any classroom to teach both foundational reading skills as well as higher literacy skills. It is especially beneficial to the 20% of students with language-based learning disabilities, such as dyslexia.

This Orton-Gillingham (OG) Classroom Educator Training is comprised of OG Classroom Educator Coursework (40 hours) and an optional OG Classroom Educator Practicum.

If you intend to work 1:1 with students with dyslexia, then we recommend you take the Orton-Gillingham Associate Level Instructor Training following this OG Classroom Educator Training.

Upcoming OG Classroom Educator Coursework
  • [FULL] July 4-8, 2022 (in-person at Fraser Academy)
  • July 11-15, 2022 – 8:00am – 5:00pm (in-person at Fraser Academy); new course offering opened to meet demand!

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About the OG Classroom Educator Training

This training consists of high-quality instruction in structured, multisensory language instruction that covers reading acquisition for all learners and the nature and needs of the dyslexic learner from basic phonics, reading, and spelling.

It is geared towards educators or reading intervention specialists who teach literacy in a general classroom or small group setting. This approach gives participants the opportunity to learn the structure of written English through systematic and multisensory teaching techniques.

Following the successful completion of the OG Classroom Educator Coursework, students may participate in a supervised OG Classroom Educator Practicum leading to a membership at the Classroom Educator Level of the Orton-Gillingham Academy.

To learn more about the OG coursework or practicum, please contact Melanie Davda at

What is the application process for your OG 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 Classroom Educator Training Coursework to be?

  • The OG Classroom Educator Coursework is the foundation-level course in the Orton-Gillingham 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 topics are covered in the OG Classroom Educator course?

  • Reading acquisition for all learners and the nature and needs of the dyslexic learner
    • Phonological Awareness
    • Phonics
    • Fluency
    • Vocabulary
    • Reading comprehension
  • Rationale behind the Orton-Gillingham (OG) approach
  • Knowledge and structure of the English language including:
    • Phonology
    • Alphabetic principle
    • Syllabication
    • Spelling patterns
  • The Lesson plan and teaching materials for small groups or classroom
  • The Academy structure and requirements

Will I get a certificate upon completion?

  • You will receive a letter indicating that you have completed the coursework. Classroom Educator Certification is available pursuant to completing the Classroom Educator Practicum under an OGA Fellow.

Can I begin to tutor once I have completed the OG Classroom Educator course?

  • The OG coursework contains the theory behind the Orton-Gillingham approach as well as the basics of structured literacy content that can be taught to all learners and can be incorporated into your classroom instruction. Additionally, all students are encouraged to take the Classroom Educator Practicum to learn to implement the theory taught during the course in a group setting. If you wish to work 1:1 with students with dyslexia, we suggest you continue on to the Associate level course.

About the Orton-Gillingham Academy (OGA)

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The Orton-Gillingham Academy was established 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.

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About the Instructor

Colleen Chow, F/OGA, PCET Director, Learning Services

Colleen Chow, F/OGA, PCET
Director, Learning Services

Colleen Chow, Fellow of the Orton-Gillingham Academy, NILD Professionally Certified Educational Therapist (PCET), has been a Learning Specialist at Fraser Academy since 2008 and is currently the Director of Learning Services. Ms. Chow is also a certified Dyslexia Therapist.

About the Instructor

Ellen O'Brien, F/OGA Learning Specialist, OG Instructor 

Ellen O’Brien, F/OGA
Learning Specialist, OG Instructor 

Ellen O’Brien, Fellow of the Orton-Gillingham Academy, has worked in Learning Services and as a classroom teacher at Fraser Academy since 2010. Ms. O’Brien is certified by the International Dyslexic Association (IDA), and has been trained as a Level 1 NILD Educational Therapist.

How to Apply

To apply for the Orton-Gillingham Classroom Educator coursework, submit an application package via the “Apply Now” button. The requirements are as follows:

  • A Bachelor’s Degree
  • Fluency in the English language
  • Experience working with children
  • Subscriber Membership at the OGA (Orton-Gillingham Academy)

  • 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)
  • Copy of your Subscriber Membership Certificate from OGA (Orton Gillingham Academy)
  • $100 non-refundable processing fee (see below for payment options)

Please upload documents in PDF format.

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.

Classroom Educator Coursework
  • $100 non-refundable processing fee (includes criminal records check).
  • $800. You are required to pay the full coursework tuition fee at the time of acceptance in order to complete registration.
  • $350 Materials fee.

As of the application deadline (two weeks prior to course start date), all course fees are non-refundable.

Classroom Educator Practicum (Optional)

Completion of the Classroom Educator Practicum requires 5 observations in a classroom or small group (minimum of 2 students) over at least 8 months. The fee is $225 per observation. Please contact us directly for additional details.

  • Interac e-transfer to the email address (no security answer is necessary).
  • Credit card at (this option incurs a 2.85% administration fee charged by Plastiq).
  • Online banking with BMO, HSBC, Scotiabank, or any credit union by setting Fraser Academy Association as the payee and using your first name and last initial (in upper-case letters and without space) as the account number.

If you have any questions, please email Melanie Davda at