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Orton-Gillingham Training: Associate Level

Prerequisite: OG Training: Classroom Educator Level Coursework

We train over 50 educators every year in the Orton-Gillingham approach. Orton-Gillingham (OG) is a proven language-based method for teaching students with language-based learning disabilities, such as dyslexia, to read and write.

Orton-Gillingham Training: Associate Level is comprised of OG Training: Associate Level Coursework (30 hours) and an optional OG Training: Associate Level Practicum. This course meets the requirements of the Orton-Gillingham Academy (OGA), and is taught by Accredited Training Fellows of the OGA.

Following the successful completion of the OG Training: Associate Level Coursework, trainees may apply for a supervised OG Training: Associate Level Practicum leading to a membership at the Associate Level in the Orton-Gillingham Academy.

Upcoming OG Training: Associate Level

Part 1: 2 full days (Saturdays, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm)

  • March 2, 2024
  • April 13, 2024

Part 2: 7 sessions on Wednesday evenings, 5:00 – 7:00 pm (starting in Fall 2024)

  • October 30, 2024
  • November 13, 2024
  • November 27, 2024
  • December 11, 2024
  • February 12, 2025
  • April 23, 2025
  • May 7, 2025
  • May 28, 2025

Early registration is advised. Prerequisite: OG Training: Classroom Educator Level Coursework.

If you have any questions, please contact ProD@fraseracademy.ca.

The Orton-Gillingham Training: Associate Level has two parts: coursework and practicum.

The training 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.

It 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.

Feel free to contact ProD@fraseracademy.ca with any questions regarding the Orton-Gillingham Training: Associate Level Coursework.

Early registration is advised.

The OG Training: Associate Level Practicum must begin within 8 months of completing the coursework for the OG Training: Associate Level course.

If a trainee wishes to begin the practicum beyond this timeframe, they should reach out to the Fellow. Depending on the time between course completion and the request to begin the practicum, the following option may be provided at the discretion of the Fellow and pending availability.

  • Audit the OG Training: Associate Level course

If a trainee would like to begin the practicum after 2 years of completing the coursework, they must re-register and take the course again.

To learn more about the OG Training: Associate Level Practicum, please contact ProD@fraseracademy.ca.

The Orton-Gillingham Academy (OGA) 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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Colleen Chow, Accredited Training Fellow of the Orton-Gillingham Academy (OGA), is the Executive Director, Training & Learning at Fraser Academy. Ms. Chow is an International Dyslexia Association (IDA) Certified Dyslexia Specialist and a Professionally Certified Educational Therapist (PCET) through the National Institute of Learning Development (NILD).

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

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

What is the application process for Orton-Gillingham Training: Associate Level

  • 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 Training: Associate Level Coursework to be?

  • The OG Training: Associate Level Coursework is the foundation-level coursework 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 is the workload like outside of class time for the OG Training: Associate Level?

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

What topics are covered in the OG Training: Associate Level?

The OG Training: Associate Level Coursework includes the following topics:

  • Dyslexia and reading disorders
  • History of the English language
  • Morphology instruction in an OG lesson
  • Vocabulary development
  • Diagnostic and prescriptive instruction
  • Grammar and elements of a sentence/sentence types
  • Expository writing (basic paragraph)
  • Formal and informal assessment
  • Teaching self-monitoring skills
  • 1:1 lesson planning and implementation
  • The Academy structure and requirements

Will I get a certificate upon completion of the OG Training: Associate Level?

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

Can I begin to tutor once I have completed the OG Training: Associate Level course?

  • The OG 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 OG Training: Associate Level Practicum to learn to implement the theory taught during the course.

What is the job market like for OG tutors?

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

How To Apply

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

  • Completed application form
  • Current resume
  • $100 non-refundable processing fee (see below for payment options). Note: the OG Training: Associate Level application fee will be waived if applied for in conjunction with the OG Training: Classroom Educator Level.

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 – OG Training: Associate Level Coursework

Costs for the OG Training: Associate Level Coursework are:

  • $100 non-refundable processing fee (includes criminal records check).
  • $950 ($850 instruction + $100 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 (two weeks prior to course start date), all course fees are non-refundable.

Part 2 – OG Training: Associate Level Practicum

Completion of the OG Training: Associate Level Practicum requires 10 observations over a period of at least 8 months. The fee is $225 per observation.

Please contact us directly for additional details. Space is limited.

Payment Options
  • Interac e-transfer: Please send Interac e-transfers to the email address accountspayable@fraseracademy.ca (no security answer is necessary).
  • Credit card: Payments can be made at request.plastiq.com/pay-fraser-academy1 (this option incurs a 2.4% administration fee charged by Plastiq).
  • Cheque payments: Please make cheques payable to “Fraser Academy Association”.

 

If you have any questions, please email ProD@fraseracademy.ca.

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If you have any questions, please contact ProD@fraseracademy.ca.