SUMMER TEACHER TRAINING—ORTON GILLINGHAM
This summer, the Sally Borden Program at Friends Academy will train teachers in the Orton-Gillingham Reading Program, an approach that teaches children and /or adults with dyslexia or reading disorders how to read. Orton-Gillingham offers systematic, structured, and multisensory reading instruction that is highly successful and geared to the specific reading needs of individuals.
This 60-hour eight-session course will be taught by Dawn Nieman, a fellow at the Orton-Gillingham Academy. Completion of the course provides the necessary training to become an Orton-Gillingham Associate after completing a practicum (ortonacademy.org). The course runs each summer.
During this training, in addition to learning about dyslexia and reading disorders, participants will learn the following fundamental elements of the Orton-Gillingham approach: an introduction to phonology, handwriting instruction, basic phonics, morphology and words derived from Anglo-Saxon, Latin, and Greek. This course covers strategies for multi-sensory instruction, formal and informal testing, and how to use that information for tutorials. They will learn how to plan an Orton-Gillingham lesson and writing and grammar skills.
This summer, we are also adding the ability to get the 30 hour Classroom Training. This prepares a teacher to use Orton-Gillingham with small groups only. We will accept four candidates for this training.