We will be providing our 2020 Summer and Fall OG Cohorts online, due to the COVID 19 outbreak. 
Please contact us at 952-920-9280 for more information. 

Application deadline for the Summer Cohort is June 1, 2020 - we still have spots available!

The Orton Gillingham approach to teaching reading is fast becoming the go-to recommendation from diagnosticians and neuropsychologists who refer students with dyslexia or other learning disabilities. In addition, many states are implementing laws that require an explicit, systematic, structured literacy approach (like Orton Gillingham) for teaching reading to these students.

Become an Orton Gillingham Educator and get the in-depth phonics training that is needed to effectively teach students who struggle with reading. 

We now have three OG teacher training opportunities for you - now accepting applications!

This training is appropriate for anyone teaching students pre-reading - 8th grade. Instruction includes the theory and practical components needed to implement the Orton Gillingham approach with a high degree of fidelity.

All coursework and direct supervision align with the International  Dyslexia Association's revised 2018 IDA Knowledge and Practice Standards for Teachers of Reading and are conducted and overseen by Karen Sonday, MA. Education. Ms. Sonday is a Fellow of the Academy of Orton Gillingham Practitioners and Educators (AOGPE).

To be considered for this program, we would like a resume and letter of interest sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  or contact Karen Sonday at 952-920-9280 for more information.

Orton Gillingham Cohorts

          Summer Cohort:  June 15, 2020 - August 6, 2020

          Fall Cohort:  September 14, 2020 - January 21, 2021

          Winter Cohort:  January 23, 2021 - May 27, 2021


 Summer Schedule:

Mon. - Wed. June 15 - 17, 2020 9:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. CST Lecture
Mon. - Thurs. All Subsequent Weeks 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. CST Practicum
Mon. - Wed. All Subsequent Weeks 12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. CST Lecture
  June 29 - July 2, 2020   NO CLASS

Fall Schedule:  (For weekday schedule, select either M/W option or T/Th option.)

Seven Saturdays

September 12 & 26, 2020
October 3 & 24, 2020
November 14, 2020
December 12, 2020
January 9, 2021

9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. CST

Mon/Wed. All Subsequent Weeks evening Practicum
Tues/Thurs All Subsequent Weeks evening Practicum
  Nov. 26 - 28, 2020  Thanksgiving NO CLASS
  Dec. 23, 2020 - Jan. 1  Winter Break NO CLASS
Winter Schedule:  (For weekday schedule, select either M/W option or T/Th option.)
Seven Saturdays
January 23 and 30, 2021 February 6 and 27, 2021
March 13, 2021
April 17, 2021
May 15, 2021

9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. CST

Mon./Wed. All Subsequent Weeks evening Practicum
Tues./Thurs.  All Subsequent Weeks evening  Practicum
Prerequisite: none

Coursework: 60 hours - online through OGRS.

Practicum: 60-70 hours - online through OGRS.

Coursework Includes:

  • Principles of effective instruction
  • Dyslexia and other learning disabilities
  • Pre-reading skills intervention including phonological awareness and phonemic awareness
  • Intro to the structure and history of the English language
  • Intro to phonology
  • Teaching language structure using seminal OG works including Rome and Osman’s Language Tool Kit and The Gillingham Manual
  • Multisensory techniques
  • Beginning affixes
  • Beginning Greek and Latin roots
  • Syllables and syllabication
  • Endings rules for suffixes
  • Metacognitive thinking/Socratic questioning
  • Teaching handwriting
  • Writing decodable text
  • Administering screening and progress monitoring measures
  • Documenting student progress

Additional Benefits

  • Small training group, highly individualized
  • No travel necessary to attend the training
  • Access to a wide variety of high-quality teaching materials
  • Direct mentoring and in-depth training by a Fellow of the Academy of Orton Gillingham Practitioners and Educators
  • Rigorous curriculum with a focus on mastery and competency of skills
  • Optional 6 graduate credits available.


$4,000 plus materials (about $250)

$1,000 Non-refundable deposit upon acceptance.

Balance of tuition due two weeks prior to the start of the selected Cohort.




Contact Karen Sonday -(952)-920-9280 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.