Orton Gillingham Mastery Series - Online

We want to gather every month (virtually) to learn from each other and create a true Orton Gillingham Community!  If we are serious about changing the lives of struggling readers, then as OG Practitioners we must be life-long learners and develop a deep understanding of current research, best practices, and practical applications. We are providing monthly online opportunities for educators to learn together, share ideas, best practices, and support one another. Please join us!

Seminars, book studies, or workshops are held on the 4th Thursday of the month, January through October, from 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. CST.

There is no cost for the Mastery Series, but you must purchase your own books and materials, where applicable.

May 2021 - October 2021

Can ghoti really be pronounced fish? Why is "o" short in glove and love, but long in rove and cove? Why do English words carry such extra baggage as the silent "b" in doubt, the silent "k" in knee, and the silent "n" in autumn?  Discover the answer to these pesky and perplexing questions in this book study!

"Venezky has written an immensely interesting and informative book on American English spelling. It covers a broad range of topics, moving gracefully from the historical origins of the 26 letters to the regularities and irregularities of spelling in food and drink words, and ending with the rules of spelling useful for teaching phonics to beginning readers. My favorite line: 'No hand of consistency ever stoked the spelling engine for English.'" --Jeanne S. Chall, PhD, Professor of Education, Emeritus, Graduate School of Education, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts.

May - October Mastery Series 2021 Syllabus - The American Way of Spelling Book Study Syllabus

The first meeting of the Venesky Mastery Series Book Study will be on Thursday, May 27, 2021, at 7:00 p.m. CST.

Registration for this book study is closed.  Please sign up for our next one, beginning in January!


January 2022 - May 2022

"Human beings were never born to read," writes Tufts University cognitive neuroscientist and child development expert Maryanne Wolf. Reading is a human invention that reflects how the brain rearranges itself to learn something new. In this ambitious, provocative book, Wolf chronicles the remarkable journey of the reading brain not only over the past five thousand years, since writing began, but also over the course of a single child's life, showing in the process why children with dyslexia have reading difficulties and singular gifts.

Wolf . . . integrates psychology and archeology, linguistics and education, history and neuroscience in a truly pathbreaking look at the development of the reading brain, a complicated phenomenon that Wolf seeks to chronicle from both the early history of humanity and the early stages of an individual's development unlike its component parts such as vision and speech... reading has no direct [genetic] program passing it on to future generations.

Proust and the Squid Syllabus

The first meeting of the Wolf Mastery Series Book Study will be held Thursday, January  27, 2022, at 7:00 p.m. CST.

Sign up for the Proust and the Squid Mastery Series Book Study HERE!