Orton Gillingham Training - Synchronous Online!

The Orton Gillingham approach to teaching reading (Structured Literacy) 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.  Join us in becoming an Orton Gillingham Specialist! 

This training is appropriate for anyone teaching students at reading levels 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 Orton Gillingham Academy. (formerly AOGPE)  Lecture and practicum are both held synchronously and online!

Upcoming Orton Gillingham Online Cohorts:

2021 Fall Cohort:  September 11, 2021 - February 1, 2022  (Application Deadline - August 31, 2021)

2022  Summer Cohort:  June 13, 2022 - August 4, 2022  (Application Deadline - June 1, 2022)

From two Fall 2020 Cohort Attendees:

Their commitment to our learning and extraordinary wealth of knowledge as supervisors is unparalleled.”     “Overall great experience and fabulous teachers!

To be considered for this program, please email a resume and letter of interest to contactus@ogreading.comKaren Sonday will contact you for an interview.

Fall 2021 Cohort Schedule: 

NOTE:  Center is closed November 25 & 26 for Thanksgiving and December 22 - January 2 for Winter Holiday.


 All Cohort Participants

September 11, 2021
September 18, 2021
October 2, 2021
October 9, 2021
November 6, 2021
November 13, 2021
December 4, 2021
December 11, 2021

9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. CST


Mon./Wed. Group

Mondays and Wednesdays
Starting: Wednesday, October 6, 2021

5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. CST

Practicum and Lecture

Tues./Thurs. Group

Tuesdays and Thursdays
Starting: Thursday, October 7, 2021

5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. CST

Practicum and Lecture


Summer 2022 Cohort Schedule:   

NOTE:  Center is closed July 4 - 10, 2022 for 4th of July week.

Mon. – Thurs.

June 13 – 17, 2022

9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. CST


Mon. – Thurs.

June 20 – August 4, 2022

9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. CST



June 20 – August 4, 2022

12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. CST



  • Candidates must be computer literate; able to operate Zoom or similar video conferencing programs, Dropbox, etc.
  • Candidates must have the proper technology and equipment - as listed below.

Coursework:  60 hours - synchronous online through OGRS.

Practicum:  60-70 hours - synchronous online through OGRS.

Space limited:  Twelve (12) teachers per cohort.

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
  • 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:

  • Course INCLUDES practicum with our students - no need to find your own students.
  • You have the option to earn additional supervised practicum hours at no additional cost!
  • 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 Orton Gillingham Academy (formerly AOGPE)
  • Rigorous curriculum with a focus on mastery and competency of skills
  • Optional 6 graduate credits are available through Baker University.

Tuition and Materials:

$4,000 - Lecture and Practicum
$250 (approx.) - Materials:

  • Language Tool Kit, by Paula D. Rome and Jean S. Osman
  • The Gillingham Manual; Remedial Training for Students with Specific Disability in Reading, Spelling, and Penmanship, by  Anna Gillingham
  • Equipped for Reading Success by David A. Kilpatrick.

$500 non-refundable deposit is due upon acceptance. Balance of tuition due two weeks prior to the start of the selected Cohort.


Technology Requirements:

Minimum technology requirements for OGRS online lecture and practicum include:

  • A desktop or laptop computer with a camera and microphone, capable of supporting Zoom, Dropbox, etc.
  • Please review the technology requirements for a Zoom session.
  • High-speed, reliable internet service
  • A headphone set with a microphone
  • Printer/Scanner

To be considered for this program, please email a resume and letter of interest to contactus@ogreading.com.
Karen Sonday will contact you for an interview.