Orton-Gillingham Classroom Educator’s Course For Parents

cropped-appleOrton-Gillingham Classroom Educator’s Course
Presented by Dawn M. Nieman/Fellow AOGPE

Orton-Gillingham is a powerful approach to teaching reading and spelling. Trained Orton-Gillingham practitioners have had remarkable success with the program’s multi-sensory approach for over 70 years.
Although the program is best known for its effectiveness in teaching those with dyslexia, Orton-Gillingham may be adapted to benefit all developing readers.

Course Description:

This 30-hour Classroom Educator course will be delivered through a combination of in-person facilitation and virtual instruction.  This course is the first step in learning the Orton-Gillingham Approach.  It is useful in a classroom setting and those cultivating a specialized tutoring practice or homeschooling children with reading difficulties.  Note that this course also serves as a first step to completing a Classroom Educator or Associate Level accreditation with additional lesson plans, observations, and coursework needed for those levels.

Instructor:  Dawn Nieman, a highly experienced Orton-Gillingham Practitioner and Fellow at the Orton-Gillingham Academy, will provide this training via webinars.

Facilitator:  Mary Murray Stowe with the TTAC at William and Mary will facilitate the trainings.            (See Biographical information below)

Dates of Training:

Wednesdays, March 1, 8, and 15, 2017 from 6:00-8:30pm, and

Saturdays, March 4, 11, and 18, 2017 from 9:00am-4:30pm.


PEATC – 8003 Forbes Place, Suite 310 Springfield, VA 22151

Cost per participant is outlined at the end of this document.
Certificates of attendance will be provided to those who complete all requirements of the course.

If you have specific questions about Orton-Gillingham, the contents of the course, or accreditation, please contact Dawn Nieman at dnieman@optonline.net.

The course will include:

Introduction to Dyslexia, signs, and symptoms and simulation Anglo-Saxon Prefixes and Suffixes for reading, spelling, and vocabulary development
Introduction to Phonology Strategies for Multi-Sensory Instruction
Introduction and simulation of Dysgraphia Strategies for Oral Reading
Handwriting Instruction Orton-Gillingham Lesson Planning
Basic Phonics for Reading and Spelling Diagnostic and Prescriptive Teaching
Syllable Division Rules  

 Biographical Information for Dawn Nieman:                                         

Dawn Nieman pursued a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education before acquiring a position teaching third grade in public school.  While working in public school and towards her master’s degree specializing in Reading, she realized there was something missing in actually teaching a
child how to read.  She left public school to work at a private school, which specializes in the remediation of dyslexic students.  While there she was trained in the Orton-Gillingham Approach.  She continued to learn this approach and became a Fellow of the AOGPE.  She opened her private practice in 1996 for those who could not attend this private school.  In 2000 she founded a camp which specializes in the remediation of dyslexic children.  In 2013, Dawn left the classroom to teach other teachers how to work with dyslexic children.  She trains teachers in a variety of settings including public and private schools as well as universities and for the DOE of Virginia.  She continues to tutor students and also creates teaching materials to help those recently trained to work with students.

Biographical Information for Mary Murray Stowe (facilitator for the sessions):

Mary Murray Stowe, M.Ed. works with teachers, administrators, instructional coaches, directors and coordinators of Special Education through the Training and Technical Assistance Center at the College of William as an educational specialist and adjunct professor.  Currently, Mary partners with VDOE as a Virginia Coordinator of Specialized Reading Instruction.  Mary is certified as a SIM™ Certified Learning Strategy Professional Developer, Certified Local LETRS Trainer, and working toward Associate Level Certification with the Academy of Orton Gillingham Practitioners and Educators.

Cost per participant:

Training by Dawn Nieman, Orton Fellow – $600.00 (per participant based on10 people sharing the cost)

Materials for the Training – 106.00, to include the Gillingham Manual (required with training),

sound/symbol cards, and handouts

TOTAL – $706.00

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