Orton-Gillingham Associate’s Level Course For Parents

cropped-appleOrton-Gillingham Classroom Associate’s Level 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 40-hour Associate Level course will be delivered through virtual instruction.  The course begins instruction where the Classroom Educator level left off.  It is useful in a 1-1 setting and those cultivating a specialized tutoring practice or homeschooling children with reading difficulties.  Note that the Classroom Educator level class is a pre-requisite to the Associate level class, and one may work towards Academy accreditation with additional lesson plans, observations, feedback, and a summary of a required reading list.

Instructor:  Dawn Nieman, a highly-experienced Orton-Gillingham Practitioner and An Accredited Training 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, October 18, November 15, December 13, 2017 and January 10, 2018 from 6:00pm-8:30pm and

Saturdays, October 21, November 18, December 9, 2017 and January 13, 2018 from 9:00am-4:30pm.



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:

Vocabulary Development Strategies

The History of the English Language

Latin Elements of English

Mock Tutoring and Feedback

Keyboarding Techniques

Writing Skills and Grammar

Formal and Informal Assessments

Final Exam

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 worked 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 and Mary 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:

Total – $850.00 (per participant based on 10 people sharing the cost)

The cost includes Latin affix cards and a variety of handouts in paper or electronic format.

Course Registration Click Here

Note: Course requires registration of no less than 10 students.  Registration Deadline October 6, 2017.  Please email Kristin Kane at kane@peatc.org with any questions regarding registration.