The Orton-Gillingham Institute
The Stern Center is committed to ensuring all children become confident and skilled readers. Our Orton-Gillingham Institute—accredited through the Orton-Gillingham Academy—is advancing that goal with a powerful, multisensory approach to literacy instruction rooted in decades of classroom success. Orton-Gillingham instruction begins at the simplest level, connecting sounds to letters, then progresses to more complex words and texts.
Since 2010, the Stern Center’s Orton-Gillingham Institute has been providing comprehensive coursework and practicum opportunities for classroom teachers, special educators, reading specialists, and adult educators.
We believe every child has the right to read, and every teacher deserves the knowledge and training to realize that promise. Through our Orton-Gillingham courses and workshops, you’ll learn the structure of the English language and how to teach it systematically and sequentially. You’ll receive a comprehensive Scope and Sequence for teaching foundational reading and spelling skills and access an extensive video library and valuable teaching resources. You’ll be prepared to build and expand every student’s reading skills, including the ones who struggle the most.
The Orton-Gillingham Approach
Research shows that while about 40% of students will learn to read no matter how they’re taught, more than half need direct, explicit, and systematic multisensory instruction. For students with dyslexia and reading disabilities, a structured approach like Orton-Gillingham is essential to reading success. The Orton-Gillingham Approach integrates reading, spelling, and writing instruction in intentionally crafted and skillfully implemented lessons, covering phonemic awareness (playing with sounds in words), phonics, handwriting, morphology (suffixes, prefixes, roots), vocabulary, and comprehension.
We offer coursework and practicum opportunities toward three certifications:
Orton-Gillingham Associate Level
Learn to teach OG as a targeted intervention and provide one-on-one and small-group instruction under the mentorship of an Academy Fellow.
Orton-Gillingham Classroom Educator
Learn to teach OG as part of a general literacy curriculum and apply the principles of the OG Approach in the classroom.
Orton-Gillingham Certified Level
Learn how to teach OG as an advanced practitioner with an in-depth focus on morphology.
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Frequently Asked Questions
What terms and conditions are there for professional learning registrations?
Please read the terms and conditions for our courses and workshops and contact us if you have any questions.
How do I register?
- If the course or workshop you’re interested in is on our website, please visit the course or workshop’s page and follow the link to access our online registration form. Complete the form by doing the following:
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I want to apply for tuition funding. When and how do I do this?
The Stern Center’s Cynthia K. Hoehl Institute for Excellence (CKHIE) provides grants to reduce the cost of our programs for educators, helping to make vital professional learning more readily accessible. When you register for a course or workshop, we’ll ask if you want to apply for grant funding. Select “Yes,” and we’ll ask how the grant will help your work as an educator. You will be required to submit a paragraph or two about your professional learning goals.
After you apply for funding, we’ll calculate the amount of your grant and subtract it from the cost of the course or workshop. Most grants provide 20% off of tuition.
You can read more about applying for grant funding here.
Can OG be used in the classroom for general education purposes?
The Orton-Gillingham Classroom Educator is qualified to apply the principles of the Orton-Gillingham Approach to modify and provide literacy instruction in a classroom or small groups. To become an Orton-Gillingham Classroom Educator, you must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution, do 30 hours of coursework by a Fellow or a Fellow-in-Training, and 50 hours of supervised practicum over eight consecutive months.
How can I become certified in Orton-Gillingham?
The prerequisites to become certified in OG include earning a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution and satisfactory completion of Associate-level requirements; 100 hours minimum of coursework by a Fellow, or by a Fellow in Training as designated by the Fellow; and 200 hours supervised practicum over two academic years minimum, which includes ten entire 4–60 minute lesson observations of the trainee by a Fellow on-site, unedited video or web-based applications.
Is Orton-Gillingham a program?
A program is a plan, schedule or procedure to be followed to a specified end. A program provides structure but doesn’t teach and educator how to respond to different student errors and tailor each lesson based on student performance and individual learning needs.
An approach is the means adapted to tackling an issue. Orton-Gillingham is an instructional approach. It is most properly understood and practiced as an approach, not a method, program, system, or technique. In the hands of a well-trained and experienced instructor, it is a powerful tool of exceptional breadth, depth, and flexibility.
What is the Orton-Gillingham Approach?
The Orton-Gillingham Approach is the underlying foundation of all multisensory, structured language instruction. Orton-Gillingham (OG) systematically teaches the structure of the English language by incorporating multisensory modalities in a structured yet flexible approach, ensuring student success. The Stern Center’s Orton-Gillingham Institute is the only organization in Vermont that provides OG training accredited by the Orton-Gillingham Academy. We offer coursework and practicum opportunities toward three certifications: OG Classroom Educator, OG Associate Level, and OG Certified Level.
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