Orton-Gillingham Teacher Training is a comprehensive weeklong class (6 days) offered at Horizon Academy this June. The class advances the understanding of specific procedures of the OG Approach and the underlying principles in teaching reading, spelling, and vocabulary. Teachers learn the principles of teaching students diagnosed with dyslexia or language-based learning disabilities to unlock the code of reading and spelling.
The class addresses:
- Dyslexia and related brain research
- General history and structure of the English language
- Phonological awareness
- Sound/symbol relationships for reading and spelling
- Six syllable types and ways to divide words into syllables
- Anglo-Saxon, Latin and Greek word parts
- Spelling rules and generalizations
- “Learned” or non-phonetic words
- Advanced decoding skills
- Scope/sequence and lesson planning
- Teaching strategies and development of teaching materials
This course is taught by Karen Leopold, MS Ed, an Accredited Training Fellow of the Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators, holds four NYS Certifications: General Education N-6, English 7-12, Reading N-12, and Special Education N-12. She has taught in one-on-one and small group settings, and worked as the K012 Multisensory Language Consultant for several public school group districts. She served as the Director of the Kildonan Teacher Training Institute for 7 years and 3 years as the Director of Language Training at Camp Dunnabeck. Karen has presented at many International Dyslexia Association (IDA), and several IDA Branches’ annual conferences. She has published The Student Notebook I (Basic) and II (Advanced), which is geared toward the dyslexic student, and is coauthor of the Learning Cursive workbook and Conquering Spelling Demons I and II.