Orton Gillingham Training - Horizon Academy

Orton-Gillingham Classroom Educator Training

Horizon Academy is hosting Janet George, M.S., M.ED, an Accredited Training Fellow of the Orton-Gillingham Academy. Gabi Guillory Welsh, Horizon Academy’s Fellow in Training (FIT) co-teach and assist. This educator training is a comprehensive class that advances the understanding of specific procedures of the O-G Approach and the underlying principles in teaching reading, spelling, and vocabulary. Teachers learn the principles of teaching students diagnosed with dyslexia and other language-based learning disabilities to unlock the code of reading and spelling.

This class is intended for general classroom educators; special educators, reading specialists, and reading interventionists should consider the Associate course listed below.

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
  • Introductory Anglo-Saxon morphology (word parts)
  • Spelling rules and generalizations
  • “Learned” or Non-phonetic words (“Red” Words)
  • Scope/sequence and lesson planning
  • Teaching strategies for small groups and classrooms

O-G Classroom Educator (OGCE/OGA) Practicum

The practicum provides guidance during the practical application of the coursework. In order to become an Orton-Gillingham Classroom Educator, the Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators (AOGPE), requires a minimum of 50 hours of supervised classroom or group instruction using the O-G Approach over the course of a minimum of 8 months. During the practicum, five observations are completed by a Fellow, in addition to the completion of some readings. This level of membership prepares a teacher for implementing the O-G Approach within a classroom or group, but not one-on-one tutoring. Horizon Academy strongly encourages those individuals who plan to present themselves as O-G tutors to have this practical experience.

Orton Gillingham Classroom Educator

Course Dates

Where: Horizon Academy

July 24th to 28th 2023

8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. CST

Price: Cost $1500 plus $100 for materials;

$200 non-refundable application fee due with application.

This training will be held in person at Horizon Academy.

*Participants are required to provide their own office supplies.

*Price also includes a 50-hour practicum experience that can be arranged after the workshop with the Fellow.

Orton-Gillingham Associate Training

This educator training, also led by Janet George, M.S. M.ED, an Accredited Training Fellow of the Orton-Gillingham Academy, is a more in-depth class that advances the understanding of specific procedures of the O-G Approach and the underlying principles in teaching reading, spelling, and vocabulary. Tutors and interventionists learn the principles of teaching students diagnosed with dyslexia and other language-based learning disabilities to unlock the code of reading and spelling. This course is intended for reading specialists, reading interventionists, and special educators.

The class addresses:

  • All bullet points in the Classroom Educator Course in greater depth and detail, and more methods for practical application 
  • Analyzing a student’s background and diagnosis
  • Diagnostic and prescriptive teaching for one-on-one instruction

O-G Associate (A/OGA) Practicum

The Associate practicum provides guidance during the practical application of the coursework. In order to become an Orton-Gillingham Classroom Educator, the Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators (AOGPE), requires a minimum of 100 hours of supervised one-on-one instruction using the O-G Approach over the course of a minimum of 8 months. During the practicum, ten observations are completed by a Fellow, and applicants are assigned readings as well. Applicants are also required to complete an annotated lesson and a student profile under the guidance of their Fellow, as this course is about deepening the practitioner’s ability to understand a student’s learning profile and unique learning needs.

Associate Orton Gillingham Training

Course Dates

Where: Horizon Academy

June 19th to June 30 2023

8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. CST

Price: $3000 plus $150 for materials

$300 non-refundable deposit due with application.

This training will be held in person at Horizon Academy.

*Participants are required to provide their own office supplies.


Please note the coursework and practicum experience for this certification are demanding. A bachelor’s degree is required to participate in this training.

For more information regarding levels of certification, see the Academy website, www.ortonacademy.org. If a Classroom Educator wishes to pursue Associate level certification by the Academy, all coursework and practicum training may be applied to the Associate training requirements. Additional fees and practicum hours are required for this certification.


Cost $1500 plus $100 for materials; $200 non-refundable application fee due with application.