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Our Next Two Tutor Training Courses are Scheduled!


Course #1: June 17-28, 2019

Part 1: Classroom Educator Level Training
June 17-21; Monday through Friday, 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM

Part 2: Additional Training advancing participants to the Associate Level
June 24-28; Monday through Friday, 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM


Course #2: August 12-16 2019; 6 Saturdays over 8 months, 2019-2020

Part 1: Classroom Educator Level Training
August 12-16; Monday through Friday, 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM

Part 2: Additional Training advancing participants to the Associate Level
Six Saturdays during school year, 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Schedule to be announced
1st Saturday Session will be September 28, 2019


These two Tutor Training Courses will be held in the Portland area.

These two courses are significantly different in structure from each other.

Course #1: June Two-Week Training

Course 1 will be an intensive classroom experience which covers the Classroom Educator level in the first week, and advances participants to the Associate level in the second week. This structure is better for trainees who need to travel to attend the training sessions. Note: since this course is an intensive, concentrated training class, students will benefit from at least an introductory understanding of phonics, and have good reading and writing skills.

Course #2: August One-Week Training, Weekend Training Over 8 Months

Course 2 will be one week of introductory material (Monday through Friday) covering the Classroom Educator material, followed by six Saturday sessions for the additional topics needed for Associate certification. This structure allows much more interaction between Associate tutor trainees and instructors, especially in answering questions and providing guidance to trainees as they gain experience tutoring in their practicum.

Trainees for the Classroom Educator level can take the first part of training during either course.

The introductory Classroom Educator training is a prerequisite for any trainee for the Associate level training.  Trainees for the Associate level can take either introductory week, and continue with the Course 2 Additional training on Saturdays.  Associate trainees who wish to complete the Part 2 Additional training during the first Course must take the introductory training of the first Course, or must have completed a prior Classroom Educator class.

Classroom Educator certification = Part 1 of training AND 50 hour practicum (with 5 observed tutoring sessions).
Associate certification = Parts 1 AND 2 AND 100 hour practicum (with 10 observed tutoring sessions).


Costs for Training Courses:

Part 1 Training (Orton-Gillingham Classroom Educator): $1500.00

Part 2 Training (Additional training for Associate Level): $1300.00
(Must take/have taken Part 1 training also) 

Cost for coursework includes course materials, including a user-friendly manual that translates the concepts and procedures of Orton-Gillingham into plain English, a variety of supporting texts, and card decks for lessons. The above costs do NOT include the cost of practicum observations, which are required for full certification.


Please call our office to indicate your interest in Tutor Training  to our trainers!

The minimum enrollment for each part is 12 trainees. If a class section does not enroll enough trainees, The Blosser Center reserves the right to cancel or reschedule that section. In this case, deposits will be refunded.

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Our Tutor Training course is a 5-day or 10 to 11 day intensive class instruction (70+ hours of instruction).

Part One: Classroom Educator Level (35 hours of classroom instruction)

Part Two: Additional Instruction for Associate Level (35-36 hours coursework). Requires previous Classroom Educator Level completion (either in the previous week, or a previous course, for a total of 70 to 71 hours of classroom instruction.)

Classroom Educator Level certification also requires a 50 hour internship and supervised practicum.

Associate Level certification also requires 100 hours of internship and supervised practicum.

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 Training at The Blosser Center

The Blosser Center is an Accredited Training Program of both the Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators and the International Dyslexia Association. We provide training classes for the certification levels listed below.  To become fully qualified, each level also requires a practicum, which is a period of supervised tutoring, to practice and refine your abilities.

Orton-Gillingham Classroom Educator (OGCE) and Associate Level courses are taught regularly during the year.  Certified Level classes are scheduled as the need arises. Fellow training is generally arranged individually between the trainee and the supervising Fellow.

  1. Orton-Gillingham Classroom Educator Level (OGCE)  training is recommended for educators wishing to bring Orton-Gillingham techniques to their classroom or school. Trainees are qualified to apply the principles of the OG Approach to modify and provide literacy instruction for the classroom or small groups.
  1. Associate Level training is recommended for persons wishing to become professional tutors qualified in Orton-Gillingham tutoring under the mentorship of an Academy Fellow.  Associates are qualified to provide one-on-one OG instruction under the mentorship of an Academy Fellow. An additional 10 hours of training allows the trainee to provide small group instruction under the mentorship of an Academy Fellow.
  1. Certified Level training is recommended for persons wishing to become independent professional tutors qualified to provide Orton-Gillingham tutoring.  Certified Level tutors are independent practitioners qualified to teach/tutor individuals or small groups using the OG Approach.
  1. Fellow Level training is recommended for members who desire to become trainers and supervisors of tutors.  Fellows are independent practitioners qualified to train and supervise other professionals in the OG Approach. They are also qualified to tutor individuals, and provide literacy instruction for the classroom and small groups.

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Considering Training?

As part of The Blosser Center’s mission, we provide training for individuals interested and dedicated to becoming certified in the Orton-Gillingham tutoring approach. The Blosser Center is certified as a training center by the Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators and the International Dyslexia Association, and our trainers hold certifications from both.

Who should take the Orton-Gillingham Classroom Educator/Associate Training?

  • Reading specialists
  • Special Education teachers
  • Classroom teachers
  • Instructional assistants
  • Professional tutors
  • Volunteer tutors

The Academy requires trainees and all potential members to have a Bachelor’s degree.  Therefore, we can only accept those applicants that have such a degree, unless you are currently working for a school district as an aide.

How long is the Classroom Educator/Associate training?

This training has two parts.  Lecture/demonstration classes are followed with a supervised internship over one or two years.  Both parts must be completed in order to apply for either Classroom Educator or Associate status with the AOGPE.  The training must be completed in the following order:

  1. Coursework: The complete Associate Level class is a ten or eleven day class, usually given Monday-Friday. Week 1 is the Classroom Educator (OGCE) class. Week 2 presents Intermediate topics required for the Associate Level certification. Educators desiring the OGCE qualification must attend Week 1. Tutor trainees desiring Associate Level qualification must attend both Week 1 and Week 2, unless they have previously completed the Classroom Educator classwork, in which case they are required to attend Week 2.
  2. Internship:
    • The OGCE internship consists of a practicum tutoring one student for 50 hours/sessions, with a minimum of 5 sessions observed and reviewed by the supervising Fellow, Fellow-In-Training, or Clinical Supervisor (at least 2 of the 5 must be reviewed by the supervising Fellow). These observations must be completed within one school year.
    • The Associate internship consists of a two-part practicum tutoring two children for 100 hours/sessions, along with a minimum of 10 observations (at least 3 of the 10 must be reviewed by the supervising Fellow).  These observations must be completed within two school years.

    In either case, a trainee’s child cannot be a practicum student.

How does the Orton-Gillingham Approach align with the science of reading instruction?

  • Orton-Gillingham tutoring meets and exceeds all criteria for effective literacy instruction.
  • It targets all 5 “Big Ideas” for teaching reading identified by the National Reading Panel and the National Academy of Sciences: phonemic awareness, the alphabetic principle, fluency with text, vocabulary and comprehension.
  • O-G exceeds these standards by including spelling and handwriting.
  • The Orton-Gillingham Approach fits well with the Patterns of Strengths and Weaknesses model for identification of students with dyslexia and dysgraphia.
  • It has proved its effectiveness for severely impaired readers/spellers in many peer reviewed, scientific studies.
  • Students tutored by Blosser Center personnel acquire reading skills at an average of 2.5 times their previous rate as shown by standardized testing. Some read for the first time.

What is the text?

  • We provide a user-friendly manual that translates the concepts and procedures of Orton-Gillingham into plain English.
  • A versatile lesson plan form helps beginners learn to write complete, multisensory lessons.
  • A clear chart of the scope and sequence facilitates record keeping.
  • Handy word lists are provided for each concept.
  • Trainees also receive The Gillingham “Green” Manual.
  • Additional readings range from works by the founding generation of the Orton-Gillingham Approach to the latest scientific research on reading and dyslexia.

How much professional support is included?

  • Professional support is the key to success of our program.
  • Blosser Center staff members personally advise each trainee as they work with students.
  • 10 observation/consultations ensure that every trainee masters the procedures basic to the Orton-Gillingham Approach and learns to modify the sequence to match the needs of each student.

What if I am dyslexic?

  • If you are dyslexic, you are welcome to take the course, but this does not mean that you are immediately eligible to take the practicum and tutor. Dyslexic individuals must be remediated first in order to tutor/teach other dyslexic individuals.  This course does not serve that purpose and is solely for training someone to tutor/teach dyslexics.  The policy above also applies if you discover that you are dyslexic while taking the course.  If you have any questions, please call to talk with one of our trainers.  Dyslexic individuals make some of the best tutors, but only after they have been remediated.

What makes The Blosser Center Training your best choice?

  • Professional support
  • Accessible materials
  • Preparation for all Orton-Gillingham based commercial programs
  • Instructors have earned national certification through the Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators
  • Course prepares students for national certification through the AOGPE
  • University credit is offered cooperatively by the Blosser Center and Portland State University Continuing Education/ Graduate School of Education with the School of Extended Studies
  • Students are admitted regardless of race, color, national or ethnic origin

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2017 School District Training Reviews

“Fantastic comprehensive training on a multi-sensory approach to teaching skill deficits for not only dyslexic students, but all students.”
-Kari Willcuts, Ewing Young Elementary School, Newberg OR

“This training was the most helpful and applicable professional development that I have done in many years!”
-Megan Holcomb, Park Academy, Lake Oswego OR

“Every bit was valuable- nothing that was a waste of time, so refreshing and exciting! I can hardly wait to try it!”
-Wendy Garland, Chehalem Valley Middle School, Newberg OR

“The depth of knowledge of the instructors was fantastic.”
-Lari Whitbeck, Fossil Elementary School, Fossil OR

“The most helpful part of the training was going over the brain research and understanding how a Dyslexic’s brain is set up differently, and practicing lesson plans.”
-Katie Butterfield, Wallowa School District, Wallowa OR