Orton-Gillingham Training

The application for training is being revised.  Please contact the office with questions or for updates.

Tuesday, August 8 to Friday, August 18, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Because of the overwhelming demand for training and qualified tutors, we are unable to accommodate trainees outside of the Portland/Vancouver/Willamette Valley area.  Contact the office if you have any questions.

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.

Who should take the Orton-Gillingham Approach Training?

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

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

How long is the training?

This training has three parts.  Lecture/demonstration classes at the basic and intermediate levels are combined with two supervised internships over one or two years.  All three parts must be completed in order to apply for Associate status with the AOGPE.  The training must be completed in the following order:

  1. The basic nine-day intensive class, (#1), is held in the beginning of August
  2. The first half of the practicum, (#2), is spread over a school year.
  3. The second half of the practicum, (#3), can be completed after the first half is completed during the school year or three observations can be completed during our summer school.

How much professional support is included?

  • Professional support is the key to success of our program.
  • Blosser Center staff personally advises 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 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 does Classic Orton-Gillingham align with the science of reading instruction?

  • Classic Orton-Gillingham 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.
  • Classic Orton-Gillingham 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 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.