Orton-Gillingham Training

2018 Announcements:

The Blosser Center for Dyslexia Resources is excited to announce that we have been approved and added to the Oregon Department of Education List of Approved Dyslexia-Related Training Opportunities!


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Our Next Tutor Training Course is Being Planned

Our next Tutor Training Course is being planned for the Portland metropolitan area.

Please call our office to indicate your interest in Tutor Training  to our trainers!  The more inquiries we get, the sooner we may be able to schedule our next training session.

Our Tutor Training course is a 5-day or 10-day intensive class instruction (60 hours of instruction).

Week One: Classroom Educator Level (30 hours of classroom instruction)

Week Two: Associate Level (30 hours week two coursework). Requires previous Classroom Educator Level completion (either in the previous week, or a previous course, for a total of 60 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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 Tutor Training Course 2018

The Summer Coursework was held Monday-Friday (8.30-3.30pm) June 18-29th, 2018

at PCC Newberg Campus.

Our upcoming Tutor Training Course will be held in the Portland area.

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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 method. 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 Approach 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 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 Associate status with the AOGPE.  The training must be completed in the following order:

  1. Summer Coursework: The basic ten-day intensive class: Monday-Friday (8.30-3.30pm) 
  2. Internship: the internship consists of a two-part practicum tutoring two children, along with a minimum of 10 observations.  These observations must be completed within two school years.  A trainee’s child cannot be a practicum student.

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 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 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 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