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GIFTT - Teacher Training

The Garside Institute for Teacher Training (GIFTT)

The Garside Institute for Teacher Training at Carroll School was established to provide teachers and tutors with Orton-Gillingham training through coursework and practicum experience. Our mission is to educate professionals and give them the skills to successfully work with students who have language-based learning disabilities.

This training emphasizes courses that have a direct, multisensory, and systematic approach based on principles that have proven effective in teaching students the structure of language. 

The Academic Year Orton-Gillingham course provides 90 hours of coursework and 180 hours of supervised practicum, totaling approximately 270 contact hours.  The Certified Level Orton-Gillingham course provides 100 hours of coursework and 200 hours of supervised practicum during the two-year course.  These courses are nationally accredited by the Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators (AOGPE) and The International Dyslexia Assocation (IDA).  Carroll School’s teacher training is aligned with the content of IDA’s Knowledge and Practice Standards.


Louise Freese, Director
Fellow, Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators 

Ann Celine French,
Outreach and Professional Development Administrator

For further information, please contact GIFTT:
(781) 259-8342 x9730