Orton-Gillingham Training

The Garside Institute for Teacher Training (GIFTT) at Carroll School was established to provide comprehensive Orton-Gillingham training and certification through coursework and practicum. Our mission is to educate professionals and to give them the skills to teach students who have language-based learning difficulties.

The Orton-Gillingham Associate Level Course provided me with a clear objective, guidelines, and support to internalize this approach for teaching children with language challenges. It has been an enriching experience which has made a difference in my approach to teaching.

~2016 Graduate


Orton-Gillingham Courses

Our Orton-Gillingham 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.

Associate Level - Academic Year Course

Presenter: Louise Freese, Fellow, Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators (AOGPE)
August 2018 - early June 2019 (Dates TBD)

Trainees will teach reading and spelling skills using the Orton-Gillingham approach, a structured alphabetic-phonetic system that employs visual, auditory, tactile, and kinesthetic pathways to learning. Reading and spelling are treated as interacting disciplines. Using the Orton-Gillingham approach, trainees will learn to individualize tutoring sessions with students. Throughout the course, trainees will attend a weekly two-hour coursework seminar.

The Academic Year Course provides 90 hours of coursework and approximately 180 hours of supervised practicum, totaling approximately 270 contact hours. The course is nationally accredited by the Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators (AOGPE).

This course fulfills the Academy’s 60-hour coursework requirement for Associate Level Certification. The additional 30 hours of coursework include supplementary Orton-Gillingham theory and practice, and seminars on assessment giving an overview of the new WISC-V, as well as other curriculum-based assessment tools. Trainees will also be introduced to two programs developed at the Center for Reading and Language Research at Tufts University: RAVE-O and Developing Motivational Strategies in Students. The course includes a seminar on the current brain research that informs the Carroll School Targeted Cognitive Intervention Program.

Tuition Fee: $4,500

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Associate Level - Summer Course

Presenter: Louise Freese, Fellow, Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators (AOGPE)
June 18-July 27, 2018 (subject to change)

Trainees will teach reading and spelling skills using the Orton-Gillingham approach, a structured alphabetic-phonetic system that employs visual, auditory, tactile, and kinesthetic pathways to learning. Reading and spelling are treated as interacting disciplines. Using the Orton-Gillingham approach, trainees will learn to individualize instruction to meet the needs of each student.

This intensive six-week course is designed for teachers. Trainees will meet daily from 8:30 am to 3:00 pm for introductory seminars beginning in June 2018. After the first five days of seminars, trainees will begin daily, individualized tutoring sessions with students. Throughout the course, trainees will attend coursework seminars four afternoons each week.

The Summer Course provides 66 hours of coursework and 69 hours of supervised practicum, totaling 135 contact hours.

Tuition Fee: $2,600

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Certified Level - Two Year Course

A Two-Year Course of Study
Presenter: Katherine Kumler, Fellow, AOGPE
Dates To Be Determined

The Certified Level Course is designed for individuals who have successfully completed an Associate Level Orton-Gillingham course/practicum of at least 160 hours. The coursework and supervised practicum are based on the standards of the Academy at the Certified level and focus on advanced word structure, vocabulary development, comprehension, and expressive language. Additionally, trainees will learn about issues in case management and formal and informal assessment.

Coursework sessions meet on Thursdays from 3:30-6:30 pm each month. The Certified Level Course provides 100 hours of coursework and 200 hours of supervised practicum during the two-year course.

This course is nationally accredited by the Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators (AOGPE).

Coursework Fee: $1,600 per year, plus additional cost for practicum hours for non-Carroll School trainees

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O-G: Beyond the Basics

Presenter: Kerri McDonald-Schaub, Fellow, AOGPE
July 30-August 2, 2018, 8:30 am-3:30 pm (subject to change)

Beyond the Basics is designed for individuals who have successfully completed an Orton-Gillingham course, which includes at least 60 hours of coursework as well as a supervised practicum. This four-day seminar focuses on syllabication, advanced word attack skills, and morphology. The group will work with Anglo-Saxon, Latin and Greek morphemes, accent patterns, and their application to reading, writing, spelling, and vocabulary development. In addition, the seminar includes strategies for reading fluency and comprehension, plus the application of Orton-Gillingham to small group instruction, and working with older students. Background reading and lesson preparation are required.

Seminar Fee: $650
26 PDPs
Two graduate credits are available for an additional fee from Fitchburg State University.

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How to Apply to the O-G Courses

The application process is rolling. Applications are reviewed as they are received and decisions are made on a space available basis. Questions? Please contact Ann French by email or call 781-314-9730.

Orton-Gillingham Training & Courses

Step 1

Submit Application

Complete the Application Form and send along with a current resume, cover letter, and $35 application fee, payable to Carroll School, to:
Carroll School
Attention: GIFTT
45 Waltham Road
Wayland, MA 01778

Orton-Gillingham Training & Courses

Step 2

Schedule an Interview

When your completed application has been received, we will contact you to schedule an interview and visit to Carroll School.

Orton-Gillingham Training & Courses

Step 3

Notification

Each application will be reviewed and applicants are notified of acceptance into the program.



Teacher Workshops

Registration for Teacher Workshops is on a first come, first serve basis. Please complete the linked registration form and follow the instructions provided. Questions? Please contact Ann French by email or call 781-314-9730.

Assessment of Reading, Cognition, and Learning Abilities – Part I

Presenter: Lesley Egler, Ph.D.
July 31-August 1, 2018, 8:30 am-3:00 pm (subject to change)

This workshop is for professionals who want to make discerning use of test results to maximize student academic progress, but do not have specific knowledge of what these tests measure or how to analyze and critique the results.

It will expose participants to the rationale behind a broad range of tests commonly used in the evaluation of children and adults with reading, language, and related learning difficulties. Specifically included are: tests of intelligence/cognitive functioning, achievement, perceptual abilities, memory, attention, executive functioning, language skills, and a wide range of reading tests.

Selected case studies will serve to demystify the basic statistical concepts and properties of standardized, norm-referenced tests. Participants will have the opportunity to apply their knowledge in a collaborative setting among peers. Participants will leave with a working knowledge of sample test batteries, as well as an understanding of the implications of specific test profiles for strategic instructional programs and plans.

Note: Participants are invited to continue with Part II of the Assessment series (see below), but Part I may also be taken separately.

Workshop Fee: $325

12 PDPs

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Assessment of Reading, Cognition, and Learning Abilities - Part II

Presenter: Lesley Egler, Ph.D.
August 2, 2018, 8:30 am-3:00 pm (subject to change)

This workshop is open to professionals only and is a continuation of the previous two-day workshop on Assessment. It offers more in-depth and hands-on access to many specific tests discussed in Part I.

The day will begin with an overview of the tests pre-selected for closer examination. Next, working in small groups, participants will practice sample items on selected tests from Part I of the Assessment Workshop, gain exposure to the administration guidelines and procedures for each test, and analyze the task demands of particular items. This will lead to a stronger understanding of test validity, as well as knowledge of the strengths and weaknesses of each test.

While participants will gain some collaborative exposure to the item content of selected tests, this workshop is not designed as a training session and will not qualify professionals to administer any of the tests under investigation. Instead, the workshop is designed to empower educators to become competent, confident consumers of evaluation reports that diagnose reading, language, and learning abilities.

Prerequisite: Completion of Part I of this Assessment series.

Workshop Fee: $160
6 PDPs (in conjunction with Part I)

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Orton-Gillingham Books

Our O-G spelling handbook and book starter packs are now available for purchase.

The Garside Readers (Starter Books for Children)

"The Garside Readers" by Alice Garside

Six timeless fables have been adapted for beginning readers by a renowned educator, in phonetically controlled but enticing natural language in “The Garside Readers” by Alice H. Garside. Readers who understand the effect of “silent e” are ready to begin. Recognizing that visualization is important to comprehension, each page of the text provides space for students to illustrate their own books!

Each set includes:

  • The Man, the Fox and the Skunk
  • The Dog and the Bone
  • The Fox and the Thrush
  • The Dog and the Wolf
  • The Ant and the Duck
  • The Fox and the Stork

Price per set is $21, plus 6.25% MA sales tax
Shipping cost of 10% of book total ($3 min.)

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Orton-Gillingham Spelling Handbook

The Orton-Gillingham Spelling Handbook

Spelling words are organized by difficulty starting with simple closed syllables and progressing to words with prefixes and suffixes. The handbook follows Carroll School's spelling progression and includes words that require a generalization or rule for adding a suffix to a base word. It is useful for developing lists of suitable words for spelling and dictation.

Price per book is $18, plus 6.25% MA sales tax
Shipping cost of 10% of book total ($3 min.)

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