The Orton-Gillingham Approach
During the 2016-17 school year, every PreK through grade 4 teacher participated in 30 hours of O-G coursework with a LiteracyHow certified O-G fellow. Through this extensive and comprehensive professional development, our teachers have strengthened their understanding of how all students learn to read and use their knowledge to meet the needs of all their diverse learners.
The thirty hours of coursework covered the following:
- Reading acquisition in all learners and the nature and needs of the dyslexic learner
- Assessments and progress monitoring for students with reading difficulties
- Phonemic awareness, syllables and segmentation, spelling (rules and generalizations), morphology, assessment, progress monitoring, vocabulary, reading comprehension, handwriting, and written expression
- The Orton-Gillingham approach
- The structure of the English language
- The development of the Orton-Gillingham lesson plan for groups or classroom
- The Orton-Gillingham code of ethics and the Orton-Gillingham Academy’s philosophy and ethical standards for the Orton-Gillingham classroom educator
Additionally, all of our literacy specialists have had additional training beyond this 30 hours and work with our teachers to help ensure that these research-based methods are integrated into each classroom.