We offer a variety of professional development opportunities focused upon building strong literacy and numeracy skills for all students.

  • specializing in evidence-based practice and effective methodologies especially suitable for students with language-based disabilities.
  • particularly relevant for teachers, specialists, clinicians, tutors, parents and other educators to successfully teach students with even the most severe learning disabilities.

Under the guidelines of the Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators we offer a 4 day training course.

During this training, attendees will learn about:

· dyslexia and reading disorders

· strategies for multi-sensory instruction

· formal and informal testing

· how to use information for tutorials and lessons

· how to plan an Orton-Gillingham lesson

· fundamental elements of the Orton-Gillingham approach including an introduction to phonology and basic phonics.

*The four day training meets criteria for participants to earn 24 Professional Development hours towards their special education teaching certificate through Manitoba Certification Branch. *

This course is available only to those who have already taken the Classroom Educator course with instructor Dawn Nieman (F/AOGPE) and Valdine Bjornson (FIT/AOGPE) or another AOGPE Fellow (prior approval required; contact the Reading and Learning Clinic of Manitoba). A Bachelor's degree is also required for Associate Level accreditation.


This Associate Level course is designed for teachers specifically interested in teaching students with Dyslexia or a Language-Based Learning Disability or Reading/Spelling Difficulty.

Teachers will learn to work in a 1:1 setting using diagnostic and prescriptive strategies to allow for maximum student growth. The course includes all topics from the Classroom Educator level as well as:

  • learning to read and interpret neuro-psychological testing
  • grammar and writing skills
  • intermediate phonics
  • Latin roots
  • a mock tutoring session with evaluation and critique

We invite all teachers trained in Classroom Educator or Associate Level (or equivalent) to return for a day of inspiration and collaboration. Instructor/teacher mentor Dawn Nieman (F/AOGPE) and Valdine Bjornson (FIT/AOGPE) provide a trove of original ideas for learning games to refresh and enhance your practice.

Attendees will use informal evaluations to determine where to begin with a student/students. They will also understand an OG sequence of skills, how they build upon each other, and learn the essential components of an OG lesson plan and the reciprocal nature of reading and spelling. Attendees will practice how to drill various phonogram decks and use metacognitive strategies to improve working memory in students. Attendees will design and write specific lesson plans with word lists/phrases/sentences at basic and advanced levels as well as deliver an OG lesson (or part of a lesson) to the group.

Wouldn’t it be great if English spelling made sense?

Surprisingly enough - when teachers and students use scientific inquiry to investigate the structures and conventions that link meaningfully related words, they come to see that it does make perfect sense!

Not only can investigating words build vocabulary, it provides an opportunity to make sense of possible pronunciations along with an understanding of why these different pronunciations make sense.

Not only is SWI a means of literacy instruction (vocabulary, reading and spelling), it is leverage for deepening understanding key terms and concepts of any subject area in schools around the world (preschool and up).

Based on the Orton-Gillingham philosophy of teaching, Multisensory Mathematics I applies the research-based Concrete-Representation-Abstract (CRA) approach to teaching mathematics as advocated by the National Math Panel and the NCTM. Participants learn to apply this methodology in guiding students from foundation skills and numeracy to place value, operations, fractions and decimals.

Participants learn

  • to use manipulatives effectively to reinforce concepts and aid memory
  • enhance performance for all students
  • strategies for helping students learn and retrieve math facts
  • structured procedures for computational accuracy

This approach is especially effective with students who learn differently, inclusion classes and ESL learners. The approach is effective for initial instruction as well as remedial work at all levels and is compatible with all curricula and programs.

We offer a variety of PD and workshop sessions for parents, community members and students. Please click here for other opportunities.