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The Essential Orton-Gillingham

The Orton-Gillingham method of teaching decoding, spelling, and handwriting is a mulitsensory approach that hs been used successfully with children who experience difficulty learning these skills. This course trains you in the Orton-Gillingham techniques and translates high-interest comprehension activities into literacy programs. It is intended for experienced educators. Required text: Preventing Academic Failure, by Phyllis Bertin and Eileen Perlman (Monroe Associates). The course addresses NY State English Language Arts Standards 1 and 4. This course has an online component.
  • Course Number
  • Focus On
    Grades 1 - 6
  • Category
    Childhood / Elementary School, Middle School / Early Adolescence, Online
  • Registration Options and Cost
    $830 24.0 CTLE or 2.4 CEU
    $3,420 2.0 Credits
    $110 Materials fee


Fall 2021

  • Section 1:
    • Virginia O'Hare Perrin
      Virginia O'Hare Perrin
      is the Director of Outreach at the Mary McDowell Friends School in Brooklyn, NY, an elementary school for children with learning disabilities. In addition, she has an extensive private tutoring practice using multi-sensory methodologies.  Ms. O’Hare has an MSEd in Special Education from Bank Street College and a BA in Child Psychology and Education from Swarthmore College.

"This course was eye-opening, well organized, and fantastic! I am glad that I took it after a few years out in the field because I was able to use my experiences to make connections with material." -Adriana R., Teacher, 5 years in the field

"A completely practical and digestable approach to teaching reading skills to children of all ages focusing on decoding, handwriting and spelling. I learned specific ways to go about teaching using this program."
-Assistant Teacher

"I really enjoyed this course. I found it brought the class content to life and made me feel more comfortable and confident to teach the material.-Special Ed Teacher, 5 years in the field.

"I now have tools and resources to use to support students who have not responded to other reading methods."
—12 years in the field

"I am impressed by this course. It packed in a lot of information into the time. I’ve come away with a lot of new info and skills."
—NYC DOE Special Ed Teacher, 11 years in the field