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The Essential Orton-Gillingham

The Orton-Gillingham method of teaching decoding, spelling, and handwriting is a multisensory approach that has 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. This is a fast-paced, highly structured class intended for experienced educators. Direct all questions to Required text: Preventing Academic Failure, by Phyllis Bertin and Eileen Perlman (Monroe Associates Publishers). 
Term(s) offered: Fall, Spring and Summer
Format: Online (fall and spring, summer); On-campus (summer)
Materials Fee: On-campus $110; Online $125
  • Course Number
  • Focus On
    Grades 1 - 6
  • Category
    Childhood / Elementary School, Credit-bearing Courses, Middle School / Early Adolescence, On Campus, Online
  • Registration Options and Cost
    $830 24.0 CTLE or 2.4 CEU
    $3,628 2.0 Credits
    $125 Materials fee


Fall 2023

  • 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

SI took away "Great new games ideas and overall, a further understanding of how valuable this approach to teaching students is! It provided a great refresher for me as I had taken this training years
ago. I left feeling excited and recharged with skills to meet the needs of my learners."
— Learning Specialist