Orton-Gillingham Teacher Training

This summer, the Sally Borden Program at Friends Academy will train teachers in the Orton-Gillingham Reading Program, an approach that teaches children and/or adults with dyslexia or reading disorders how to read. Orton-Gillingham offers systematic, structured, and multisensory reading instruction that is highly successful and geared to the specific reading needs of individuals.

This 60-hour, eight-session virtual course will be taught by Dawn Nieman, a fellow at the Orton-Gillingham Academy. Completion of the course provides the necessary training to become an Orton-Gillingham Associate after completing a practicum. The course runs each summer.

We also offer the ability to get the 30-hour Classroom Training. This prepares a teacher to use Orton-Gillingham with small groups only. We will accept four candidates for this training.  

If you are interested in participating in these virtual trainings, please fill out the registration form and send it to Friends Academy. Space is limited. For more information, visit the Orton-Gillingham Teacher Training page or call Friends Academy at (508) 999-1356, ext. 1143.

Workshops & In-Services


Do you have a specific topic that you would like presented to your school or district? We create customized presentations on many topics related to learning diversity. We can provide teacher education on the topics of:

  • Dyslexia
  • Dysgraphia
  • Dyscalculia
  • Executive Functions
  • ADD & ADHD
  • Differentiation in the classroom
  • Multisensory Instruction

Please contact Laura Velazquez, Director of the Sally Borden Program, for more information and pricing.

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