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 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 (ortonacademy.org).  The course runs each summer.

During this training, in addition to learning about dyslexia and reading disorders, participants will learn the following fundamental elements of the Orton-Gillingham approach: an introduction to phonology, handwriting instruction, basic phonics, morphology and words derived from Anglo-Saxon, Latin, and Greek.  This course covers strategies for multi-sensory instruction, formal and informal testing, and how to use that information for tutorials. They will learn how to plan an Orton-Gillingham lesson and writing and grammar skills.

This summer, we are also adding 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.  

For further information and sign-up, please call Friends Academy at 508-999-1356, ext. 1143 or click HERE for the informational letter and HERE for the application.

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 at sallyborden@friendsacademy1810.org for more information and pricing.