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Want to take your teaching to the next level? Looking for strategies and an approach to better reach fringe students in your classroom? Wanting to get started in a career that empowers students with language learning differences to achieve? The Orton-Gillingham Certification Program at Fortune Academy meets the standard set forth by the Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators. Known as the "Gold Standard" for teaching children with dyslexia, the Orton-Gillingham approach is an instructional technique particularly effective for individuals affected by language learning differences - people who have unexpected difficulties reading, writing and spelling. 


Two courses. two great FELLOWS. 

Central to Orton-Gillingham is a focus on the specific learning needs of the individual learner through diagnostic and prescriptive teaching that is taught in a structured, sequential and multisensory approach. Janet George, Fellow/AOGPE, along with Karolyn Edwards, Fellow/AOGPE, offer training at both the Associate Level and Certified Level. 

A dynamic public speaker and national educator, Janet serves as a member of the Board of Trustees for the Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators, and consults nationally and internationally with schools seeking support in serving students with learning differences.  Janet is an engaging interactive speaker skilled in leading specific workshops for teachers, parents, and professionals on subjects including:  ADHD, dyslexia, learning environments, multi-sensory instruction, OG, social skills, problem based learning, staff development, executive functioning, and simulated classroom scenarios.


The Orton-Gillingham Associate Level course provides participants with instruction in the basics of the Orton Gillingham Approach. The Orton-Gillingham Approach is a systematic, multisensory and diagnostic/prescriptive approach to the teaching of the continuum of language skills including reading, spelling, and handwriting. The course includes identifying the characteristics and needs of the dyslexic learner, instruction in the structure of the English language, and knowledge and skill in designing and implementing lessons. It is highly effective for teaching students with dyslexia as well as other individuals who need explicit instruction in the basic skills of language. This course offers the first 45 hours of the 60 hour requirement of the Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators for certification at the Associate Level. The instructor is a Fellow of the Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators.

10 days , 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Fees: $1,200.00, includes teaching manual and phonogram cards (non-refundable deposit: $300.00)



The two-year program of Orton-Gillingham Certified Level coursework and practicum provides teachers with the opportunity to advance their knowledge of Orton-Gillingham and apply the theory of O-G instruction to both beginning level and more advanced students.  The 100 hours of additional coursework will be presented through evening and , weekend classes. The practicum experience requires a two-year commitment, during which the teacher will receive 10 formal observations and continued guidance from a Fellow.  When the practicum and coursework are completed, participants will have met the requirements of the Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators at the Certified Level of membership.  The instructor is a Fellow of the Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators.

Prerequisite: Participants must be a member of the Academy at the Associate Level or have submitted their Associate Level application by the time of enrollment. 

Fees: $1,200.00 


Outline of Training Expectations:

  1. A minimum of a bachelor's degree (in any area of study) is required to enroll in a course. 

  2. There are two options for meeting course requirements:

 Option A:

  • 60 hours of coursework

  • 100 hours of practicum over 8 consecutive months (minimum)

  • Practicum experience must be in a 1:1 40-60 min., 2x a week on non-consecutive days

Option B:

  • 70 hours (60 + 10 how to teach groups or classrooms)

  • 50 hours of 1:1 practicum experience and 50 hours small group/classroom experience

  • Practicum experience must be over 8 consecutive months (minimum) 40-60 min., 2x a week on non-consecutive days

One of the primary ways the Academy pursues its mission is by a Certification Program of individuals who apply for Academy membership. An applicant submits specified credentials and documentation that are reviewed against the criteria and standards set by the Academy for four different levels of membership.

The Academy admits Individual Members at one of four levels: Orton-Gillingham Classroom Educator (OGCE), Associate, Certified, and Fellow. These four levels represent a continuum of increasing training, experience and professional competency. In addition, there is a Subscriber membership for persons who have taken a basic introduction to the Orton-Gillingham Approach but who have yet to undertake the training and practice required to become a certified member of the Academy.

Interested in reaching your next level? 

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