REACH OG Learning Centre is proud to be the leading provider of accredited OG training in Canada. Our OG training courses have been subject to rigorous peer review and have been recognized and accredited by both the Canadian and American OG professional academies (CATT, OG and AOGPE) and align with standards set out for the training of dyslexia specialists by the International Dyslexia Association (IDA), the National Reading Panel, as well as requirements by provincial Ministries of Education (OGCE). 

The OG training curricula delivered through REACH OG Learning Centres has been developed by our Executive Director, Corey Zylstra, M.Ed. Corey is recognized and accredited as an Orton-Gillingham Master Trainer for the Canadian Orton-Gillingham Academy (MT/CATT, OG), an Honorary Fellow of the American OG Academy (HF/AOGPE) and as a Certified Dyslexia Therapist through the International Dyslexia Association (CDT/IDA).  

We offer training for hundreds of teachers each year in multiple locations in Canada and in several countries around the world. We work with schools, districts and universities to ensure quality, professional, accredited OG training.

To become an Orton-Gillingham Practitioner, enabling support for students in a 1:1 setting: OGP applicants must complete: Foundations of MSLE and OG Practitioner coursework, followed by OG Practitioner Practicum. After successful completion of the practicum, the trainee would be eligible to apply to the Canadian OG Academy (CATT, OG) for certification as an OG Practitioner-Interim and begin working in the field. Note, trainees must complete all basic training listed above in order to qualify as an OG Practitioner.

To become trained as an Orton-Gillingham Classroom Educator, providing support in classrooms and learning assistance centres in schools: OGCE applicants must complete Foundations of MSLE followed by OG Classroom Educator courses. Successful OGCEs would then be eligible to apply for OGCE credentials.

Please go to our Training Schedule page to register for the courses below.

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Foundations of OG/MSLE

Foundations of Multisensory Structured Language Education (MSL)  is an introductory course to Orton-Gillingham education and training. This 30 hour training course has been designed to prepare educators for either clinical training in the Orton-Gillingham approach or Orton-Gillingham training for classroom teachers. Approved by the Canadian Academy of Therapeutic Tutors, Orton-Gillingham as approved foundational training, the course also serves as an important link to current research for Orton-Gillingham practitioners currently in practice. This is an accredited course that includes assignments and exam work for course completion.  *Completion of this training meets eligibility requirements for Supporter of our Canadian OG Academy

Course content:  The Dyslexic Learner, Introduction to the Orton-Gillingham approach, Phonological Awareness, Phonology (sounds and sound-symbol relationships), Decoding (from sound-symbol to blending sounds to text reading), Monitoring reading fluency quickly and easily, Orthography -lower level spelling rules and upper level spelling rules, Response to Intervention (RTI) in the classroom

This course is suitable for educators who wish to learn more about the Orton-Gillingham / MSL approach to supporting learners who struggle with language, including classroom teachers, learning assistant teachers, SLPs, school administration, and EAs. This class serves as prerequisite coursework for Orton-Gillingham Practitioner training or OG Classroom Educator training.

Course fee: $595. + GST.  Materials are included.

 
 

OG Practitioner Training

REACH OG Learning Centre offers Orton-Gillingham Practitioner Training that has been fully accredited and recognized by the Canadian Academy of Therapeutic Tutors, Orton-Gillingham (CATT, OG). Canadian trainees who seek to become OG Practitioners should consult with the academy as to membership requirements (www.ogtutors.com). Our REACH trainers will also provide information to trainees about professional registry. Trainees from the United States or other countries who may be seeking American qualifications may wish to consult with the American OG academy (AOGPE) as to their membership requirements.

Orton-Gillingham Practitioner training coursework includes over 60 training hours designed to prepare educators to begin providing clinical support in a 1 on 1 environment using the Orton-Gillingham approach. Course Content: VAKT Teaching and Learning, O-G Procedures: Establishing a Baseline (Diagnostic Teaching), Visual Recall, Word Reading, Auditory Recall, Word Spelling and SOS Procedures, Sight Word Reading and Spelling, OG Teaching of Sound/ Symbol Relationships, OG Teaching of Sight Words, Penmanship Teaching, Diagnostic and Prescriptive Teaching Using the Orton-Gillingham Approach in a 1:1 setting, the OG Clinical Lesson Plan for 1:1 Remediation, Syllabication, Orthography (spelling rules), Comparative Spellings (Ratios), Morphology, Reading (including blending) and Building Reading Fluency, Comprehension, Basic Composition Skills *Practice lessons will be assigned. Completion of OG4 (supervised practicum) is required to become a certified OG Practitioner.

Prerequisites: BA/ B.Ed or SLP certification. Equivalent post-secondary education may satisfy requirements. *Completion of Foundations of OG/MSLE. Criminal record search required (CRS will be conducted by REACH, download CRS form here, fill in and email to office@reachlearningcentre.com).

Course fee: $950 + GST (includes criminal record search). Course materials fee: $270.

Additional course text books (to be purchased and brought to class):

Gillingham, A., & Stillman, B.W. (1997). The Gillingham manual: Remedial training for children with specific disability in reading, spelling and penmanship (8th ed.). Cambridge, MA: Educators Publishing Service.
Birsch, J.R. (2011). Multisensory teaching of basic language skills (3rd ed.). Baltimore, MA: Paul. H. Brookes Publishing Co.

Note: All registrants must be prepared to scan/upload copies of the following documents: degrees and/or post secondary diplomas, OG1 completion certificate, and a completed Criminal Record Search release form. Each form will be requested for upload on our registration site. Please have scans of these documents ready on your computer.  Our registry site will process your application to the training session, and will require a deposit of $190. Once your application has been reviewed and accepted and your CRS has been processed, we will contact you to complete your course registration. All course fees are due two weeks prior to the first class.

 
 

OG Practitoner Practicum

Completion of a supervised practicum is not only a requirement for professional accreditation in Canada or US, but is also a crucial element in the learning process for OG Practitioner Trainees. The practicum is also an opportunity to carefully practice procedures and lesson plan implementation learned in the OGP coursework. After registration in the practicum, OGP Trainees are matched with a Supervising Mentor who reports progress back to the Trainer. Trainees will submit a case study reflecting on their practicum student, and receive guidance and support in preparing for the lessons to be conducted during the practicum. With approval of their intervention plan, Trainees will digitally record and upload their unedited Orton-Gillingham lessons (total of 8 or 10 lessons) to their SM for review and feedback. Each lesson, along with the written documentation of the plans as outlined by your Trainer, are submitted to the SM. Feedback is provided and marks are allocated following a carefully outlined rubric. The practicum participation should take approximately 4 months but may take up to one year to complete. Completion of observed practicum lessons is required for trainees who seek to gain certification through an OG certifying body (Canada or US). *Course completion certification of theory AND practicum will be issued after satisfactory completion of the practicum.

Prerequisite: Satisfactory completion of Foundations of MSL and OG Practitioner Training.

Cost: $950 + GST

 
 

OG Classroom Educator Training

Using the Orton-Gillingham approach and rationale for teaching, join our certified OG Trainers to learn how to implement the OG approach in a classroom or small group setting such a Learning Assistance/ Resource centre. This course will investigate OG classroom procedures for providing structured, sequential, multisensory language and phonics instruction in a classroom setting, including procedures for RTI implementation and progress monitoring.  Provide instruction in reading and spelling that allows your students to be “Detectives” of the language and learn the code for mastering phonology, orthography, and syllabication. Strategies for penmanship/ letter formations, sight word teaching, alphabet sequencing, sound/symbol relationships, spelling rules, and syllables will be examined and practiced. Specific strategies for explicit reading and spelling instruction will be examined and practiced. This is a 60 hour course provided over 3 or 4 weekends.

Prerequisite: Open to practicing teachers, speech pathologists others with education degrees AND completion of Foundations of OG/MSL.

Cost: $850 + GST. Course materials fee: $257.25

Additional course text book (to be purchased and brought to class):   Birsch, J.R. (2011). Multisensory teaching of basic language skills (3rd ed.). Baltimore, MA: Paul. H. Brookes Publishing Co.