Randolph School

Orton-Gillingham Associate Training

Greengate School at Randolph offers high-quality training classes for teachers.

All coursework is offered virtually and is open to the public. No prior Academy coursework is necessary. However, hours are designated for those hoping to advance their Academy accreditation.

All class times are CST. Supervised Practicum is available to those wishing to deepen their knowledge of the approach and wish to apply to the Academy. Please contact Greengate School at Randolph for more information. Class fees are non-refundable.

Classroom Educator Course
July 28 - August 7
The Orton-Gillingham Classroom Educator is qualified to apply the principles of the Orton-Gillingham Approach to modify and provide literacy instruction for the classroom or small groups (Tier 1 and 2).

Coursework will specifically cover dyslexia, formative assessment, the reading brain, phonemic and phonological awareness skills, short vowel rules, spelling rules, all syllable types, basic syllable division, basic morphology including an introduction to suffix rules and Anglo-Saxon prefixes and suffixes, as well as basic vowel teams. Suggested sequences and lesson planning formats will be provided.
This virtual 30-hour course satisfies the coursework requirement at the Classroom Educator Level of accreditation with The Orton-Gillingham Academy. An additional 30 hours of coursework can be taken to satisfy the coursework requirements for the Associate Level.

July 28 & 30: 4:00-7:30 CST (7 contact hours)
July 31: 9:00-3:30 CST (6 contact hours)
August 2 & 3: 4:00-7:30 CST (7 contact hours)
August 7: 8:30-1:30 CST (5 contact hours)
Cost: $1,040

Beyond the Basics Coursework Course 1: Essential Vowel Teams (10 contact hours towards Associate Level)
August 27 - 28*
Do kids really need to know the nine ways to spell long A? Did you know that when two vowels go walking, the first one does the talking only 37% of the time? This course will discuss the prevalence of long vowel spellings, diphthongs, and potential sequences for instruction. Participants will be provided generalization rules as well as word lists and potential lists of high frequency words for rare vowel team patterns such as great, steak, break, and mnemonics to help kids remember these word groups.

Friday, August 27: 4:30-8:00
Saturday, August 28: 9:00-3:30
Cost: $470
*Course includes synchronous hours. There is an option to gain an additional 1-2 hours per course by completing a written exam. Cost includes course, materials, and access to a google classroom with a video library for 6 months following the training.

Beyond the Basics Coursework Course 2: Lesson Planning the Orton-Gillingham Way (12 contact hours at the Associate Level)
September 24 - 25*
The Orton-Gillingham lesson can feel overwhelming, but lesson planning doesn’t have to take hours. In general, it’s a little drill, a little spelling, and a little reading. This user-friendly course will discuss the essential elements of an OG lesson, ways to integrate PA activities into the primary lesson elements, concrete strategies to becoming diagnostic and prescriptive daily, and useful tips and tricks for remaining organized in order to streamline your planning process.

Friday, September 24: 4:30-8:00
Saturday, September 25: 9:00-3:30 (+ 2 asynchronous hours)
Cost: $575
*Course includes synchronous hours. There is an option to gain an additional 1-2 hours per course by completing a written exam. Cost includes course, materials, and access to a google classroom with a video library for 6 months following the training.

Beyond the Basics Coursework Course 3: Beyond Decoding - Prosody, Comprehension, and Fluency
October 15 - 16*
(10 contact hours towards Certified Level)
How do you help students go beyond robotic reading? This is a specific struggle for our students with depressed processing speeds and expressive/receptive language impairments. This course will discuss the importance of building prosody and comprehension skills from day one with struggling readers. Often students with dyslexia are not forming a gestalt when they read. Trainees will learn strategies to directly and explicitly teach visualization skills in order for students to retell, understand, and synthesize information from text. Fluency is a multi-faceted reading skill. Building automaticity, vocabulary, and flexibility with language will be discussed.

Friday, October 15: 4:30-8:00
Saturday, October 16: 9:00-3:30
Cost: $520
*Course includes synchronous hours. There is an option to gain an additional 1-2 hours per course by completing a written exam. Cost includes course, materials, and access to a google classroom with a video library for 6 months following the training.


Beyond the Basics Coursework Course 4: Beyond Encoding - Grammar and Written Expression
November 12 - 13*
(10 contact hours towards Certified Level)
“Does that sound like a sentence?” is often not enough for our students who struggle with written language to grasp the concept of a complete written thought. This course will provide direct and explicit strategies for teaching foundational grammar skills to student with dyslexia. Strategies for using visualization and note taking skills to explicitly teach students to use written expression to summarize, compare/contrast, and respond to text-based questions will be provided.

Friday, November 12: 4:30-8:00
Saturday, November 13: 9:00am-3:30
Cost: $520
*Course includes synchronous hours. There is an option to gain an additional 1-2 hours per course by completing a written exam. Cost includes course, materials, and access to a google classroom with a video library for 6 months following the training.

Beyond the Basics Coursework Course 5: Morphology and Accenting
December 3 - 4*
(10 contact hours towards Certified Level)
Many students naturally read polysyllabic words once they learn foundational phonics skills. However, our older more complex students often require continued explicit instruction through advanced morphological constructs. This course will discuss the shift from Anglo-Saxon to Latin and Greek. What do you do when “sound it out” is no longer a valuable tool? Topics discussed will include “the shun situation,” Accenting Rules 2 and 3, similar sounding suffixes, and assimilated prefixes. A potential sequence for beginning Latin roots and basic Greek Combining Forms will be provided.

Friday, December 3: 4:30-8:00
Saturday, December 4: 9:00-3:30
Cost: $520
*Course includes synchronous hours. There is an option to gain an additional 1-2 hours per course by completing a written exam. Cost includes course, materials, and access to a google classroom with a video library for 6 months following the training.

Beyond the Basics Coursework Course 6: Understanding the Student Profile & Advanced Lesson Planning
April 22 - 23, 2022*
(12 contact hours towards the Associate or Certified Level)
This course will be tailored to fit the needs of the participants. It is designed for those wishing to better understand educational psychological testing, the diagnostic and prescriptive elements of the OGA lesson, and those applying to the Academy of Orton-Gillingham for Accreditation at the Associate or Certified Level. The steps required for a successful lesson trio and the student profile will be discussed. A step-by-step guide for interpreting test results will be provided. Additionally, during the 2 individual consultation hours, participants will be guided through the process for setting up the application stream in the online portal and provided the opportunity to ask questions specific to personal students and situations. Participants will leave with the confidence and skills necessary to successfully complete the application process.

Friday, April 22, 2022: 4:30-8:00
Saturday, April 23, 2022: 9:00-3:30 (+2 synchronous hours)
Cost: $625
*Course includes synchronous hours. There is an option to gain an additional 1-2 hours per course by completing a written exam. Cost includes course, materials, and access to a google classroom with a video library for 6 months following the training. There are 2+ hours of personalized consultation and question & answer session with the instructor.

About the Instructor

Jennings Miller OG Fellow

Jennings Miller, M.Ed is a Fellow in the Orton Gillingham Academy (OGA) and a Certified Orton Gillingham/Multisensory Math Trainer. After graduating from Vanderbilt with a Master’s in Special Education in 2005, Jennings worked for ten years as a classroom teacher at The Marcus Autism Center and The Schenck School in Atlanta.

She currently runs a private dyslexia therapy practice in Decatur, GA, and has over 7,000 hours working 1:1 with students ages 5-18 of all abilities to develop reading, math, written expression, and language skills. As a Fellow, Jennings has designed instruction, training models, and provided mentorship for individuals, schools, and non-profits across the country. She partners with organizations that offer professional development for teachers and leads workshops focused on Orton-Gillingham based Multi-Sensory Math, extending the traditional reading and language approach to reach a diverse learning profile. She is passionate about designing trainings that are accessible for not only those seeking to become accredited members of the Academy, but also those wishing to deepen their knowledge about all things related to language, reading, and remediating the struggling reader.

Jennings volunteered her time with The International Dyslexia Association-Georgia Branch, serving as the chair for the Dyslexia Dash and IDA-GA Vice President. She is the 2018 recipient of the IDA-GA Outstanding Service Award, and she currently serves on the OGA programs committee. She has presented on various topics at national conferences. In 2020, Jennings published her first books, The Alphabet King and Fat Sam and Friends.

“I am so grateful to have taken this approach to teaching reading and language…I strongly feel that this approach should be part of every public and private school curriculum. I highly recommend this to every teacher. This will benefit every student, not just students with dyslexia."

SHARON, 3rd Grade Teacher, Madison City Schools

“After attending the two-week Associate level Orton-Gillingham training, I am feeling very powerful! This multi-sensory approach can be applied to any program that a school district has adopted. I have been a public school teacher for 20 years and this course taught me so much new knowledge. I highly recommend this cognitive approach to learning.”

TAMI, Literacy Coach, Hoover, AL

“One of the best courses I have ever taken. The hands-on practice of the principles and techniques of O.G. were very helpful.”

PAMALEE, Guntersville, AL

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