Orton-Gillingham Approach Training

 For more than 60 years, licensed teachers, paraprofessionals, home educators, parents, and even grandparents have taken our training courses, which equip trainees to provide breakthrough instruction.  The Orton- Gillingham approach, as taught by highly qualified Reading Center instructors, employs comprehensive, proven reading instruction with an intensive practicum to prepare the learner for immediate use with students. During Institute, participants will the the approach, the structure of the English language, and apply what's been learned by planning and teaching actual lessons.  Trainees in Basic Training Institute are provided with:

      • An awareness of visual & auditory drills

    • An understanding of the essential elements

    • An opportunity to begin to learn the basic phonetic / linguistic structure of English

    • Hands on in class practice plus plan and teach actual lessons

Trainees successfully completing Basic Training Institute (with practicum are equipped to begin providing this approach with struggling students in grades 1-3.  Advanced Institute is helpful for working with grade 4- adults.


     Instruction, Modeling, and Learning

The Reading Center is the only center west of the Mississippi that is accredited  by the Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators to provide this time tested and highly effective training




General Registration Information

Institute Scholarship Application

Payment plans and scholarship information may be discussed with a Reading Center financial representative.

Institute Scholarship Form

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A certificate of successful completion will be presented to those who satisfactorily complete required course work and pass the examinations.

College graduate credit may be arranged through St. Mary's University. College credit arrangements and cost are:

  • in addition to the Reading Center’s tuition
  • payable directly to St. Mary's University
  • the responsibility of participants


"This training has been very enriching, positive, and inspiring.  I can't wait to use my new knowledge."  Tina, 2012

"I feel such a sense of relief that I no longer have to guess my way through different interventions and impersonalized programs without knowing how effective it will be to help the child.  I am so grateful that I was taught the Orton-Gillingham Approach."  Jackie, 2012

"I wish it was an obligation for every teacher to take this course."  Jacinta, 2012


Basic OG Training Institute

Summer Basic Institute   July 13- August 3, 2017   

 Classes meet Monday-Friday 8:00 am-4 pm  Click here to register online

Registration Form 

Winter Basic Institute   January 19- March 16, 2017-  registration closed

Advanced OG Training Institute

Advanced Institute -Summer 2017

Thursday, June  15- June 29, 2017  Classes are held Monday-Friday from 8:00-4:00 p.m. 

Tuition is $1,130 if registration form and tuition deposit is received by May 17, 2017.  Thereafter, tuition will be $1430.  Materials for course are purchased separately.  Last date to register is May 27, 2017.

Required materials include:        • Advanced Reference Manual: $125    

                                                   • Advanced Language Tool Kit: $90

Registration Form 

The Advanced Training Institute builds on foundational concepts introduced in the Basic Training Institute, adding skills that will enable the educator to provide Educational Therapy beyond the introductory grades. It applies the same Orton-Gillingham Approach targeting the specific needs of older students and adults.

Trainees interested in Advanced Training Institute must have successfully completed Basic Training Institute. 

Trainees in Advanced Training Institute are provided with:

  • A further study of the philosophy & teaching techniques involved in the Orton-Gillingham Approach applied to teaching skills needed for reading and writing more complex language structure
  • An awareness of dyslexia as it occurs in high school students and adults
  • A continuing focus on all the instructional components essential for working with the older student
  • An opportunity to learn the linguistic structure needed to deal with advanced vocabulary
  • Hands on in-class practice plus plan and teach actual lessons

Trainees successfully completing the Advanced Training Institute with practicum are equipped to begin providing Educational Therapy to struggling students in grades 4 – adult.

Graduate level college credits through St. Mary's University are available. 

The Reading Center is the only center west of the Mississippi that is acccredited by the Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators to provide this time-tested and highly effective training.


Contact Information

The Reading Center | 847 5th Street N.W. | Rochester, MN 55901 | 507-288-5271 | read@thereadingcenter.org

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