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Orton Gillingham Associate Level Training

Coursework Dates:
October 26, 27, November 9, 10 (Veterans Weekend), December 14, 15, January 11, 2020 from 8:30 am – 4:30 pm (Snow date: January 12)

Practicum Seminar Sessions:
January 25, 2020 (Snow date: January 25) Feb 29, (Snow date: March 10), March 28, June 6 from 8:30 am – 12:30 pm

Bay Path University
Philip H. Ryan Health Science Center
1 Denslow Road
East Longmeadow, MA

The Orton-Gillingham (O-G) approach is biologically and linguistically sound, diagnostic and prescriptive, structured, yet flexible. It is designed for the teacher who will work to individualize instruction to meet the intensive needs of struggling language learners. All aspects of the Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators (AOGPE) Associate Level Curriculum will be covered. This course is designed to prepare and provide ongoing support to teachers completing their Associate Level Practicum over the course of a school year. The combination of coursework and practicum experience will prepare students to apply at the Associate Level to the AOGPE. This two semester course will be taken in two 4 credit sections.

· Knowledge of brain structure and function relative to language learning
· Knowledge of dyslexia and other language-based learning difficulties
· Knowledge of the stages of reading skills acquisition and of the skills involved in effective written communication
· Knowledge of the history and structure of English
· Knowledge of the principles underlying the Orton-Gillingham approach to language instruction
· Ability to interpret formal and informal assessment data and use this to develop a profile of an individual learner
· Ability to use assessment data and analysis of daily student performance to develop lessons using diagnostic and prescriptive instruction to improve students’ reading and expressive language and literacy skills
· Ability to explain the principles and rationale of the O-G approach to students, parents, and other professionals

The Associate Level coursework content will include:
• The administration of informal diagnostic assessments
• Creating OG lesson plans based on the OG format
• Neurological underpinning of dyslexia and the need of a dyslexia leaners
• Phonological awareness
• Sound- symbol relations • Reliable spelling pattern
• Syllable structure of the English Language
• Morphemic statue of the English Language
• Diagnostic prescriptive teaching
• Research-based multisensory, direct and systematic instruction that can transfer to a multi-classroom setting
• Handwriting instruction
• Vocabulary Instruction
. Basic comprehension skills

The Associate Level Practicum will include:
• 100 hours of tutoring in a 1 to 1 setting
• 10 tutoring sessions will be observed
• Practicum seminar sessions

For Grades: K-6 teachers in the regular education and specialized setting and Grades 7-12 teachers working with student who have difficulty learning to reading and spell.

Important Information

October 26, 27, November 9, 10, December 14, 15, January 11, 2020 from 8:30 am – 4:30 pm (Snow date: January 12)

January 25, 2020 (Snow date: January 25), Feb 29 (Snow date: March 10), March 28, June 6 from 8:30 am – 12:30 pm

Semester I: RDG 528 Coursework
$2,700 (4 graduate credits)
Bay Path will email an e-bill.
Payment for Semester l is due by September 27, 2019.

Semester ll: RDG 528 Practicum (Prerequisite RDG 528)
$2,700 (4 graduate credits)
Bay Path will email an e-bill.
Payment for Semester ll is due by February 6, 2020

Total cost for the two semester OG Associate Level Training course is $5,400. Materials are an additional cost.

Semester l: September 27, 2019
Semester ll: February 1, 2020

The instructor will provide the materials list prior to the start of class.  The required materials will cover the two semesters and are an additional cost.

Complete the Non-Matriculated Registration Form below and email, mail or fax to:
Bay Path University
Office of Registrar
588 Longmeadow Street
Longmeadow, MA 01106
Fax: 413-565-1108

Prior to the first scheduled class: 100% refunded
Prior to the second schedule class: 90% refunded
After the second scheduled class: No refund

Bay Path University
Philip H. Ryan Health Science Center
1 Denslow Road
East Longmeadow, MA

Laurie J. Cousseau, AOGPE (Academy of Orton Gillingham Practitioner and Educators) Fellow, Director of the Kildonan Teacher Training Institute and the Green River Literacy and Learning Center in Great Barrington, has more than twenty years as an educator working in a variety of settings: independent schools, a public charter school, a working farm, and Amherst College. Additionally, she has a Master of Arts in Reading Education, holds Level II Vermont certifications as a Reading Specialist PreK-12 and Middle Grades English Language Arts and is a Certified Academic Language Therapist. In North Carolina, she was the Associate Director of Teacher Training at an Academy accredited school for dyslexic students, as well as Director and mentor of a regional Tutoring Resource. She has had extensive experience providing 1:1 and small group tutoring at both the Associate and Certified levels. She has served on a number of boards including the NC branch of the IDA. She has widely presented at a number of regional conferences and schools. "This training brought Orton-Gillingham to life for me. The presentation was lively, accessible, hands-on, and immediately useful. It has changed the way I observe and respond to my students; as a result my teaching is increasingly targeted and effective." Reading Specialist "The training was a jam-packed, fun experience which included a comprehensive overview of the classic Orton-Gillingham method, peppered with games, videos, and a training manual which has become my go-to book in the classroom." Language Tutor "The training made me realize how much I didn’t know about the gifts of dyslexic students; it opened my eyes to the complexities and abilities of the dyslexic mind, but also provided me with multisensory techniques to make learning easy and fun." Spanish Teacher "The Orton Gillingham associate level course, has allowed me to teach students who have Dyslexia and other learning difficulties. The multisensory approach has provided measurable results in my classroom, with some students growing three grades levels in their reading abilities – growing from a kindergarten level to a 3rd grade level in less than a full school year!

Earlier Event: September 30
Discovering the Reading Science