Teacher Training

How Can I Help My Struggling Readers?

We understand your frustration with one-size-fits-all literacy models that don’t address the needs of students with dyslexia or related language-based learning differences. 

The Orton-Gillingham approach is the solution for struggling readers. This proven model celebrates learning differences using multi-sensory methods to explicitly teach the connections between letters and sounds and unpacks the mechanics of reading.  It ‘retrains the brain’ to allow students to hear, see, and touch letters, building practice and progression along the way to mastery.

Learn the Orton-Gillingham approach and help your students move from frustrated to fearless learners!

School Girl Working at Afterschool Program on Computer with tutor

Empowered Teachers Create Fearless Learners

Our courses teach educators how to use and implement the Orton-Gillingham approach when working with students with dyslexia or related language-based challenges.

Orton-Gillingham Training and Practicum

A two-part course composed of in-person training and supervised practicum, facilitated by Edge at West Virginia Northern Community College (WVNCC) to teach educators how to use and implement the Orton-Gillingham approach through coursework and practical experience. This course is open to any K-12 teacher with a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution in any area of study. 

Training #1: Orton-Gillingham Training

Dates: July 24-28 and July 31-August 4, 2023, 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Location: WVNCC’s Wheeling Campus

Cost: $500

In this two-week, in-person course, participants will learn how to implement the Orton-Gillingham approach to help students become successful readers. Participants who complete this training will be eligible to participate in Training #2.

Training #2: Orton-Gillingham Training

Dates/Location: TBD

Cost: $2,500

Over a minimum of eight months, a 100-hour supervised practicum will be offered that includes 10 one-hour observations of Orton-Gillingham implementation. Participants will meet 1:1 with the same student, receiving ten observations by a Fellow or Fellow-inTraining (FIT). Participants who complete this training will be eligible to apply for an Associate Level Certification from the Academy of Orton-Gillingham.


Cyndi Schultz, Accredited Fellow of The Academy of Orton-Gillingham

Theresa Kowcheck, Directory of Literacy at Edge and Fellow-in-Training at The Academy of Orton-Gillingham


The Foundation for Skilled Reading

This self-paced and virtual, asynchronous professional development course is for teachers, special educators, interventionists, and other professionals that assist in planning or implementing small group interventions for students who struggle in reading, spelling, and writing. Each module will help participants learn how to support a structured literacy approach in order to improve student outcomes and become informed consumers regarding the Science of Reading and the instructional materials and resources needed.  

Dates: Available any time after August 1, 2023 

Location: Virtual

Cost: $650*

*Discount available for partner sites utilizing Edge Structured Literacy tutoring.

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