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Turning Words Into Opportunity

The Science of Reading in Action

Orton-Gillingham is making structured literacy possible by equipping educators with the background knowledge, classroom tools, and instructional practices that ensure every child has access to literacy.

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Orton-Gillingham of MN frequently enhances its course material to meet the most current research.

The “What” and the “How” of the Science of Reading

Direct. Cumulative. Systematic.

For more than 25 years, Orton-Gillingham has been equipping educators with the foundational knowledge of structured literacy practices and standards. Our approach uses explicit instruction for the classroom to give every child access to the skills necessary to read. 

Literacy creates equity and opportunity for everyone.

At Orton-Gillingham, we have the pathway to make that a reality.

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Reaching your students is a reality. The Orton-Gillingham approach is based on the Science of Reading, giving educators the tools to equip each student to reach their reading potential.

Be trained in our approach that uses science to help attain literacy.

Our Covid-19 Response

We are committed to keeping our staff and our students protected while maintaining our high standards for training and teaching. Our Covid-19 response does both.

Don’t let anything disrupt the pursuit of making literacy available to everyone.

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Equipping Teachers. Unlocking Students’ Potential.

According to the 2019 NAEP report, 60% of 4th and 8th grade students are unable to interpret and engage with grade-level material. The Orton-Gillingham approach helps educators provide principle skills for students to effectively reach their reading potential.

Learn Our Methods.
Take Our Courses.

Following the Science of Reading and Structured Literacy, courses in the Orton-Gillingham Approach cover the WHY and HOW of teaching reading skills. Our courses include:

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In the Introductory course, participants will learn the OG approach to teach beginning reading. This includes phonemic awareness, phonics and spelling of single-syllable words, and an embedded practicum component.

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In the Intermediate course, participants will learn the OG approach to teach multisyllabic words. With an embedded practicum component, this course includes phonemic and morphological awareness, advanced phonics, morphological word work which enhances vocabulary, and comprehension improvement.

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In the Advanced course, participants will learn the OG strategies to close the higher level linguistic skills required by older or more advanced learners in multisyllabic words. With an embedded practicum component, this course includes writing, vocabulary development, comprehension, and analyzing formal assessment.

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In the Early Learners course, participants learn the foundational reading support skills needed to effectively teach pre-kindergartners prerequisite literacy skills. Instruction focuses on phonemic awareness, letter knowledge, concepts of print, alphabetic code, phonics, and more.

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During the Extended Practicum, participants work directly with an instructor mentor to receive individually specialized instruction based on the participant’s teaching practice.

See what it’s like to use evidence-based research
to develop comprehensive reading skills.

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IMSLEC – Accreditation

The mission of The International Multisensory Structured Language Education Council (IMSLEC) is to accredit quality training courses for the professional preparation of multisensory structured language education specialists. Orton-Gillingham of MN is accredited by IMSLEC at the Teacher and Instructor-of-Teachers levels. Accredited organizations, in turn, determine which applicants can be certified individually. Member organizations approved by IMSLEC have been pre-approved for membership in the IDA Alliance.

IMSLEC Certification Pathway

Orton-Gillingham of Minnesota (OGMN) has been restructuring its curriculum to better meet the needs of participants/teachers and expedite the track for certification.  In January 2018, Orton-Gillingham of Minnesota (OGMN) completed the reaffirmation process with the International Multisensory Structured Language Education Council (IMSLEC).  To ensure participants can meet the timeline regarding IMSLEC requirements for certification, OGMN has changed the Certification Pathway.  


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Professional Opportunities

If you are a tutor who has completed OGMN Introductory and Intermediate courses, you can be listed on our tutor referral list.

Reaching students
is a reality