What Does the Academy Do?
The mission of the Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators is exclusively to:
Establish and maintain professional and ethical standards for practitioners and educators of the Orton-Gillingham Approach for the treatment of dyslexia.
Certify individuals who have met Academy standards by demonstrating competence as practitioners and educators of the Orton-Gillingham Approach.
Accredit programs that meet Academy standards to train Orton-Gillingham practitioners and educators.
Accredit instructional programs that meet Academy standards in schools, clinics, and summer programs.
Sponsor and disseminate research relevant to Orton-Gillingham instruction.
Broaden public awareness of the nature and educational needs of people with dyslexia and the role of the Orton-Gillingham Approach for the treatment of dyslexia.
The Academy is a tax-exempt nonprofit organization under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
What is DYSLEXIA?
The word dyslexia is derived from the Greek, dys, difficulty with, and lex (from legein, to speak), having to do with words. Words in their many forms are encountered in listening, speaking, reading, spelling, writing, in mathematics, and in organizing, understanding, and expressing thought. Based on information from neuroscientific and linguistic research, the definition can be summarized as difficulty in the use and processing of arbitrary linguistic/symbolic codes. This is an aspect of a language continuum which includes spoken language, written language, and language comprehension.
Individuals with dyslexia are those who, despite traditional classroom teaching, have failed to master the basic elements of the language system of their culture. Since language is the necessary tool upon which subsequent academic learning is based, such persons often encounter difficulty in all educational endeavors.
Academy membership application submissions.
Applications for membership at the Associate, Certified, and Fellow levels are reviewed twice a year. Fully completed applications, checklists and required letters of support must be submitted to the Academy using the online application process by:
January 10 or by July 10
Confirmation emails are sent to applicants once applications are received by the Certifying Committee.
- For the January 10 deadline, decision letters are mailed in May.
- For the July 10 deadline, decision letters are mailed in October.
ONLINE APPLICATION PROCESS
For required application information see the Certification Program section of this website.
ASSOCIATE READING LIST
The revised Associate Reading list is available!
The list is located under the CERTIFICATION and REQUIRED READING tabs on the home page.
2017 AOGPE CONFERENCE
April 28-29, 2017
(Friday & Saturday)
ONLINE SUBSCRIBER COURSE
This self-paced 10 hour course developed by Academy Fellows is an overview of the Orton-Gillingham Approach. The course is appropriate for teachers with students who experience difficulty learning to read and write, parents of children with dyslexia, individuals with dyslexia who wish to gain an understanding of their learning differences, school administrators, advocates, tutors, and other professional who wish to learn about this multisensory teaching approach.
After completion of the course individuals are eligible to join the Academy as a Subscriber member.
As of January 1, 2016,
only online applications will be accepted by the Academy. Paper copies of applications and letters of support will not be accepted. Please contact the Academy office with questions.
SAVE THE DATES
2015 AOGPE FELLOW WEBINAR
"Utilizing Technology to Train/Observe at a Distance"
The webinar is available to Certified and Fellows in the members section of the website.
2016 AOGPE ANNUAL CONFERENCE
April 1 - 2, 2016
(Friday and Saturday)
THE RUTH HARRIS TRAVEL AWARD
Deadline is March 17, 2017
HOUSE RESOLUTION #456
H.Res. 456, "Resolution on Dyslexia" presented by Rep. Bill Cassidy (R-LA) needs the support of at least 100 U.S. Congress members to bring it to a vote in the House Education and the Workforce committee.
Rep. Cassidy’s Resolution recognizes each major element of dyslexia, its: high prevalence (1 in 5); cognitive and neurobiological bases; unexpected nature; persistence; and critically, its profound impact on education and the critical need for action by schools.
URGE YOUR CONGRESSIONAL REP. TO SUPPORT HOUSE RESOLUTION ON DYSEXIA, #456.
Contact Your Representative Now!
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