Upcoming Training –

All training is now currently being done ONLINE using a BLENDED format – live ONLINE meetings using ZOOM as well as modules that are done independently.

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O-G Associate Practitioner

O-G Classroom Educator


Prerequisite:  Fundamentals /
(formerly known as Foundations)


Structured Word Inquiry (SWI)

Training Location: 125 Brentcliffe Road, Toronto, Ontario (Northlea United Church – Bayview/Eglinton- North Leaside)

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Register early to avoid disappointment. 

Sessions may fill up quickly.

Instructor:  Liisa Freure M.Ed, OCT, Fellow of the Orton-Gillingham Academy.

Although no formal degree or diploma is required to take the training, a Bachelor of Arts (or equivalent) is required to apply to the Academy to become a Classroom Educator, Associate, or Certified Member as well as completion of a supervised practicum.

* NOTE:  Practicums are to be arranged separately with additional fees.  Limited space available. 


FUNDAMENTAL LEARNING reserves the right to cancel a course/workshop prior to the start date due to low enrollment, instructor availability, or other uncontrollable circumstances.  If a course is canceled or rescheduled for any reason, FUNDAMENTAL LEARNING will fully refund the applicant or transfer their registration to another event.

If you are unable to attend a course/workshop, FUNDAMENTAL LEARNING will provide a partial refund less an administration fee of $100 (plus HST) under the following conditions:
Written cancellation requests received more than 30 days prior to the course start date will incur a 10% withdrawal fee (in addition to the $100 administration fee). 
Written requests for cancelation more than 14 days prior to the course start date will be refunded less a 20% withdrawal fee (in addition to the $100 administration fee). 

FUNDAMENTAL LEARNING is unable to provide refunds for cancelations less than 14 days prior to the course/workshop start date or after access to online asynchronous content has been granted.


No refunds or credits will be issued after materials have been mailed or online asynchronous content has been posted. 
Non-attendance or withdrawal after this date will incur a full program fee.

For intensive online courses, access to asynchronous content is granted one week prior to the course start date. After that time, no refunds will be issued. 



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Teacher Training Programs

  • FUNDAMENTALS is the prerequisite course for all O-G training with Fundamental Learning.  It is intended as an introduction to the “Science of Reading” / Structured Literacy and provides  ONLY a basic overview of the underlying components and rationale of the Orton-Gillingham approach. Further training is required in order to teach using the Orton-Gillingham approach.  CLICK HERE FOR CURRICULUM


    The subscriber course is an introduction to the Orton-Gillingham Approach.
    Subscriber members are informed consumers but are not qualified to teach using the Orton-Gillingham Approach.  You can apply for Subscriber level membership after taking Fundamentals.

    The classroom educator is qualified to apply the Orton-Gillingham Approach to modify and provide literary instruction for the classroom or small groups ONLY WITHIN A SCHOOL SETTING.  Utilizing direct instruction, teachers bring a multisensory, structured, sequential, phonics, and linguistic approach into the classroom.
    O-G Classroom Educator
    SUPERVISED PRACTICUM: 50 hours; 5 observations over 8 months

    Associate members may tutor individuals or small groups using the Orton-Gillingham Approach while continuing to be mentored by a Fellow.
    Associate Practitioner
    SUPERVISED PRACTICUM:  100 hours; 10 observations over 8 months

    Certified level members are qualified to tutor individuals and teach small groups using the Orton-Gillingham Approach.
    Associate Practitioner
    SUPERVISED  PRACTICUM:  200 hours; 10 observations over 2 years

    FELLOW LEVEL: Fellows are qualified to train and supervise others in the Orton-Gillingham Approach.

CLICK HERE for a chart comparing Membership Levels
CLICK HERE for a chart comparing Classroom Educator and Associate Membership Levels


Custom designed to meet the needs of your specific audience

Possible Topics:

– Dyslexia 101
– Simulations

– Basics of Structured Literacy

– Phonology & Phonemes
– Syllables
– Morphology & Etymology
– Structured Word Inquiry
– Multisensory Grammar
– “Sight Words” – a different way to “SEE” them

  • or tell me what you want to know more about!


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Teacher Training

  (introductory course)

– Classroom Educator
– Associate Practitioner
– Certified – Advanced  


Practicum Supervision

Practicum Supervision for:

– Classroom Educator
– Associate Practitioner
– Certified 

to be arranged on an individual basis with separate fees

Quality Instruction by OGA (AOGPE) Certified Trainers

All training programs meet or exceed the standards set by the Orton-Gillingham Academy (OGA) formerly known as Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators (AOGPE) as well as the International Dyslexia Association Knowledge and Practice Standards.

ALL TRAINING is provided by a Fellow of the  Orton-Gillingham Academy (OGA) .
Please note: any training that is not conducted by a Fellow or Fellow-in-Training who is formally registered with the Academy (under the supervision of a Fellow) is not acceptable as training toward OGA membership. You may contact OGA to confirm membership status of any individuals offering training opportunities.

Intensive Summer courses or full-year study available.  Contact us to arrange for workshops, speaking engagements and training sessions for your school or organization.