What Does AOGPE do?
The mission of the Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators (AOGPE) 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 meet 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.
AOGPE was established in 1995 to set and maintain professional and ethical standards for the practice of the Orton-Gillingham Approach. It certifies individuals and accredits instructional and training programs that meet these standards. AOGPE promotes public awareness of the need of individuals with dyslexia and of the Orton-Gillingham Approach for the treatment of dyslexia. It is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization.
Its Origin and Operating Structure
Planning for the Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators began in 1991 as a response to discussions initiated by the Orton Dyslexia Society (International Dyslexia Association). Those engaged in the planning and the implementation of the Academy were a group of dedicated and distinguished Orton-Gillingham teachers and educators from throughout the United States concerned with how better to serve individuals with dyslexia, fellow professionals, and the public interest. The Academy began formal operations in 1995. It is governed by a Board of Trustees elected from the Academy’s Fellows. The objectives and tasks of the organization are accomplished by working committees composed of Trustees and other dedicated members of the Academy. Currently, the Academy has over 1,700 national and international members who have met its standards.
The Academy is incorporated and operates under the New York Education Law, its corporate status being authorized in 1995 by action of the Board of Regents of the University of the State of New York. It is a tax-exempt nonprofit organization under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.