What Makes AOGPE Different?
Academy training relies on coursework and practicum delivered by an Academy Fellow. Fellows are certified by AOGPE as independent practitioners to deliver the Academy curriculum. Because the training is done by Fellows, the Academy does not train, it only certifies and accredits, eliminating the conflict of interest where training and certification is done by the same organization.
The Academy has deep roots. It was established by its Founding Fellows, who were either trained directly by Dr. Samuel Orton, Anna Gillingham, Bessie Stillman, June Lyday Orton, Paula Rome or other individuals trained by the previously mentioned individuals. The Academy trains people to use the Orton-Gillingham Approach with students of any age—pre-k through adult. We do not follow a set scope and sequence. What is important is that the teacher/tutor understand how to use and implement the OG teaching techniques and procedures. It involves how to teach/remediate all areas of literacy, not just reading and spelling and to provide this instruction one-on-one, in a classroom, or with any size group. We provide not only the knowledge-base with our coursework but also the practical experience and support learning how to apply the knowledge-base.
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.