Orton-Gillingham Training

Great News! The Bridge Academy is an Orton-Gillingham Associate level approved training site. This means that after completing the Associate level training and practicum, the trainee can submit directly to us. This offers trainees a much more personal experience and flexibility.

Course Instructors

Eileen Tresansky – Eileen is a Fellow of the Orton-Gillingham Academy and is also an IDA Certified Dyslexia Therapist. She holds a NJ TOH certificate for K-12 and a Masters in Reading and Literacy, K-6. She has taught in 1:1, small group, and large class settings instructing students as well as teachers. Eileen has over 30 years of experience working with students with dyslexia and other learning differences

Ann Marie Harshaw– is a Fellow of the Orton-Gillingham Academy. She has a B.S. in Elementary Education from the University of Oregon and a M.A. in Learning Disabilities from Teachers College, Columbia University. Ann Marie has taught learning disabled students in both public and private schools for more than 25 years. She is the Language Arts Coordinator at the Bridge Academy – a private school for students with language-based learning disabilities located in Lawrenceville, NJ.

Orton-Gillingham Classroom Educator/Associate Level Part 1

This 35 hour virtual course is both the Classroom Educator course and the first week of the Associate level course. The focus of this course is to introduce the Orton-Gillingham approach and to show how to use it in small groups or whole class teaching. This course covers material that a teacher would use for beginning to intermediate level readers.

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Orton-Gilingham Associate Level

This 70 hour course is designed for individuals who want to work with students one-on-one. The first week will cover the basics of Orton-Gillingham methods (working primarily with beginning students). The second week will go more in depth with these topics and will cover information on how to teach students who are intermediate to advanced level readers.

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 Orton-Gillingham Associate Level Part 2 

This 35 hour course is the second week of Associate level training. Trainees who have already completed week one of Associate training (also called Classroom Educator) can take this course. This course goes more in depth with topics covered in Associate Part 1 and covers information needed to work with intermediate to advanced level readers.

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Orton-Gillingham Certified Level Part 1

 Certified level training is for individuals who have already received their Associate certification from the Orton-Gillingham Academy. The Certified level prepares individuals to work with a more diverse student (both in age and in profile). Individuals will also learn how to read and evaluate student assessments to better understand their students and prepare appropriate lessons for them.

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