Orton-Gillingham Educator Training

Marburn Academy is accredited by the Orton-Gillingham Academy (OGA) and meets the criteria as an appropriate certification pathway by the Ohio Dyslexia Committee. Marburn’s Orton-Gillingham training empowers educators with the tools to remediate student reading difficulties.  

Lisa Neuhoff, an OGA-accredited Fellow, leads all courses. Lisa has been practicing the Orton-Gillingham approach since 2000, holds a master’s degree in reading science, and has trained and supervised more than 250 teachers and tutors.

For more information on the OGA instructional levels and accreditation, please visit www.ortonacademy.org.

Orton-Gillingham Courses and Practicum

Multiple options for training are available at Marburn Academy throughout the school year and summer.

Classroom Educator Level 

This 35-hour course meets the Orton Gillingham Academy (OGA) standards for Classroom Educator Certification. The coursework provides educators with content knowledge in reading acquisition, the Orton-Gillingham Approach, the structure of the English language, and the development of lesson plans.  

Dates and Times:

  • Option 1: Monday – Friday, June 10 - June 18, 2024; 8:30–3:30 p.m.

  • Option 2: Wednesdays, September 4 – November 6, 2024; 3:30–6:00 p.m.

Cost: $995 with a $100 non-refundable material fee (doubles as the deposit)*

Location: Marburn Academy, 9555 Johnstown Rd. New Albany, Ohio 43054

Prerequisite: Bachelor Degree

*For an additional fee, a supervised practicum with formal observations can be requested. 

Associate Level 

This course meets the standards for Associate Level Certification. Parts 1 and 2 are required for those with no prior coursework. For those who have taken the Classroom Educator course, only Part 2 is required. This course includes:  

  • 60 hours of coursework; 

  • 40-60 hours of supervised tutoring practicum;

  • The rationale for selecting the Orton-Gillingham approach for individuals with dyslexia;

  • Extensive information on reading acquisition development in all learners, the neurological basis of reading, and the essential components of effective reading instruction;

  • In-depth understanding of the Orton-Gillingham approach;

  • Assessment and lesson planning, and;

  • Adaptation of the Orton-Gillingham approach for classroom instruction.

Dates and Times:

  • Associate Part 1: June 10 - 18, 2024, 8:30-3:30 p.m. 

  • Associate Part 2: June 20 - July 19, 2024*, 8:30-3:30 p.m. 


  • Part 1 and 2: $2,000 with a $250 non-refundable material fee (doubles as the  deposit)

  • Part 2 only: $1,000 with a $250 non-refundable material fee 

Location: Marburn Academy, 9555 Johnstown Rd. New Albany, Ohio 43054

Prerequisite: Bachelor’s Degree

*Must have Orton-Gillingham Classroom Educator course or prior approval to only take this section.

Testimonials about the OGA Course

“The mindset, multi-sensory activities, and language background I was outfitted with allowed me to return to my classroom and better engage my students. I became more intentional with my introduction of vocabulary and content, and I saw dramatic results. Since that time, I’ve had the privilege to view the program’s impact from the vantage points of a classroom teacher, Summer Program Director, and Division Head. I continue to see the benefits the approach has for both educators and students.”

“Marburn offers the best educator training to help students with learning differences. I have taken four separate Orton-Gillingham approach courses, and Marburn is the most valuable course I found. None of the other courses I took offered the practical experience of lesson planning and tutoring with guidance. For teachers and parents wanting in-depth information about teaching reading with the Orton-Gillingham approach, Marburn Academy is the place to go!”