Professional Development

The following is an overview of courses offered to professionals by The Rankin Institute during the 2014-2015 school year. For more details, click on the brochure cover in the right-hand column. To register, follow the link provided. 

THE ORTON-GILLINGHAM SUBSCRIBER COURSE, presented by Joanie Gerken, Fellow/AOGPE is a five-part course offered to parents and other professionals to familiarize them with the Orton-Gillingham approach to teaching. This course is an excellent introduction for those who are considering further training in the Orton-Gillingham approach.

ORTON-GILLINGHAM MULTISENSORY TRAINING FOR TEACHERS – CLASSROOM EDUCATOR LEVEL will be presented by Joanie Gerken, Fellow/AOGPE. This seminar follows the Classroom Educator curriculum guidelines established by the Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators which includes classroom instruction, selected readings, and supervised teaching. Following this coursework, those interested in pursuing the Classroom Educator credential with the Orton-Gillingham Academy must complete 50 hours of supervised teaching. This practicum may be arranged through The Rankin Institute or individually with the instructing Fellow.

ORTON-GILLINGHAM MULTISENSORY TRAINING FOR TEACHERS – ASSOCIATE LEVEL will be presented by Joanie Gerken, Fellow/AOGPE. This seminar follows the Associate curriculum guidelines established by the Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators which includes classroom instruction, selected readings, and supervised teaching. Following this coursework, those interested in pursuing the Classroom Educator credential with the Orton-Gillingham Academy must complete 100 hours of supervised teaching. This practicum may be arranged through The Rankin Institute or individually with the instructing Fellow.

FRAMING YOUR THOUGHTS is presented by Joanie Gerken, Fellow/AOGPE. This course is designed to give teachers the tools to improve students’ writing skills. The foundation of communication through written expression is the basic sentence. The course covers sentence structure as well as paragraph development and composition. Sentence structure is presented in a sequential order beginning with the simple sentence and moving to complex sentences using multisensory strategies to develop the basic concepts and skills of written expression. The curriculum can be started in grade one and is applicable through adult education.