Orton Gillingham certified training course specializing in teaching children with dyslexia and other learning issues.

Washington Episcopal School 
August 7-18, 2017 

~ 5600 Little Falls Parkway, Bethesda MD 20816 ~

This Orton Gillingham certified training two-week, 70-hour course provides an excellent overview of learning issues, specifically, but not exclusively, dyslexia. It also discusses recent information and studies of learning disabilities and specific techniques to develop and build the knowledge of phonology, morphology, semantics, syllabication, and syntax into multi-sensory teaching of reading, writing, and spelling with students.

The second week of the course includes development of a lesson plan, one-hour mock tutoring/teaching session for each participant using the developed plan, which is observed by the instructor and critiqued by her and fellow participants.  After the mock sessions, there are presentations of new teaching approaches developed by fellow participants for their lessons plans.

The course is designed for teachers, tutors and home school parents who are working with students who have difficulty acquiring basic reading and written language skills through traditional basal or whole language methods. The method and materials presented in this course will be appropriate for a wide range of ages and grade levels.

 Registration is now CLOSED


Just Looking for a One-Day Overview course?

Are you a parent, teacher or tutor who wants to learn more about learning issues, especially dyslexia? Do you want to understand what the Orton Gillingham method is and why it is successful? Do you want basic guidelines and resource material to help your student or child with his or her learning issues?  Our One-Day, 7-hour Overview Course is happening in November 2017

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Certified Training Course

Your instructor is a certified Academy of Orton Gillingham Practitioners and Educators instructor, Fellow and board member

Registration is now CLOSED. Contact us to reserve your place for next year and get ready to increase your education in teaching and tutoring individuals with learning issues, especially dyslexia.

course details

Instructor: Norma Jean McHugh

Fee: $1,400

Date: August 7-11 and 14-18, 2017

Time: 8.30am – 4pm daily

Location: Washington Episcopal School, 5600 Little Falls Pkwy, Bethesda, MD 20816

Parking: There is unlimited FREE parking at the school

course includes

  • One year subscription to Whizzimo ($198.00 value)
  • Flash drive with complete course
  • Bound notebook with complete printed version of course
  • Teaching materials
  • Reference manual for Orton Gillingham method
  • Index cards
  • Spiral notebook, highlighter and pen
  • Daily lunch, including bottled water and chips:
    1. Participants will select each morning from different sandwich or salad selections menu provided by Wagshall’s Market delivered to Washington Episcopal School.
    2. Time allowance for lunch is 30 minutes


All participants receive a certificate of completion of the 70-hour Orton Gillingham Training Course for Teachers, accredited by the Academy of Orton Gillingham Practitioners and Educators.

The course also complies with the required coursework necessary to move onto applying to become an Associate with the Academy of Orton Gillingham Practitioners and Educators.

Norma Jean McHugh

Norma Jnorma-jeanean McHugh is a Fellow of the Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators. She has more than 30 years of experience working with dyslexic students. She retired from teaching at the Schenck School in Atlanta, GA, a school for dyslexic students. While at the school, McHugh was not only a classroom teacher, but also started a summer camp for students at risk. She wrote the curriculum and directed the camp. That camp continues to provide academic and recreational summer programs for kids with learning issues. She was also director of the tutoring program for several years and oversaw the tutors working with students at the Schenk School.

Upon retiring, McHugh began training teachers in the Orton-Gillingham Approach. She has trained well over 400 teachers and tutors in both public and private schools.

McHugh is also a board member of the Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators. She lives in Atlanta with her husband and enjoys spending time with her children and grandchildren.


I took this certified Orton Gillingham course from Norma Jean McHugh, in July 2016, in Atlanta, GA. I am a Lab School trained tutor, who has been a tutor in the Washington DC area for 16 years. I take CEU courses every year. Ms. McHugh’s course was the most outstanding, informative, useful course I have ever taken. She is not only hugely personable as an instructor, but is one of the most knowledgeable, vastly experienced and intuitive people in the field of dyslexia and other learning issues. Ms. McHugh’s course added a remarkable amount to my ability and knowledge as a tutor.

-Trish Kiesewetter
founder & president of Maverick Creative Inc.


Questions? Please do not hesitate to fill in the form below or call Trish Kiesewetter on (970) 376-1428.