Orton Gillingham ONE-DAY Seminar

Ideal for teachers, tutors, and parents working with children who have specific learning issues and/or dyslexia

Saturday, February 24, 2018 

Washington Episcopal School 

~ 5600 Little Falls Parkway, Bethesda MD 20816 ~

This one-day seminar discusses: what is a learning issue/dyslexia, what does it
mean for my child to need an assessment, the importance of parental
involvement with children who have learning issues, how the Orton Gillingham
method addresses learning issues, why does the Orton Gillingham method work
so well with children with learning issues/dyslexia, information on how to employ
the OG method for teachers/tutor/parents, and much more pertinent
information. Questions are taken throughout the seminar.

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course details

Instructor: Norma Jean McHugh

Fee: $199

Date: Saturday, February 24, 2018

Time: 9am – 3pm

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

Parking: There is unlimited FREE parking at the school

Refund policy: Cancellations up to February 10, 2018 will receive a full refund, less a $50.00 processing fee. Cancellations after February 10, 2018 will receive no refund.

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course includes

  • 3-months FREE subscription to Whizzimo ($50 value)

the premier Orton Gillingham-based digital teaching platform for multi sensory reading and spelling instruction

  • Ms. McHugh’s Orton Gillingham Teacher Training book
  • Goodie bag of useful items for kids with learning issues, like pencil grips, guided reading strip, figet and more
  • Spiral notepad & pen
  • Free Parking
  • Lunch, including bottled water and chips:
    • Participants will select from different sandwich or salad selections menu provided by Wagshall’s Market delivered to Washington Episcopal School.
    • Time allowance for lunch is 45 minutes

Sample Topics

  • Discussion of different learning issues
  • What is dyslexia?
  • Does a dyslexic child cope with school/ life differently? How does this affect his or her life?
  • How to use your child’s dyslexia/learning issues to his/her optimal advantage
  • The importance of formal testing for dyslexia and other learning issues
  • The importance of parental involvement in helping a child with learning issues
  • How to read and understand an assessment report
  • Different ways to approach learning issues
  • What is the Orton Gillingham method?
  • How and why the Orton Gillingham multi-sensory approach is so effective
  • Basic teacher/parent/tutor guidelines to use the OG method
  • Resource material

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.

Our Certified Training Course

 » June 2018 «

Specializing in teaching children with dyslexia and other learning issues.

Washington Episcopal School

~ 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 a multi-sensory teaching of reading, writing, and spelling with students.

The second week of the course includes the 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 will open in early 2018



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.