to Nov 17

Certified Training, Level 1

A week-long intense Orton-Gillingham training that solidifies concepts and theories learned in the Associate Level training, followed by more in-depth training on the structure of English. More emphasis is placed on assessment analysis, vocabulary, and comprehension skills, as well as written expression and prefixes, roots and suffixes. A practicum is available upon request at an additional cost with observations and mentoring.

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to Dec 9

Associate Level Training

Spread over several weekends (with a break for Thanksgiving), this 70-hour training will be held on the following dates:

November 2-5

December 1-December 3

December 8-10

This intensive training enables you to instruct with better understanding of the structure of language and multisensory teaching. It includes an in-depth introduction to phonology, structure of English, characteristics of dyslexia, multisensory teaching, assessment tools, grammar and written expression and interactive demonstrations, as well as ideas for activities that can help you use the Orton-Gillingham approach.

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9:00 AM09:00

Syntax Matters: Developing Sentence Skills in Struggling Students

Join us at camp for a workshop with author and educator William Van Cleave!

In this hands-on, interactive workshop, participants explore working on sentence-level writing with students of all ages. This workshop begins with an overview of the research concerning the cognitive demands writing places on the student writer.

Next, participants will explore parts of speech with a focus on job/function and activities designed to develop student writing. Finally, they focus particular attention on the clause, using it as the building block for all sentences. Participants examine the role syntax plays in both writing and reading comprehension. They practice with introduced concepts and develop knowledge they can implement the very next day with their students. 

Though Presenter William Van Cleave’s text, Writing Matters, is not required, if you own it, please bring it to the workshop. Copies can be purchased onsite at a discount ($45) (prior notification is required).

Instructors pursuing Certified Level in the Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practioners and Educators may apply these hours with permission of their supervising Fellow. (Susie van der Vorst, Fellow/AOGPE, will be in supervising).

Cost of the workshop is $160 including lunch. Lodging at camp is available: $50 for dorm room, $80 for private room, $90 for private room with balcony. Aside from lunch, food is not provided, but there communal kitchen is available. Linens are provided. 

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9:00 AM09:00

Skype Tutoring Workshop with Laurie Cousseau

Orton-Gillingham tutors: Are you looking for a way to expand your reach? Join us at camp for a special training on how to tutor through Skype with Laurie Cousseau of Green River Literacy and Learning Center and a fellow in the Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitionors and Educators.

Laurie will show you how to adapt your lesson plans so they can be used remotely, show you how to create fun, interactive games with your students, and even let you observe a live lesson with one of her students. The workshop will conclude with a chance to make your own activities and ask questions.  

Skype has increasingly been used as a way for educators to reach students in remote or rural areas, or those who are overseas and don't have access to O-G tutoring.  Be on the forefront of bringing O-G tutoring to those who need it! 

Fill out our request for information form here or call 828-688-1000 to learn more. There is limited space in this workshop, so contact us soon!

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to Apr 24

Certified Training, Level 1

A week-long intense Orton-Gillinham training that is geared to solidify concepts and theories learned in the Associate Level training followed by more in-depth training on the structure of English. More emphasis is placed on assessment analysis, vocabulary, and comprehension skills, as well as written expression and prefixes, roots and suffixes. A practicum is available upon request at an additional cost with observations and mentoring.

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to Mar 31

Associate Level Training

Susie will offer a 70-hour Associate Level training. The training begins Sunday, March March 19 at 8:30 am and runs 8:30 am to 5:30 pm Monday through Thursday March 23. On Friday, March 24, training will end at 11:30 am. 

Trainees are invited to register for the South Carolina IDA conference in Greenville, South Carolina from Friday afternoon, through Saturday, March 25. 

Training will resume at 8:30 am on Monday, March 27 and wind up on Friday, March 31 at 5:00 pm. 

Training will take place at Camp Spring Creek's Outreach Center in Spruce Pine. 

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to Oct 29

IDA Conference

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IDA’s Annual International Conference is the premier professional development conference dedicated to reading, literacy and learning. The conference brings in experts from all over the world to educate attendees on the latest research, remediation, and more.

The Reading, Literacy and Learning Conference includes both the Annual Conference for Professionals and Annual Conference for Families. Both conferences are attended by some 2,000 teachers, educators, and administrators, reading specialists, researchers, university faculty, psychologists, physicians, tutor, and parents.

The four day conference includes four general sessions with keynote speakers, full- and half-day symposia, more than 100 sessions, poster presentations and more on Dyslexia, Dysgraphia, Response to Intervention, Literacy, Critical Reading, Vocabulary, Spelling, Language Disorders and much more!

Beyond the session room, this conference offers an incredible exhibit hall, school visits to area specialty schools, social events, networking opportunities, and more.

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to Oct 22

Training Registration

In honor of Dyslexia Awareness Month, join us for a very special two-day workshop with pioneering dyslexia educator, Diana Hanbury King, founder of the Kildonan School for students with dyslexia. She’s the author of several books on education, including several writing skills books. Diana is offering a two-day writing workshop for teachers, tutors and parents on how to take a struggling or resistant writer through the steps toward written expression. 

This workshop will take place at Camp Spring Creek's campus in Bakersville, North Carolina .

The required text for the workshop is Writing Skills (Teacher's Edition) by Diana H. King.  You can bring your own copy and or purchase it from us at the workshop. 

Cost for the two-day program is $300, including lunch each day. Additional meals and lodging at camp are available at a nominal additional charge (please call 766-5032 for details). 

Don't miss this opportunity to learn from one of the nation's foremost educators!

To register, please call 828-766-5032 or submit this form.  

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to Sep 22

Associate Level Training

This is the first part of the training, to be  held on the Camp Spring campus outside of Bakersville and broken up into two parts.

Thursday, September 15-Thursday, September 22, 8 am to 5 pm each day


Tuesday, September 27-Friday, September 30, 8 am to 5 pm each day

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to Sep 3

Certified Training

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We typically offer an Associate Level class each fall and spring or as often as there is a need. We offer both Certified classes on demand. 

Courses can be arranged to meet your needs: for example, ten intense days or three long weekends. We can also bring the class to your hometown with a minimum of four participants, provided there is a space where we can meet. Please call us to check on dates or design a class that works within your schedule. 

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