Teacher Training

All teachers should have access to training in best educational practices and current research.


Our faculty is trained in the best research and evidence-based approaches to help our LD/ADHD students achieve success, but the reality is that not every student who needs and EHSS education can attend. To extend our reach and help as many students as possible, we provide ongoing teacher training and professional development support.

The roots of our success are grounded in the Orton-Gillingham Approach.  Each summer, we offer training in Orton-Gillingham, taught by AOGPE Fellow Theresa Collins and other Fellows and FITs certified by AOGPE.  Ms. Collins works collaboratively with other members of the academy to provide training in the best evidence-based approach to remediate student who struggle with language-based learning differences, like dyslexia.

During the school year, we typically offer relevant practicum experiences and ongoing training to support further teacher development at the Classroom Educator and Associate Levels.


Classroom Educator and Structured Literacy Partnership

EHSS is proud to announce a partnership with Sacred Heart University (SHU) to bring you their first Graduate-Level course in Structured Literacy, which also meets the guidelines of the Classroom Educator coursework as defined by the Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators (AOGPE).

Students have two options for enrollment - they may enroll as a non-credit seeking student for $1550, or they may enroll as a credit-seeking student to earn 3 graduate credits from SHU for $2115.  

Both types of enrollments will be processed through SHU, but please feel free to complete the form below if you have any questions about the course or any other trainings we offer.  ALL CLASSES will be held on Eagle Hill Southport School's campus in Southport, CT.

Structured Literacy employs a highly structured sound-by-sound approach for teaching word decoding and spelling that incorporates traditional phonics and Visual-Auditory-Kinesthetic-Tactile (VAKT) methodology, and is particularly effective for struggling students and students who have been identified with dyslexia or a specific learning disability. Participants acquire a procedure for teaching letters and sounds, utilizing the phonics generalizations to decode regular and irregular spelling patterns.
This 36-hour course meets the requirements for Orton-Gillingham Classroom Educator designation with the AOGPE.  It is the first step in preparing teachers to use the OG approach in the classroom setting and allows teachers to use direct instruction to bring a multi-sensory, structured, and linguistic phonics-based approach into the mainstream classroom.  The curriculum will include:  dyslexia and reading disorders; the rationale of the OG approach; handwriting; phonological awareness, phonics, syllable division patterns, and spelling; elements of multisensory instruction, diagnostic-prescriptive teaching, and lesson planning; and AOGPE membership structure and requirements.  It does not include a practicum, which is required for Academy membership; the practicum can be arranged by request through Theresa Collins, Director of Language Training, at Eagle Hill Southport School.

See table below for dates and times for Summer Session I. To Register, contact:  Daria Corey by email: CoreyD@sacredheart.edu or by phone:  (203)-365-4883.  Please specify whether or not you are seeking graduate education credits when registering.

Summer 2017 Orton-Gillingham Classroom Educator/Structured Literacy Partnership Course with SHU

May 31 – July 5, 2017 (Monday and Wednesday evenings) 4:30pm - 7:20pm
Fee: non-credit seeking $1550
Fee: credit seeking (3 Sacred Heart Unversity Graduate Education credits) $2115

The fee covers all training, materials, and a daily lunch.  Participants should have a background in education and/or currently be teaching, and are expected to attend the entire workshop.  All workshops are taught by accredited members of the AOGPE.

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