Educator Training

At Marburn Academy, it is our mission to celebrate students who learn differently, empowering them to awaken their potential, to achieve success in school and life, and to drive positive change in our communities. Affecting positive change in our communities is something we at Marburn strive to do from a school level as well. Because of that, we feel that we should share our knowledge about teaching students who learn differently with the educational community by offering the following opportunities for educational professionals.

Orton-Gillingham Course and Practicum

We believe it is critical to prepare an educator to teach the structure of the English language, examine the process of reading acquisition, and explain how to overcome the barriers to reading development caused by learning differences, such as dyslexia.

Marburn Academy is proud to provide an Orton-Gillingham training that begins the journey of learning how to help students with learning differences. Lisa Neuhoff, an Orton-Gillingham Academy (OGA) accredited Fellow, teaches an Associate Level course and supervises the practicum of participants. Ms. Neuhoff has been practicing the Orton-Gillingham approach for over twenty years and has trained and supervised more than 150 teachers and tutors.

Marburn Academy supports the rigorous standards associated with OGA training. This training, recognized by the International Dyslexia Association, includes:

  • 60 hours of coursework by an accredited Fellow
  • Rationale for selecting the Orton-Gillingham approach for individuals with dyslexia
  • Extensive information on reading acquisition development in all learners, the neurological basis of reading, and the essential components of effective reading instruction
  • In-depth understanding of the Orton-Gillingham approach
  • Assessment
  • Lesson planning
  • And adaptation of the Orton-Gillingham approach for classroom instruction

This 60-hour training combined with 40-60 hours of supervised tutorial practicum serves as a foundation of understanding for educators. This foundational training allows a participant to continue serving students under the supervision of an OGA Fellow. Due to our dedication to ensuring students are served by appropriately trained Orton-Gillingham tutors, participants will be required to sign an agreement to follow the OGA guidelines for continued tutoring.

Why OGA training?

  1. It is recognized as a rigorous training by the International Dyslexia Association.
  2. Provides practical experience and support from OGA Fellow to apply the knowledge base learned during coursework.
  3. OGA was established by Founding Fellows who were trained by Dr. Samuel Orton and Anna Gillingham.

For more information on the OGA instructional levels and rationale for training, please visit

If you are interested in pursuing this opportunity, please contact Lisa Neuhoff at or 614.396.4849.

Multisensory Reading Workshop

This educator workshop, on the topic of multisensory reading instruction, is geared toward elementary and middle school teachers.  The workshop can be tailored based on the needs of an individual school or district.

If you are interested in pursuing this opportunity, please contact Stephanie Royal at or 614.396.4867.