Orton-Gillingham Institute:

Associate Level Coursework

Trident Academy is still hopeful that we WILL be able to offer this course, but please be aware that the situation may change depending on the COVID-19 pandemic and Governor McMaster’s executive orders declaring a state of emergency.  Please check back on this page for future updates, and please contact Trident Academy if you have any further questions about this course. 


Two-Week Course

July 27th – August 7th

8:30am – 4:30pm

70 hours of instruction

(includes 10 hours of training beyond the required 60 hours)

The course does not include practicum.  

Topics to include the following:

  • Principles of Orton-Gillingham instruction
  • Nature and needs of dyslexic learners
  • Phonological awareness
  • Sound-symbol relationships
  • Syllable types and division patterns
  • Spelling rules and generalizations
  • Handwriting instruction
  • Reading fluency
  • Morphology
  • Integration of vocabulary & comprehension instruction
  • Structured, multi-sensory teaching techniques
  • Lesson plan development and delivery
  • Informal diagnostic-prescriptive assessment of reading, spelling, and handwriting

Cost: $1,300 – Course tuition does not include textbooks or the teacher provided materials (a course notebook and cards).  A $650 non-refundable deposit is due with registration.  A $100 materials fee will be due on the first day of class.

Course Instructor: Anne Vickers, Accredited Training Fellow, AOGPE

Contact: Amber Dorton at adorton@tridentacademy.com or 843-884-7046.

More About Instructor

Anne Vickers is an accredited Training Fellow of the Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators (AOGPE). Anne served as Head of Sandhills School in Columbia, South Carolina for seventeen years from 2001-2018. Since her retirement in 2018, Anne has been working as a consultant with administrators, parents, teachers and students in schools that offer programs for students with dyslexia and other learning differences.

Ms. Vickers began her career in education over forty years ago. She graduated from the College of Charleston in 1977, and then received a Master of Education in Special Education from the College of Charleston in 1982. Since then, Ms. Vickers has dedicated her entire career to teaching students who learn differently. Ms. Vickers became a Fellow of the AOGPE in 1995. She had the great fortune of working closely with two of the pioneers in AGOPE, Dr. Lucia R. Karnes and Diana H. King. She has conducted numerous Orton-Gillingham training seminars for teachers, parents and administrators.

Ms. Vickers has served on many boards catering to the needs of dyslexic people. She has been a speaker at local, regional and national conferences.

Trident Academy admits students of any race, color, gender, and national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school.  It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, or national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and financial assistance programs, and athletic and other school administered programs.