Last week, five hard-working homeschool teachers joined Susie at our Outreach Center in Spruce Pine to embark on their Associate Level Training. This 70-hour training empowers teachers to tutor students one-on-one using the Orton-Gillingham curriculum. Following their work with Susie, each will spend the next year completing their practicum. The practicum includes 10 observations and constant contact with Susie. Each teacher can then apply to the Orton-Gillingham Academy for official certification. Co-founder of Camp Spring Creek and the Outreach Center, Susie van der Vorst, is one of approximately 120 certified Orton-Gillingham Fellows in the country. As a Fellow, Susie can train others in these methods and professionally observe and mentor educators as they complete their practicum year. The requirements to become a Fellow have changed over time, but when Susie first began her own Orton-Gillinghman training, the minimum requirement was 10 years of experience in the field. Susie earned recognition as a Fellow in 2003 and has trained countless parents, teachers, tutors, and professionals ever since.
We are very pleased to present our blog readers and supporters of Camp Spring Creek with this debut video, documenting snippets of the Associate Level Training. If you like what you see, subscribe by email to this blog (on the right sidebar) or to our YouTube channel, and you won't miss a beat. Meantime, many congrats to the five teachers who finished the first, major step in a year-long journey!