Beginning Decoding/Encoding Seminar


Grants Available:  MDI has received a teacher training grant from the State of Michigan Department of Education (MDE) to train public school teachers in recognizing dyslexia and how to teach all children how to read using the Orton-Gillingham Approach. For more information about the grant, click here.


The Beginning Decoding/Encoding Seminar is a 35 hour course which introduces the participants to the Orton-Gillingham Approach to teaching reading and writing skills to students with dyslexia.  In this course we will cover the following: 

  • Dyslexia:  definition, learning problems of individuals with dyslexia, and how to recognize the characteristics of dyslexia.
  • Understanding English:  history of the alphabet, the alphabet code, phonological and phonemic awareness, articulation of speech sounds
  • O-G Teaching:  using the Orton-Gillingham approach, multi-sensory teaching, explicit teaching decoding and encoding skills, syllable types, syllable division, spelling patterns and rules, writing lesson plans

Successful completion of the Seminar meets the AOGPE's application criteria for Subscriber Level membership and begins the process for completion of the Associate Level or Classroom Educator membership. 


Fees include $400 worth of materials and five supervised one-on-one sessions of practice teaching. SCECHs and CEU credits are available. Details will be available the first day of class.


Other Associate Level Beginning O-G Classes Sometimes additional classes are scheduled upon request of MDI Centers or public and private schools. Call (5l7) 485-4000 for more information.


Cost: $1250.00, $250 of which is due as a deposit upon registration

Once the class has started NO refunds will be given.  

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The D/E Course Application is available HERE. 


Metro Detroit Center

3384 W. Twelve Mile Rd. Berkley, MI 48072

May 1, 2, 3, 8, 9, & 10, 2024



Metro Detroit Center

3384 W. Twelve Mile Rd. Berkley, MI 48072

July 24, 25, 26, 31 & Aug. 1, 2, 2024

Hours 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

This session is designed for any individual wishing to take the course for any reason.


Registration Deadline: July 9th


Northern Michigan Center

681 East Lake St. Harbor Springs, MI 49740

October 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, & 11, 2024

Hours 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

This session is specially designed for individuals who desire to be considered as instructors for MDI.  Financial incentives are provided for those who become instructors to help defray the cost of the course.

Registration Deadline: September 18th