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William & Mary Orton-Gillingham Scholars Program Admits First Cohort


The School of Education announces the first cohort of scholars admitted to the William & Mary Orton-Gillingham Scholars Program

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The School of Education prioritizes supporting programs that serve the Commonwealth and the profession and creating sustained, immersive experiences through mutually beneficial, co-constructed partnerships. We are pleased to announce the William & Mary Orton-Gillingham Scholars Program, a collaboration that perfectly aligns with our mission and vision. This program is a collaborative effort with the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE), the W&M Training and Technical Assistance Center (TTAC) and the W&M Literacy Lab.

Orton-Gillingham is a multisensory, structured literacy instructional approach for reading remediation. It is designed to address the needs of students who have difficulty with reading, spelling and writing. The Orton-Gillingham training is an intensive week-long training sponsored by the VDOE and offered to in-service teachers across the Commonwealth. W&M will be one of only two universities in the Commonwealth that offers this training to pre-service teachers.

Each scholar will be further supported with implementation of the Orton-Gillingham approach in their student placement through a year-long coaching partnership with TTAC and follow-up support through the Literacy Lab.

This year’s application process was very competitive, and we are pleased to announce the first cohort of the William & Mary Orton-Gillingham Scholars Program:

Claudia Brooks B.A.Ed. (Special Education) '25
Audrey Dolak B.A.Ed. '24, M.A.Ed. (Special Education) '25
Alison Mayer B.A.Ed. (Special Education) '25
Bridgette Smith M.A.Ed. (Special Education) '25
Emma Rose Williams B.A.Ed. '24, M.A.Ed. (Special Education) '25