OG Conference

Trident Academy teachers Sheila Costello and Corbin Bettencourt joined more than 300 educators at the annual conference of the Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators (AOGPE) in Providence, R.I. Costello is a Fellow in the Academy and Bettencourt is an Associate Level Member, working toward the Certified Level.


“We found the sessions informative and practical,” Costello says. “In fact, I shared the multisensory ideas with other Trident Academy teachers training together for their Certified Level membership. In addition to the sessions we had the opportunity to connect and network with colleagues from other OG schools and training programs.”


Keynote speaker Dr. Eric Tridas, a renowned developmental pediatrician and current President of the International Dyslexia Association, spoke on  “The Physician’s Perspective of Dyslexia.” Dr. Tridas discussed how and why working memory and executive function impact ADHD and dyslexia. Dr. Michelle Berg, also a keynote speaker, addressed “Working Memory and the Dyslexic Learner” from an educational viewpoint.


Other sessions focused on teacher training, linking testing to teaching, the complex profile of the dyslexic learner and multisensory instruction, early intervention, math, and morphology.


The two-day conference was attended by over three hundred teachers, learning specialists and OG practitioners from public and private schools and clinics across New England and the United States. The conference was hosted by The Met School, a public high school collaborative that works with teenagers at risk of dropping out. All Met School teachers are OG trained and their results are impressive, last year 93% of their students graduated high school.


For more information, contact Sheila Costello at scostello@tridentacademy.com.

Leave a Reply