Differentiating Instruction Using Orton-Gillingham Methods

Have you heard of the Orton-Gillingham approach and are interested in learning more dependable multi-sensory techniques?

Do you have students in your class who receive tutoring that you want to support without changing your curriculum?

Strengthen your differentiated instruction toolbox!
  • Learning outcomes of this practical, hands-on workshop:
    Learn Orton-Gillingham (OG) methods of teaching literacy for those who reading, writing, and spelling does not come easily
  • Understand dyslexia including red flags
  • Understand the importance of early intervention
  • Plan for using OG methods in your classroom to differentiate
  • Focus on practical, useful information 

Workshop Details

June 8-10;  9am-11am
For Teachers of PreK - 3rd Grade
Cost: $150 (includes sessions, materials and access to recorded sessions)
Hybrid Format (online via Webex and in person at Shorecrest)

Miriam Pardoll

Associate Director of the Learning Center at Shorecrest Preparatory School

Miriam Pardoll has 25 years experience working in public and private schools in Massachusetts and Florida. She has worked as a classroom teacher and learning specialist in addition to developing a learning center. Mrs. Pardoll also teaches other educators through professional development and has taught college students at St. Petersburg College. She is a certified Dyslexia Therapist and a ADHD Professional. Mrs. Pardoll fosters a team approach with teachers, parents, specialists, administrators, and students to ensure student progress and success. Mrs. Pardoll is passionate about making sure diverse learners reach their potential and wants all students to be fully included, feel empowered, and be proud of their accomplishments no matter where they attend school.

Miriam lives in St Petersburg with her twin son and daughter, and husband who is a first grade teacher. She has a Master's Degree in Special Education from the University of Massachusetts and a Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education from Boston University. 

Heather Vidal

Lower and Middle School Literacy Specialist at Shorecrest Preparatory School

Heather Vidal has a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from the University of Tampa, with endorsements in Reading, ESOL and ESE. She has completed extensive training in the Orton-Gillingham approach. Mrs. Vidal co-authored the book, “Teach Reading with Orton-Gillingham,” and has written several curriculum guides designed for students with dyslexia and other learning differences. She has been working in The Learning Center at Shorecrest since 2014, and transitioned in 2020 to be the Literacy Specialist for the Lower School and Middle School. Prior to working at Shorecrest, Mrs. Vidal taught 3rd and 5th grade in Florida public schools. Heather believes in teaching all students to unlock their potential by identifying and harnessing their strengths.

When she is not teaching, Heather enjoys hiking, cooking and gardening. Heather lives in Gulfport with her husband and two young daughters. 

Continuing Education Credit

We will provide continuing education certificates at the end of the Institute that will detail the work you undertook with your colleagues in each workshop.

About the Area

Enjoy time in sunny St. Petersburg, Florida - a travel destination with amazing culture, food, arts, and award-winning beaches. When you’ve finished for the day, you will find ready access to water sports, boating, museums, bike paths and culinary delights.

School Information

5101 First Street Northeast
St Petersburg, FL 33703
Phone: (727) 522-2111  |  Fax: (727) 527-4191
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Shorecrest Preparatory School is a private, non-sectarian, coeducational, college preparatory day school for students preschool through high school, located in St. Petersburg, Florida.