Training Descriptions

The IMSE approach allows teachers to incorporate the five components essential to an effective reading program into their daily lessons: phonemic awareness, phonics, vocabulary, fluency, and comprehension.  The approach is based off of the Orton-Gillingham methodology and focuses on explicit, direct instruction that is sequential, structured, and multi-sensory.  Please read the training descriptions below to find the course that is appropriate for you.

 

 

Visit our training schedule to register for the Comprehensive or Intermediate course. If you would like to schedule an on-site training for any of our courses, please email imse@orton-gillingham.com. Please call us at 800-646-9788 to have one of our consultants help guide you if you have questions.

 

Comprehensive IMSE Orton-Gillingham Training

IMSE Comprehensive Orton-Gillingham Training (30 hours)

The Comprehensive Training provides participants with an in-depth understanding of IMSE's Orton-Gillingham methodology over the course of 30 hours. This course is a more traditional OG approach that focuses primarily on phonological awareness and phonics (along with encoding/decoding). Participants will also discuss how to teach fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension using the OG philosophy of multi-sensory, sequential, direct instruction. This approach can be incorporated into an already existing literacy program as well as stand alone. *See note.

 

This course is primarily geared towards elementary aged students and/or students who have very little knowledge of phonological awareness, phonics, basic literacy skills. This course is applicable for all three tiers of RTI. Therefore, the course is for:

 

K-2 General Education Teachers as well as 3rd grade emergent readers

 

Lower Elementary Special Education Teachers

 

Lower Elementary Title 1 Teachers, Literacy Coaches

 

Tutors

 

Speech Language Therapists who want to expand their knowledge in literacy

 

Lower Elementary English Language Learners (ELL)

 

Anyone who wants to expand and enrich their knowledge in the foundation of the English language.

 

Participants will learn:

  • How to administer IMSE informal criterion referenced assessments
  • Phonological awareness assessment and strategies
  • Multi-sensory strategies for reading, writing and spelling phonetic and non phonetic words
  • Seven syllable types and 4 syllable patterns for encoding / decoding
  • Explicit, multi-sensory strategies for teaching fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension
  • Guidelines for weekly lesson plans
 
Materials Provided:
  • IMSE Comprehensive Training and Assessment Manual
  • Recipe for Reading by Bloom and Traub
  • IMSE Comprehensive Syllable Division Word Book
  • Phonological Awareness: Assessment Tools & Strategies by Zgonc
  • IMSE Phoneme Grapheme Card Pack
  • IMSE Syllable Division Cards
  • IMSE Interactive OG (online lesson planning tool) One year subscription (additional years will require a renewal fee)

 

IMSE OG Weekly

In addition to the above materials, participants who complete the training will automatically be eligible to receive OG Weekly, IMSE's email support series designed to provide continuing guidance after the completion of your training.
 
NOTE: *Regarding the Comprehensive and Intermediate courses, participants do not have to take one before the other. Participants can simply take the course that best fits their needs. Participants can also take both courses if desired. The primary focus in the Comprehensive is Phonological Awareness, Phonics, and Encoding/Decoding. The primary focus in the Intermediate is orthography, encoding/decoding, morphology, and vocabulary. Please know that for people who choose to take both courses, encoding/decoding (which includes word/sentence dictation, 7 syllable types, 4 syllable patterns, and red words) are taught in both courses. The Intermediate focuses on how to teach these concepts to older students. Whereas the Comprehensive focuses on how to teach it to younger students. You will go over content that you may already know, but it will provide a deeper understanding for all participants.

Introductory Orton-Gillingham Training 1

IMSE Introductory Orton-Gillingham Training (18-Hours)

This course is an important introduction to the principles of IMSE's enhanced Orton-Gillingham method, comprised of the first three days of IMSE's Comprehensive Training. After participating in this training, teachers will be able to master the fundamentals of phonological awareness and phonics through explicit, systematic, sequential, multi-sensory instruction.This course is applicable for all three tiers of RTI.

 

This course is appropriate for:

 

K-1 General Education

 

Special Education, Title 1, Literacy Coaches, etc.

 

Young English Language Learners

 

Participants will Learn:

  • Phonemic awareness
  • Multi-sensory strategies for reading, writing and spelling (phonetic and non-phonetic words)
  • Syllabication patterns for decoding and encoding
  • Student assessment

 

Materials Provided:
  • IMSE Introductory Assessment and Training Manual
  • Recipe for Reading by Bloom and Traub
  • Phonological Awareness: Interventions for All by Zgonc
  • IMSE Comprehensive Syllable Division Word Book
  • IMSE Phoneme Grapheme Card Pack
  • IMSE Syllable Division Cards

Intermediate IMSE Orton-Gillingham Training

IMSE Intermediate Orton-Gillingham Training (30 hours)

The IMSE Intermediate training provides participants with an understanding of IMSE’s Orton-Gillingham methodology specifically designed for upper elementary or older students who require foundational reading skills and continue to struggle in literacy development. Participants will learn how to teach advanced spelling rules, encoding/decoding with seven syllable types, morphology, and vocabulary.  This course offers more of an in-depth study on orthography (advanced spelling rules) and morphology (affixes, Greek/Latin bases) for struggling students, but will include some phonics as well. This approach can be incorporated into an already existing literacy program. *See note below about overlap between the Comprehensive and Intermediate courses.

 

The Intermediate course is primarily geared towards upper elementary aged students and/or students who lack a basic knowledge of orthography, morphology, and vocabulary. This course is applicable for all three tiers of RTI. Therefore, the course is for:

 

3-5 General Education

 

3-12 Special Education, Remedial, Tutors

 

ELL Educators

 

Speech Language Therapists who want to expand their knowledge in literacy

 

Adult Literacy Educators

 

Anyone else who wants to expand their knowledge in orthography and morphology

 

Participants will learn:

  • Higher level spelling rules
  • Syllabication patterns for encoding and decoding
  • Assessment
  • Morphology- affixes, Latin and Greek bases
  • Vocabulary
  • Guidelines for weekly lesson plans
 
Materials Provided:
  • IMSE Intermediate Training Manual
  • Unlocking Literacy by Marcia Henry
  • Vocabulary Handbook by Diamond and Gutlohn
  • IMSE Encoding and Decoding Teacher Guide and Student Workbook
  • IMSE Morphology Card Pack
  • 3 week trial of IOG (available for purchase after trial)

 

 

IMSE OG Weekly:

In addition to the above materials, participants who complete the training will automatically be eligible to receive OG Weekly, IMSE's weekly email support system, designed to provide continued guidance after the completion of your training.

 
 
*Regarding the Comprehensive and Intermediate courses, participants do not have to take one before the other. Participants can simply take the course that best fits their needs. If desired, participants can also take both courses. The primary areas of focus in the Comprehensive course include phonological awareness, phonics, and encoding/decoding. The primary areas of focus in the Intermediate course are orthography, encoding/decoding, morphology, and vocabulary. Please know that for people who choose to take both courses, encoding/decoding (which includes word/sentence dictation, 7 syllable types, 4 syllable patterns, and red words) is taught in both courses. The Intermediate course focuses on how to teach these concepts to older students, whereas the Comprehensive course focuses on how to teach concepts to younger students. Please note that while the Intermediate course reviews some content covered in the Comprehensive course, the Intermediate course will provide participants a deeper understanding of the material.

IMSE Continuation to Comprehensive Orton-Gillingham Training

IMSE Intermediate Continuation Orton-Gillingham Training

Virtual Comprehensive IMSE Orton-Gillingham Training

IMSE Virtual Comprehensive Orton-Gillingham Training (30 hours) - Attend this training Virtually using Zoom

The Virtual Comprehensive Training provides participants with an in-depth understanding of IMSE's Orton-Gillingham methodology over the course of 30 hours. This course is a more traditional OG approach that focuses primarily on phonological awareness and phonics (along with encoding/decoding). Participants will also discuss how to teach fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension using the OG philosophy of multi-sensory, sequential, direct instruction. This approach can be incorporated into an already existing literacy program as well as stand-alone. *See note.

This course is primarily geared towards elementary-aged students and/or students who have very little knowledge of phonological awareness, phonics, basic literacy skills. This course is applicable for all three tiers of RTI.

Therefore, the course is for:

  • K-2 General Education Teaches as well as 3rd grade emergent readers
  • Lower Elementary Special Education Teachers
  • Lower Elementary Title 1 Teachers, Literacy Coaches
  • Tutors
  • Speech Language Therapists who want to expand their knowledge in literacy
  • Lower Elementary English Language Learners (ELL)
  • Anyone who wants to expand and enrich their knowledge in the foundation of the English language.

Participants will learn:

  • How to administer IMSE informal criterion-referenced assessments
  • Phonological awareness assessment and strategies
  • Multi-sensory strategies for reading, writing and spelling phonetic and nonphonetic words
  • Seven syllable types and 4 syllable patterns for encoding/decoding
  • Explicit, multi-sensory strategies for teaching fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension
  • Guidelines for weekly lesson plans
 
Materials
 

Materials Provided by IMSE:

  • IMSE Comprehensive Training and Assessment Manual
  • Recipe for Reading by Bloom and Traub
  • IMSE Comprehensive Syllable Division Word Book
  • Phonological Awareness: Assessment Tools & Strategies by Zgonc
  • IMSE Phoneme Grapheme Card Pack
  • IMSE Syllable Division Cards
  • IMSE Decodable Readers Set One (pdf)
  • Blending Board
  • IMSE Interactive OG (online lesson planning tool) One-year subscription (additional years will require a renewal fee)

Materials you will need:

  • Computer with a camera and sound
  • WiFi
  • Red and green crayon
  • 3-4 highlighters
  • Sticky notes
  • Pen and notebook
  • Scissors
  • Glue, tape, or staples

Notes for Virtual Trainings:

  • Training supplies are the same as our in-person courses and will be mailed directly to you. It is important that your home address is submitted.
  • There will be opportunities for questions with your instructor and opportunities for you to do partner work with others in the class via FaceTime, Google Hangouts, etc.
  • IMSE is keeping Virtual Training class sizes small (around 30 people or less), so participants will be able to form connections with the instructor and other participants
  • Since there will not be an opportunity to practice face-to-face, you will be required to submit a short 10-minute video of yourself practicing what you learned each day. You will create and share a folder on Google Driver, then upload the video to the folder each day. Daily readings and Learning Outcomes will also be submitted.
  • Graduate credits (2) are available for virtual trainings through Ashland University or Adam State University

Upon completing the virtual training you will receive:

  • IOG for two calendar years
  • Access to the IMSE Online Refresher video for one calendar year
  • 30-Hour Certificate as long as all videos and Learning Outcomes are submitted

 

IMSE OG Weekly

In addition to the above materials, participants who complete the training will automatically be eligible to receive OG Weekly, IMSE's email support series designed to provide continuing guidance after the completion of your training.
 
NOTE: *Regarding the Comprehensive and Intermediate courses, participants do not have to take one before the other. Participants can simply take the course that best fits their needs. Participants can also take both courses if desired. The primary focus in the Comprehensive is Phonological Awareness, Phonics, and Encoding/Decoding. The primary focus in the Intermediate is orthography, encoding/decoding, morphology, and vocabulary. Please know that for people who choose to take both courses, encoding/decoding (which includes word/sentence dictation, 7 syllable types, 4 syllable patterns, and red words) are taught in both courses. The Intermediate focuses on how to teach these concepts to older students. Whereas the Comprehensive focuses on how to teach it to younger students. You will go over content that you may already know, but it will provide a deeper understanding for all participants.

Virtual Intermediate IMSE Orton-Gillingham Training

IMSE Intermediate Orton-Gillingham Training (30 hours)

The IMSE Intermediate training provides participants with an understanding of IMSE’s Orton-Gillingham methodology specifically designed for upper elementary or older students who require foundational reading skills and continue to struggle in literacy development. Participants will learn how to teach advanced spelling rules, encoding/decoding with seven syllable types, morphology, and vocabulary.  This course offers more of an in-depth study on orthography (advanced spelling rules) and morphology (affixes, Greek/Latin bases) for struggling students, but will include some phonics as well. This approach can be incorporated into an already existing literacy program. *See note below about overlap between the Comprehensive and Intermediate courses.

 

The Intermediate course is primarily geared towards upper elementary aged students and/or students who lack a basic knowledge of orthography, morphology, and vocabulary. This course is applicable for all three tiers of RTI. Therefore, the course is for:

 

3-5 General Education

 

3-12 Special Education, Remedial, Tutors

 

ELL Educators

 

Speech Language Therapists who want to expand their knowledge in literacy

 

Adult Literacy Educators

 

Anyone else who wants to expand their knowledge in orthography and morphology

 

Participants will learn:

  • Higher level spelling rules
  • Syllabication patterns for encoding and decoding
  • Assessment
  • Morphology- affixes, Latin and Greek bases
  • Vocabulary
  • Guidelines for weekly lesson plans
 
Materials Provided:
  • IMSE Intermediate Training Manual
  • Unlocking Literacy by Marcia Henry
  • Vocabulary Handbook by Diamond and Gutlohn
  • IMSE Encoding and Decoding Teacher Guide and Student Workbook
  • IMSE Morphology Card Pack
  • 3 week trial of IOG (available for purchase after trial)

 

 

IMSE OG Weekly:

In addition to the above materials, participants who complete the training will automatically be eligible to receive OG Weekly, IMSE's weekly email support system, designed to provide continued guidance after the completion of your training.

 
 
*Regarding the Comprehensive and Intermediate courses, participants do not have to take one before the other. Participants can simply take the course that best fits their needs. If desired, participants can also take both courses. The primary areas of focus in the Comprehensive course include phonological awareness, phonics, and encoding/decoding. The primary areas of focus in the Intermediate course are orthography, encoding/decoding, morphology, and vocabulary. Please know that for people who choose to take both courses, encoding/decoding (which includes word/sentence dictation, 7 syllable types, 4 syllable patterns, and red words) is taught in both courses. The Intermediate course focuses on how to teach these concepts to older students, whereas the Comprehensive course focuses on how to teach concepts to younger students. Please note that while the Intermediate course reviews some content covered in the Comprehensive course, the Intermediate course will provide participants a deeper understanding of the material.

Virtual Introductory IMSE Orton-Gillingham Training

IMSE Introductory Orton-Gillingham Training (18-Hours)   - The Course Attended Virtually using Zoom

This course is an important introduction to the principles of IMSE's enhanced Orton-Gillingham method, comprised of the first three days of IMSE's Comprehensive Training. After participating in this training, teachers will be able to master the fundamentals of phonological awareness and phonics through explicit, systematic, sequential, multi-sensory instruction.This course is applicable for all three tiers of RTI.

This course is appropriate for:

K-1 General Education

Special Education, Title 1, Literacy Coaches, etc.

Young English Language Learners

 

Participants will Learn:

  • Phonemic awareness
  • Multi-sensory strategies for reading, writing and spelling (phonetic and non-phonetic words)
  • Syllabication patterns for decoding and encoding
  • Student assessment

Materials Provided:

  • IMSE Comprehensive Training and Assessment Manual
  • Recipe for Reading by Bloom and Traub
  • IMSE Comprehensive Syllable Division Word Book
  • Phonological Awareness: Assessment Tools & Strategies by Zgonc
  • IMSE Phoneme Grapheme Card Pack
  • IMSE Syllable Division Cards
  • IMSE Decodable Readers Set One (pdf)
  • Blending Board
  • IMSE Interactive OG (online lesson planning tool) One-year subscription (additional years will require a renewal fee)

Materials you will need:

  • Computer with a camera and sound
  • WiFi
  • Red and green crayon
  • 3-4 highlighters
  • Sticky notes
  • Pen and notebook
  • Scissors
  • Glue, tape, or staples

Notes for Virtual Trainings:

  • Training supplies are the same as our in-person courses and will be mailed directly to you. It is important that your home address is submitted.
  • There will be opportunities for questions with your instructor and opportunities for you to do partner work with others in the class via FaceTime, Google Hangouts, etc.
  • IMSE is keeping Virtual Training class sizes small (around 30 people or less), so participants will be able to form connections with the instructor and other participants
  • Since there will not be an opportunity to practice face-to-face, you will be required to submit a short 10-minute video of yourself practicing what you learned each day. You will create and share a folder on Google Driver, then upload the video to the folder each day. Daily readings and Learning Outcomes will also be submitted.
  • Graduate credits are available for virtual trainings through Ashland University or Adam State University

Upon completing the virtual training you will receive:

  • IOG for two calendar years
  • Access to the IMSE Online Refresher video for one calendar year
  • 30-Hour Certificate as long as all videos and Learning Outcomes are submitted

 

IMSE OG Weekly

In addition to the above materials, participants who complete the training will automatically be eligible to receive OG Weekly, IMSE's email support series designed to provide continuing guidance after the completion of your training.
 
NOTE: *Regarding the Comprehensive and Intermediate courses, participants do not have to take one before the other. Participants can simply take the course that best fits their needs. Participants can also take both courses if desired. The primary focus in the Comprehensive is Phonological Awareness, Phonics, and Encoding/Decoding. The primary focus in the Intermediate is orthography, encoding/decoding, morphology, and vocabulary. Please know that for people who choose to take both courses, encoding/decoding (which includes word/sentence dictation, 7 syllable types, 4 syllable patterns, and red words) are taught in both courses. The Intermediate focuses on how to teach these concepts to older students. Whereas the Comprehensive focuses on how to teach it to younger students. You will go over content that you may already know, but it will provide a deeper understanding for all participants.

Comprehensive Refresh

This training is for participants who have taken the IMSE Comprehensive Orton-Gillingham training, but would like to take it again at a reduced price. This training may be for you if you took the Comprehensive training a long time ago, and you need to refresh your knowledge or skills, or if you would like updated information and materials. In order to take this course, you must have taken IMSE's Comprehensive Training previously.

Information covered:

The Comprehensive Training provides participants with an in-depth understanding of IMSE's Orton-Gillingham methodology over the course of 30 hours. This course is a more traditional OG approach that focuses primarily on phonological awareness and phonics (along with encoding/decoding). Participants will also discuss how to teach fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension using the OG philosophy of multi-sensory, sequential, direct instruction. This approach can be incorporated into an already existing literacy program as well as stand alone. *See note.

 

This course is primarily geared towards elementary aged students and/or students who have very little knowledge of phonological awareness, phonics, basic literacy skills. This course is applicable for all three tiers of RTI. Therefore, the course is for:

 

K-2 General Education Teachers as well as 3rd grade emergent readers

 

Lower Elementary Special Education Teachers

 

Lower Elementary Title 1 Teachers, Literacy Coaches

 

Tutors

 

Speech Language Therapists who want to expand their knowledge in literacy

 

Lower Elementary English Language Learners (ELL)

 

Anyone who wants to expand and enrich their knowledge in the foundation of the English language.

 

Participants will learn:

  • How to administer IMSE informal criterion referenced assessments
  • Phonological awareness assessment and strategies
  • Multi-sensory strategies for reading, writing and spelling phonetic and non phonetic words
  • Seven syllable types and 4 syllable patterns for encoding / decoding
  • Explicit, multi-sensory strategies for teaching fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension
  • Guidelines for weekly lesson plans
 
Materials Provided:
  • IMSE Comprehensive Training and Assessment Manual
  • Recipe for Reading by Bloom and Traub
  • IMSE Comprehensive Syllable Division Word Book
  • Phonological Awareness: Assessment Tools & Strategies by Zgonc
  • IMSE Phoneme Grapheme Card Pack
  • IMSE Syllable Division Cards
  • IMSE Interactive OG (online lesson planning tool) One year subscription (additional years will require a renewal fee)

 

IMSE OG Weekly

In addition to the above materials, participants who complete the training will automatically be eligible to receive OG Weekly, IMSE's email support series designed to provide continuing guidance after the completion of your training.
 
NOTE: *Regarding the Comprehensive and Intermediate courses, participants do not have to take one before the other. Participants can simply take the course that best fits their needs. Participants can also take both courses if desired. The primary focus in the Comprehensive is Phonological Awareness, Phonics, and Encoding/Decoding. The primary focus in the Intermediate is orthography, encoding/decoding, morphology, and vocabulary. Please know that for people who choose to take both courses, encoding/decoding (which includes word/sentence dictation, 7 syllable types, 4 syllable patterns, and red words) are taught in both courses. The Intermediate focuses on how to teach these concepts to older students. Whereas the Comprehensive focuses on how to teach it to younger students. You will go over content that you may already know, but it will provide a deeper understanding for all participants.

Phonological Awareness and Beginning Orton-Gillingham Training

IMSE Phonological Awareness and Beginning Orton-Gillingham Training (12 Hours) 

An essential session that focuses on phonological awareness, the most important reading readiness skill for young children as well as the beginning strategies for IMSE’s Orton-Gillingham approach. After participating in this multi-sensory training, teachers will be able to implement phonemic awareness activities and basic practices of beginning reading. This training is available for on-site staff development. This course is applicable for all three tiers of RTI.

 

This course is appropriate for:

 

Pre-K- K General Education

 

Special Education and other programs (whose students need very basic literacy skills including phonological awareness)

 

Teachers will learn:

  • Current research and the importance of phonological awareness
  • Format, goal and rationale of sequential activities
  • Phonological stage activities for phonemic awareness
  • The basics of IMSE’s enhanced approach to Orton-Gillingham instruction
  • Guidelines for lessons in reading readiness
  • Student assessment

 

Materials Provided:

  • IMSE Phonological Awareness Manual
  • Phonological Awareness: Assessment Tools & Strategies by Zgonc
  • IMSE Capital Alphabet Card Pack
  • IMSE Phonological Awareness Card Pack

Virtual Phonological Awareness and Beginning Orton-Gillingham Training

IMSE Phonological Awareness and Beginning Orton-Gillingham Training (12 Hours) - Attend this training Virtually using Zoom

An essential session that focuses on phonological awareness, the most important reading readiness skill for young children as well as the beginning strategies for IMSE’s Orton-Gillingham approach. After participating in this multi-sensory training, teachers will be able to implement phonemic awareness activities and basic practices of beginning reading. This training is available for on-site staff development. This course is applicable for all three tiers of RTI.

 

This course is appropriate for:

 

Pre-K- K General Education

 

Special Education and other programs (whose students need very basic literacy skills including phonological awareness)

 

Teachers will learn:

  • Current research and the importance of phonological awareness
  • Format, goal and rationale of sequential activities
  • Phonological stage activities for phonemic awareness
  • The basics of IMSE’s enhanced approach to Orton-Gillingham instruction
  • Guidelines for lessons in reading readiness
  • Student assessment

Materials Provided:

  • IMSE Phonological Awareness Manual
  • Phonological Awareness: Assessment Tools & Strategies by Zgonc
  • IMSE Capital Alphabet Card Pack
  • IMSE Phonological Awareness Card Pack

Bring the following materials:

-red crayon

-green crayon

-post it notes

-yellow highlighter and one other color

-any type of tokens (plastic chips, M&Ms, Smarties, etc.)

-Computer with camera, sound, and WiFi

 

Refresher and/or Classroom Consultation

Refresher and/or Classroom Consultation 

The refresher is a beneficial workshop that reinforces material learned at IMSE's Comprehensive and Advanced Continuum Trainings.  Every teacher knows that learning is an on-going process. In our Refresher and/or Classroom Consultation, an IMSE trainer and teachers come together to review material, ask questions and share successes.  In addition, a trainer may visit your classrooms to demonstrate techniques and provide expert feedback as your teachers implement the strategies.

Overview

Overview for Staff Development 

IMSE's customized overview is designed to help you determine which training is appropriate for your staff. The main points and topics of the Comprehensive and Advanced Continuum trainings are discussed, to give a brief introduction to the material covered in both trainings. An Overview can be up to six hours.