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.

 

IMSE Comprehensive 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 whose students are still learning to read

 

Special Education Teachers (whose students are reading at or below a 3rd grade level)

 

Title 1, Literacy Coaches (whose students are reading at or below a 3rd grade level)

 

Tutors

 

Speech Language Therapists who want to expand their knowledge in literacy

 

English Language Learners (ELL) (whose students are reading at or below a 3rd grade level)

 

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.

IMSE Advanced Orton-Gillingham Training

IMSE Morphology Orton-Gillingham Training (24 hours)

The Morphology training is a continuum for individuals who have taken the Comprehensive course. This course is only available through on-site staff development. This course begins with a review of the Comprehensive encoding/decoding and looks at how to transition students from phonemes/graphemes to morphemes. This course offers a deeper focus on spelling rules and patterns for older students. Participants will also learn how to teach affixes, Greek, and Latin bases, vocabulary, and writing/grammar. This approach can be incorporated into an already existing literacy program.

 

The Morphology is primarily geared towards upper elementary aged students and/or students who already have a basic understanding of phonological awareness, phonics, and basic literacy skills. This course is applicable for all three tiers of RTI. Therefore, the course is for:

Grades 3-6 General Education
 
3-12 Special Education, Remedial, and English Language Learners (whose students are reading at or above a third grade level)
 
Speech Language Therapist who want to continue their knowledge in literacy
 

Participants will learn:

  • Higher level spelling concepts
  • Syllabication patterns for encoding and decoding (Review from Comprehensive Training)
  • Assessment
  • Morphology - affixes, Greek and Latin bases
  • Advanced Encoding & Decoding with Morphemes
  • Vocabulary
  • Writing and Grammar

Materials Provided:

  • IMSE Morphology Training Manual
  • IMSE Encoding/Decoding Teacher Guide & Student Workbook
  • Words by Marcia Henry
  • How To Teach Spelling by Rudginsky and Haskell
  • IMSE Morphology Card Pack
 
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.

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

IMSE Intermediate 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 Guttlohn
  • IMSE Encoding and Decoding Teacher Guide and Student Workbook
  • How to Teach Spelling by Rudginsky and Haskell
  • 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.

Phonological Awareness

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

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.