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IMSE's Trainings

Who would benefit from IMSE's Orton-Gillingham training?

Anyone who is interested in learning IMSE’s Orton-Gillingham methodology would benefit from a training. IMSE has successfully trained a variety of professionals including teachers, specialists, paraprofessionals, administrators, and parents. IMSE currently has trainings throughout the United States. Please check our Training Schedule to find a training near you!

IMSE also offers district or school trainings, where an IMSE Instructor comes to your school to work with your educators. In-school training is customized to meet the specific needs of your school, district, and individual students.

What is covered?

BA training vs. PA in Comprehensive

 

The PA course introduces the SoR, Structured Literacy and moves into assessment using Dr. David Kilpatrick’s Equipped for Reading Success. Participants watch videos of actual students being assessed using this tool and then analyze results with the instructor. Participants will also view a video of the RAN assessment and how to administer that assessment. The second day, participants are introduced and practice a plethora of activities to support the phonological awareness skills. The PA course is a deeper dive into Phonological and Phonemic Awareness than the Comprehensive course. 

The PA portion of the Comprehensive course provides participants with an introduction to Phonological Awareness using Yvette Zgonc’s book: Phonological Awareness: Interventions for All. Participants will be introduced to the informal assessment, Phonological Awareness Skill Test (PAST) as well as supporting activities for the classroom. The PA portion in the Comprehensive class is essentially an overview of phonological awareness. 

Is Orton-Gillingham only for students with dyslexia or other special needs?

Orton-Gillingham was originally designed for use with individuals with dyslexia primarily in tutorial settings. However, national studies have shown that more than 30% of children are not reading at grade level when they enter third grade. This 30% requires direct, explicit instruction in order to become successful readers. IMSE has designed a program based on the Orton-Gillingham philosophy that can be used effectively not only by general education teachers in a large group setting, but by specialists teaching students with disabilities, English language learners, or at-risk populations in a small group or individually. We have found that all learners benefit from this program.

Do you have a training agenda or syllabus?

For a brief description of what you can expect from our 12.5-Hour Phonological Awareness course, 30-Hour Comprehensive course, or 30-Hour Intermediate course, please contact us at info@imse.com.

Does the Institute for Multi-Sensory Education (IMSE) offer In-School district training for our professional staff?

In addition to public trainings that we offer at a variety of time zones and schedule formats, the Institute for Multi-Sensory Education specializes in on-site staff development for individual schools and districts. A minimum of 15 individuals are required for on-site trainings. In addition to our Comprehensive (30 hours) or Intermediate (30 hours) courses, we offer districts the option of doing a 12.5 hour Phonological Awareness course as well as an 18 hour course. To contact an IMSE consultant regarding an on-site training for your school, please call us at 800-646-9788 or email us at In-School@IMSE.com.

Will IMSE's Orton-Gillingham training help staff meet RTI requirements?

Yes, the IMSE Orton-Gillingham approach equips educators with strategies appropriate for every tier of the Response to Intervention (RTI) model. Teachers, specialists, and paraprofessionals can use these strategies to effectively intervene at levels 2 and 3 to develop this population of students into successful readers, writers, and spellers. We encourage general education teachers Pre-K to 3rd grade to use this methodology with every student in tier 1 as well. The 30-hour Comprehensive Training is unlike other programs. IMSE training is hands-on and personalized.

Is IMSE's training cost effective?

Considering that schools who have fully incorporated the IMSE approach into their literacy instruction have seen a significant decrease in special education referrals and a lower at-risk population in the general education classrooms, our trainings are very cost effective. Both of our 30 hour trainings will provide your staff with the knowledge, skills, and tools required to be able to fully implement this approach immediately. You will also receive the needed materials and resources to get you started in the classroom. To learn more about pricing for trainings as well as included materials, please contact us at 800-646-9788 or info@imse.com.

Will IMSE's Orton-Gillingham disrupt my current reading program?

Our goal is to provide teachers with additional tools to incorporate into their current literacy instruction. This program offers the flexibility required to integrate the IMSE Orton-Gillingham philosophy into any existing reading program. IMSE seeks to provide a sequential, cumulative, multi-sensory approach that will benefit all learners and enhance the effectiveness of your current curriculum.

Last day to register

IMSE closes public trainings 12 days prior to training start-date to ensure adequate shipping time. We want to make sure everyone has their materials ready for day one of training!

Alumni Group

IMSEs Alumni Facebook group is a great resource for answering your content or implementation questions.

 

You can find it here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/707665716605107/?ref=share

Tech Support

IMSE is available for basic tech support troubleshooting - missing registration/zoom link, password resets, issues with digital products, and Vitrium support..

 Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM-5:00 PM EST. Please email techsupport@imse.com

IMSE Certification Program

Does IMSE offer certification in the IMSE Orton-Gillingham Methodology?

IMSE’s Orton-Gillingham offers certification for participants who have a bachelor’s degree as well as a teaching license or other preapproved educational licensure (speech pathologist, occupational therapist, etc.). After completing our 30-Hour Comprehensive Course, participants can apply for the 50-hour practicum that expands your understanding and use of IMSE’s OG methodology. After completing our 30-Hour Intermediate Course, participants can apply for that 50-hour practicum. Participants will develop lesson plans, be observed, and have a one-on-one coach on using the OG methodology in their classroom or with an individual student. Participants will also be required to take the KPEERI upon completion of their lesson plans. Choosing either of these options would give you a Level 1 Certification (in either Comprehensive or Intermediate depending on which option you chose).

Our second level of certification is called Level 2 Specialist. This is for participants who decide to do BOTH practicums (comprehensive AND Intermediate). We ask that you take one practicum at a time. For example, take the Comprehensive course and complete the practicum. Then, take the Intermediate course and complete the practicum (or vice versa). This would take approximately 18 months to two years to complete.

Information about our certification process and requirements can be found here.

If you are interested in going through the IMSE certification process and have further questions about how to apply, the process, or the practicum, please email us at certification@imse.com for an information packet or call 800-646-9788 to speak with one of our consultants.

*NOTE: Beginning Fall 2022, in order to apply for the Comprehensive practicum, applicants will be required to complete the 30-Hour Comprehensive training as well as the 12.5-Hour Phonological Awareness training. 

IMSE’s Lesson Planning and Assessment Program

What is the IMSE OG Lesson Planning and Assessment Program?

IMSE’s OG Lesson Planning and Assessment Program allows teachers to pull from a multitude of resources such as master lesson plans, help in creating your own original lesson plans, colored copies of all Master pages in our Training Manual, and our assessment program all on-line. The program is currently available as a subscription service which can be accessed through your IMSE log-in.

I want to order the program, but it says I do not qualify. How can I subscribe?

In order to be able to purchase the subscription, you must have completed either the IMSE Comprehensive 30-hour training or the IMSE Introductory 18-hour training.

Is there a trial of the IMSE OG Lesson Planning and Assessment program?

IMSE does not currently offer a trial of the teacher tools program.

I’m having trouble printing from the program. Help!

For assistance with printing and other trouble-shooting, please call us at 800-646-9788.

Continuing Education

Can you take IMSE’s training for professional development credit and/or graduate credit?

The Institute for Multi-Sensory Education trainings qualify for continuing education credits as well as college credits in most states. A full list of states and institutions that qualify may be located on our website through the following link:
https://shop.imse.com/state-college-credits/

If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at credits@imse.com.

Products

What is the difference between the Complete Virtual Classroom and the IMSE Customizable K-2 Bundle?

These products both follow the K-2 IMSE Scope and Sequence. The main difference between the two products is that the Complete Virtual Classroom operates on Microsoft Powerpoint (only) while the Customizable K-2 Bundle operates on Google Slides and can be combined with other IMSE digital products such as the dictation slides and syllable division slides. The IMSE Customizable K-2 Slide Bundle also includes decodable reader slides, which are not included in the Complete Virtual Classroom.

IMSE Orders & Classroom Supplies
 

What is your shipping policy?

For classroom supplies orders, shipping charges are as follows:

  • Order total of less than $75 – flat $8.95 shipping charge
  • Order total of $75 or greater – shipping is calculated at 12.5% of the total order amount

Due to COVID-19 and an increase in order volume, it’s currently taking us 5-6 business days to process orders for shipment.

For international shipping rates please contact info@imse.com.

Fulfillment

Here at IMSE we know that you would like to start using the products you’ve ordered as quickly as possible. In an effort to make that happen, we now have multiple product fulfillment centers. Your IMSE Workbooks and Classroom Kits will arrive in separate shipments.

POs and Quotes

If you need a quote for approval from your school, place items in your shopping cart, then click the “Get Quote for PO” button to generate a PDF quote that you can print for approval. IMSE provides quotes for online orders. Follow the prompts and after submission you can print a pdf and receive an email confirmation with a quote number. To complete payment, submit your PO and quote to orders@imse.com. Quotes are 30-day non-obligation and we will not process the order until you or your district submits a copy of your signed and authorized purchase order per the instructions in the confirmation email referencing the quote number.

Return Policy

Products are welcome to be returned within 30 days of receipt unopened in their original packaging. Clearance and Discontinued Products are Sales Final. Upon Receipt of Items in our warehouse we will issue a credit or a refund, to the original payment method, the cost of the product and any applicable taxes, shipping is non-refundable.

Returned products should be shipped back to Shiptrex. The address is below:

ShipTrex
27222 Gloede Drive
Suite A
Warren, MI 48088

IMSE Tech Corner

I completed an IMSE course, where is my Certificate?
  1. Login to your IMSE Account. 
  2. Click on "My Trainings" on the left side of the page
  3. Complete course survey
  4. Allow for one week after training end date for processing
  5. On this same "My Trainings" page, click "Downlaod Certificate" 
How do I access my IMSE Digital Products - Google Slides/Virtual Classroom/Swift Products/Decodable Readers?
  • Login into IMSE.COM profile or click on "Account"
  • Click on "My Digital Downloads"
My IMSE Digital Materials are not in “My Digital Downloads”
  • You may have more than one profile or have assigned digital products to the wrong profile (email address). Please call 800-646-9788 to resolve this problem.
How do I use my Google Slide lessons?
  • How to use the slides/digital product information here
  • How to make a copy of the entire presentation here
  • How to copy selected slides here
What is the difference between Virtual Classroom and K-2 slide bundles
  • Virtual Classroom runs on Power Point only. You have to have an up to date version of powerpoint installed in your computer. Decodable Readers available at an additional cost.
  • K-2 slide bundle runs on Google Slides. A screenshot of the Decodable Readers are included.
How to start on IOG

The best way to learn how to use IOG is to watch the tutorial videos on the IOG Dashboard.

I did not receive my password reset email

Check your spam folder. If the email not in spam, please call 800-646-9788 and will reset it for you.

How do I download/print IMSE Decodable Readers

Please follow the link for instructions.

Decodable Reader printing black boxes

Please follow this link to resolve this issue.

Tech Support

IMSE is available for basic tech support troubleshooting - missing registration/zoom link, password resets, issues with digital products, and Vitrium support..

 Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM-5:00 PM EST. Please email techsupport@imse.com