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Professional Development Training Descriptions

training descriptions

IMSE offers live-virtual, in-person, and asynchronous training options

The IMSE approach, based in the science of reading, allows teachers to incorporate the five components essential to an effective reading program into their daily lessons. These components include:

  • Phonological Awareness

    Phonological awareness The awareness that words are composed of sounds and those sounds have distinct articulatory features.

  • Phonics

    Phonics Phonics is the ability to recognize letter-sound relationships in words.

  • Fluency

    Fluency Fluency is the ability to read with speed, accuracy, and proper expression.

  • Vocabulary

    Vocabulary Vocabulary size and word-meaning strategies predict comprehension.

  • Comprehension

    Comprehension Understanding the meaning of text and integrating it with previous knowledge.

IMSE's program uses the science of reading to create a unique IDA Accredited Structured Literacy approach that includes proven methodologies such as Orton-Gillingham.

IMSE's approach is 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 on-site training for any of our courses, please email Please call us at 800-646-9788 to have one of our consultants to help guide you if you have questions.

Watch our training video overview to take a look inside what IMSE training has to offer. 

Please read the training descriptions below to find the course that’s right for you.

IMSE Comprehensive Orton-Gillingham Training (30 hours)

This course is our most attended training and is geared towards the foundational skills that all early learners need.  It offers great benefits for any student lacking in phonological awareness, phonics, and word recognition.

The primary focus in the Comprehensive Training is Phonological Awareness, Phonics, and Encoding/Decoding.

IMSE’s 30-hour Comprehensive Training will provide you with a thorough understanding of IMSE's approach and the science of reading. This course is a more traditional Orton-Gillingham approach that focuses on foundational skills such as phonological awareness, phonics, and word recognition. More than learning about Structured Literacy and the science of reading, you will be equipped with the tools and knowledge to bring what you’ve learned back in the classroom and lesson plans. Participants will also learn how to incorporate fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension into their daily lessons using multi-sensory, sequential, direct instruction

This course is applicable for all three tiers of RTI. Therefore, the course is for:

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

Prerequisite: None

Participants will learn:

  • How to administer IMSE informal criterion-referenced assessments
  • Phonological awareness assessment and strategies
  • Multi-sensory strategies for reading, writing, and spelling regular and irregular 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
  • Set 1 IMSE Decodable Readers
  • IMSE Interactive OG (online lesson planning tool) two-year subscription (additional years will require a renewal fee)
  • Access to IMSE's online Refresher Video
  • Blending Board (item shipped separately, not necessary for completing training)

IMSE OG Weekly

In addition to other materials listed below, 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.

IMSE Intermediate Orton-Gillingham Training (30 hours)

IMSE’s Intermediate Training is designed for upper elementary educators who possess a solid understanding of phonology.

The course is aimed at helping older students who have experienced continued reading difficulties. To help achieve this, participants will learn how to teach advanced spelling rules, encoding and decoding with seven-syllable types, and vocabulary. This course also gives an in-depth study on orthography and morphology. When the course is over, participants will have the knowledge, tools, and resources to implement the IMSE approach and science of reading in the classroom.

The Intermediate course is primarily geared towards upper elementary-aged students and/or students who lack a basic knowledge of orthography, morphology, and vocabulary. It includes encoding/decoding strategies that are effective for older students. This course is applicable for all three tiers of RTI. Therefore, the course is for:

  • 3-5 General Education Teachers
  • 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

Prerequisite: Experience and familiarity with phonology

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
  • One year of access to Interactive OG, IMSE's online interactive lesson planning program
  • IMSE Writing and Grammar video course (digital access provided)
  • Access to the Intermediate Refresher Video
  • Phoneme Grapheme Cards

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.


IMSE Phonological Awareness Training (12.5 hours)

IMSE's Phonological Awareness Training (12.5 Hours)

The IMSE Phonological Awareness Course is a hands-on, interactive, and personalized class that provides educators a deeper understanding of phonological awareness and its importance in learning to read. After participating in this training, teachers will have a deeper understanding of how to assess and teach phonological awareness to students in all three tiers of RTI. Teachers will be able to evaluate students in alphabet awareness, including letter recognition and sound recognition. This training is also available for on-site staff development.

An asynchronous version of this course is now available! You can purchase this video course and take at your own pace. 

Upon completing this course, you may apply for 1 hour of graduate credit through Ashland University. 

This course is appropriate for:

  • All teachers who want a deeper understanding of phonological awareness, the importance of orthographic mapping, and phonemic awareness.

Participants will learn:

  • Current research and the importance of phonological awareness
  • Terminologies such as orthographic mapping, orthographic lexicon, and phonemic awareness
  • Correct production of the 44 sounds of the English language
  • How to assess students in phonemic awareness
  • How to incorporate multi-sensory strategies in activities
  • How to implement one-minute phonemic awareness activities

Materials Provided:

  • IMSE Phonological Awareness Manual and practice packet
  • Equipped for Reading Success by Dr. David Kilpatrick
  • Tokens
  • Mirror
  • Sounds of the English language video

IMSE’s Orton-Gillingham Live Virtual Training

The educational landscape has changed drastically, and IMSE is here to help any way we can.

Our team has worked tirelessly to ensure our Live Virtual training is just as effective, engaging, and efficient as our in-person sessions. The training is multi-sensory, interactive, and includes breakout rooms to practice the skills taught with fellow participants. With flexible scheduling options, you will be able to work with our instructors in a live virtual setting from the comfort of your own home.

Helping Educators Go Virtual

With the uncertainty around COVID-19, states all over the country are facing different guidelines and restrictions. To ensure the safety and convenience of our community, IMSE is now offering several options for LIVE Virtual training.

While we love to work with teachers face-to-face, there are advantages to online training, too!

Participants will still receive the same content and physical materials as our in-person trainings. This includes

  • Manuals
  • Textbooks
  • Subscription to Interactive OG (online lesson planning tool)
  • Access to IMSE Content (Refresher Videos, Decodable Readers, video courses etc.)

Not only do you receive all the same instruction and materials, but there are also designated times for breakout roomsQ&A sessions, and opportunities for practice with peers and lesson planning. IMSE has gone to great lengths to ensure that the virtual setting is just as positive of an experience as our in-person options.

Virtual Training Details

IMSE is currently offering several types of Orton-Gillingham training. These include:

  • Comprehensive
  • Intermediate
  • Phonological Awareness

IMSE is offering these trainings in several different formats and time slots. Aside from offering options for different time zones, participants can register for:

  • Traditional Sessions (Monday-Friday, 6 hours per day)
  • Half-Day Sessions (10 sessions, 3 hours per session)
  • Evening Sessions (10 sessions, 3 hours per session)
  • Weekend Sessions (4 sessions, 7.5 hours per session)

No matter which one you choose, you will be receiving the same quality instruction from our dedicated Master Instructors.

Virtual District Training

IMSE can accommodate as many as 46 participants, which means we are still offering district training!

While many districts are having to teach their students online, IMSE’s virtual training teaches educators how to implement Orton-Gillingham teaching in the current climate.

District trainings will have all the materials shipped to one location for disbursement among the participants.

If you are an administrator and would like to learn more about the process or observe a virtual training, contact IMSE at (800) 646-9788.

The positive feedback we’ve received is overwhelming, and IMSE is committed to our teachers’ needs now more than ever.

What other teachers are saying about IMSE training

This training was incredible! Our instructor was amazing and so patient with us especially with the new world of virtual teaching. I would recommend this to anyone working with children in an educational setting."

This may be the most functional training I have ever had! It was so refreshing to attend a class that was structured the way we would teach new content in our own classes. Thank you for building in the time to apply our new learning regularly. The trainer was a super star with the virtual forum, making the class feel personable, having a good sense of humor, and always being willing to help."

This training was the best professional development I have ever had; the trainer was explicit in her instruction, passionate about Orton-Gillingham, and so incredibly knowledgeable. I was unsure about the virtual training at first, and after this week, I am now an advocate for it! WOW! Thank you IMSE!"

An amazing, rich week! The instructor is a superb instructor, one of the best I have encountered in a 35+year career. Without a strong current background in literacy instruction, I was concerned about my ability to keep up; however, IMSE made the content highly accessible. I am in awe at the volume of quality materials provided (print and digital); the organization of coursework and materials; and the balance between big and little picture throughout the week."

I was worried about training being a virtual format, but it was excellent! The online format also allowed me to see how I can incorporate lessons for my students on an online platform as well."