1. Parents comment on Sensational Strategies for Teaching Beginning Readers and the IMSE Training Program:
"I would absolutely recommend this training to others. It is very logical and so helpful, yet fun!" (Jennifer Barnes)
"I would recommend this to others, because it has been so helpful to my child who was struggling with spelling and reading." (Kelly DeAngelis)
"I think that this has strengthened my 1st grader's spelling. She is a great reader, and is not afraid to use inventive spelling. Orton-Gillingham has been the answer for my daughter." (Susan Kamin)
"Thank you for offering this to parents. It really helps me to assist the teacher at home, now that I know what phonics is all about." (Lauren Blitz)
"I especially like the fact that this program begins in pre-K and continues to be built upon. Secondly, the parent training program provides the needed connection between home and school."
Rhonda Ledford, whose daughter is learning to read through the O-G method at Roosevelt Elementary School, West Bloomfield, MI is very pleased with the results: "I think she's improved 100 percent."
Teresa Stelac is very familiar with IMSE, having received parent training when her daughter began kindergarten in the Riverview, MI school district. With her mother's help and kindergarten instruction, where the revised O-G method was used, Katy went from reading a few words to entire sentences. "I think it gives her a good basis in reading, and I can work with her during the summer."
2. Administrators comment on teacher development:
"This program benefits not only special education students, but has been beneficial in teaching reading to our entire student population. Our bilingual and transitional teachers have been especially enthusiastic about this program."
--Curriculum Director, Passaic Public Schools, Passaic, New Jersey
Roosevelt Elementary School, West Bloomfield MI, Principal Dr. Paul Lipson said the training has become an integral part of reading instruction at his school. The revised O-G method is not only taught to at-risk students, but is also used with students for which traditional methods haven't proved to be very successful. "There is new research right now that suggests combining phonics with content is the way to go in early intervention."
Edwina Borovich, Curriculum Director Pontiac, MI Schools: "I have received thank you notes stating that this was more valuable than any graduate class, and I hear success stories whenever I see the teachers."
Dr. Van Valkenberg, Principal, Riverview MI Public Schools: "It is evident that this program is designed by teachers for teachers; they have a great understanding of realistic classroom environments."
3. Teachers comment on the Orton-Gillingham method of reading instruction:
"Many strategies were valuable to incorporate regardless of grade level, ability level, and subject matter. These are more than teaching strategies.
The techniques expand to multiple teaching/learning styles. The training was incredible! These practical materials and strategies provided immediate use in helping students."
"I really like the idea that the students take ownership in the new vocabulary words introduced to them. This program is set up to foster student initiation and involvement."
"While this was offered to Special Education teachers, I believe all teachers would benefit from the training. Reading teachers and ELL teachers would find this course a treasure chest of information and resources."
"I see O-G as a wonderful tool in helping children who experience a wide range of reading difficulties. Going from simple to complex rules and strategies and using various modalities helps my kids experience and understand the process of reading." (Julie Abeska)
"The training helps teachers give students the skills to become independent and confident readers and writers. They now have the skills to be risk-takers." (Sara Lynn Lawn)
"The children are more enthusiastic about reading and want to write stories, instead of it being too hard to try." (Sharon Clarke)
"This training has been extremely valuable. I can’t believe how easy it is to implement and fun to use. My students love it and are very motivated to learn. Parents love the progress their children have made." (Stephanie Wince)
"My name is Amy Wolverton. I took the 30 hour comprehensive training last week with Tiffany Malicoat. I was so impressed with the entire program of Orton Gillingham. I sure wish this program was implemented in every school across America. Every child would be reading at grade level!
Having been a teacher for 8 years before having children, I know that a teacher can make all the difference in the world for the students who are eager to learn. I have to tell you that Tiffany is the perfect instructor for this course! She was so prepared and so easy to listen to. She answered any question that came her way with ease. She had the schedule up first thing in the morning, so we could all see what the day was going to look like - I personally like to have that schedule in mind to know what to expect. Our breaks were timed well as well as our practice times with a partner.
It was an intense week of learning, but thanks to Tiffany, I came away from the course feeling confident to tutor as well as to help my son who has processing issues.
Thank you for offering this wonderful training in the Atlanta area and thank you for sending an experienced, energetic instructor who made learning easy and fun!" (Amy Wolverton)