FAQs

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.

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 30 Hour Comprehensive or 24 Hour Advanced course, please contact us at IMSE@Orton-Gillingham.com.

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

In addition to hotel trainings that we offer at a variety of locations across the country, the Institute for Multi-Sensory Education specializes in on-site staff development for individual schools and districts. A minimum of 15 individuals is required for on-site trainings. In addition to our Comprehensive (30 hours) or Advanced Continuum (24 hours) courses, we offer districts the option of doing a 12 hour Phonemic Awareness and Beginning OG 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@Orton-Gillingham.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 our 30 and 24 hours of training 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 IMSE@Orton-Gillingham.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.

IMSE's Certification Program

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

IMSE’s Orton-Gillingham offers two levels of 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 45 hour practicum that expands your understanding and use of IMSE’s OG methodology (Option A).  After completing our 24 Hour Advanced Course, participants can apply for that 45 hour practicum (Option B).  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 an exit exam upon completion of their lesson plans.  Choosing either of these options would give you a Level 1 Certification (in either Comprehensive or Advanced 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 advanced). We ask that you take one practicum at a time.  For example, take the 30 hour course and complete the practicum.  Then, take the 24 hour 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 maybe found at the following link:

http://www.orton-gillingham.com/training/certification/

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@orton-gillingham.com for an information packet or call 800-646-9788 to speak with one of our consultants.

IMSE’s Orton-Gillingham 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:

http://www.orton-gillingham.com/state-mandates/continuing-education/

If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at ContinuingEducation@orton-gillingham.com.

I need my Adams State College ID. Please help!

For your Adams State College ID, please contact ContinuingEducation@orton-gillingham.com.

IMSE Classroom Supplies

What is your shipping policy?

For classroom supplies orders, shipping charges are as follows:

  • Order total of $50 or less - flat $5 shipping charge
  • Order total over $50 - shipping is calculated at 10% of the total order amount

For international shipping rates, please contact IMSE at 800-646-9788.