#District Stories

Report: Success In A Colorado School District

Approximately 8,000 K-3 students were assessed each year over 4 school years (2014-2018). They were tested with the Dibels NEXT reading fluency assessment and were instructed in reading skills using the IMSE Orton-Gillingham Approach. For over 20 years, IMSE has…
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Dual Language Learners Are Mastering English At This NJ School, Thanks to IMSE Orton-Gillingham

Florinda Monje knows what it feels like not to understand English. The Peru native studied English before immigrating to the U.S. in 2004, but had a hard time understanding accents once she arrived in the country. The speed with which…
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Orton-Gillingham Approach Getting Students Reading in Florida

At the start of the school year, Florida second grader Mia Nunez couldn’t read. But after a dyslexia diagnosis and 10 months of IMSE’s Orton-Gillingham lessons, Mia now reads at a third-grade level and is itching to dive into her…
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‘It Just Makes Sense’: Florida Teachers Revamp 1st Grade Curriculum After Orton-Gillingham Training

For three days last summer, three Florida teachers sat down with sheets of butcher block paper to map out a fresh first-grade curriculum. Two of the women had just completed Orton-Gillingham training. “Going in, we didn’t really know how we…
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This Multi-Sensory Approach is Key to Teaching Growing ELL Population to Read, Alabama Teachers Say

For Lindsey Barrell, Orton-Gillingham is all about confidence. “The biggest thing I’ve seen in my kids this year is that they’re just confident in what they do,” said Barrell, who teaches 14 English language learners in rural Crossville, Alabama.
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After 20 Years of Teaching, Maryland Educator Calls IMSE’s Orton-Gillingham a Game-Changer

Laurie Gibbons knew she wanted to be trained in IMSE’s Orton-Gillingham the second she heard a colleague using it. “Her room was next to mine and I could overhear her doing multi-sensory three-part drills,” Gibbons said. “So after doing a…
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IMSE’s Orton-Gillingham Approach Leads to a Jump in Reading Scores at this New Jersey School

When Bridget Cassidy started working with a group of first graders last fall, they didn’t know their letter sounds. Now, a year later, the kids are itching to read chapter books. “They’ve shown so many gains, and I attribute it…
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Try These 5 Things to Supercharge Reading Success at Your School

At the Institute of Multi-Sensory Education, we’ve worked with some of the largest school districts in the nation — and some of the smallest charter schools. The goal is always the same: to train teachers in fun, engaging and proven…
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Students in Rural North Carolina See Major Growth in Reading Levels Thanks to New Approach

When Christina Grandt stopped giving weekly spelling lists to her first graders, their parents were skeptical. “The parents weren’t so sure about it at first,” Grandt said. “They were like, ‘No. No. No. We need words to study.’ We were…
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Creating a School-wide IMSE OG Culture Takes Literacy to the Next Level at this New Jersey School

Bridgeton Public Schools, which has now trained over 200 K-3 educators in all six of its elementary schools in the Institute for Multi-Sensory Education’s Orton-Gillingham methodology, has seen significant gains for students who have been taught reading via the new…
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Award-Winning Virginia Educator Shares Her Secret To Teaching Children To Read

When Jennifer Burgin went to college, she had no idea she would want to become a teacher. Trying to decide on a major, her mother suggested elementary education. “I met with the people from the College of Education and I…
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Veteran Indiana Teacher Discovers ‘Game Changing’ Approach That Helps Her First Graders Learn To Read

Rachael Phillips is a first grade teacher for Richmond Community Schools at Fairview Elementary School in Richmond, Ind., on the border between Indiana and Ohio. She’s been teaching for 17 years, but it wasn’t until this summer that she learned…
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Indiana Third-Grader Reads Nearly Four Times Faster After Teacher Uses IMSE’s Orton-Gillingham Method

For the last five years, Gina Walker has been a special education teacher at Deerfield Elementary School in Ridgeville, Ind. When she first took on the role, she said she, “didn’t even know where to begin.” “Until then, I had…
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Secret To Top-Rated Colorado School’s Boost In Literacy Due To New Teaching Training Program, Officials Say

Bergen Valley and Bergen Meadows Schools in Evergreen, Colo. are two of the state’s most top-rated schools. But, as Principal Peggy Miller has learned, even high-achieving districts can benefit from ongoing improvements. Miller’s schools partnered with the Institute for Multi-Sensory Education (IMSE)…
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