As a former elementary school teacher and now an educator for over 20 years, I know what it’s like to be in your shoes. That’s why for the upcoming 2018-19 school year, I wanted to communicate this message loud and clear; at IMSE, we not only hear you, but we are here for you.
In 2017 alone, over 8,340 educators were trained in the Institute for Multi-Sensory Education’s Orton-Gillingham approach. This provided us with an incredible opportunity to equip teachers with critical knowledge, and to gather feedback from thousands of educators across the country.
You spoke, and we listened.
Based on feedback from our IMSE-trained educators, for this school year we are working on two critical resources that will help you take everything you have learned in the IMSE training into your classroom:
- IMSE Workbooks, and
- New IMSE Assessment App.
Both of these resources will help you progress monitor and differentiate with much more ease.
The IMSE Assessment App is directly aligned with the IMSE assessments for the Beginning Reading Skills and Level 1. This will help teachers conduct assessments quicker, gather immediate results to determine a starting point for students, and provide a place to store and archive student work.
Complemented by the app, the IMSE Workbooks (which will be available by the end of September) offer a means to faster lesson preparation, organization and documentation.
These two new resources will be key in helping our educators follow the path of effectively teaching Structured Literacy, which is at the core of our trainings. We believe Structured Literacy to be the most effective approach in teaching reading. Structured Literacy is an explicit, systematic, and cumulative program that is supported by research. It integrates listening, speaking, reading, and writing. IMSE continues integrating multi-sensory instruction utilizing all learning modalities.
With the new app and workbooks, you will be able to simplify incorporating the six critical elements of literacy into your program: phonology, sound-symbol association, syllables, morphology, syntax and semantics.
Our priority is to give teachers the practical tools they need to help their students succeed. With this type of instruction, students and teachers of all grades are armed with the tools they need to reach their fullest potential. As we teach during our trainings: A structured literacy approach benefits learners of all ages.
Most importantly — we want you to have fun and feel supported! We are here for you!
Please connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest to get tips and tricks from your peers and us. Read the IMSE Journal to hear success stories from other schools and districts, and be sure to read the OG Weekly email series for refreshers and tips.
Cheers to another great school year! Wishing you all success in 2018-19!
Jeanne Jeup, Co-Founder
Institute for Multi-Sensory Education