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Add Structured Literacy to Your School’s Pandemic Recovery Plan

Students fell behind in reading this past year, and schools are looking to make up the difference. But, they can also use it as an opportunity to reimagine the way they teach reading—specifically, through structured literacy.
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International Literacy Day 2021

Interrupted Instruction & Literacy: How to Regain Lost Ground After COVID-19

Research shows lower achievement in reading this past year compared to a typical school year. What can schools do to help teachers and students regain lost ground in literacy?
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Digital Resources for Educators

Lessons From Our Time in the Digital Classroom

During the summer months, I do something that all effective educators do. 
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Phonics Activities

What Every Teacher Needs: A Really Great Reading Curriculum

Studies have reported that nearly 40% of students are able to implicitly learn to read.
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Teaching Red Words

How to Teach Red Words

What is a Red Word?
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Pencils in a Literacy Classroom

The Latest in Science of Reading Research

The Science of Reading (SoR) is a comprehensive body of research that encompasses years of scientific knowledge and spans across many languages.
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Phonics Activities

The Importance of Reading Assessments

Assessments are the tools and methods used by educators to improve student learning.
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Summer Learning Loss

What is it?
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Syllabication and Word Breaks

Syllabication strategies are the keys to unlocking the orthographic code.
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Phonics Activities

How to Build Confidence in Struggling Readers

Helping students overcome their apprehensions is key to promoting reading success.
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Literacy Policies and Laws

Essential Literacy Skills: What to Teach and When to Teach It

Grades K-2
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What to Look for in an Effective Professional Development Program

Teachers are life-long learners.
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What is the Science of Reading?

Our Commitment to Evidence-Based Reading Instruction: Aligning Instruction with the Science of Reading Using Structured Literacy
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Embracing the Science of Reading: Making the Transition from the Three Cueing System

Everyone is buzzing about the Science of Reading, as the evidence to support effective reading instruction becomes widespread news and is no longer an area of debate.
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Learning Vocabulary

How to Improve Vocabulary: Strategies & Activities

Vocabulary is an essential component of comprehension and writing.
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Tips for Parents of Struggling Readers

As caregivers of young children, we use our imaginations to build forts from bed sheets and bring characters from picture and chapter books to life with our voices.
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The Power of Professional Development:  One School’s Experience

Science has shown that systematic, explicit phonics instruction is the necessary foundation for successful reading.
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Literacy Program

Structured Literacy vs. Balanced Literacy: Where Orton-Gillingham Fits

In the 1980s and 1990s, there existed a debate revolving around the question: What is the best approach to teaching reading?
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How to Teach Phonemic Awareness

The importance of developing an ability to read in the early years of education cannot be stressed enough.
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Digital Resources for Educators

Best Digital Resources for Teachers to Utilize in 2020

Since the COVID-19 pandemic has altered our daily norms and prompted school closures across the globe, teachers have been required to augment their instructional techniques and convert to remote learning environments.
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Multi-Sensory Learning: Types of Instruction and Materials

Highlighting how multi-sensory learning looks in the classroom and different options for how to instruct.
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Encoding vs. Decoding

Heads or tails, top or bottom, inside or outside… We are surrounded by examples that require an understanding of dualities, like a two-sided coin.
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Decoding

The Importance of Teaching Children Decoding Strategies

At one time or another, we have all encountered students who struggle to read a multisyllabic word. As educators, we understand that long words can seem intimidating even for students who have had phonics instruction.
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Early Signs of Dyslexia

Early identification of dyslexia leads to essential prevention strategies and interventions that can give children the resources they need to understand dyslexia and become life-long readers.
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How to achieve reading comprehension

Reading Fluency & How to Improve It

Highlighting what reading fluency entails and how important it is to the end goal: reading comprehension.
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Using technology to teach reading

Using Technology to Complement Literacy Instruction

Teaching children to read is a complex task that requires insight into a child’s needs, personal learning styles, effective reinforcement, attention span, and access to resources and support.
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The Importance of Orthographic Mapping

Orthographic Mapping is a term that sounds daunting, but it is fundamental for fluent reading.
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Spelling Blocks

How Spelling Affects Reading and Writing

Spelling is one of the most forgotten aspects of literacy development. In many classroom settings, it is looked at as an afterthought, and instruction is limited to rote spelling drills and memorization (Birsh, 2005).
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Ways to Help Your Child Build Vocabulary

“What does the word ______ mean?” asks every child everywhere. “Look it up in the dictionary,” most parents reply!
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Digital Learning

Best Digital Tools for Reading Development

Over the last few weeks, many parents have found themselves in the role of providing instruction to their children without the resources to feel successful.
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Fairy Tale Narratives

Favorite Fantasy Tales For Every Reading Level

There’s something special about fantasy. For generations, readers young and old have been swept up in stories filled with wondrous characters, enchanting lands, and whimsical creatures.
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Book Recommendations for Every Reading Level

With so many distractions in today’s world, from television to video games to texting, books may not make it on a child’s to-do list. Some children may view reading as a “chore” or something that accompanies a homework assignment. 
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Phonemic Awareness vs. Phonics

While phonemic awareness and phonics are connected in some respects, they are not the same. Nevertheless, both are very important to a child’s literacy development. To put it simply, phonics involves using the eyes and ears while phonemic awareness involves just the…
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Literacy Policies and Laws

Multi-Sensory Instruction in the Classroom: 5 Activities to Use

For the last 25 years, IMSE has been training educators in an explicit, systematic and sequential, multi-sensory teaching approach. Our goal is for every classroom to have proper techniques to help ensure that all students learn how to read.
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Dr. Maria Murray, Founder of The Reading League, Talks with IMSE

Dr. Maria Murray is the founder and CEO of The Reading League, a not-for-profit association dedicated to advancing the awareness, acceptance, and use of evidence-based practices in schools and other education agencies.​ Murray is also an associate professor at the…
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A Letter From Our Founder at the End of the School Year

Dear Educators, As we reach the end of the 2018-2019 school year, I’m inspired by the success I’ve seen in classrooms across the U.S. — and the great movement within our field.
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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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A Back To School Message For Educators From Our Founder: ‘IMSE Is Here For You’

Dear Teachers, As educators, each new school year brings a refreshed sense of excitement and a hunger to teach and inspire. A new school year also offers new opportunities to improve upon the many challenges we often face in the…
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Expert Interviews: What Role Does Literacy Play In A Child’s Positive Self-Confidence? Dr. Oscar Underwood Explains

We know that literacy plays a critical role in a child’s future. From post-secondary education options, to career prospects, overall community prosperity and even the potential for interactions with the criminal justice system — literacy is at the core of…
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Beth McGaw, Mom And President Of The Learning Disabilities Association Of America’s Board Of Directors, Talks With The IMSE Journal

Beth McGaw is the newest President of the Learning Disabilities Association of America’s Board of Directors — but her journey to empower educators, parents and students to better support students with learning and attention differences began long ago while working…
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