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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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What is Orton-Gillingham?

The Orton-Gillingham approach was developed in the 1930s by a neurologist named Dr. Samuel T. Orton and an educator named Anna Gillingham primarily for children with reading difficulties and dyslexia. The approach has been researched, used, tested, and proven to…
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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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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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IMSE Chosen As Literacy Instruction Partner For Arkansas’ New R.I.S.E. Literacy Initiative

The Institute for Multi-Sensory Education was recently selected as a professional development partner in Arkansas’ new Reading Initiative for Student Excellence (R.I.S.E) program: an initiative which seeks to strengthen teachers’ focus and instruction in literacy through prescribed proficiency pathways, and…
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Meet The Instructors: Corey Cramb

Corey Cramb has been an instructor at the Institute for Multi-Sensory Education for the last five years, using his expertise in English Language Learners and experience in the classroom to help empower educators across the country. As part of our…
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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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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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5 Things We Learned From Understood.Org Education Expert Bob Cunningham

Bob Cunningham is the advisor-in-residence on learning and attention issues for Understood.org — an organization and online resource for parents and educators — and serves as the head of the Robert Louis Stevenson School, is a member of Purnell School’s…
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Colorado Springs Teachers Are Fighting The National Literacy Crisis—And Winning

As school districts across the country struggle with a nationwide literacy crisis, one Colorado school district has found that its investment in teacher training and reading intervention is paying off. For years, Colorado Springs School District 11 has offered to…
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From The Archives: 5 Must-Read IMSE Journal Articles

While many of the fundamentals of reading and learning have remained the same over the decades, increased implementation of various technologies and new research has brought fresh perspectives and information. In honor of March is Reading Month, the Journal took…
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IMSE Certification Takes Literacy Education Commitment To The Next Level

When educators decide to become certified in IMSE’s Orton-Gillingham, they are making a lifelong investment in students’ literacy education and adding a rich layer of expertise to their teaching skills. Heather Manley, IMSE’s Practicum Coordinator, helps break down exactly why…
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Celebrate March is Reading Month With IMSE!

The Institute for Multi-Sensory Education is celebrating March is Reading Month, and we want you to join us! We’ll be doling out craft ideas, reading recommendations, learning tools and special discounts on IMSE products all month long. Check out our…
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Here’s How Michigan Teachers Can Win A FREE WEEK of IMSE Training

Are you a teacher in Michigan interested in learning Orton-Gillingham from the Institute for Multi-Sensory Education? Now’s your chance!
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Hope Amid Crisis: Mom-Daughter Teaching Team Return From Using IMSE’s OG In Syrian Refugee Camps

After spending six months in Jordan as part of a graduate fellowship, American University student Lauren Jackson is back stateside — but the work she did there to promote literacy and a command of the English language using methods from the…
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After 35 Years Of Teaching In Orlando, Speech Pathologist Says IMSE Certification Was ‘The Missing Piece’

For over three decades, Susan Evans has dedicated her life to children’s education. A Speech Language Pathologist, mentor, trainer and teacher in Orlando’s Orange County Public Schools system, Evans not only provides specialized instruction during the day, she also provides…
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In Flint, Baltimore And Dallas, NFL Star Brandon Carr Is Tackling Literacy

When Baltimore Ravens cornerback Brandon Carr isn’t intercepting passes and dominating plays, you might find him acting as “Principal for a Day” at one of his hometown elementary schools. That’s because in 2012 the NFL star founded the Carr Cares…
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It’s Time To Break ‘Stigma’ Around Literacy, A Basic ‘Civil Right,’ Barbara Bush Foundation Says

At the age of 92, former First Lady Barbara Bush has seen many things change throughout her life, but one thing has remained the same: her family’s commitment to literacy and education for all Americans. For nearly three decades, the Barbara…
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Meet The Instructors: Kim Collins

Around the country, dedicated teaching professionals who are trained in Orton-Gillingham by the Institute for Multi-Sensory Education are helping their fellow educators become proficient in learning techniques that are unleashing the learning potential for thousands of students. IMSE’s trainers know…
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A Year In Review: 13 IMSE OG Stories That Made 2017 Extra Special

The holidays are a time of reflection and gratitude, and we here at the Institute for Multi-Sensory Education sure have a lot to be thankful for. Each year we partner with schools to bring IMSE’s Orton-Gillingham training to thousands of…
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A Day Inside IMSE: Here’s What It’s Like To Spend A Day Training With Us

The busy life of an educator seems to never stop. So why should a teacher carve out time to up their skills with the Institute for Multi-Sensory Education? Because IMSE’s Orton-Gillingham methodology works — and we care as much about your…
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Over 500 Loudoun Co. Teachers Ready To Tackle Dyslexia With New IMSE Training

When educators in Virginia’s Loudoun County Public Schools system began realizing core instruction alone wasn’t meeting the reading needs of its dyslexic students, the district knew it needed a change, said Jennifer Sassano, the supervisor of instructional facilitators for specialized…
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From Struggling With Dyslexia To Working For NASA, This Engineer Helped Pave The Way For Others

As a boy struggling with dyslexia, it was hard for Lawrence Schneider to imagine life past the third grade. Little did he know, by his twenties he would be thrust into the height of the space race as a research…
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12 Famous People Who Struggled With Dyslexia Before Changing The World

Without the proper support and education, dyslexia can often leave eager students feeling self-conscious and inadequate.  Despite difficulties in reading, there seems to be a theme that those with dyslexia are often destined for greatness. In fact, many of the…
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5 Things We Learned About The Dyslexic Brain From An MIT Neuroscientist

Dr. John Gabrieli is a professor and expert neuroscientist in the Department of Brain and Cognitive Science at the Massachusetts Institute for Technology. For over 20 years, Gabrieli has dedicated his work to learning about the science behind “how the…
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IMSE OG Graduate Heading To Jordan To Work with Teachers at Syrian Refugee Camps

Garret Jackson has seen the power of the Institute for Multi-Sensory Education’s OG training work with her students in Texas. She’s excited to witness how it will translate in Jordan with thousands of Syrian refugees. “IMSE’s OG is a very…
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Arlington, VA Says IMSE’s OG is Integral to Helping Children with Dyslexia Read with Success

IMSE’s Orton-Gillingham training is a really big deal at Arlington (Va.) Public Schools. More than 300 teachers in the K-12 school system have been trained in IMSE’s Orton-Gillingham approach, according to Dr. Kelly Krug, Supervisor of Arlington Tiered System of…
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A Letter from the Co-Founder of IMSE as We Begin A New Year

Dear Educators, At the start of each new school year, I am energized by the possibility it offers you.  At the same time, as a former teacher, I know the weight you may feel as you continue to prepare and…
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Meet the Instructors: Janice Kohler, IMSE

Almost two decades later, the story of a boy and his dad still sticks in Janice Kohler’s mind. Kohler at the time was a special education teacher in Ohio and helped the sixth-grade boy student jump three reading grade levels…
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Special Ed Teacher Says IMSE’s OG Training Changed Her Life

Donna Cortright is currently Captain Candy. That’s how Cortright, a special education teacher for kindergartners through fifth-graders at Ossian (Indiana) Elementary, is teaching her students the letter C and how to sound it out after she received The Institute for Multi-Sensory…
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This Pittsburgh School Says Investing in Their Teachers’ English Language Core Knowledge Makes Big Impact

The Journal asked Community Day School representatives to discuss how its teachers have benefited from Orton-Gillingham training.Their response was so inspiring, we decided to publish it exactly the way we received it.    
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Mom Learns Orton-Gillingham Teaching Approach to Help Her Child with Down Syndrome Read

Marjorie Guldan describes herself as “a dedicated mom who believes that with the right program her child can reach her reading potential.” Guldan’s 13-year-old daughter, Rebecca, has Down syndrome, and Guldan recently completed a one-week Institute for Multi-Sensory Education Orton-Gillingham…
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North Carolina Passes House Bill 149: A Win For Early Intervention

North Carolina in July passed House Bill 149, which requires all kindergarten students to be screened for dyslexia. The bill, which was signed into law by Gov. Roy Cooper after being passed in the House 114-0 and Senate 47-0, also…
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IMSE Named a Preferred PD Training Program for Oregon

The Institute for Multi-Sensory Education in late June was approved as an official vendor by the Oregon Department of Education, opening up the potential for larger partnerships between IMSE and districts in Oregon. “Not only has IMSE been approved as…
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Orton-Gillingham and Technology Intersect at this Atlanta School

A K-12 Orton-Gillingham school for 275 students with dyslexia and other language-based LDs in Atlanta is seeing big results using the latest technology to support their O-G instruction. The school believes in the introduction of assistive technology support like text…
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IMSE’s OG Helps English Make Sense For These Special Ed Students

Kathryn Nieves never tires of seeing her students smile in the classroom. Nieves, a special education teacher at Sparta Middle School in Sparta Township, N.J., said her students were beaming throughout this past school year, in great part due to…
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More Amazing Photos And Videos Showing IMSE’s OG At Work

At IMSE’s Orton-Gillingham Journal, we love the consistent feedback from our thousands of Twitter followers. Check out some of the great photography and videography our community shared with us through Twitter. And please continue to send photos and videos our…
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Second Graders Taught Using IMSE’s Orton-Gillingham Have Ah-Ha Moment

Adrianna Love loves using Institute for Multi-Sensory Education’s Orton-Gillingham training with her 26 second-grade students at Neil Armstrong Elementary School in Bettendorf, Iowa. “I am a true believer in OG,” said Love, a St. Ambrose University graduate. “I know it…
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IMSE OG Instructor Stacey Kasoff Named Learning Ally’s Tutor of the Month

IMSE Orton-Gillingham instructor Stacey Kasoff was honored as Learning Ally’s tutor of the month for June 2017.
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IMSE’s Orton-Gillingham Training Leads To Huge Growth In Students’ Reading Ability

At the start of the school year, most of Alyssa Bergman’s students didn’t think they’d be able to read words like “peanut,” “leaflet,” “toffee” and “rainbow.” But as the year wound down, the students celebrated by reading the words and…
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Ultrarunner Running 43 Miles To Raise Funds For Reading Center

Melissa Raguet-Schofield describes being a mother of a dyslexic child as “like running through the wilderness all by yourself.” Raguet-Schofield, an adjunct professor of anthropology at Colorado State University, will literally run through the wilderness in June to raise funds…
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Summer Reading Initiative Fights “Summer Slide” at this New Jersey School

For the fourth straight year, the 200-plus students at Slackwood Elementary School, a pre-K-3 school in Lawrenceville, N.J., will send their students home with their choice of 12 books. As part of the school’s “Summer Reading Initiative,” students not only…
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For Some Students, Reading at Grade Level Isn’t Tapping Their Full Potential

Victoria Jones, an instructor for the Institute for Multi-Sensory Education, knows first hand the power the Orton-Gillingham teaching method can have on children, at all reading levels, even those that aren’t technically struggling. But, when she started working with her niece,…
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Super Bowl Champ Malcolm Mitchell Is A True Champion Of Youth Literacy

Wide receiver Malcolm Mitchell this year won a Super Bowl with the New England Patriots, but his biggest accomplishment has been leading the nonprofit Share the Magic Foundation, which transforms the lives of young students through literacy. Mitchell in 2016…
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Conservation Educator Overcomes Learning Disability, Inspires Next Generation

Dan Spencer said it took most of his educational life to realize he wasn’t “stupid.” Spencer, the Information & Education Specialist for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services branch in Puget Sound/Olympia Peninsula (Wash.), for more than a decade struggled…
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Learning Specialist: ‘Helping These Kids Is What I Was Created To Do’

Pola Millard believes she’s found her true calling teaching the students at New Hope Christian Academy — and her daughter — the Orton-Gillingham methodology.  
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A New Teaching Approach Has Wyoming Inmates Reading With Success

Learning Latin has become a breeze for some of the inmates in the Wyoming Department of Corrections, thanks to the Orton-Gillingham methodology the educational staff has implemented into the curriculum. Orton-Gillingham is a structured, phonics-based multi-sensory approach to teaching students to…
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You Sent These Awesome Photos And Videos Showing IMSE’s OG At Work

At the Journal, we love getting feedback from our thousands of Twitter followers. Check out some of the great photography and videography our community shared with us through Twitter. And please continue to send photos and videos our way to…
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Every Student Succeeds Act

The Journal takes an in-depth look at ESSA—the Every Student Succeeds Act, signed into law by President Obama in 2015. The law, which goes into effect starting the 2017-18 school year, seeks to put more control over testing and teacher performance back…
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Our Favorite Children’s Books for Spring

As winter gives way to spring, it’s a time of wonder for everyone! With milder days ahead, we’ve gathered some of our favorite spring-themed books for your ‘budding’ readers.
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Understanding Third Grade Reading Retention Laws

Across the country, more states are instituting laws that offer a ‘Third Grade Guarantee’—the promise that all children will leave the third grade able to read or be held back. IMSE takes an in-depth look at the history of these…
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IMSE Grows with Teachers

Nancy Broz and Erica Blust are veteran educators from Ohio who took the IMSE Comprehensive Training in 2009. That sparked a deep passion for multi-sensory education and the duo has gone on to develop a complementary set of teaching materials for…
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Q&A with Vera Blau-McCandliss of Square Panda

Vera Blau-McCandliss is a cognitive scientist with a strong interest in education. It was this drive that led her to take IMSE’s Orton-Gillingham training during her post-doctoral work. Now, Vera is using all of that experience working with a new…
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Q&A with Dr. Rob Glass, Michigan’s 2017 Superintendent of the Year

In late December, Dr. Rob Glass, the superintendent of Michigan’s Bloomfield Hills Schools, was awarded with the state’s top prize for school administrators. The Journal recently caught up with Dr. Glass to learn more about his experiences and insights as…
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Parent Perspectives: Shannon Chamberlin

Chase Chamberlin has reaped the benefits of IMSE’s OG. The Journal talks to his mother, Shannon, to learn more about his progress and the great work of his tutor, Susan Lindahl.
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Profiles in Teaching: Stacey and Lillian

OG isn’t just for children! Adult ESL learners like Lillian Faranso with the help of her tutor, Stacey Peper, are unlocking the power of structured, multi-sensory reading techniques.
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Working Together: The IMSE-Learning Ally Partnership

Together, IMSE and Learning Ally bring qualified Orton-Gillingham instruction to educators and their students across the country. Learn more about this dynamic partnership and upcoming programs. 
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Q&A with Author and Educator Jeff Anderson

Jeff Anderson is a veteran educator, speaker and the author of several books about teaching writing in a fun, productive way. The IMSE Journal recently caught up with Jeff, coinciding with the release of his second children’s fiction book “Just…
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IMSE and Mississippi schools

IMSE routinely offers in-school and off-site trainings at locations around the U.S. throughout the year. The Journal recently caught up with instructor Michele Wenger about her training with teachers of the Pontotoc County School District in northeastern Mississippi.
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Michigan Governor to sign a bill holding back failing third graders

Michigan is expected this week to join at least 16 other states that have passed bills into laws calling for public schools to hold back students who fail literacy proficiency testing.
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Orton-Gillingham in the General Education Classroom

Many school districts are unlocking the power of Orton-Gillingham reading instruction—and not just in remedial or one-on-one settings, but in their general education classrooms. The Journal takes an in-depth look at one public school system in Ridgefield, New Jersey, that is reaping…
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Because You Can’t, You Won’t and You Don’t Stop: Hip-hop in the Classroom

Students and teachers are using Hip-hop as a dynamic, fun and innovative way to boost reading confidence and increase vocabulary.
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Guest Column: Books for a First Year Teacher

IMSE’s own Allison Pajor knows what it’s like to be a first year teacher—the excitement, the pressure. She led classrooms for five years at Michigan’s Wayne-Westland Community School District in 5th grade and special education.  In her Journal Guest Column, Allison shares three…
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Building Better Readers: Lori Oczkus and Reciprocal Teaching

Reciprocal Teaching is a powerful reading strategy that supercharges students’ comprehension and engagement with their reading.  Watch our interview with Lori Oczkus, author of “Reciprocal Teaching At Work,” as she explains this interactive discussion technique and the rich benefits to be had…
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Greenwood Elementary Hosts a ‘Wedding’ for /Q/ and /U/!

Kindergarten students at Greenwood Elementary in Toledo, Ohio recently participated in a great multi-sensory activity to learn that when it comes to the bonds between letters—the one between /Q/ and /U/ is especially strong!
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Winning with IMSE: Hamilton City Schools

The partnership between IMSE and Hamilton City Schools in Ohio has brought amazing results in reading for children in grades K-3!
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LDA Sounds Alarm for Children’s Futures in Flint Water Crisis

In the wake of Flint, Michigan’s water crisis endangering the lives and health of thousands of children, the Learning Disabilities Association of America (LDA) has issued a strong warning and a call to action for public officials. The long-term health effects of…
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YA Book Vloggers

If you think YouTube is just for random cat videos with nothing to offer readers, think again! Here are a few of our favorite book vloggers who talk about the books they’re reading, feature interviews with authors and cover all things happening in the…
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Q&A With Dr. Louisa Moats

The IMSE Journal talks to Dr. Louisa Moats, founder of LETRS and co-author of ‘Straight Talk About Reading,’ and ‘Parenting a Struggling Reader.’
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Q&A with Dr. Marcia Henry

The IMSE Journal talks to one of the country’s leading experts on reading instruction and dyslexia, Dr. Marcia Henry.
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Harnessing the Power of Latin and Greek for Early Readers

A generation ago, the study of Latin or Greek was viewed as subject matter mostly for high school or college students—if it appeared on the curriculum at all. Canadian high schools ceased making the study of Latin mandatory in the…
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ELL Students Benefit from Orton-Gillingham Techniques

Many parents and teachers are well aware of the benefits the Orton­-Gillingham method has for students struggling with dyslexia. But public school teachers in New Jersey have found that OG techniques can also work for students learning to read who…
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10 Literacy Tech Tools For the Classroom

No matter whether you’re teaching in a Special Education, ESL or General Ed environment, there’s a large number of apps and web sites out there that can help reinforce and expand vocabulary, strengthen reading comprehension and provide assistance to learning…
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15 Activities and Tips to Keep Children Reading Throughout the Summer

With students out of school and the official start to summer just around the corner, here are some ideas to get—and keep—your kids reading all season long.
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Q&A With Sam Barclay Creator of “I Wonder What It’s Like To Be Dyslexic”

After years of training in school to work with his dyslexia, UK-­based graphic artist Sam Barclay began to ponder one question: did other people really understand what it was like to be dyslexic? Using his formidable design skills, he created…
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Q&A With Luis Macias Director of ‘Embracing Dyslexia’

When Luis Macias’ son Alejandro was in first grade, he began to experience difficulties in reading. He repeated first grade, but over several months, the problems only grew worse, leaving both Luis and his son anxious and frustrated. Luis’ mother…
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