#Learning Differences

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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As Michigan Grapples With Literacy Rates, This Detroit School Tries Something New

Just ten minutes from downtown Detroit is The James and Grace Lee Boggs School, a K-8 neighborhood charter school designed to engage the diverse population of students it serves. Along with the rest of Michigan schools, Boggs is preparing to…
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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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These YouTube Read-Alouds Are Perfect For Young Readers

Reading aloud is an essential skill for beginner readers. Not only does it help put together letters and words with corresponding sounds, but it allows teaches students to listen for cues and hear others.  Whether reading aloud as a center…
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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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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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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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Principal Led School-Wide Literacy Initiative Embraced By Community

Monday is National School Principals’ Day, and what better way to honor them than by featuring William Colon, the principal at Greenwood Elementary School. Colon, 42, who has been principal at the Toledo, Ohio school since 2007, has organized school-wide…
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It’s World Penguin Day. Celebrate With These Super Cool Books

It’s World Penguin Day, which coincides with the annual march to the sea by the penguins in Antarctica. Check out this cool collection of children’s books — both fiction and nonfiction — that focus on the 17 species of penguins,…
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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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It’s National Drop Everything and Read Day, So Here’s a Great Book List

It’s National Drop Everything and Read (D.E.A.R.) Day, which is celebrated on legendary children’s book author Beverly Cleary’s birthday. Cleary, who turns 102 this year, has sold more than 90 million copies of her dozens of published books. In honor…
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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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Social Bookmarking

Social bookmarking is a great way to collaborate with other readers and students online!
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Book Trading Sites

Hop on these handy web sites to trade in your old books for some new titles for your summer reading list!
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