Professional Learning Series

For Teacher Aides/ Learning Assistants and Parents

Dates:  To be confirmed
Cost:  $195 + GST (attendees will be invoiced)

Developing an Understanding of Foundation Skills & the Most Effective Strategies to Support Literacy Success

  • Would you like to have a deeper understanding of why the children you work with are struggling to experience success with reading and spelling?
  • Do you believe that every child has the right to be a successful confident learner and that Reading and spelling should not be left to chance?
  • Would you like the opportunity to develop strategies you can use every day with the children you work based on research and evidence?

If you have answered yes to these questions, then our Learning Support webinar modules are for you.

This webinar series runs over 3 consecutive Friday mornings in 1.5 hour slots from 9.30 am - 11.00 am.  Friday, November 13, Friday, November 20th and Friday, November 27th. The series will be recorded and attendees will receive these recordings to view after each module. 

Module  1 - Knowledge is Power: 

  • Develop your understanding of literacy learning differences - Dyslexia and Dysgraphia
  • Develop an understanding of executive functions through a simplistic explanation of working memory and the impact this has for our struggling learners
  • Develop your understanding of the foundation skills in literacy 
  • Example assessment tools used successfully with students aged 5 years to 18 years in school 

Module  2 - Bringing Language to Life:

  • Delve into the English language and learn exactly what syllable types, words with irregular sounds and sight words are 
  • Building vocabulary and helping students to access all subjects across the curriculum through the years
  • The steps to explicitly teaching spelling 
  • Building fluency through word level reading and activities to support this
  • Using decodable texts and supporting follow up activities

Module  3 - Practical Activities and Lesson Planning: 

  • Learn the importance of handwriting and how you can best support letter reversals and misformed letters
  • Planning for explicit evidence-based instruction
  • Practical tips for teaching phonological awareness and spelling to ensure students have strategies to access all subject areas
  • Other go to activity and resource recommendations to develop executive function 

Cracking the Code through Syllable Division

Dates:  To be confirmed
Cost:  $55 + GST (attendees will be invoiced)

Are you a teacher, intervention specialist, learning assistant or parent? Would you like to learn strategies to help your child or students to be able to crack the code and read through multisyllabic words reliably? None of this having it one day and not the next.

If you are looking for decoding strategies that benefit ALL readers and can be applied to spelling then this webinar is for you. As the International Dyslexia Association say.... "Syllable division rules heighten the reader’s awareness of where a long, unfamiliar word may be divided for great accuracy in reading the word".

Throughout the webinar, you will:

  • Understand how syllable division aligns with the science of reading
  • Learn what foundation skills children need intact before you teach them a syllable division strategy
  • Learn how to explicitly teach syllable division strategies
  • Understand that the strategies for helping students when they are reading multisyllabic words in texts can also be applied when trying to spell multisyllabic words.
  • Learn common basic syllable division strategies using 2 syllable words that consist of various syllable types
  • Learn how to measure the progress of reading at word - level
  • Be equipped with interactive strategies and activities you can take away to teach how to crack the code!

This webinar is suitable for…… Classroom Teachers, Learning Assistants, Sencos, Parents who Homeschool, Tutors in Private Practice.

HELP! Is it Dyslexia?

In this engaging presentation, Carla will share her journey of parenting and leading others to make a difference to those with dyslexia and reading differences.

Dates:  To be confirmed
Cost:  $30+ GST

This is an honest recount of:

  • What she would have done differently if she had her time again
  • What has worked
  • What hasn't worked

This will have you experiencing many 'aha' moments, sharing in the emotional journey, and walking away with clarity and a sense of connection.

It really does take a village to raise a child with a learning difference. Join this webinar to learn how you can make a bigger difference to your child and others.

Suitable for both parents, teachers and school leaders.

Spelling is Telling

This webinar is presented over two consecutive mornings.  Attendees are required to participate on both days.

Date:  To be confirmed
Cost:  $105+ GST

The Why and How to teach spelling and the rules explained.  Spelling is necessary for all and crucial for some.

This webinar is an introduction to building a whole school consistent approach in spelling.

As teachers it is important we know why and what to look for so we can directly teach. Do you give words or do you teach spelling? During this series, you will learn why spelling (alphabetic principle) is fundamental to success in literacy. We will share examples of what a systematic and cumulative approach in spelling looks like.

Throughout the series you will;

  • Learn many spelling rules and concepts
  • Understand the difference between phonology, high frequency words, irregular words and sight words
  • Understand why having a consistent approach to the teaching of spelling is not only important but necessary
  • Develop an awareness of why some programmes seem to work and others don't
  • Determine what your next learning steps are
  • Become prepared to walk back into school the next day with many more answers around what an evidence-based approach to spelling looks like
  • Gather the tools and develop the necessary confidence to begin to truly teach spelling and make a bigger difference to every student but particularly those neurodiverse learners in your classroom

The iDeaL Stage 1 School Entry and Intervention Literacy Assessment Screening Tool

This webinar is presented over two consecutive afternoons from 1.30 - 4pm. Attendees are required to participate on both dates to complete this training course.

Date:  To be confirmed
Cost:  $155+ gst  


"Poor phonological awareness is the most common cause of poor reading. Reading problems can be prevented if all students are trained in letter-sound skills and phonological awareness, starting in kindergarten." David Kilpatrick (2002)

Throughout the webinar, you will learn:

  • What structured literacy (SL) is
  • Why SL is the platform we should be teaching all students from
  • How iDeaL Stage 1 assessment is founded the research and principles of structured literacy
  • How to administer this assessment
  • Gain insight into how this assessment tool can be analysed and an individual education plan generated using the iDeaL platform for an individual, group or class of students
  • How to plan for instruction based on assessment findings

This webinar is suitable for junior teachers, literacy leaders, RTLits, RTLB and LSCs.

This assessment tool will enable you to identify and teach to the diagnostic needs of your students from school entry (and in intervention settings) as well as to be able to monitor progress in the all important areas that sit beneath reading fluency.

This assessment can be administered in 20 - 25 minutes and may become the first aspect of your dyslexia screening tools kete for students of all ages.

Attendees will receive an electronic copy of the assessment tool. Please note that the automated analysis, and reporting function (iDeaL platform) is not included, but is available for separate purchase.

What are SENCOs and Teachers saying about this tool?

"Finally a diagnostic tool which directs teaching and learning needs in literacy."

"This assessment not only taught me so much but very clearly showed me what we didn't know as teachers and what we haven't been teaching."

Equipped for Evidence Based Intervention

A new Professional Learning Series for LSC's, SENCO's, and Intervention Specialists.

This professional learning series is presented over four consecutive weeks on Fridays from 9.30 - 12pm. Attendees are required to participate on all dates to complete this training course.

Date:  To be confirmed
Cost:  $255 + gst

This webinar series provides you the opportunity to further develop your knowledge and practice as an intervention specialist, all the while ensuring it is aligned with current research and evidence based practices.

MODULE 1: SLD and Assessments

  • Build understanding of SLDs Dyslexia, Dysgraphia, Dyspraxia and Dyscalculia
  • Build understanding of various assessments - Lucid vs WJIV, WISC
  • Develop understandings on which aspects of cognitive reports impact classroom learning and give suggestions as to how to best support strengths and deficits in these areas


MODULE 2:
Executive Function

  • Build understanding of Executive Function
  • Outline assessment techniques
  • Explore teaching implications for intervention and mainstream settings
  • Recommendations for suitable resources and readings

MODULE 3: Structured Literacy

  • Build understanding of what structured literacy is and the research which aligns
  • Provide suggestions and examples for intervention settings for literacy support
  • Introduce 10 common spelling rules and 7 syllable types
  • Understand what an intervention lesson looks like
  • Outline how mainstream teachers can adjust teaching practices to support struggling literacy learners

MODULE 4: Fluency

  • Build understanding of what reading fluency is
  • Clarify the role of sight word acquisition in becoming a fluent reader
  • Provide assessment tools for measuring fluency in intervention settings
  • Suggest activities for intervention use that build fluency rates
  • Make links to mainstream and share implications of the impact fluency has in these classrooms


Attendees will have follow up readings and activities to complete between modules.

All of our previously held webinars are available on demand!

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