Delivering professional learning workshops for teachers, sencos, parents and teacher aides in 2019.

Dynamic Teaching for Dyslexic Learners

Every classroom has a dyslexic child in it - well if all things were averaged out there would actually be 4-5 in each class, if not more. Unfortunately, not every teacher has been afforded the time to learn more about what this means for their practice and pedagogy.

This full day workshop will further develop your knowledge and teaching practice in the following areas:

  • Understanding what Dyslexia is and what it isn’t.
  • Developing awareness of who may be dyslexic and or those having difficulty acquiring age appropriate literacy skills.
  • Structured Literacy - why is spelling important - how do I go about having a systematic and synthetic approach to teaching spelling - why differentiating wordlists is crucial for these learners - how to develop fluency in a dyslexic reader and what makes this difficult for them - why decodable texts should be in every school reading room.
  • Building on Student Strengths - why is this important and how might this make a difference.
  • Wellbeing - how to reduce anxiety in your dyslexic students

This workshop will also enable you to support those students presenting with compensating profiles. David Kilpatrick says students he terms as compensators, are those who show behaviour or writing difficulties, not necessarily reading difficulties.

Christchurch - $195 + gst

23rd July 2019

Venue: TBC


Auckland - $195 + gst

19th July 2019

Venue: Balmoral School


Spelling is Telling - The why and how to teach and the rules explained

Dr Louisa Moats says “Spelling is a visible record of language processing. It is language written down. What we can glean from looking at a child’s writing and spelling can tell us so much about what is going on for them.”

Spelling certainly is telling. 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? If you are a classroom teacher, literacy leader or specialist and or a school senco then this full day workshop is for you. During the day 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 day 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 neuro diverse learners in your classroom

Christchurch - $195 + gst

22nd July 2019

Venue: TBC


Teacher Aide Workshop

Are you a Teaching Assistant extraordinaire looking for more ideas, resources and activities to include in your literacy support sessions?

During this full day workshop you will:

  • Develop your understanding of literacy difficulties
  • Learn why phonological awareness is crucial to reading success
  • Grow your understanding of how words work
  • Learn how to support students to develop reading fluency
  • Gain insight into your learners neurodiversity to develop a greater sense of empathy
  • Craft a lesson plan that supports review of isolated skills in a fun engaging way

This practical session will equip you to better cater to all learners you work with.

Christchurch - $155 + gst

24th July 2019

Venue: TBC


Power to the Parents - Enabling your child to be the best learner they can be (1 day workshop)

Parents Do You Ask Yourself…….

- Why can’t my child read like other children?

- How do I advocate for my child who requires more support in school?

- Does it matter if my child can’t spell well - surely they can just use spell check, right?

- How do I best support my child to become a super speller?

- Why does my child have difficulty writing?

Come along to our 1 day parent seminar to learn about the following:

  • Practical advocacy tips for parents of students aged 5 - 18 years
  • Walk away armed with your advocacy pack
  • Why spelling is fundamental to literacy success
  • Why diagnostic, systematic and synthetic interventions are crucial for dyslexic children
  • The 7 syllable types and how these enable our children to ‘crack the code’
  • The principles of learning to spell and developing the ability to work with words
  • Practical tips to assist you with teaching or supporting spelling at home
  • The benefits of differentiating and personalising our children’s word lists

An interactive, practical seminar which will equip you to both advocate appropriately for your child, and assist them in becoming super spellers. You will walk away knowledgeable, empowered and equipped to make a bigger difference. We can’t wait to meet you.

Auckland - $155 + gst

20th July 2019

Venue: Balmoral School


SENCO Systems - Leading Intervention from an Evidence Base

Are you a school senco or perhaps you aspire to be one? All this talk of Learning Support Co-Ordinators has you wondering about how you could upskill yourself? This full day workshop will outline systems and processes which will enable you to be effective as a school senco / learning support co-ordinator.

Walk away with the system outline for a year which will enable you to have confidence in your role, as well as new knowledge and practical solutions to implement when working with or leading others to work with groups of students with language based learning differences.

Key learnings will include:

  • Early identification of literacy difficulties. The how, what does this mean and now what action should we take.
  • Interpreting educational assessments and deciphering all the jargon. Where do I start? Walk away with a template to condense this information and apply it in real terms in your setting.
  • Quality communication defaults which enable stronger relationships across all stakeholders.
  • Have confidence in knowing which interventions are evidence based and develop an understanding of why structured literacy will make a difference to every learner
  • Sharing progress updates with your school leaders, BOT and other stakeholders

Successfully leading through change doesn’t happen by chance. Participants will reflect on their current approach and learn more about the ‘effectiveness’ and the ‘how’ to build a sustainable approach.

Waikato - $195 + gst

29th August 2019

Venue: Cambridge Health & Community Centre