Structured Literacy focuses on decoding and word identification. It is grounded in the 'Science of Reading', which is the body of scientific evidence that explains how people learn to read and how best to teach literacy. This approach is endorsed by the International Dyslexia Association as best practice for teaching students with learning concerns. Because it is grounded in evidence, it is then also the best method for teaching literacy to all children. Structured Literacy has six areas of focus: phonology, sound-symbol, syllables, morphology, syntax, and semantics. There are three important teaching strategies: explicit instruction, systematic/cumulative, diagnostic.
Literacy is the foundation for academics. Students who learn through Structured Literacy have the reading and writing skills needed to be successful in their learning.
There will be a set of two full-day and two-half day sessions to provide a strong foundation of both theory and application to make your own Structured Literacy classroom.
Learn the rationale and concepts behind Structured Literacy: (phonology, sound-symbol, syllables, morphology, syntax, semantics) and its teaching strategies (explicit instruction, systemic/cumulative, diagnostic). Understanding 'Science of Reading' and the 'why' will be critical for building understanding the components and pedagogy of Structured Literacy. This is a full-day session from 9:00am-3:30pm.
The focus of this session is application- how to use theory to adapt current teaching practices to include aspects of Structured Literacy. Topics will include: lesson planning, scope/sequence, centers, groups, etc. This is a full-day session from 9:00am-3:30pm. Note that this session cannot be taken without first learning 'Theory'.
In this session, common prefixes/suffixes will be explored. Learning will also include how to teach them for reading/spelling multisyllabic word to build vocabulary and comprehension. This is a half-day AM session from 9:00am-12:00pm. This session can be taken independently on its own, no prerequisites.
Spelling is part of the 'sound-symbol' connection in Structured Literacy. This session will examine how spelling is taught from a Structured Literacy perspective. It is not memorizing letter strings, but using thinking and strategies. This is an independent half-day PM session from 12:30pm-3:30pm.
Dates/Times & Cost
-Tues Aug 10: 'Theory' - full day 9:00am-3:30pm, $175
-Wed Aug 11: 'Practice' - full day, 9:00am-3:30pm, $175
-Thurs Aug 12: AM 'Morphology' 9:00am-12:00pm, $87.50
PM 'Spelling' 12:30pm-3:30pm, $87.50
*Discount (save $25!) when registering for ALL sessions: $500
Live Learning via Zoom
Click on the 'Registration Form Summer 2021' below. Fill out and submit.
To reserve a spot, full payment is due 14 days prior to Aug 10. Preferred payment is by check or etransfer to firstname.lastname@example.org . Payment by PayPal can be arranged; contact for details.
The overall goal of the 'Knowledge Building' webinar series is to provide easy accessible training on Structured Literacy and the Science of Reading. This is very important because both of these approaches are not taught in teacher education programs. There is a great need for people to have both content understanding of and teaching strategies for Structured Literacy and Science of Reading. We know from the Ontario Human Rights Commission Right to Read Inquiry that teacher education is a missing piece for successful remediation of struggling readers as well as those with dyslexia / language-based learning disability. And we know: 'What is necessary teaching for some is good teaching for all.'
The webinar series will grow over time and suggestions for topics are welcome.
Please note that all webinars are real-time live teaching and are not recorded.
This is the first webinar in the series and provides a foundation in the basic concepts of 'Structured Literacy' and 'Science of Reading'. Over the total hours of the webinar, the definitions and overview of each concept will be reviewed as well as application to teaching practice.
Why YOU Need this Info...
To: learn current reading theory; know how these approaches differ from balanced literacy & typical practices; why/how these methods are critical for struggling readers and dyslexics.
What YOU will Learn:
-definitions/overview; -reading & brain processes; -role of phonemic awareness, sound-letter connection; -role of explicit systematic instruction; -strategies for teaching.
Mondays, 7:30-8:45pm; Oct 19, 26; Nov 2, 9, 16
-Click the 'Register' link below; fill out the form.
-To reserve your spot, full payment must be received. There are two options to pay:
1) etransfer to email@example.com
2) PayPal link below
Note: e-transfer is also accepted at the following e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Cancellation & Refund Policy: Written notice of cancellation and refund request must be received at least 48 hours before the first session of the Webinar. A full refund less a $25 administrative fee will be given. There will be no refund for cancellations received less than 48 hours before the first session of the Webinar.