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Structured Literacy Course A - All About Sounds: Phonology to Phonics

(Full Day)

 

Course A – All About Sounds: Phonology to Phonics teaches the basic neuroscience of how the brain learns to read, write & spell and the neuro-biological factors that can impede the process. Learn how to assess each component of a student’s literacy proficiency and be given practical strategies and resources to develop foundational skills from phonology to phonics. It’s All About Sounds. Once they have the sounds they need, watch how quickly they will read!

 

COURSE A TRAINING DATES 2020 (Also available online!)

Monday 20th Jan, Wednesday 22nd April, Monday 13th July, Thursday 8th October

9:00am - 4:00pm  Please arrive at 8:30am for a 9am start.

1 Diamond Rd, Pearl Beach  $250pp (Max 10 pax)

FOR PROFICIENT

TEACHERS

Completing Structured Literacy Course A – All About Sounds: Phonology to Phonics will contribute 6 hours of NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) registered PD addressing 1.2.2, 1.5.2, 2.5.2, 6.2.2, and 6.4.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.

Course B - Beginning Decoding and Encoding*

(Full Day) *Prerequisite- Completion of Course A

Course B – Beginning Decoding and Encoding teaches how to systematically introduce the rules associated with the encoding and decoding of English language structures, using a structured, sequential and cumulative approach, so that reading, writing and spelling are taught simultaneously. Participants will learn multi-sensory strategies and be walked through the scope and sequence of 30 lessons

 

COURSE B TRAINING DATES 2020

*Participants must have completed Course A

Tuesday 21st Jan, Thursday 23rd, April, Tuesday 14th July, Friday 9th October

9:00am-4:00pm  Please arrive at 8:30am for a 9am start.

1 Diamond Rd, Pearl Beach  $250pp (Max 10 pax)

FOR PROFICIENT

TEACHERS

Completing Structured Literacy Course B – Beginning Decoding and Encoding will contribute 6 hours of NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) registered PD addressing 1.2.2, 2.5.2, 6.2.2, 6.3.2 and 6.4.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW. 

Course C & C2 - Consolidation of Reading Writing and Spelling**

(2 Day Course) **Prerequisite- Completion of Course A & B

 

Course C & C2 - Consolidating Reading, Writing and Spelling provides further strategies and resources to develop students’ reading fluency, critical comprehension, metacognition, spelling proficiency, writing composition and self-evaluation of literacy skills.

 

COURSE C & C2 TRAINING DATES 2020 (2 Consecutive Days)

**Participants must have completed Courses A & B

Wednesday 22nd & Thursday 23rd January, Monday 20th & Tuesday 21st April, Wednesday 15th & Thursday 16th July, Tuesday 6th & Wednesday 7th October

9:00am-4:00pm  Please arrive at 8:30am for a 9am start.

1 Diamond Rd, Pearl Beach  $500pp (Max 10 pax)

FOR PROFICIENT

TEACHERS

Completing Structured Literacy Course C & C2 – Consolidation of Reading Writing and Spelling Skills will contribute 12 hours of NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) registered PD addressing 2.5.2, 4.1.2, 5.3.2 and 6.4.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW. 

Other Courses

The History and Science of the Reading Brain

(2.5 hours)

 

Learning to speak is natural - Learning to read and write is not. Reading, writing and Spelling are human inventions requiring the brain to call on different parts of itself in order to master the code. In this workshop, learn the history behind the English alphabetic system and understand what the human brain must do in order to acquire literacy skills. Knowing how the brain really learns to read, based on current neuroscience, will assist teachers shape their instruction to make the process easier for all students. 

What is Dyslexia and How Can I Help Students with this Learning Difference?

(2.5 hours)

 

It is estimated that approximately 14% of us have one or more subcategories of dyslexia. Dyslexia is not related to IQ but for the dyslexic brain, it will always be more laborious and fatiguing to read, write and spell. Early detection and intervention is the key. This workshop is designed to give teachers a better understanding of this neuro-biological learning difference, explains how to identify the characteristics of dyslexia and gives practical suggestions for providing learning and testing accommodations.

Using a Structured Literacy Approach for Reading, Writing and Spelling Intervention
(2.5 hours)

 

In our desire to emphasise reading for meaning in the past 30 years, teacher training has not always equipped teachers to systematically teach the underlying code and structures of the English language. Become better acquainted with the scope and sequence of a Structured Language approach and learn practical strategies for developing students’ phonemic awareness, phonics, decoding and encoding skills. This workshop is suitable for any teachers who are responsible for early reading instruction and for teachers who want to know more about providing appropriate reading and spelling intervention for students of any age.

Multisensory Strategies for Anchoring Reading, Writing and Spelling Structures

(2.5 hours)

 

Using a Multisensory approach assists the human brain anchor new learning into long term memory. People often confuse the term “Multisensory Instruction” with any strategy that appeals to one of the five senses.  It’s not about moulding clay into the shapes of letters or writing words on sandpaper - it involves activating the Visual, Auditory and Kinesthetic systems simultaneously.  As neuroscientists say, “brain neurons that fire together, wire together” (Sousa, 2006). When we teach using multiple senses simultaneously, the neurons in the respective parts of the brain fire at the same time and wire together to create neural networks. Learn some practical strategies and fun games to begin incorporating multisensory literacy instruction into your classroom.

Daily Activities for Developing Kindergarteners’ Phonemic Awareness

(2.5 hours)

 

Teachers have long been educated in the importance of developing children’s phonological and phonemic awareness in order to build sound reading, writing and spelling skills. Theory however, is not always easily to translated into practical action. Many teachers think helping children know how to rhyme words is enough. It’s only a small part of the picture. In this workshop, learn daily routines that give Kindergarteners practise in phonemic segmentation, blending and manipulation in meaningful context; the foundational skills of successful reading and spelling. 

Practical Strategies for Developing Spelling Skills
(2.5 hours)


Contrary to popular opinion, being a good speller does not rely on having a good visual memory nor does spelling proficiency improve by writing the same word over and over. Good spellers hear the individual sounds in a word and know the rules associated with the written structures of the English language. They also know what spelling strategies to apply to “Sight Words” as opposed to decodable  words. In this workshop, learn some practical tips for improving the spelling skills of your students immediately.

What is Irlen Syndrome and How Does it Exacerbate Reading Difficulties, ADD, ADHD and Autism?

(2.5 hours)

Irlen Syndrome, also known as Scotopic Sensitivity and Visual Stress, is not related to the student’s need for an optical script or prisms. Irlen Syndrome affects the way the  brain  perceives and processes visual information due to a sensitivity to glare and certain refractions of light. It can cause reading distortions and discomfort and can exacerbate the symptoms of Dyslexia, ADD and Autism.  Find out how to recognise this hidden  learning difference and how to adjust learning environments to help students with Irlen  Syndrome perform to their highest potential.

The Effect of Stress and Anxiety on Cognition and Behaviour in Students with Dyslexia
(2.5 hours)

 

Children come into our classrooms with a variety of stressors. Stress is compounded and escalated when children have learning differences like Dyslexia. In this workshop, participants will learn the biology of stress, with reference to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM V), and better understand how prolonged stress in the context of dyslexia and other learning differences can become an anxiety disorder. Find out how chronic stress and anxiety effects Executive Function, student focus and student behaviour.  Get some practical tips for lowering a dyslexic student’s perceived threat so that they can operate in a “Relaxed Field” and learn ways to contain children experiencing stress and anxiety in your classroom.

Fun With Sounds! Essential Components of Pre-School Literacy Instruction
(Full day)


The Fun with Sounds Programme was designed to give pre-schoolers the crucial building blocks of literacy. It had its beginnings at the Beachside Family Centre in Umina and has since been delivered and replicated in other Schools as Community Centres (SACCs) and pre-schools on the Central Coast. In this workshop, teachers and volunteers are given an overview of how the brain learns to read and the essential components of initial reading instruction. Participants are trained to create fun play stations that develop phonology and phonemic awareness, phonics concepts and concepts of print. Participants receive free pdf copies of all the resources used in the programme so that with a bit of printing, cutting and laminating, they can get started right away. 

Strategies for Engaging Adolescents
(Full day)


This workshop has been delivered more than 40 times in various TAFE Institutes and High Schools and continues to be a popular topic. Participants learn the brain science behind communication and engagement and gain a better understanding of the hidden factors impeding student motivation, persistence and achievement. The concept of neuroplasticity is reviewed as well as the conditions necessary for long term change to occur in “Downshifted” students. Participants have the opportunity to reflect on their own classroom practise and learn practical classroom strategies and to identify the first practical step needed to make better engagement a reality in their classroom. 

Practical Strategies for Developing and Enhancing Student Writing

(Full day)

 

Students need a high level of writing proficiency in order to meet the demands of school assignments.  Analysing prompts, planning, drafting, revising and editing takes guided practise and regular feedback. In this workshop, learn how to get the most out of: Interactive Journaling across content areas; Collaborative Writing and Writer’s Workshop. Learn how to help students incorporate figurative language and better transitions into their writing. Learn how to help the class devise their own scoring guides based on the requirements of a writing piece. Learn how to help students evaluate their own writing and to give constructive feedback to their peers. Learn why individual writing conferences are still crucial, and how to manage them. This workshop can be tailored to focus on the writing needs of a specific Stage/age group.

 
Topics for Personal Growth & Wellbeing

Based on the Play of Life® methodology and Relationship Capital series, created by Psychiatrist and Corporate Coach Dr Carlos A. Raimundo, these 2 ½ hour workshops give Faculty members an opportunity to PAUSE, REFLECT, REBOOT and BUILD RELATIONSHIP CAPITAL. Choose a topic for a morning, evening or afternoon seminar or combine with a professional development topic for a unique full-day experience. Small Executive Teams (max 12) can be hosted at Pearl Beach for an additional fee.

The First Step to Better Relationships
Learn what the human brain needs to feel engaged. By-pass disempowering beliefs that impede growth & enjoyment of life. Find your first practical step towards a relationship breakthrough.

 

Identifying and Achieving Goals

Aim high! Discover what to do and what to stop doing in order to achieve your heartfelt desires.  

 

Yes You Can! You Have What it Takes!

Reaffirm your unique significance. Discover how to use what you have in order to become the person you’re designed to be. Re-energise and go the distance.  

 

Saying No to Stress

Identify your stress triggers before they escalate. Learn how to live better. Work smarter not harder. Discover the power of rest. 

 

Aligning My Values and Ideals with Who I am

Reaffirm your internal values, ideals and priorities and align them with the way you live. Lift your level of thinking. No more compromising. You’ll never regret it. 

 

Managing Change

We can’t know the future but we do have what it takes to prepare for it. View change through a hope-based lens. 

 

What Kind of Leader Do I Need?

Discover what kind of leader you need for the best of you to emerge. Learn how to communicate this information to your boss in a useful and appropriate way.

 

How Do I Come Across to Others?

Being aware of how we come across to others on a good day, and under times of stress, can help us play constructive roles with staff and co-workers. Gain insight into your communication style. 

 
Seminars for Parents and the Community

Could My Child Be Dyslexic? What Do I Do Now?

It is estimated that approximately 14% of us have one or more subcategories of dyslexia. Dyslexia is not related to IQ but for the dyslexic brain, it will always be more laborious and fatiguing to read, write and spell. Early intervention is the key.

 

Become better acquainted with the characteristics of dyslexia and know where to go and what to do to get appropriate diagnosis and tuition for the dyslexic child.

Developing the Literacy Skills of Pre-schoolers

Learning to read is not as simple as knowing your ABC’s.In fact teaching children letter names before letter sounds is counterproductive. In this presentation, parents and teachers of pre-schoolers will learn practical strategies for developing children’s phonological and phonemic awareness skills; the essential building blocks of reading, writing and spelling.

 

Getting the Most out of Read-Alouds with Young Children

The benefits of reading aloud to children are many. It helps children develop their language skills, broadens their vocabulary, helps them understand the components of a narrative and gives them access to new information about the world around them.In this presentation you will learn some practical strategies to help develop children’s critical thinking skills and to help children understand the conventions of print.

 

How Can I Help My Child to be a Better Speller?
Contrary to popular opinion, being a good speller does not rely on having a good visual memory nor does it improve by writing the same word over and over. Good spellers hear the sounds in words and know the rules associated with the structures of the English language. Find out how it all works and learn some practical tips for improving spelling skills immediately.

 

Helping Older Children Read Between and Beyond the Lines

Proficient readers not only decode text efficiently they understand that an author can use figurative language to “show” rather than simply “tell” what’s happening. Build your child’s ability to understand text beyond literal comprehension through questioning, think-alouds and creative playing with words.

 

Practical Strategies for Classroom Volunteers

The assistance given by volunteers in our classrooms is invaluable and oftentimes life changing for struggling students. Many times, volunteers are asked to listen to a child’s reading or to help a child learn spelling lists and sight words. Find out the best way to approach these requests and learn some practical, hands-on strategies that will really make a difference to a child’s literacy success.

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