SUMMER 2021 Offerings

Structured Literacy for tier 2/3 and

specialized education instruction

This program is our Advanced offering for special educators, reading specialists and interventionists.  This 30 hr program will be offered in fifteen, 2 hr sessions on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings (except for 7/6 because of the holiday) from 9am-11am for five weeks, from July 5 through August 6.  Participants must attend ALL sessions.  Every week covers a different session: Understanding and Assessing SLD/Dyslexia, The Alphabetic Principle and Phonics, Advanced Phonics and Morphology Instruction, Grammar and Syntax, and Semantics.

Series dates | July 6 — August 6, 2021

This series consists of 15 required sessions of 2 hr each.  This training will empower teachers with knowledge to enhance their tiered intervention or specialized education instruction.  The instructional strategies and techniques that teachers will learn may be used with an existing program or as part of a Structured Literacy approach.  Handbooks are included for all courses.  The week prior to the start of the first course, participants will receive an email with the Zoom link.

Course 1 - Understanding and assessing sld/dyslexia (6 hr course)

Course Dates: Tuesday 7/6, Wednesday 7/7 & Friday 7/9

Course Time: 9:00am – 11:00am

Most students with learning disabilities have difficulties with some aspect of language. Learn about dyslexia, the most prevalent and best understood language-based learning disability. Recognize the warning signs and how to use a variety of assessments – screening, diagnostic and progress monitoring – to identify and understand your students’ phonological processing difficulties. Understand the relationship between language and reading acquisition.

Course 2 - the alphabetic principle and phonics: building on the foundation of phonemic awareness (6 Hr course)

Course Dates: Monday 7/12, Wednesday 7/14 & Friday 7/16

Course Time: 9:00am – 11:00am

Most students with word recognition problems have difficulty becoming fluent readers. They may struggle with phonemic awareness, decoding, and/or spelling. Understand how to link assessment data to reading material selection and learn how to engage children in key instructional strategies and activities that teach these essential skills. Participants will also learn how to integrate handwriting into foundational skill instruction.

Course 3 - advanced phonics and Morphology instruction: linking sounds, symbols and meaning (6 Hr course)

Course Dates: Monday 7/19, Wednesday 7/21 & Friday 7/23

Course Time: 9:00am – 11:00am

Once phoneme proficiency and basic phonics skills are mastered, students learn how to identify six syllable/vowel patterns in order to read and spell multisyllabic words including those that are comprised of more than one unit of meaning. Morphology – the study of base/root words and affixes – helps readers decode and unlock the meanings of complex words. Learn how to teach these advanced skills, including morphology, in engaging and meaningful ways.

Course 4 - grammar & syntax: the building blocks for comprehending and writing sentences (6 HR course)

Course Dates: Monday 7/26, Wednesday 7/28 & Friday 7/30

Course Time: 9:00am-11:00am

Many children with comprehension problems have difficulty understanding sentences. Students must learn the function of the words in sentences and how their arrangement changes meaning. Learn engaging ways to improve students’ ability to speak, read, and comprehend different types of sentences with a variety of structures. Participants will also learn techniques to support their students’ ability to write coherent, interesting, and complex sentences. 

Course 5 - Semantics: Strengthening Vocabulary and text comprehension (6 hr course)

Course Dates: Monday 8/2, Wednesday 8/4 & Friday 8/6

Course Time: 9:00am-11:00am

Semantics refers to meaning conveyed by words and sentences that help make sense of the world. Reading comprehension depends on knowing what words and sentences mean in context. Students with dyslexia and other language-based learning disabilities have difficulty with this important element of language. Learn how to incorporate explicit vocabulary instruction into your reading comprehension lessons, building on the first four workshops in the series.

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