Effective Classroom Practice: Literacy for All

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Learn what evidence based Wave 3, intensive intervention looks like and how these methods can enrich Wave 1 teaching

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Research into effective intervention for students with dyslexia has shed important light on how reading and spelling should be taught to all students in all schools. The pioneering work of Dr Samuel Orton and his colleague Anna Gillingham in the 1930s and 40s, gave us the essential ingredients for effectively teaching students with dyslexia: structured, synthetic phonics, a cumulative, fine grained progression through the main ingredients of English orthography and ample opportunity for revision to the point of mastery.

In the decades since, a convergence of research findings has shown how Orton and Gillingham were spot on. Without the benefit of technology to watch the brain as it reads, Orton and Gillingham’s methods showed incredible insight into disorders of reading and how to best remediate them. Finally, in Australian schools there is a growing push to base literacy instruction on this research and cast aside teaching methods based on damaging and disproven ideologies.

In this session, Bill shows what evidence based Wave 3, intensive intervention looks like, the why and how of its various elements and how these same methods are adapted to enrich classroom teaching at Wave 1 with stunning results.

A bit about Bill:

Working in private practice at Fullarton House, Bill mentors young people who live with a wide range of challenges including learning differences/disabilities, emotional or behavioural difficulties and young people who are just doing it tough. Alongside this work, Bill mentors teachers, school leaders and parents, assisting them to meet the needs of these students.

Bill has co-authored The Playberry Dyslexia Solutions Multisensory Literacy Program with Alison Playford. Playberry© is being used in schools and centres across Australia as a wave 3 intervention.

Bill specialises in teaching students with dyslexia and offers training in the area of specific learning disabilities (SLDs). He runs the popular teaching students with dyslexia (TSD) suite of trainings for those wishing to work as a specialist multisensory literacy teacher. He has also developed the Word Cracker suite of morphology resources with Sally Andrew.

Bill advocates for evidence based teaching of reading and spelling in schools and better recognition of SLDs. He was featured in the Australian dyslexia documentary 'Outside the Square' and the upcoming Code Read ‘Read my Frustration’ feature program.

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