Mount Gambier Literacy Guarantee Conference

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Mount Gambier Literacy Guarantee Conference

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The next statewide Literacy Guarantee conference gives an opportunity for educators to hear from an internationally renowned literacy expert who will present research and effective practices for literacy improvement.

Educational leaders and teachers from the Department for Education, Catholic Education SA and the Association of Independent Schools of SA are invited to attend the conference to strengthen their knowledge and understanding of literacy improvement practices to more effectively meet the learning needs of all students.

The conference also includes afternoon workshops on a range of literacy topics, presented by Literacy Guarantee coaches and SPELD.

Morning tea and lunch is provided.

Dr. Susan Hall , EdD.

Co-founder and CEO of 95 Percent Group Inc.

Practical strategies to accelerate reading achievement

(9:00am-1:45pm)

Are you wondering how to accelerate reading progress in your classroom or school? What does the term “science of reading” mean? What does an effective phonics lesson look like?

Dr. Hall will highlight the important insights from the science of reading development and reading instruction. In the past, phonemic awareness assessment and instruction often stopped too early; Susan will discuss why phoneme manipulation skills are critical and how to teach them. Through video clips and live demonstrations participants will explore how to explicitly teach a phonics concept, subsequently embedding the teaching and learning cycle for transference.

Fluency research reveals that instead of focusing on repeated readings, teachers need to develop student automaticity in the sub skills of reading. Reading with comprehension requires an extensive vocabulary. Because students need to learn at least 2000 -3000 words a year, teaching 10 words a week won’t be enough. How can we use “word learning strategies” to expand vocabulary? Comprehension requires more than teaching the commonly taught comprehension strategies such as connecting, questioning, inferring, etc.

Come and learn about new research that reveals how to think about comprehension instruction.

Susan Hall, EdD, is co-founder and CEO of 95 Percent Group Inc., an educational company whose mission is to help teachers and administrators identify and address the needs of struggling readers. Susan is a internationally recognised leader in reading instruction and is especially known for her expertise on how to use assessment data to differentiate instruction.

The company focuses on developing teachers' foundational knowledge of reading science and providing them with tools to deliver evidence-based instructional strategies.

Dr. Hall is the author or co-author of 8 books including I’ve DIBEL’d, Now What? (2 editions), Implementing Response to Intervention, Jumpstart RTI and10 Success Factors for Literacy Intervention: Getting Results with MTSS in Elementary Schools. Susan has co-authored several publications with Louisa Moats including the phonics and word study module of LETRS, 2nd edition.

Afternoon Workshops

(1:45-3:15pm)

1. The essential elements of a phonics lesson

Does your phonics lesson incorporate all the vital elements? If your answer is no, or you are unsure what the vital elements are, then this workshop is for you.

The workshop takes participants through all essential elements of a systematic synthetic phonics lesson using the Literacy Guarantee Unit lesson plan. A range of practical examples will be shared.

The workshop will be both theoretical and interactive.

2. Phonics, spelling and vocabulary for middle and upper primary

Stuck for ideas to support spelling and vocabulary development in the primary years?

Tired of spelling lists?

In this workshop, we will look at practical activities to support spelling and vocabulary development. These activities can be used with the whole class and differentiated to suit the needs of all learners. We will look at spelling and vocabulary in the Australian Curriculum and provide activities to target phonics, spelling, morphology and word etymology.

3. Catching them before they fall - a guide to supporting students with dyslexia in the classroom

Participants will examine and deepen their understanding of the characteristics of dyslexia and use a case study approach to identify students with dyslexia across year levels. Attendees will be introduced to strategies that address the needs of these learners across the learning continuum.

Key concepts:

• tools to identify dyslexia and reading difficulties

• characteristics of dyslexia in the early years, primary and secondary contexts

• key strategies to address these learning needs in a mainstream classroom.

4. A way forward: progressing struggling readers in the secondary classroom

Early in the school year, you have discovered that some of your students are still reading at the decoding level; leaving little to no working memory to comprehend the sophisticated aspects of the reading required at the secondary level.

Given the pace and learning demands of the curriculum, what can you do to assist these struggling readers to improve in the whole class context?

This workshop aims to enhance your understanding and knowledge of:

• key aspects of reading development

• assessments available to assist with intervening at the point of need

• explicit examples of teaching strategies to progress the reading of these young people

5. Decodable phonic readers in the school setting - classroom and intervention

• Are you on a journey introducing phonic readers into your school?

• Have you already got some but want to explore what is available?

• Are you following a synthetic phonics program and looking for readers that will complement the program?

• Do you have older readers that need to catch-up, but you are struggling to find suitable content?

• Do you have a whole lot of questions, such as: Which phonic readers are suitable? Which should you avoid? How many do I need to purchase? When should I introduce them? How do we introduce them to the parent body? Do I need to buy the workbooks?

This session will explore what decodable phonic readers are and how to determine if they are genuine decodable readers. The workshop will also examine how to determine where to place your students in the system and introduce some diagnostic resources that will help you to do this. Time has been allocated to practically explore a number of different resources and ask questions.

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