SPELD SA Workshops

Unless otherwise stated, all sessions will be held at SPELD SA, 298 Portrush Road, Kensington. You are advised to book early as courses with fewer than 15 enrolments two weeks prior to commencement may be cancelled. Individual cancellations will attract a 20% fee. No refund is provided for cancellations within 2 weeks of the relevant workshop. If a course is closed or filled check the other terms as it may be repeated over the year.

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Term 1, 2017

Date, Time, Venue
Topic, Reference #
Presenter
Price
January 2017
Mon 16th Jan SPELD SA re-opens    

Wed 18th Jan

10.00am - 12.00pm
SPELD SA
What SPELD SA does and practical things you can do to help people with specific learning difficulties: Ref 180117
 
Come and find out about what SPELD SA does, how to navigate around our website, learn about the free resources we create and get some practical tips and strategies you can use with any students that have specific learning difficulties.
 
For new tutors, teachers, parents, SSOs and other interested people
Sandy Russo,
Director, SPELD SA
No charge – Please phone to book a place
 
Parent groups welcome
February 2016
Wed 1st Feb
 
7.00 - 9.00 pm
SPELD SA
Dyslexia and other learning disorders: Introductory Seminar: Ref 010217
This seminar provides information about different learning and behavioural disorders. There is a particular focus on dyslexia.
 
For new tutors, teachers, parents, SSOs and other interested people.
Sandy Russo,
Director, SPELD SA
Tutor/ft student $15
Member $50
Non-member $70
 
 
Wed 8th Feb
5.00 - 7.00 pm
SPELD SA
Getting started as a SPELD SA tutor - the problems students have and how to help: Ref 080217
 
For beginning tutors joining the SPELD SA register
Frances Scobie, Tutor Coordinator & Jolly Phonics Trainer
Tutor $15
 
Sat 11th Feb
 
Registration 9.00am
 
9.30am - noon
Immanuel College, Novar Gardens
 

Session 1: Jolly Phonics – How to get started?  Ref 110217am 

A practical look at how to introduce the main 42 sounds of English in a student’s first term at school. Includes essential elements of a lesson; programming and assessment; a look at available commercial and free resources; and use of IWB. Disc of free resources supplied.

For teachers, SSOs, paraprofessionals, tutors, student teachers, parents years 1-7

Jan Polkinghorne, JP teacher and Accredited Jolly Phonics Trainer

Michelle Fraser, JP teacher and Accredited Jolly Phonics Trainer

Tutor/ft student $35
Member $75
Non-member $95
 
 
If doing both sessions please bring lunch.
Morning tea provided.

Sat 11th Feb

Registration 12.30pm

1.00pm - 3.30pm
Immanuel College, Novar Gardens
 

Session 2: Jolly Phonics – So they know the sounds. What next? Hands-on (2 ½ hours) Ref 110217pm

Prerequisite: Jolly Phonics – How to get started.

A very practical look at how to continue with Jolly Phonics for the rest of the reception year, terms 2, 3 & 4, for building on, and consolidating, the 42 letter-sounds and taught and introducing common alternative spellings.

How to:

  • Develop reading and writing skills
  • Introduce alternative spellings
  • Manage progressive intakes of new students
  • Design lessons for students at different stages of development
  • Use computers or IWBs as an integral part of the program

Includes lesson plans, making your own aids, a look at available commercial materials, free downloads. All participants provided with a CD of free resources.

For teachers, paraprofessionals, parents

Jan Polkinghorne, JP teacher and Accredited Jolly Phonics Trainer

Michelle Fraser, JP teacher and Accredited Jolly Phonics Trainer

Tutor/ft student $35
Member $75
Non-member $95
 
Fri 17th  Feb & Sat 18th Feb
Registration: Fri 17th8:30am

Program:
Fri 17th, 9:00am - 3:30pm
Sat 18th, 9:00am - 3:00pm

Immanuel College, Novar Gardens

Conference: Talk for Writing, an evidence-based approach for teaching written expression. Ref 170217

This two-day workshop offers teachers an overview of the Talk for Writing approach and provides opportunities for hands-on participation in the steps of this exceptionally effective instructional approach. The workshop addresses the use of Talk for Writing for both fiction and non-fiction writing and covers planning, feedback, assessment, and the development of grammar skills.

This workshop is suitable for teachers of pre-school (Kindergarten) and primary school through to year 7.
Emily Jackson, BSc (Speech Pathology) (Hons) CPSP
Tutor/ft student $200
Member $300
Non-member $350
 
Tues 21st Feb
7.00-9.00pm
SPELD SA

Information evening for parents: Dyslexia - what it is and how to help (No Certificate): Ref 210217

This session looks at the problems encountered by students with dyslexia and the ways in which they can be assisted.

For parents of school-aged children.
Sandy Russo,
Director, SPELD SA
No charge – Please phone to book a place
 
Wed 22nd Feb
6.30-8.00pm
SPELD SA

Understanding your report: Ref 220217

This 90-minute session will look at how to read a psychological report, how to unpack the information and understand the terminology, and what to do with the information.
 
For teachers, parents, SSOs, tutors, and full-time students.
Lyn Verrall,
Psychologist
Tutor/ft student $25
Member $70
Non-member $90
Fri 24th Feb
1.30-3.30pm
SPELD SA
Software sampler session: Ref 240217
 
Please book early!
 
Come and look at some of the best assistive and remedial software for students (all ages) who have difficulties in literacy and numeracy, such as:
Dragon Naturally Speaking, TextHELP, Textease, Wordshark, Numbershark, Fitzroy Readers, selected free programs.
 
For teachers, SSOs, tutors, Student teachers, parents
Sandy Russo,
Director, SPELD SA
Tutor/ft student $25
Member $70
Non-member $90
Sat 25th Feb
Registration 9.00am
9.30am - noon

Session 3: Jolly Grammar -Spelling Focus (2½ hours) Ref 250217am

Prerequisite: Jolly Phonics – Session 1 & 2 or an in depth knowledge of synthetic phonics.
Covers grammar content in the Jolly Grammar Handbooks 1-5.

As the teaching of spelling moves towards systematic teaching of conventions and generalisations enabling students to apply knowledge to an ever increasing number of words, it should be an exercise in logic and problem solving where students take risks and have a go.

This is a practical workshop focussing on: What to teach, how to teach it, programing, assessment, grouping, how to add variety and interaction and keep students engaged and on task.

For teachers, SSO's, paraprofessionals, tutors, student teachers, parents years 1-7

Jan Polkinghorne, JP teacher; and Accredited Jolly Phonics Trainer
Tutor/ft student $35
Member $75
Non-member $95
 
Sat 25th Feb
Registration 12.30pm
1.00pm - 3.30pm
Session 4: Jolly Grammar - Grammar Focus (2½ hours):
Ref 250217pm

Prerequisite: Jolly Phonics – Session 1 & 2, Jolly Grammar - Spelling Focus. Covers grammar content in the Jolly Grammar Handbooks 1-5.

Good grammar teaching should be systematic and sequential. This workshop explores ways to put excitement and activity into the more complex aspects of Jolly Grammar. Take away practical activities you can apply in your classroom tomorrow.
 
For teachers, SSO's, paraprofessionals, tutors, student teachers, parents years 1-7
Jan Polkinghorne, JP teacher; and Accredited Jolly Phonics Trainer
 
Tutor/ft student $35
Member $75
Non-member $95
 
Tues 28th Feb - Cancelled

Differentiating the curriculum for upper primary and high school students: Reading tasks (Cancelled)

Session Cancelled
March 2016
Wed 1st Mar - Cancelled

Explicit teaching strategies for reading and spelling: whole class, small group, or one to one (Cancelled)

 

Session Cancelled
Sat 4th Mar
9.30am - 12.30 pm
SPELD SA

Teaching spelling strategies using the School Start Spelling Case: Ref 040317

The School Start Spelling Case is a hands-on resource that is aimed at improving children's word knowledge and their ability to use a variety of spelling strategies. The case contains resources specifically designed to promote word play and discovery in a fun and interactive way.

During this workshop you will learn how to improve children's word knowledge and their ability to use spelling strategies with the School Start Spelling Case.

For teachers, SSOs, tutors, full-time students.

Sharona Edwards,
Creator, School Start Buddy
Tutor/ft student $35
Member $75
Non-member $95
 
Wed 8th Mar
10.00am - 11.30am
SPELD SA

Teaching a child (4- 6 years old) to read and write: Parent Session: Ref 080317

This session will show parents how they can help their children develop the foundation skills for reading and writing and demonstrate a range of activities that can be incorporated into a 5 minute-a- day holiday program/daily routine.

For parents of 4, 5 and 6 year olds

Frances Scobie, JP teacher; and Accredited Jolly Phonics Trainer
No charge – Please phone to book a place
 
Thurs 9th Mar
7.00 - 9.00 pm
SPELD SA

Developing Essential Blending Skills: Ref 090317

Blending is one of the essential components that determines how effective Jolly Phonics can be, yet it is frequently the part teachers struggle to implement effectively in the classroom.

This session offers a step-by-step run-through of how to teach blending, working through the various stages, followed by demonstration and participation in a series of practical blending activities. 

Suitable for teachers, parents, SSOs - pre-school to year 7.

Jan Polkinghorne, JP teacher; and Accredited Jolly Phonics Trainer Tutor/ft student $25
Member $70
Non-member $90
 

Wed 22nd Mar - Cancelled

Using Jolly Phonics for Tutors and SSOs - practical advice and case studies (Cancelled)

 


Session Cancelled
Tues 28th Mar
7.00 - 9.00 pm
SPELD SA
Making independent writers of students with working memory problems: Ref 280317

This workshop will look at a range of features built into PowerPoint that help students with specific learning difficulties.

Topics include how to use PowerPoint when developing independent writers, how to use PowerPoint when differentiating the curriculum for students who struggle with oral presentations, how to make your PowerPoints reader-friendly, and how to insert invisible scaffolding that students can opt-in to.

For teachers, paraprofessionals, SSOs, tutors, ft students

Sandy Russo,
Director, SPELD SA
Tutor/ft student $25
Member $70
Non-member $90
 
Wed 29th Mar
7.00 - 9.00 pm
SPELD SA

Assessment & Differentiation in Jolly Phonics (Certificate Course): Ref 290317

Prerequisite courses: Jolly Phonics sessions 1 & 2

To get the best results from the Jolly Phonics program, students need to be constantly assessed on letter sound knowledge, blending and segmenting skills until that knowledge is secure. Not all students develop this knowledge at the same rate.

This session provides practical suggestions on when and how to assess during the implementation of this program with reference to both reception students and older students using this as a remedial program, as well as suggestions as to how differentiation can be provided to cater for these varying levels of ability in different situations. Please bring your copy of The Phonics Handbook.

Jan Polkinghorne, Accredited Jolly Phonics & Jolly Grammar Trainer Tutor/ft student $20
Member $65
Non-member $85
 
April 2016
Thurs 6th Apr
10.00am - 12.00pm
 
Payneham Library, Payneham Hall
2 Turner Street, Felixstow
 
Morning tea provided.

Dandelion Readers and Dandelion Catch-Up Readers Seminar: Ref 060417

This seminar for teachers, SSOs, parents and librarians will explore the story of how the books came about, the difficulties Wendy had as a dyslexic, her career in the field of Special Needs, and the policy behind the Dandelion Readers and Dandelion Catch-Up Readers.

Learn why they use a phonic approach, how to use them, why phonic books are so important, tips and tricks of how to help struggling readers blend sounds and what is coming next.

The entire series will be available to look at and purchase on the day with a 5% discount.

Wendy Tweedie, Director of Phonic Books UK
Cost: $20
 

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