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Think it, Say it, Write it! The Fundamentals of Written Expression

Dates The course will run on the following dates: (please note that the times for each session may vary. Final...
Dates The course will run on the following dates: (please note that the times for each session may vary. Final times will be confirmed closer to the dates). Tuesday 20th Feb - 7:30 pm - 9 pm AEDT Tuesday 27th Feb 7:30...
Dates The course will run on the following dates: (please note that the times for each session may vary. Final times will be confirmed closer to the dates). Tuesday 20th Feb - 7:30 pm - 9 pm AEDT Tuesday 27th Feb 7:30 pm - 9pm AEDT Tuesday 5th March 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm AEDT Tuesday 12th March 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm AEDT Tuesday 19th March 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm AEDT Tuesday 26th March 7:30 - 9 pm AEDT All presentations will be recorded and available for one month. The Think it, Say it, Write it! The Fundamentals of Written Expression course will be run over 6 sessions. The course will be based on The Writing Rope (Sedita, 2019) and will cover aspects from each strand of the Writing Rope. The multiple components of the writing rope are necessary for skilled writing and the course will provide practical methods to support your students to become fluent writers. The course will focus on primary-aged students. Speakers Our presenters include: Laura Glisson (Speech Pathologist) Peta Collins (Educational and Developmental Psychologist) Jenny Baker (Speech Pathologist) Dr Alison Madelaine (Senior Research Fellow) Mel Micallef (Occupational Therapist) More details on speakers will be available soon. Ticket Pricing Early Bird (This price will be available until 14th November) LDA Member $265 Non-Member $330 Student Member $185 Normal Price LDA Member $300 Non-Member $390 Student Member $245 Sponsors    
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Syntax for Success: Playing around with words and phrases in high school

In this webinar, Dawn Grant-Skiba will explore why syntax - the arrangement of words and phrases - matters in...
In this webinar, Dawn Grant-Skiba will explore why syntax - the arrangement of words and phrases - matters in high school. She will discuss practical ways of embedding theory into your teaching, such as how to identify issues with...
In this webinar, Dawn Grant-Skiba will explore why syntax - the arrangement of words and phrases - matters in high school. She will discuss practical ways of embedding theory into your teaching, such as how to identify issues with syntax in your students' work and give useful feedback, ways to inspire students to use the strategies, and what areas are most useful for focusing on in high school. **This webinar will be recorded and available for two weeks after the event** Date: Thursday 21st March 2024 Time: 7:30 pm - 9: 00 pm AEDT (Melbourne Time) Cost: LDA Member: $40 LDA Student Member - $30 Non-Member - $60 About Dawn Grant-Skiba Dawn is an accomplished educator with over two decades of experience, having taught in international settings and across two states in Australia. Her passion lies in literacy, particularly in secondary education. Her insights have played a pivotal role in shaping literacy teaching methodologies and promoting disciplinary literacy across various curriculum areas in the schools where she has worked. Moreover, Dawn's adaptability and commitment were evident during the Covid-19 pandemic where she authored a self-published literacy workbook tailored to secondary students with low literacy abilities, addressing the challenges posed by remote learning. She has also made scholarly contributions through journal articles and active participation in national conferences on literacy education. Dawn's career is defined by her dedication to fostering a culture of literacy, as evidenced by her current PhD research in instructional coaching in literacy as a professional development option in Australian schools.
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Working Memory Challenges: Practical Strategies for Educators

Working memory is often an area of weakness in neurodivergent children. Educators often know what this means, but seek...
Working memory is often an area of weakness in neurodivergent children. Educators often know what this means, but seek practical ideas and strategies for how to support children with reduced working memory. This is a practical workshop in which...
Working memory is often an area of weakness in neurodivergent children. Educators often know what this means, but seek practical ideas and strategies for how to support children with reduced working memory. This is a practical workshop in which you will explore working memory difficulties and how to support them, both in the classroom and in tutoring/intervention sessions. We will explore what working memory is, what happens when it is compromised and how to identify working memory difficulties. You'll be taken through a checklist for evaluating your practice. You will also be offered some practical strategies to use in class situations and intervention sessions. Participants will come away with some quick wins, ideas to try and principles for your teaching which should be transformational for your students. **This webinar will be recorded and available for two weeks after the event** Date: Tuesday 23rd April 2024 Time: 7:30 pm - 9: 00 pm AEST (Melbourne Time) Cost: LDA Member: $40 LDA Student Member - $30 Non-Member - $60 About Louise Selby Louise Selby works freelance as a dyslexia specialist teacher, assessor, trainer, consultant and author. She has experience as an advisory teacher in Hertfordshire Local Authority (UK), a primary school teacher, SENCO (Special Educational Needs Coordinator) and a teacher of learners with English as an Additional Language. Louise's first book, Morph Mastery, a Morphological Intervention for Reading and Spelling, was published by Speedmark (Routledge) in 2021, and her next two books for the same publisher are called All About Dyslexia (primary and secondary) are due for publication in 2024. Louise's tagline is enabling, equipping, empowering. She is passionate about working with educators, schools and parents to enable the best outcomes for children with specific learning difficulties. Website: www.louiseselbydyslexia.com
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Oral Language in the Early Years – What works?

In this session, Laura Glisson (Speech Pathologist) will unpack the evidence around oral language instruction in the early years...
In this session, Laura Glisson (Speech Pathologist) will unpack the evidence around oral language instruction in the early years (Foundation to Year 2). With a particular focus on vocabulary development, storytelling and listening comprehension, Laura will bring a...
In this session, Laura Glisson (Speech Pathologist) will unpack the evidence around oral language instruction in the early years (Foundation to Year 2). With a particular focus on vocabulary development, storytelling and listening comprehension, Laura will bring a range of practical strategies for immediate implementation in the classroom to support all learners, including those with language disorders. **This webinar will be recorded and available for two weeks after the event** Date: Tuesday 7th May 2024 Time: 7:00 pm - 9: 00 pm AEST (Melbourne Time) Cost: LDA Member: $50 LDA Student Member - $40 Non-Member - $70 About Laura Glisson Laura is a Certified Practising Speech Pathologist (Speech Pathology Australia), with over 13 years’ experience working with school-aged children and young people with language, literacy and social-emotional difficulties. Laura is the Co-Director and Co-Founder of Tracks to Literacy, where she provides training and coaching to teachers and speech pathologists on oral language and literacy instruction, intervention and assessment. Laura also works as a clinician providing Tier 3 intervention to primary and secondary-aged students with language and literacy difficulties and is the Language and Literacy Specialist at Teach Well in Perth where she works as part of a multidisciplinary team providing training and coaching to teachers on high-impact instructional practices. Laura's research and clinical interests include Developmental Language Disorder, Response to Intervention for language and literacy, and oral-to-written assessment, instruction, and intervention. Laura's mission is to support the translation of research evidence into clinical and educational practices so that all children can develop the language and literacy skills needed to become successful and happy members of society.
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Demystifying Dyslexia and other SLDs

Understanding the Assessment Process As awareness of Specific Learning Disorders grows, more and more students are being referred for psycho-educational...
Understanding the Assessment Process As awareness of Specific Learning Disorders grows, more and more students are being referred for psycho-educational investigation of the nature of their academic learning difficulties. This workshop aims to provide teachers, allied professionals and parents with...
Understanding the Assessment Process As awareness of Specific Learning Disorders grows, more and more students are being referred for psycho-educational investigation of the nature of their academic learning difficulties. This workshop aims to provide teachers, allied professionals and parents with an overview of the assessment and diagnostic processes used by psychologists to identify whether a student has a Specific Learning Disorder and determine the intervention that is most likely to benefit them, based on their individual profile of learning strengths and weaknesses. The first session will review Specific Learning Disorders and the three academic skill areas - reading, written expression and mathematics - that may be impaired, with a focus on the characteristics of the disorders. The second session will focus on the way results and conclusions may be reported, and the implications of differing learning profiles for remediation and classroom instruction. **This webinar will be recorded and available for two weeks after the event** Date: Monday 20th & Monday 27th May 2024 Time: 6:30 pm - 8: 30 pm AEST (Melbourne Time) Cost: LDA Member: $50 LDA Student Member - $40 Non-Member - $70 About Peta Collins Peta is an educational and developmental psychologist. She is an experienced presenter and trainer in the areas of both written expression and reading development. Peta has been closely involved in the development of DSF's workshops in both Talk for Writing and Talk for Reading, both of which are exceptionally effective programs. Peta also delivers professional learning in a range of other topics and programs, including as a LETRS facilitator, and regularly works with schools and individual teachers to support the implementation of high-quality literacy instruction. Peta has a teaching qualification and uses a range of evidence-based programs in individual and small-group tuition with students of all ages who are experiencing literacy learning difficulties. As a senior psychologist at DSF, Peta supervises clinical staff, and regularly consults with families and teachers about learning difficulties and disorders.
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