Professional Learning Workshops

SPELD NSW offers professional learning and consulting services for schools, teachers and professionals who work with students with specific learning difficulties or who are interested in evidence-based literacy and numeracy instruction.  We run regular public workshops on a range of specific topics and we are available to run School Essentials Workshops as in-school professional learning days, half-days or after school workshops.

Our workshops focus on evidence-based literacy and numeracy instruction and best-practice approaches to teach and support students with specific learning difficulties like dyslexia. Workshops are suitable for classroom teachers, learning support teachers and teachers’ aides, tutors, speech pathologists and other allied health professionals.

Professional Learning workshops are held at SPELD NSW in Parramatta, Newcastle or other regional centres or run as a whole-school professional learning workshop at your school. Evening workshops are also available across NSW as live webinars.  

Sounds-Write Online Workshop – Expression of Interest

WHEN: Time and date to be confirmed

29 May 2020

Express your interest in taking part in an upcoming online Sounds-Write workshop. Sounds-Write is an evidence-based highly structured synthetic phonics program utilising an exciting and highly successful approach to the teaching of reading, spelling and writing.

SPELD NSW Teachers’ Certificate Course – Applications now open!

WHEN: 2021,

9 October 2020

The SPELD NSW Teachers’ Certificate Couse is a highly regarding Professional Learning program aimed at developing teacher understanding of Specific Learning Difficulties and effective, evidence-based instruction in Literacy and Numeracy. Applications are now open for the 2021 courses.

Sounds-Write Face to Face Four-Day Workshop – Expression of Interest

WHEN: Time and date to be confirmed

1 January 2021

Add your name to our waitlist for future face to face four-day Sounds-Write workshops. Sounds-Write is an evidence-based highly structured synthetic phonics program utilising an exciting and highly successful approach to the teaching of reading, spelling and writing.

Subscribe to receive updates from SPELD NSW!

WHEN: Time and date to be confirmed

1 January 2021

Subscribe to receive updates from SPELD NSW to be notified of future professional learning events.

Make the most of York Assessment of Reading for Comprehension (YARC) On Demand Webinar

WHEN: Time and date to be confirmed

14 January 2021

Gain greater confidence and competence in administering YARC, interpreting results and intervention planning with these on-demand webinars.

Literacy Essentials Online – Phonics Phundamentals

WHEN: 3.30-5.30pm,

11 February 2021

This course will explore key concepts for teaching phonics, how to plan for systematic phonics instruction and what strategies can be used to support phonics in the classroom.

Literacy Essentials Online – Teaching Phonics Using Decodable Texts

WHEN: 3.30-5.30pm,

18 February 2021

This course helps you understand the important role that decodable texts play teaching students to read and how to use these books in your teaching.

Learning Difficulties Essentials Online – Understanding Specific Learning Difficulties

WHEN: 3.30-5.30pm,

4 March 2021

In this workshop you will learn about specific learning difficulties and what evidence-based interventions can be used to support children with dyslexia, dysgraphia and dyscalculia.

Working Memory and Explicit Instruction – March 2021

WHEN: 9:30am - 4:00pm,

9 March 2021

This workshop explains the characteristics of working memory weaknesses and the impact such difficulties have on academic performance. Participants will be provided with an overview of the different types of memory, in particular working memory, and will examine the ways in which each are used in the classroom.

Literacy Essentials Online – From Words to Wonder – Developing Students’ Vocabularies

WHEN: 3.30-5.30pm,

11 March 2021

In this workshop we will explore strategies to support oral language development through the primary years and beyond and the fundamental role vocabulary and background knowledge play in reading comprehension.

The Dyscalculia Webinar with Judy Hornigold

WHEN: 6:30pm - 8:30pm,

16 March 2021

This webinar will review the definition of dyscalculia and how schools can identify this learning difference. It will look at the difference between dyscalculia and more general maths learning difficulties as well as exploring the impact of maths anxiety.

Little Learners Love Literacy Online Workshop – March 2021

WHEN: 2 day workshop, 9:00am - 3:30pm, 17 March,

18 March 2021

Teach Little Learners Love Literacy with confidence. This unique 2-day online workshop will prepare any teacher to implement LLLL in the classroom – reading and spelling.

The Heggerty Approach to Phonemic Awareness Instruction – March 2021

WHEN: 12:30pm - 4:00pm,

23 March 2021

This half day ONLINE workshop will introduce participants to the Heggerty Phonemic Awareness Curriculum including the research behind the importance of phonological awareness instruction, the key components of the program, how to use the program in the classroom and additional resources available to support the effective implementation of the program.

Success For All Learners: Adjustments For Students With Specific Learning Difficulties

WHEN: 3:30pm - 5:30pm,

25 March 2021

This workshop looks at practical strategies that can be implemented to support the meaningful participation of learners with Specific Learning Difficulties. We will explore how outcomes can be met through adjustments to task and assessment, encouraging inclusion and differentiation in our classrooms.
Talk for Writing

Talk For Writing Essentials Online Workshop – March 2021

WHEN: 2 day workshop, 9:30am - 4:00pm, 24 March,

25 March 2021

This online 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. Bookings for this workshop close on 17 March 2021

Using the Motif Literacy Assessments with Dr Saskia Kohnen

WHEN: 7pm-9pm,

31 March 2021

In this online workshop, Dr Kohnen will introduce learners to the literacy testing resources that are freely available from the Macquarie Online Test Interface (Motif).

Professional Supervision Series, Term 1 2021

WHEN: 1pm-3.30pm on 18th Feb, 4th March, 18th March,

1 April 2021

This series of professional supervision is designed for small groups (6-8) of currently registered Psychologists keen to improve their skills in the assessment and identification of specific learning disorders using DSM-5 criteria.

Executive Function Coaching Specialist Workshop with Rhonda Filmer

WHEN: 7pm-9pm,

28 April 2021

This course will share the neuroscientific basis of why some children develop Executive Function (EF) skills more slowly than age-peers, and how weak EF skills undermine the retention of knowledge while restricting children’s engagement in the learning environment.

Interesting Community Events

LETRS – Language Essentials for Teachers of Reading and Spelling

WHEN: Time and date to be confirmed

1 January 1970

Dyslexia SPELD Foundation of WA will be offering an ONLINE LETRS course starting 18 February 2021. LETRS addresses the structures of English language, the cognitive processes of learning to read, and the teaching practices proven to be most effective in preventing and remediating reading difficulties, including dyslexia.

Talking Literacy Webinars – Conversations with International Experts

WHEN: Time and date to be confirmed

1 January 1970

Exciting and thought-provoking new webinar series from AUSPELD, featuring conversations with international experts as they share some of their acquired knowledge, key discoveries and thoughts for the future. Conversations now available with Carl Hendrick, Louisa Moats and Daniel Ansari.

The Science of Reading Webinar Series

WHEN: Time and date to be confirmed

1 January 1970

This free webinar series explores what the science of reading is, how it is taught, and why it is critical to teaching students to read.
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