Professional Learning Workshops - SPELD NSW

Supporting children and adults with specific learning difficulties

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.  

SPELD NSW Teachers’ Certificate Course – Applications now open!

WHEN: Time and date to be confirmed

30 November -0001

The SPELD NSW Teachers’ Certificate Couse is a highly regarded 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.
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Make the most of York Assessment of Reading for Comprehension (YARC) On Demand Webinar

WHEN: Time and date to be confirmed

30 November -0001

Gain greater confidence and competence in administering YARC, interpreting results and intervention planning with these on-demand webinars.
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Sounds-Write Face-to-Face Workshop – 4 Days, Newcastle July 2021 – FULLY BOOKED

WHEN: 4 day workshop, 9:00am - 3:30pm starting on the,

6 July 2021

Sounds-Write is an evidence-based highly structured, synthetic, linguistic phonics program utilising an exciting and highly successful approach to the teaching of reading and spelling. This four-day intensive course offers an instructional method that is multi-sensory, structured, code orientated, sequential and explicit.

The Maths Series with Judy Hornigold – Addition and Subtraction

WHEN: 4:00pm - 6:00pm,

13 July 2021

This webinar will explore the various structures of addition and subtraction, namely augmentation and aggregation for addition, alongside reduction, partitioning, and difference for subtraction.

Sounds-Write Online Course starting July 2021 – FULLY BOOKED

WHEN: Starting,

17 July 2021

Sounds-Write is an evidence-based highly structured, synthetic, linguistic phonics program utilising an exciting and highly successful approach to the teaching of reading and spelling. This online course offers an instructional method that is multi-sensory, structured, code orientated, sequential and explicit. These aspects are strongly recommended for teaching children to read and spell.

Professional Supervision Series – Term 3, 2021

WHEN: 4 day workshop, 12:00pm - 2:30pm starting on the,

20 July 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.

Talk for Writing 2 Day Essentials Workshop

WHEN: 2 day workshop, 9:00am to 3.30pm starting on the,

3 August 2021

This two-day face-to-face professional development workshop offers an overview of the Talk for Writing approach and provides opportunities for hands-on participation in this exceptionally effective instructional approach for teaching written expression.

Talk for Writing Early Years Workshop

WHEN: 9.00am - 3.30pm,

5 August 2021

This one day face-to-face workshop offers Kindergarten and Pre-Primary teachers an overview of Talk for Writing in the early years.

Literacy Essentials – Teaching Phonics Using Decodable Texts

WHEN: 3.30-5.30pm,

5 August 2021

This course helps you understand the important role that decodable texts play in explicit phonics instruction.

Talk for Writing Planning Master Class

WHEN: 9.00am - 3.30pm,

6 August 2021

This full day face-to-face workshop is for practitioners who wish to extend and focus their use of Talk for Writing through structured planning. In order to participate in this workshop, attendees must have already completed the 2 day Talk for Writing Essentials Workshop.

Learning Difficulties Essentials Online – Understanding Learning Difficulties

WHEN: 3.30-5.30pm,

12 August 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.

Literacy Essentials Online – Science of Reading Essentials

WHEN: 3.30-5.30pm,

26 August 2021

This workshop introduces key concepts that all teachers need to understand about the science of reading including the Simple View of Reading, Scarborough’s Reading Rope, Cognitive Load Theory and Working Memory, Phonology and Phonemic Awareness, the importance of retrieval and spaced practice and the cognitive model of how we learn to read.

Sounds-Write Face-to-Face Workshop – 4 Days, Newcastle, August/September 2021 – FULLY BOOKED

WHEN: 4 day workshop, 9:00am - 3:30pm starting on the,

31 August 2021

Sounds-Write is an evidence-based highly structured, synthetic, linguistic phonics program utilising an exciting and highly successful approach to the teaching of reading and spelling. This four-day intensive course offers an instructional method that is multi-sensory, structured, code orientated, sequential and explicit.

Subscribe to receive updates from SPELD NSW!

WHEN: Time and date to be confirmed

1 September 2021

Subscribe to receive updates from SPELD NSW to be notified of future professional learning events.
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Literacy Essentials Online – Phonics Phundamentals

WHEN: 3.30-5.30pm,

2 September 2021

This course helps you develop some core understanding of key terminology and concepts that teachers need to know to teach phonics with confidence. You will learn the difference between a phoneme, a grapheme, a diagraph and adjacent consonants and how to support the development of effective decoding skills.

Working Memory and Explicit Instruction

WHEN: 9am to 3.30pm,

16 September 2021

Students with poor working memory often struggle to achieve in the classroom. This workshop explains the characteristics of working memory weaknesses and the impact such difficulties have on academic performance.

Sounds-Write Face-to-Face Workshop – 4 Days, Port Macquarie

WHEN: 4 day workshop, 9:00am - 3:30pm starting on the,

21 September 2021

Sounds-Write is an evidence-based highly structured, synthetic, linguistic phonics program utilising an exciting and highly successful approach to the teaching of reading and spelling. This four-day intensive course offers an instructional method that is multi-sensory, structured, code orientated, sequential and explicit.

Sounds-Write Face-to-Face Workshop – 4 Days, Parramatta, Sydney, September/October 2021 – FULLY BOOKED

WHEN: 4 day workshop, 9:00am - 3:30pm starting on the,

28 September 2021

Sounds-Write is an evidence-based highly structured, synthetic, linguistic phonics program utilising an exciting and highly successful approach to the teaching of reading and spelling. This four-day intensive course offers an instructional method that is multi-sensory, structured, code orientated, sequential and explicit.

Interesting Community Events

Think Forward Educators

Think Forward Educators

WHEN: Time and date to be confirmed

1 January 1970

Think Forward Educators - a community of educators - teachers, school leaders, specialists, allied health professionals, parents and researchers.

Yoshimoto Dyslexia Training Sydney, Begins July 2021

WHEN: Time and date to be confirmed

1 January 1970

Yoshimoto Orton-Gillingham 5 Day Basic Literacy Training will be held in Sydney this July and August. 

Working Memory and Learning Difficulties Online Workshop

WHEN: Time and date to be confirmed

1 January 1970

One of Macquarie University Reading Clinic's most popular workshops, it explores how working memory and reading skills may be related, and what this means for children with dyslexia. . Next Online Workshop: Tuesday 22nd June 2021.

Live Literacy Strategies Webinar: The Literacy Iceberg, Accessibility Must-Haves & More

WHEN: Time and date to be confirmed

1 January 1970

Free webinar on literacy strategies and content to support learners with Specific Learning Difficulties, presented by Scanning Pens Australia next Wednesday, 19th May at 4pm.

Assessment and treatment approaches for children with reading and spelling difficulties

WHEN: Time and date to be confirmed

1 January 1970

One of Macquarie University Reading Clinic's most popular and highly-rated workshops presented by Clinic Director Associate Professor Saskia Kohnen is now being offered as a two-day series online workshop in April 2021.

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.
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