Professional Learning

Are you a teacher, tutor, speech pathologist or psychologist looking for professional learning opportunities? SPELD NSW provides professional learning for teachers and professionals who work with students with specific learning difficulties or who are interested in evidence-based literacy and numeracy instruction.     

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.  

In response to the impact of COVID-19 in our community, SPELD NSW is currently offering online professional learning.  You can also register your interest in future professional learning workshops and to receive updates from SPELD NSW.

YARC On-Demand Webinars

WHEN: Time and date to be confirmed

5 May 2020

Gain greater confidence and competence in administering YARC, interpreting results and intervention planning with these on-demand webinars.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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 – Using Decodable Texts in your Classroom

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 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.
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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

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.

Interesting Community Events

Macquarie Uni Term 4 Webinars: Anxiety and Working Memory

WHEN: Time and date to be confirmed

1 January 1970

Macquarie University's final two zoom workshops for Term 4 will be in November 2020. Anxiety in poor readers: Evidence, assessment, and intervention on 9th November and Working memory and reading difficulties on 25th November.

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.

Decodable phonics-based reading online events for NSW Teachers

WHEN: Time and date to be confirmed

1 January 1970

Two webinars from Oxford University Press exploring decodable phonics-based reading. 28 October for NSW educators in preparation for the Phonics Screening Check and 11 November for all Australian educators to learn more about Oxford's decodable phonics-based reading texts.

Learning Links Webinars for teachers – Term 3 & 4, 2020

WHEN: Time and date to be confirmed

1 January 1970

Learning Links have a range of upcoming webinars and NESA Accredited online workshops in Terms 3 and 4, to empower teachers in primary and high schools to improve the outcomes of students with learning difficulties.

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 27 October 2020. 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.

4th Annual Reading League Conference (online)

WHEN: Time and date to be confirmed

1 January 1970

TRL's 4th Annual Conference will be held online, starting 27 October 2020. This years topic is The Science of Reading: Now More Than Ever. See 2 Keynote and 18 breakout presentations, all will be be recorded to watch later. $99 USD.
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