School Essentials Series
Professional learning for your whole team
The SPELD NSW Schools Essential Series are a set of Professional Learning modules that focus on developing teacher discipline knowledge in literacy and numeracy, bridging the gap between contemporary research and pedagogy and supporting teachers in adopting evidence-based instruction that leads to best outcomes for ALL students, including those with Specific Learning Disorders such as Dyslexia, Dysgraphia and Dyscalculia.
Each series is themed and targeted at a specific area of learning: Literacy, Writing, Mathematics, Specific Learning Difficulties. The workshops are carefully designed to provide robust and deep learning across each series, however, each workshop can be taken as individual Professional Learning courses.
Tailor your training
We can visit your school to deliver professional learning to classroom teachers, learning and support teams and principals. The School Essentials Series gives you an opportunity to offer professional learning to a larger group of teachers, your whole school or region for maximum impact and cost effectiveness.
Literacy Essentials bridges the gap between contemporary research and classroom practice to help teachers engage in evidence-based reading and writing instruction that supports ALL children in achieving literacy success. In this series you will learn about: the simple view of reading, cognitive processes involved in reading and writing: oral language development, phonemic awareness, phonics, decodable readers, spelling, syntax. and how to support ideation through careful scaffolding and planning.
Effective Reading Instruction for All
The contemporary understanding of how we learn to read is fascinating as much as it is insightful. Informed by the latest, robust research from the domains of cognitive science, linguistics and neuroscience, Effective Reading Instruction for All looks at how we can critically evaluate classroom practice and implement evidence-based, systematic and explicit reading instruction for all students in our classrooms
Why is phonics important and how can you teach it effectively? This course helps you develop some core understanding of linguistics behind systematic synthetic phonics instruction. You will learn the difference between a phoneme, a grapheme, a diagraph and a blend and how to analyse sound-spelling correspondences. We 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.
Using Decodable Texts
Using Decodable Texts in the classroom, helps you understand the important role that decodable texts play in teaching students to read. We explore how decodable texts fit into the simple view of reading and reduce cognitive load in beginning readers as they develop reading skills. You will understand how to choose appropriate decodable readers for your students, how to differentiate with decodable texts and use decodable texts as a part of your broader literacy programs.
From Words to Wonder: Developing children’s vocabularies
Oral language is the foundation for literacy development. In this workshop, we explore how a deeper understanding of oral language development provides the foundation for reading and writing skills. 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.
Spell Check Please! Developing Confident Spellers
Learning to spell is a complex task that requires a deep knowledge of how the English language works and an understanding of processes involved in getting those words onto the page. In this course, we look at what we need to teach children about words structures and just as importantly, how we teach children to approach unknown and novel words in their writing. You will walk away with some great strategies and a framework for explicit teaching of spelling.
Learning Difficulties Essentials
Learning difficulties Essentials is for every teacher. These workshops look at understanding the cognitive principles of how we learn and why some children have difficulties with literacy and numeracy. In this series you will learn about: How to identify specific learning difficulties, how systematic, explicit instruction can support students with learning difficulties and how to best make adjustments to support all students achieving success at school.
Understanding Specific Learning Difficulties
What are they and what can we do to support children who struggle with reading, writing and Maths?
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. Understanding how to identify the signs of these specific learning difficulties and how to support reading and spelling development through targeted instruction is explored.
Success for all learners: adjustments for students with Specific Learning Difficulties
Ensuring that all students can actively and successfully engage with the curriculum is an ethical and legal requirement of which schools and teachers need to be aware. 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.