Term 1 2020

 

SPELD SA Workshops

Unless otherwise stated, all sessions will be held at SPELD SA, 298 Portrush Road, Kensington.

You are advised to book early. Courses with few enrolments may be cancelled at our discretion and rescheduled or refunded. Registration cancellations will attract a 20% fee. No refund is provided for cancellations within 2 weeks of the relevant workshop.

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Course fees include GST.


Term 1, 2020

Date, Time, Venue
Topic, Reference #
Presenter
Price
January 2020
Tues 21st - Fri 24th Jan
9.00am - 3.30pm
Registration from 8:30am
 
SPELD SA
 
Morning tea and lunch provided.

Sounds~Write 4 day workshop: Ref 210120

 

Sounds-Write is an evidence-based phonics program utilising an exciting and highly successful approach to the teaching of reading, spelling and writing.

This four day intensive course offers an instructional method that is structured, cumulative, sequential and explicit; all of which are strongly recommended for teaching children to read and spell.

It places emphasis on providing practice that is grounded in physical, concrete experience of the skills and conceptual understanding that students need to assimilate.

Sounds-Write is developmentally appropriate for beginning readers in foundation, Year 1 and Year 2, and also offers fast and highly effective intervention for children at all year levels who have fallen behind in their reading and spelling from year 3 onward.

Kim Bloor,
Educational and Developmental Psychologist

Tutor/ft student $600
Member $800
Non-member $860

 

Please download and complete registration form and email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

February 2020
Sat 1st Feb
9.30am-12.00pm
SPELD SA

Getting Started as a SPELD SA Tutor - the problems students have and how to help: Ref 010220

 

For beginning tutors joining the SPELD SA register.

Kerry Williams,
SPELD SA Tutor Coordinator
Tutors $25
 
Mon 3rd Feb
6.30-8.30pm
SPELD SA

Information evening for parents: Dyslexia - what it is and how to help (No Certificate): Ref 030220

 

This session looks at the problems encountered by students with dyslexia and the ways in which they can be assisted.

For parents of school-aged children.
Sandy Russo,
Director, SPELD SA
No charge – Please download and complete registration form and email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
 
Sat 8th Feb
Registration 9am
9.30 am- noon
SPELD SA

Session 1: Jolly Phonics – How to get started? Hands-on (2½ hours) Ref 080220am

 

A practical look at how to introduce the main 42 sounds of English in a student’s first term at school. Includes: lesson plans, programming and assessment; a look at available commercial aids; how to make/download resources; get both continuity and variety into lessons; use computers/IWB to help. All participants provided with a CD of free resources.

For teachers, parents, paraprofessionals

Michelle Fraser,

JP teacher and Accredited Jolly Phonics Trainer

Tutor/ft student $45 
Member $90
Non-member $110

 
Sat 8th Feb
Registration 12.30pm
1.00pm- 3.30 pm
SPELD SA
Session 2: Jolly Phonics – So they know the sounds. What next? Hands-on (2 ½ hours) Ref 080220pm
 
Prerequisite: Jolly Phonics – How to get started
 
A very practical look at how to continue with Jolly Phonics for the rest of the reception year. How to:
  • Develop reading and writing skills
  • Introduce alternative spellings
  • Manage progressive intakes of new students
  • Design lessons for students at different stages of development
  • Use computers or IWBs as an integral part of the program
Includes lesson plans, making your own aids, a look at available commercial materials, free downloads. All participants provided with a CD of free resources.
For teachers, paraprofessionals, parents

Michelle Fraser,

JP teacher and Accredited Jolly Phonics Trainer

Tutor/ft student $45 
Member $90
Non-member $110

 
Mon 10th Feb
6-00pm-8.00pm
SPELD SA

Dyslexia and other learning disorders: Introductory Seminar: Ref 100220

This seminar provides information about different learning and behavioural disorders. There is a particular focus on dyslexia.
For new tutors, teachers, parents, SSOs and other interested people.

Sandy Russo,
Director, SPELD SA
Tutor/ft student $35 
Member $70
Non-member $90

 
Sat 15th Feb
Registration 9am
9.30 am- noon
SPELD SA

Session 1: Jolly Phonics – How to get started? Hands-on (2½ hours) Ref 150220am

 

A practical look at how to introduce the main 42 sounds of English in a student’s first term at school. Includes: lesson plans, programming and assessment; a look at available commercial aids; how to make/download resources; get both continuity and variety into lessons; use computers/IWB to help. All participants provided with a CD of free resources.

For teachers, parents, paraprofessionals

Michelle Fraser,

JP teacher and Accredited Jolly Phonics Trainer

Tutor/ft student $45 
Member $90
Non-member $110

 
Sat 15th Feb
Registration 12.30pm
1.00pm- 3.30 pm
SPELD SA
Session 2: Jolly Phonics – So they know the sounds. What next? Hands-on (2 ½ hours) Ref 150220pm
Prerequisite: Jolly Phonics – How to get started
A very practical look at how to continue with Jolly Phonics for the rest of the reception year. How to:
  • Develop reading and writing skills
  • Introduce alternative spellings
  • Manage progressive intakes of new students
  • Design lessons for students at different stages of development
  • Use computers or IWBs as an integral part of the program
Includes lesson plans, making your own aids, a look at available commercial materials, free downloads. All participants provided with a CD of free resources.
For teachers, paraprofessionals, parents

Michelle Fraser,

JP teacher and Accredited Jolly Phonics Trainer

Tutor/ft student $45 
Member $90
Non-member $110

 
Wed 19th Feb
6.00-8.00pm
SPELD SA

Differentiating the Curriculum for Upper Primary and High School Students - reading tasks: Ref 190220

This session looks at the types of difficulties students with specific learning difficulties experience in the classroom and explores a range of ways to differentiate reading tasks during the palnning stage, in everyday lessons and for homework tasks .

 

For teachers, spec. ed. teachers & SSOs of students in years 6-12.

Sandy Russo,
Director, SPELD SA
Tutor/ft student $35 
Member $70
Non-member $90

 
Thursday - Friday
20 - 21 February 2020
9:00 am - 3:30 pm
Registration 8:30am
Morning Tea & Lunch Provided
SPELD SA

Talk for Writing - 2 Day Workshop: Ref 200220

Talk for Writing: An evidence-based approach for teaching written expression

This two-day workshop offers teachers an overview of the T4W approach and provides opportunities for hands-on participation in the steps of this exceptionally effective instructional approach. 

TBA
SPELD SA

Tutor/FT student $200
Member $300
Non-member $350

 

Tues 25th Feb
6:00 - 8:00 pm
SPELD SA

Resilience and Self-esteem: Ref 250220

Brain research clearly shows that negative emotions, such as anxiety, anger and depression, place us in a state of alert - fight or flight – hindering us from learning. We all need to be comfortable, relaxed and confident to focus and learn.

 

This practical workshop through the use of a range of interactive activities provides participants with the means to equip children with the strategies to develop positive self-esteem, resilience and a growth mindset.

 

These aim to enable them to overcome obstacles, meet challenges assuredly, feel included and happy, and continually learn, developing into calm, optimistic and self-assured young people.

 

For parents, tutors, teachers and SSOs - pre-schoolers to year 7.

Jan Daly,
Special Education Consultant

Tutor/FT student $35
Member $70
Non-member $90

 

Thurs 27th Feb
6:00 - 8:00 pm
SPELD SA
Software sampler session: Ref 270220
 
Come and look at some of the best assistive and remedial software for students (all ages) who have difficulties in literacy and numeracy, such as: Dragon Naturally Speaking, TextHELP, Textease, Wordshark, Numbershark, Fitzroy Readers, selected free programs.
 
For teachers, SSOs, tutors, Student teachers, parents
Sandy Russo,
Director, SPELD SA
Tutor/ft student $35 
Member $70
Non-member $90

 
Sat 29th Feb

Registration 9.00am
9.30am - noon
 

SPELD SA

 

Session 3: Jolly Grammar -Spelling Focus (2½ hours) Ref 290220am

Prerequisite: Jolly Phonics – Session 1 & 2 or an in depth knowledge of synthetic phonics.
Covers grammar content in the Jolly Grammar Handbooks 1-5

 

As the teaching of spelling moves towards systematic teaching of conventions and generalisations enabling students to apply knowledge to an ever increasing number of words, it should be an exercise in logic and problem solving where students take risks and have a go. This is a practical workshop focussing on:

 

What to teach, how to teach it, programing, assessment, grouping, how to add variety and interaction and keep students engaged and on task.

 

For teachers, SSO's, paraprofessionals, tutors, student teachers, parents years 1-7

Michelle Fraser, JP teacher and accredited Jolly Phonics trainer

Tutor/ft student $45 

Member $90
Non-member $110

 

Download registration form

 

If doing both sessions please bring lunch.
Morning tea provided
.

Sat 29th Feb
Registration 12.30pm
1.00pm -  3.30pm
 

SPELD SA

 

Session 4: Jolly Grammar - Grammar Focus (2½ hours) Ref 29pm

Prerequisite: Jolly Phonics – Session 1 & 2, Jolly Grammar - Spelling Focus. Covers grammar content in the Jolly Grammar Handbooks 1-5

 

Good grammar teaching should be systematic and sequential. This workshop explores ways to put excitement and activity into the more complex aspects of Jolly Grammar. Take away practical activities you can apply in your classroom tomorrow.

 

For teachers, SSO's, paraprofessionals, tutors, student teachers, parents years 1-7

Michelle Fraser, JP teacher and accredited Jolly Phonics trainer Tutor/ft student $45 

Member $90
Non-member $110

 

Download registration form

 

If doing both sessions please bring lunch.
Morning tea provided
.

March 2020
Mon 2nd Mar
6.00 - 8.00 pm
SPELD SA
Phonological Awareness: Ref 020320

Phonological awareness, a crucial precursor to reading, requires explicit teaching, daily exposure, and practice. this hands-on workshop examines phonological awareness and its underlying relationship to and importance in the development of literacy.

Through interactive activities, attendees will explore phonological patterns (such as onset rime, rhyme, syllabification, etc) and examine a range of motivating learning games and tasks.

For parents, teachers, spec. ed. teachers, and SSOs years R-12

Sandy Russo,
Director, SPELD SA

Tutor/ft student $35
Member $70
Non-member $90

 

Tues 3rd Mar
6.30pm - 8.30pm
SPELD SA

Teaching a child (4-6 years) to read and write: Parent Session: Ref 030320

 

This hands-on workshop shows parents how they can help their children develop strong foundation skills for reading and writing. Participants take part in a range of engaging activities that can be incorporated into a 10-minute-a-day routine at home.

For parents of 4, 5 and 6 year olds

Frances Scobie,

Jolly Phonics Trainer

No charge – Please download and complete registration form and email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Tues 10th Mar
Registration 8.30am
9.00am - 3.30pm
Venue TBA

Removing Barriers to Understanding Number: Ref 100320

This one-day workshop will look at the common barriers to understanding number and what we can do to help children overcome these barriers. It will explore mathematical language, symbols, and conventions as well as looking at how our attitude to maths can also be a barrier.

Common areas of difficulty such as fractions and place value will be explored as well as how to use concrete manipulatives to develop conceptual understanding. There will be plenty of practical activities and ideas to help overcome these barriers. The workshop is aimed at the primary sector but will also be useful for secondary teachers.

Judy Hornigold, BSc, PGCSpE, AMBDA, FHEA
Associate Tutor, British Dyslexia Association
Tutor/ft student $190
Member $225
Non-member $265

Wed 11th Mar
Registration 8.30am
9.00am - 3.30pm
Venue TBA

Conference: Singapore Maths: Ref 110320

 

This one-day workshop will explore how the Singapore approach to teaching maths is effective and how it can meet the needs of children who are struggling with maths. The day will focus on the five core elements of the Singapore Approach.

These five core elements are metacognition, visualisation, number sense, generalisation, and communication. Each will be explored together with practical strategies such as bar modelling, the use of ten frames, Cuisenaire rods, and other appropriate manipulatives.

The workshop will be very hands-on with plenty of practical ideas and activities, and will be suitable for anyone who works with children experiencing difficulties in maths. It will address both primary and secondary phases.

Judy Hornigold, BSc, PGCSpE, AMBDA, FHEA
Associate Tutor, British Dyslexia Association
Tutor/ft student $190
Member $225
Non-member $265

 

Dyslexia: How to recognise and accommodate Junior Primary and Primary students in the classroom: Ref 190320

This session explores the common features of dyslexia, reviews specialist methods for teaching dyslexic students, and details effective strategies for accommodating them in the junior primary and primary school classroom.

For R-7 teachers.

Sandy Russo,
Director, SPELD SA

Tutor/ft student $35
Member $70
Non-member $90

 

Sat 21st Mar
9.30 am - 12.30 pm
SPELD SA

The Spelling Rules Program: Ref 210320

The Spelling Rules Program can be used with children as young as six, right up to adults who do not feel confident with spelling. In fact, it is an excellent way to provide support to anyone who struggles with spelling.

 

Every participant will be provided their own Spelling Case for use during the workshop (a case that has magnetic letters, whiteboards, marker, and eraser). It is designed for a teacher/leader to use with a large group of students, or just with one person. It is also possible for adults to use the program to teach themselves how to use spelling rules. These will be available for purchase at the end of the Workshop.

For class teachers, spec. ed teachers & SSOs

Sharona Edwards,
Teacher and Literacy Coach

Tutor/ft student $45
Member $90
Non-member $110

 

Wed 25th Mar
6.00 - 8.00 pm
SPELD SA

Exploring Decodable Readers: Ref 250320

Learn how decodable readers support an explicit synthetic phonics approach to literacy. This workshop will showcase the various decodable readers available for early primary through to those targeting older teenagers.

We will explore how to locate the right readers using a progression chart and look at the many paired resources available such as workbooks, websites, and apps.

Kerry Williams,
SPELD SA Tutor Coordinator

Tutor/ft student $45
Member $90
Non-member $110

 

Thurs 26th Mar
Registration 8:30 am
9.00 am - 3.30 pm
SPELD SA
WORKSHOP FULL

Seminar: Higher Performing Students, through the implementation of evidence-based literacy instruction: Ref 260320

This seminar will explore the characteristics of high performing schools, and will focus on effective explicit literacy instruction in conjunction with time efficient tracking.

It will also outline and demonstrate some of the Promoting Literacy Development programs, as well as looking at how other teaching materials might be used. Every person who registers will receive a copy of PLD's "The Phonic Sight Word Sequence"

Diana Rigg
Educator and Speech Pathologist, Director of PLD: Promoting Literacy Development

Tutor/ft student $150
Member $180
Non-member $225

WORKSHOP FULL

April 2020
Thurs 2nd Apr
6:30 – 8:00pm
SPELD SA

Supporting Success in high school (no certificate): Ref 020420

This workshop will introduce parents to strategies for supporting their child with learning difficulties. This will include choosing an appropriate school, advocating for their child, attending personalised learning plan meetings, utilising technology, and assisting with homework.

 

For parents of children with learning difficulties.

Kerry Williams,
Teacher

Member $20
Non-member $30

 

Tues 21st - Fri 24th Apr
9.00am - 3.30pm
Registration from 8:30am
 
SPELD SA
 
Morning tea and lunch provided.

Sounds~Write 4 day workshop: Ref 210420

 

Sounds-Write is an evidence-based phonics program utilising an exciting and highly successful approach to the teaching of reading, spelling and writing.

This four day intensive course offers an instructional method that is structured, cumulative, sequential and explicit; all of which are strongly recommended for teaching children to read and spell.

It places emphasis on providing practice that is grounded in physical, concrete experience of the skills and conceptual understanding that students need to assimilate.

Sounds-Write is developmentally appropriate for beginning readers in foundation, Year 1 and Year 2, and also offers fast and highly effective intervention for children at all year levels who have fallen behind in their reading and spelling from year 3 onward.

Kim Bloor,
Educational and Developmental Psychologist

Tutor/ft student $600
Member $800
Non-member $860

 

Please download and complete registration form and email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

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