REGISTER FOR OUR SPECIAL WEBINAR TRAINING SESSION:

THE SCIENCE OF READING (SOR):

MAKING SENSE OF THE RESEARCH AND THE PRACTICE

THURSDAY, 8th AUGUST, 2024

* This 1.5-hour, recorded webinar will be available for viewing on this day (with access for 7 days)

IN CASE YOU HAVEN’T HEARD, THE ‘READING WARS’ HAVE BEEN SPARKED AGAIN 

If you’re someone who has an interest in teaching reading or literacy, then you may have already heard about the ongoing, recent controversies surrounding reading instruction in the US. Leveled readers, Balanced Literacy, and specific approaches and programs like, ‘Guided Reading’ and ‘Reading Recovery,’ are being done away with in many States. Policy makers claim they are not evidenced-based and have been contributing to poor student achievement for decades. Many are claiming that schools have not been applying phonics effectively and that teacher training in reading has been poor. Several states have black-listed specific reading programs and approaches like ‘balanced literacy;’ while mandating a selection of approved publishers and programs. This controversy has also trickled over into other countries and school systems around the world.

What does this mean for you? Should you throw out your leveled readers? Is the Science of Reading (SOR) a new program you need to purchase? Should you focus on phonics if you want your students to be excellent readers? How should you teach reading to your students and especially, your bilingual and multilingual learners (BMLs)? 

This 90-minute webinar will cover both the confusion and the facts around the Science of Reading.

At its core, the push for more scientific or evidenced-based literacy approaches seem ideal. However, many specialists understand the complexities and underlying reasons why reading scores can be low, and it’s not always because of the way reading is taught or the materials that are used. In many cases, reading scores reflect inequities within education systems themselves – a contributing issue in many contexts, especially within the US context. We will sort through SoR through the lens of international educators and literacy/educational consultants.

Delving into key issues related to SOR, this webinar will address common talking points, as well as provide suggested (newer) approaches for teaching reading by respected experts.

This webinar will be led by Alison Schofield and Francesca McGeary, literacy specialists and educational consultants. They will provide an international perspective, looking at different countries and their approaches to reading. As well, they will share their own tried-and-true (and SOR approved!) methods for teaching reading to learners and BMLs of all ages. They will also share their keys to student achievement in reading and literacy; showing practically how to consistently implement all the SOR ‘pillars’ of reading.

Individuals will receive a resource package with checklists, tools and strategies designed for a variety of age groups and departments.

Please note, this is a paid webinar (£40/$50 USD) and a certificate will be provided for those who watch the webinar and then complete a short quiz.

 

REGISTER FOR THIS 90 MINUTE PRE-RECORDED WEBINAR TO GAIN A FIRM UNDERSTANDING AND A PRACTICAL WAY FORWARD WITH THE SCIENCE OF READING.

Who Should Attend? This webinar is ideal for school leaders and teachers of all kinds.


What else you can expect to learn in this

90-minute webinar training:

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What the Science of Reading is and what it is not

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Learn what’s new and what’s different

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How you really CAN get good results by implementing the ‘5 Pillars’ of the SOR

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You will learn practical tips and strategies for teaching reading to learners of all ages and stages 

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Learn the TOP 3 mistakes we see schools making when it comes to reading instruction

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Create an implementation plan that wil helpl get results for your school or department

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Listen to a Q&A of teachers’ burning questions

This webinar is led by our Co-Founders – authors and educational experts, Francesca McGeary and Alison Schofield. Both Alison and Francesca developed and ran the ‘LIP’ or Literacy Intervention Program in Dubai, UAE for over 10 years. Their approaches helped over 1,000 children learn to read and write in their short-term, intensive, 4-week program. They now share strategies and help teachers master key foundations for teaching literacy within their courses, coaching and training initiatives. 

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