“The best designed assessment with the most reliable and valid measurement administered by the best trained assessor won’t change a child’s reading trajectory…unless someone in the child’s life does something different.”

—Rathvon, N. (2008). Effective school interventions. Strategies for enhancing academic achievement and social competence. (2nd edition). New York: The Guilford Press.

What is Structured Literacy?

In addition to teaching decoding skills explicitly and systematically, a Structured Literacy approach ensures that students understand the elements of language, including phonology, orthography, morphology, syntax, and semantics. While this approach is beneficial for all students, it is vital for those with dyslexia.

In response to Connecticut’s recent SLD/Dyslexia legislation, this 30-hour professional development series was designed for special education teachers, reading interventionists, and any staff who work with struggling readers.

Expert Teaching is the Treatment for Students with SLD/Dyslexia

The series will be offered in Fall and Spring. Each session is from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm.

Register today! Seating is limited.

Click here to register for
Fall 2017 Structured Literacy series.
All five sessions are required.

 

Click here to register for
Spring 2018 Structured Literacy series.
All five sessions are required.

Oral Language at the Core: The Relationship between Language and Literacy

Language skills are the foundation of all learning and are directly related to reading and writing. Learn how to engage your students in active listening and rich, lively conversations throughout the day. These techniques will ensure that students have many opportunities to orally rehearse in order to achieve academic success.

Fall Series: Monday, September 18, 2017 (Energize CT Center, North Haven, CT)
Spring Series: Thursday, January 18, 2018 (Literacy How, North Haven, CT)

Phonological Processing and its Relationship to Reading and Reading Difficulties

Most students with word recognition difficulties struggle with one or more skills related to the phonological aspect of language. Understand how to assess various aspects of phonological processing and learn ways to engage children in key instructional strategies and activities that teach these essential skills.

Fall Series: Thursday, October 26, 2017 (Energize CT Center, North Haven, CT)
Spring Series: Thursday, February 8, 2018 (Energize CT Center, North Haven, CT)

Know the Code: Explicit, Systematic, Differentiated Phonics Instruction

Students use their phonemic awareness skills to learn how sounds map onto letters – the alphabetic principle. This insight launches phonics instruction that necessitates teaching decoding and encoding as reciprocal skills. Learn how to use words sorts, phoneme/grapheme mapping, syllable inspectors and more to engage your students in learning these foundational skills.

Fall Series: Monday, November 13, 2017 (Energize CT Center, North Haven, CT)
Spring Series: Thursday, March 8, 2018 (Energize CT Center, North Haven, CT)

Grammar: The Building Blocks of Sentences

Many children with comprehension problems have difficulty understanding sentences. Students must learn the function of the words in sentences and how their arrangement changes meaning. Learn engaging ways to improve students’ ability to speak, read and write different types of sentences with a variety of structures.

Fall Series: Wednesday, December 13, 2017 (Energize CT Center, North Haven, CT)
Spring Series: Thursday, April 5, 2018 (Energize CT Center, North Haven, CT)

Text Comprehension and Writing

Reading comprehension and written expression are reciprocal skills—that is, they are interdependent and so they are best taught together. Whether students have strong comprehension skills or not, all benefit from explicit instruction in writing. Learn ways to integrate comprehension and writing instruction, building on the first four workshops in the series.

Fall Series: Thursday, January 11, 2018 (Energize CT Center, North Haven, CT)
Spring Series: Thursday, May 3, 2018 (Energize CT Center, North Haven, CT)

Snow/makeup dates:
Fall Series: Tuesday, January 23, 2018 (Literacy How, North Haven)
Spring Series: Thursday, May 10, 2018 (Literacy How, North Haven)

Cost:

5-session series: $825/person (includes all materials).
For school teams of three or more, $750/person for 5-session series (includes all materials).

The Energize CT Center is conveniently located at 122 Universal Dr N, North Haven, CT 06473.
Participants can purchase lunch from any of the many area restaurants or bring their own.

Register today! Seating is limited.

Click here to register for
Fall 2017 Structured Literacy series.
All five sessions are required

Click here to register for
Spring 2018 Structured Literacy series.
All five sessions are required.

Interested in learning more?

Call our office at 203-239-7323 (READ) to discuss how we can work together.

Download the Structured Literacy PD flyer to print and share.