If you have found this section of Alphability, you are interested in supporting your neurodiverse students more effectively or you are concerned about the increasing low literacy levels in your school. As a consultant, I can provide professional learning or form a partnership to audit current practices.
Presented in the form of an in-person slides presentation, on-line webinar or workshop, professional learning for your staff is tailored to the current needs and prior knowledge. Some options include:
As part of a partnership with your school, Alphability offers to mentor teachers, learning support assistants or other staff with how to support children they are working with who have learning difficulties, diagnosed or undiagnosed.
Over a term or several weeks, the audit involves professional observations of classes, policies, resources and programs to provide effective and constructive feedback to better support students with learning difficulties.
Over a term or a semester, this partnership involves the audit (regular professional observations of classes, policies, resources and programs) and further support to teaching teams or faculties on how to write programs, assessments and class activities that are Dyslexia friendly and differentiated across the needs within the specific areas. Formal professional learning opportunities can be included in this package.
Hear from leading neuroscientist, Stanislas Dehaene, about how our brains work to read and the importance of effective instruction.
Ollie Lovell, author of 'Cognitive Load Theory in Action', introduces the theory through an example of a lesson on the periodic table.
Learn about direct, explicit instruction, which is critical for students with learning difficulties.
Learn about universal design from CAST and how to design lessons that meet the needs of all children, including those with learning difficulties.
Based in the Science of Reading and the latest research, consider re-thinking your guided reading time.
If the literacy data in your school is showing effective, evidence-based change is needed or you are noticing more children with learning difficulties or sLD, contact me to see how I could support your staff and school meet the needs of all children and see positive growth.