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Please join / renew for 2015

Being an up to date member of Specific Learning Difficulties (SPELD) NSW means that you are adding your voice to those who have specific learning difficulties. Your membership fees are important to our organisation as they help to provide valuable FREE Referral Services by qualified staff to those who need help and guidance in either/or Professionals or…

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Reading Recovery and the Failure of the N.Z. Literacy Strategy

Presented by University of Sydney, SPELD NSW and LDA Australia. For Principals, Teachers and Learning Support Staff. 3rd Sept. 2014 from 3.30pm at University of Sydney, Faculty of Education. This presentation summarises arguments and evidence showing that New Zealand’s National Literacy Strategy has failed and the role of Reading Recovery in contributing to that failure….

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Explicit Instruction Workshop with Dr Lorraine Hammond – Parramatta – 14th August

Friday, 14th August 2015 From 8.15 am to 3.30pm Parramatta R.S.L. Professional Development Workshop with Dr Lorraine Hammond What is Explicit Instruction? A Practical Guide Outline: Currently, many schools across Australia are taking up and instruction-centred approach called Explicit Teaching. Some of these high performing schools have been featured in the media and in reports…

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Teachers needed for Vocab. study with Sydney Uni.

There are many ways to teach children new words. We want to know YOUR EXPERIENCE with the delivery of vocabulary instruction with primary school children. CLICK HERE to download the PDF Flyer Includes: What is the study about?, Why take part in this study? and What will it involve?   Conducted by The University of…

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Two New Books – Understanding Learning Difficulties and The Aust. Dyslexia Learning Difference Handbook 2014

Understanding Learning Difficulties: A practical guide – $60.00 This booklet, in conjunction with the enclosed CD, is designed to provide principals, teachers and school psychologists throughout Australia, with a greater awareness and understanding of the significant impact learning disabilities can have on students, and to outline the most effective remediation and accommodation strategies available to…

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More upcoming professional development events for teachers

New Professional Development Days for Teachers announced. Friday, 6th June 2014 – Essential Knowledge for Teaching and Assessing Reading – Putting theory into practice on how children learn to read. Workshops presented by Rhonda Filmer and Walter Howe. Friday 25 July 2014 – “Talk for Writing” with Pie Corbett* – Effective instruction in persuasive, informative and…

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New Parent Workshop, how to teach reading to the struggling child.

Announcing a new PARENT WORKSHOP hosted by Becky Bailey, Teacher and Dyslexia Specialist. Cant’ Read, Won’t Read! – How to teach reading to the struggling child. Wed, 28th May 2014 – 7PM at the SPELD NSW Concord Office. This workshop focuses on practical strategies to get children reading. It looks at how to restart the…

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Norma Cowper’s Scholarship

A Literacy Legacy Published: 28/11/2013 It is with great pleasure that we announce the recipient of the Norma Cowper Scholarship for travel and accommodation costs to attend the 2014 Teachers’ Certificate Course. Lyn Maxwell is from the Albury/Wodonga area and has been a Learning Support Teacher for 8 years. We thank Stan Cowper for his…