Literacy and Numeracy

Developing Functional Literacy Skills – Inclusive Education Planning

This workshop outlines how to teach functional literacy skills required for day-to-day living, independence and quality of life.

  • What do we mean when we talk about functional literacy (e.g. shopping lists, community signs, menus, and recipes)?
  • When should the focus shift from academic literacy to more functional literacy?
  •  How can we teach literacy, especially to students where typically teaching strategies haven't been successful ?
  •  What are important components of teaching literacy according to the research?
  • Why is fluency just as important as accuracy?

Suitable for: Special education, junior primary, primary, secondary educators and assistants as well as parents and other professionals.

Online Discussion Group: Reading and Writing the Four-Blocks Way – Inclusive Education Planning

This is an online discussion on the seminal text 'Children with Disabilities: Reading and Writing the Four Blocks Way'. The online discussion will explore the Four- Blocks Framework of guided reading, self-selected reading, writing and working with words. The Four Blocks Framework is a research-based, comprehensive approach to literacy that incorporates systematic phonics while supporting fluency, comprehension and motivation to read and write.

Speech and Language: The Building Blocks for Literacy Success – Inclusive Education Planning

This workshop is presented by speech pathologists on the critical link between speech, language and literacy. The presenters of this workshop are Eilis and Lauren, speech pathologists from SPOT Paediatrics at Seacombe Gardens in South Australia. They will share the importance of, and inter-relationship between speech, language and literacy. The following key areas will be discussed:

  • The relationship between speech, language and literacy.
  • What is speech? Why do we need it for literacy
  • What is language? Why do we need it for literacy
  •  Language Comprehension
  •  Phonological Awareness
  • What is Synthetic Systematic Phonics?
  • Practical strategies for the classroom
  • Special populations
    • Dyslexia (what to look for, how to help)
    • Children with additional needs (Language Disorder, ID, ASD, CCN)
  • Group discussion/activity/feedback

Suitable for: Special education, early childhood, junior primary, primary, secondary educators, including assistants, and parents.

Literacy and numeracy: The neuroscience of learning – Learning 4 All

Presented by Dr Donna Nitschke, Teacher and Educational Neuroscientist. This workshop is intended for all school staff working with students or involved in planning, program or policy development for literacy and numeracy development. The workshop will provide information about: how the brain approaches reading, including considerations of dyslexia and hyperlexia; the range of reading intervention programs currently available which use neuroscience research as a basis; how the brain approaches mathematics with particular emphasis on the Big Ideas in Number and Professor Di Siemon’s work; recommended approaches to teaching aspects of Number with special consideration for building multiplicative thinking.

Suitable for: All staff in primary schools including school and curriculum leaders, classroom teachers, special education coordinators, and school assistants.