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					                                     Professional Learning Calendar
                                            Semester 1 2010
Date             Time         Event Description                                                        Presenter/s
                                                        January
Mon 18th         9.00am       DSF opens for 2010                                                       N/A
January
                              Opening hours 9.00am to 4.00pm Monday to Friday

                                                       February
       rd
Wed 3            7.00pm to    Free Information Evening                                                 Kelly Fullarton
February         8.30pm                                                                                DSF Psychologist
                              Open to the public. Information on services and support provided by
                              DSF regarding Dyslexia and other learning disabilities.
Tues 16th        4.00pm to    Free Program Presentation: Kitehawk Learning Spelling                    Mark Nevill
February         5.30pm       Program                                                                  Program Author

                              A presentation outlining this effective structured spelling program
                              developed in Western Australia.
Friday 19th      10.00am to   Free Event: DSF Bookshop Open Day                                        Lorna Shorthouse
February         3.00pm                                                                                Bookshop Coordinator
                              Come on down to DSF and browse our selection of excellent literacy
                              and numeracy resources and try out our computer programs for sale
                              from our bookshop.
Mon 22nd         9.30am to    Parent Workshop: Effective Communication with your Child’s               Gemma Boyle and
February         12.00pm      School.                                                                  Sarah Crawford
                                                                                                       DSF Psychologists
                              A parent workshop which focuses on practical strategies for
                              interacting with those involved in your child’s education.
Wed 24th         9.00am to    Assessing and Responding to Learning Disabilities                        Mandy Nayton
February         3.30pm                                                                                DSF Exec. Officer
                              A workshop for school psychologists.
            th
Thurs 25         9.00am to    The Hickey Multi-Sensory Language Course (Part 1)                        Gemma Boyle
February         3.30pm                                                                                DSF Psychologist
                              A full day practical workshop outlining this effective remedial
                                                                                                       and
                              program. In this workshop participants will prepare for the first 30
                                                                                                       Kelly Fleming
                              sessions and will be provided with a number of appropriate resources.    DSF Tutor Manager
                                                         March
Tuesday 2nd      4.00pm to    WordShark 4                                                              Kelly Fullarton
March            6.00pm                                                                                DSF Psychologist
                              An excellent computer-based teaching resource for struggling
                              students – An interactive presentation of this evidence-based literacy
                              program (Max of 16).
Wed 3rd          7.00pm to    Free Information Evening                                                 Gemma Boyle
March            8.30pm                                                                                DSF Psychologist
                              Open to the public. Information on services and support provided by
                              DSF regarding Dyslexia and other learning disabilities.
Mon 8th          4.30pm to    Free Program Presentation: Jolly Phonics                                 Gemma Boyle
March            6.00pm                                                                                DSF Psychologist
                              A short introduction to this colourful and appealing multi-
                              sensory early literacy phonics program.
Thur 11th        4.00pm to    Improving Mathematical Literacy and Computational Fluency                Dr Paul Swan
March            6.30pm                                                                                Senior Lecturer and
                              Battling with the Basic Facts – a workshop on the fundamentals of
                                                                                                       Author
                              maths; addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.
                                    Professional Learning Calendar
                                           Semester 1 2010
Date          Time           Event Description                                                       Presenter/s
Friday 12th   9.00am to      Fabulous Phonics                                                        Mandy Nayton
March         3.30pm                                                                                 DSF Exec. Officer
                             A full-day course outlining effective phonics instruction from
                             phonemic awareness through to complex spelling patterns (synthetic
                             phonics). Essential knowledge for all pre-primary, primary and
                             increasing numbers of secondary teachers.

                                                March (continued)
         th
Mon 15        5.30pm to      Essay Writing Strategies for Teachers of Struggling Middle              Jenny Baker
March         8.30pm         School Students                                                         Speech Pathologist
                             Essential knowledge for all primary, secondary and remedial teachers.
                             This practical workshop will highlight a range of successful essay-
                             writing strategies trialled by well-known speech pathologist Jenny
                             Baker.
Wed 17th,     9.00am to      Individual and small group teaching of students with dyslexia           Mandy Nayton
Thur 18th,    3.30pm daily   and other SLDs (Three Day Course)                                       DSF Exec. Officer
Fri 19th
March                        Ideal for classroom teachers, LSCs, tutors & school psychologists.
                             This comprehensive course covers current findings of research into
                             learning disabilities, strategies for teaching students with learning
                             disabilities, information on psychological assessments and strategies
                             for remediation and accommodations.
Mon 22nd      4.00pm to      Dandelion Phonics Books                                                 Gemma Boyle
March         6.30pm         A presentation of the Dandelion synthetic phonic reading series and     DSF Psychologist
                             related resources and how to use them effectively. Suitable for
                             teaching literacy to students who are early learners through to those
                             up to the age of 14.
Tues 23rd     1.00pm to      Making Sense of Morphemes                                               Mandy Nayton
March         4.00pm         Words are made up of meaningful parts called morphemes and a            DSF Exec. Officer
                             knowledge of morphemes assists students with spelling, reading
                             comprehension and writing. In this workshop Latin, Greek and Anglo
                             Saxon morphemes will be examined and associated activities trialled.
                             A workshop for teachers of middle, upper primary and secondary
                             school students.
Wed 24th      4.00pm to      Beyond Books, Beyond Barriers:                                          David Voscanos
March         5.00pm                                                                                 Program Manager:
                             Developments in the Production of Digital Talking Books
                                                                                                     Information Systems
                             A short presentation on improvements in text to audio technology,       at Guide Dogs WA
                             featuring the DAISY format.
Mon 29th      7.00pm to      Handwriting Difficulties                                                Jo Glover
March         9.00pm         A discussion of contributing factors and practical classroom            Occupational
                             strategies.                                                             Therapist

Tues 30th     4.00pm to      Free Program Presentation: The Soundwaves Program                       Barbara Murray
March         5.30pm         Implementing a phonemic approach to teach writing, spelling and         Program Author
                             reading skills throughout the primary school. Soundwaves products
                             will be presented by the program author Barbara Murray.
                                                         April
Wed 7th       7.00pm to      Free Information Evening                                                Gemma Boyle
April         8.30pm         Open to the public. Information on services and support provided by     DSF Psychologist
                             DSF regarding Dyslexia and other learning disabilities.
                                    Professional Learning Calendar
                                           Semester 1 2010
Date            Time         Event Description                                                            Presenter/s
Tues 13th,      9.00am to    Changing the Future: Effective teaching of students at risk of               Mandy Nayton
Wed 14th,       3.30pm       literacy failure (4 day course)                                              DSF Exec. Officer
Thur 15th,                                                                                                and
                             Day 1 – How we learn literacy: The role of phonological awareness;
Fri 16th                                                                                                  Steve Heath
                             Day 2 – Writing down the sounds: Effective phonics instruction;
April                                                                                                     UWA Clinical and
                             Day 3 – When things go wrong. Using a metacognitive problem                  Research Psychologist
                             solving approach to literacy development;
                             Day 4 –Using morphology and grammatical knowledge to spell and
                             read: Meta-memory and reading fluency.


                                                         May
Wed 5th May     9.00am to    The Hickey Multi-Sensory Language Course (Part 1)                              Gemma Boyle
                3.30pm                                                                                      DSF Psychologist
                             A full day practical workshop outlining this effective remedial program.       and
                             In this workshop participants will prepare for the first 30 sessions and       Kelly Fleming
                             will be provided with a number of appropriate resources.                       DSF Tutor Manager
Wed 5th May     7.00pm to    Free Information Evening                                                       Mandy Nayton
                8.30pm                                                                                      DSF Exec. Officer
                             Open to the public. Information on services and support provided by
                             DSF regarding Dyslexia and other learning disabilities.

Mon 10th May    9.30am to    Parent Workshop: Building Self-Esteem and Resilience in Your                   Gemma Boyle and
                12.00pm      Child                                                                          Sarah Crawford
                                                                                                            DSF Psychologists
                             A workshop for parents of children with Learning Difficulties and
                             Disabilities.

Tues 11th May   1.00pm to    Making Sense of Morphemes                                                      Mandy Nayton
                4.00pm                                                                                      DSF Exec. Officer
                             Words are made up of meaningful parts called morphemes and a
                             knowledge of morphemes assists students with spelling, reading
                             comprehension and writing. In this workshop Latin, Greek and Anglo
                             Saxon morphemes will be examined and associated activities trialled. A
                             workshop for teachers of middle, upper primary and secondary school
                             students.

Thurs 13th      10.00am to   Maths Magic                                                                    Christine Killey
May             12.00pm                                                                                     Program Author
                             This seminar will teach participants multi-sensory and tactical strategies
                             to teach maths including number recognition, place value, algorithms,
                             tables and fractions. Over 50 games will be demonstrated including how
                             to vary the games to suit different abilities within the classroom.

Thurs 13th      1.00pm to    Grammar Magic                                                                  Christine Killey
May             3.00pm                                                                                      Program Author
                             Learn Chris’s exciting colour coded approach to teaching grammar.
                             Teachers participate in the games, songs and activities that make this
                             approach one of the most effective ways of teaching grammar.
                                     Professional Learning Calendar
                                            Semester 1 2010
Date           Time           Event Description                                                            Presenter/s
Mon 17th,      9.00am to      Individual and small group teaching of students with dyslexia                 Mandy Nayton
Tues 18th,     3.30pm daily   and other SLDs (Three Day Course):                                            DSF Exec. Officer
Wed 19th
May                           Ideal for classroom teachers, LSCs, tutors & school psychologists.

                              This comprehensive course covers current findings of research into
                              learning disabilities, strategies for teaching students with learning
                              disabilities, information on psychological assessments and strategies for
                              remediation and accommodations.

Mon 24th &     5.30pm to      Essay Writing Workshop for Year 9 & 10 Students                               Jenny Baker
Mon 31st May   8.30pm each                                                                                  Speech Pathologist
               day            Strategies to improve essay writing will be introduced in this two part
                              workshop for students. Both sessions must be attended to complete
                              the workshop.

Tues 25th      4.00pm to      Improving Mathematical Literacy and Computational Fluency                     Dr Paul Swan
May            6.30pm                                                                                       Senior Lecturer and
                              Facing Up to Fractions – Ideas for teaching fractions will be shared          Author
                              along with games and activities designed to make learning fractions
                              easier.

                                                   May (continued)
Wed 26th       1.00pm to      How to Teach Reading Comprehension                                            Dr Lorraine
May            4.00pm         A half day course outlining the main reasons readers don't understand         Hammond
                              what they read and evidence based strategies for classroom teachers.          Senior Lecturer
                              This session will also include a particular focus on how to teach
                              vocabulary to students of all ages using a highly structured and explicit
                              approach.
Thurs 27th     9.00am to      Jolly Phonics                                                                 Gemma Boyle
May            3.30pm         A full day workshop introducing the Jolly Phonics Multi-Sensory Literacy      DSF Psychologist
                              Program including practical advice on how to use the program in the
                              classroom. Tips will also be given on how to effectively use the Jolly
                              Phonics program on an Interactive Whiteboard.
                                                          June
       st
Tues 1 June    1.00pm to      Dandelion Phonics Books                                                       Gemma Boyle
               3.30pm         A presentation of the Dandelion synthetic phonic reading series and           DSF Psychologist
                              related resources and how to use them effectively. Suitable for teaching
                              literacy to students who are early learners through to those up to the
                              age of 14.
Wed 2nd June   7.00pm to      Free Information Evening                                                      Sarah Crawford
               8.30pm         Open to the public. Information on services and support provided by           DSF Psychologist
                              DSF regarding Dyslexia and other learning disabilities.
Wed 9th June   9.00am to      The Psychology of Reading:                                                    Mandy Nayton
               3.30pm         A workshop for school psychologists.                                          DSF Exec. Officer
                              Participants in this workshop will examine current reading research
                              evidence and evaluate the implications for the school psychologist.
Mon 14th       9.00am to      Scintillating Spelling                                                        Mandy Nayton
June           3.30pm         An examination of the different layers of word spelling and related           DSF Exec. Officer
                              classroom activities designed to significantly improve appalling spelling.
                              Suitable for teachers of Primary and Secondary students.
                                           Professional Learning Calendar
                                                  Semester 1 2010
Date            Time                Event Description                                                          Presenter/s
Wed 16th        9.00am to           The Hickey Multi-Sensory Advanced Course (Part 2)                           Gemma Boyle
June            3.30pm              A full-day follow-up workshop for those who have completed Hickey           DSF Psychologist
                                    Part 1. Participants will prepare for the remaining sessions and learn      and
                                    effective strategies to apply the program for a range of students.          Kelly Fleming
                                                                                                                DSF Tutor Manager
Mon 21st June   7.00pm to           Handwriting Difficulties                                                    Jo Glover
                9.00pm              A discussion of contributing factors and practical classroom strategies.    Occupational
                                                                                                                Therapist
Thur 24th       9.00am to           Easiteach Interactive Workshop                                              Gemma Boyle and
June            3.30pm              Using Easiteach and the Interactive Whiteboard for effective literacy       Kelly Fullarton
                (Intro –                                                                                        DSF Psychologists
                9.00am to 12.00pm   instruction in the classroom (Max 16).
                Advanced –          A full-day workshop consisting of an introductory session for new
                12.30pm to
                                    Easiteach users in the morning and an advanced interactive session in
                3.00pm)
                                    the afternoon for new and experienced Easiteach users. Attendees may
                                    select 1 or 2 sessions according to their experience with the program.
Tues 29th       1.00pm to           Alpha to Omega                                                              Kelly Fullarton
June            3.30pm              An introductory session outlining the components of this highly             DSF Psychologist
                                    effective structured synthetic phonics program.
Tues 29th       4.30pm to           WordShark 4                                                                 Kelly Fullarton
June            6.30pm              An excellent computer-based teaching resource for struggling students       DSF Psychologist
                                    – An interactive presentation of this evidence-based literacy program
                                    (Max of 16).

				
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