Workshops for Educators

Workshops on Evidence-Based Literacy Teaching, Dyslexia and other Specific Learning
Disorders - WORKSHOP 17



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A kickstart for schools wanting revolutionise their teaching of reading and spelling

Full day workshop


To book this workshop please contact Bill Hansberry



Why what’s happening in Australia is not teachers’ fault

  • Teacher training – how it came to lack so much

  • The culture of education and its aversion to science and research


The teaching of reading over the last 30 years – a sordid affair

Developing an understanding of how reading instruction became such a hot mess in Australia so teachers know how to talk to one another and parents about why change is necessary.

  • How we lost our way with teaching literacy in Australia 

  • Whole word / Whole Language / Balanced literacy – made perfect sense before science got in the way!

  • Smith and Goodman's 3-Cueing word recognition theory – disproven, debunked, still everywhere and still doing a lot of damage to readers​

  • Replacing 3-cueing based reading assessment – easy, free and scientific

  • 3 National enquires into the teaching of reading all said the same things, so what has stopped the necessary changes?​


MIDDLE SESSION 11.20am-1pm



The Big 5 of reading with a focus on the first 2!


  • Phonological awareness for all if we’re serious about kids’ learning to read.

  • Structured, Synthetic Phonics – not analytic, not in context

    • What structured, synthetic, phonics and how it's different to polished turd (analytic/in context) phonics .

  • Fluency – the facts

    • What’s a sight word – not what you though eh!

    • Orthographic mapping – when reading finally becomes reading practice

  • Vocabulary – the facts

    • Word Cracking Morphology – getting great bang for buck in vocabulary

  • Comprehension – the end game

    • Scarborough’s reading rope


Gough and Tunmer’s ‘Simple View of Reading’

Incredibly respected in the research and explained simply – because it’s simple!


Syllable Types – heaps important

  • why they should be taught to all kids





Spelling – poorly understood and awfully taught


  • What’s orthography and why is it as important as phonology

    • The logic of a good spelling list

    • Diagnostic tests of spelling


  • Making up for poor orthographic processing – spelling rules, concepts, positional frequency

    • Visual memory vs. orthographic memory

    • Some handy rules to know

  • Teaching Long vowel spellings

Why some kids struggle to read and what to do about it


  • Dyslexia – and where it sits in the scheme of things

  • The Phonological Deficit: how it impacts fluent word recognition

  • Multisensory, Cumulative, Structured Synthetic Phonics unpicked

    • The Playberry Structure

      • Orton-Gillingham programs

      • Controlled exposure to graphemes


It’s all in the cards: drill and thrill​​

  • Why drill and overearning?

    • Orthographic Mapping: The brain's system for storing whole words

    • As fast as possible, as slow as necessar



The 4 key components of an evidence based literacy intervention (and good teaching for all)

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