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Events sponsored by Decoding Dyslexia CA (DDCA) are indicated on the events calendar.  Local events held by other organizations may also be listed that may be of interest to our members. DDCA does not endorse any specific program or company.

May
29
Tue
2018 Slingerland Summer Comprehensive Classes: Introductory and 3rd Levels @ Valley Christian Elementary School
May 29 @ 4:00 pm – Jun 29 @ 4:00 pm

2018 Summer Comprehensive Training Classes: Introductory and 3rd Levels

Wednesday – Friday, May 29, 30, 31 – 4:00 to 9:00 pm

Mondays – Fridays, June 6 to 29:  8:00 am to 4:00 pm

Only the introductory level and third level continuum classes will be offered on these dates. Pre-approval is required for all participants wishing to take the third level continuum class. Please contact the class instructor for approval using the email link above.

Register early and get the best value registration. Registration costs increase on May 1, 2018; online registration will be available through May 15, 2018.

Available Courses

Introductory Level Comprehensive Class

This class is the core of the Slingerland training program. It is traditionally offered as a four-week summer session and includes a practicum with students. It can also be adapted into a four to six week in-year class.

Class Content Includes:
  • Instruction in the introductory steps of handwriting, written language, decoding and reading comprehension
  • Knowledge of the historical and philosophical background of Specific Language Disability (dyslexia)
  • The study of phonic rules and their application to encoding and decoding
  • The neurology of language as a means of developing oral language skills The history, philosophy and current research in the field of dyslexia
  • The relationship of curriculum and classroom organization to the language arts program
  • Practice with multi-sensory teaching principles through daily work with children

133 classroom hours. This class is approved for 6 graduate level extension credits through University of San Diego. Registration for extension credits must happen ON or BEFORE the first day of the class. Click here to view the USD enrollment page for the introductory level class.

Third Level Continuum Class

This four week class is designed for a limited number of participants wishing to become staff teachers in Slingerland multisenstory structured language training course. This class encompasses all learning in the introductory and second level classes as the participant learns how to organize, maintain and evaluate a summer session, its students and participants.

Participants may also enroll in the Third Level Continuum Class for more directed work with small groups of students. Daily lesson plans are developed to meet the needs of these students under the direction of the Slingerland Instructor.

Class Content Includes:
  • The use of the Slingerland® Approach with a classroom group of children
  • Evaluations of participant lesson plans, materials and teaching stations
  • Evaluations of delivery of planned lessons Assisting with the completion of forms for the Slingerland® Institute
  • Preparation and delivery of lectures to participants
  • Preparation of an orientation about dyslexia and the Slingerland® Approach
  • Individualized requirements assigned by the Director

133 classroom hours. This class is approved for 6 graduate level extension credits through University of San Diego. Registration for graduate level extension credits must happen ON or BEFORE the first day of the class. Click here to view the USD enrollment page for the third level continuum class.

Jun
18
Mon
Chartwell Teacher Training Institute: Structured Literacy Certificate (Session 1) @ Chartwell School
Jun 18 @ 8:00 am – Jun 22 @ 3:30 pm

The Chartwell Way: Structured Literacy Teacher Training Institute

There are two program options available to meet your needs. During the Morning Intensive, Chartwell faculty will train you to implement the successful methods that we have honed during the past three decades.

The Afternoon Practicum presents an opportunity for hands-on experience with struggling readers under the guidance of a Chartwell Master Teacher. Educators enrolled in the Afternoon Practicum will have the unique opportunity to practice their newly-acquired conceptual and foundational knowledge in an actual classroom setting while students will be able to benefit from a one-on-one reading tutorial and significantly increase reading strategies. This approach is known as The Chartwell Way.

You will earn a Chartwell Structured Literacy Certificate and Continuing Education Credits.

For more information on the CEUs available through CSUMB, use this link.

Two duplicate sessions of the morning and afternoon programs will be offered. Session 1 will run June 18-22.

Session 2 will run June 25-29.

Morning Intensive and Afternoon Practicum
8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
32 hours
Monday to Friday (no Practicum on Fridays)
Includes course materials, light breakfast, lunch (M to Th)
$995/week

Morning Intensive only
8 a.m. to Noon
20 hours
Monday to Friday
Includes all course materials and light breakfast
$655/week

For multiple registrations from one school or to request billing via other methods, please contact Katia Stornetta in the Business Office at 831-394-3468 ext. 1028 or kstornetta@chartwell.org.

Downloadable flyer

Jun
20
Wed
2018 Slingerland® Institute Summer Comprehensive Teacher Training Classes @ Hope Academy for Dyslexics
Jun 20 @ 8:00 am – Jul 13 @ 4:00 pm

The ​summer Slingerland® multisensory structured language instruction classes with practicum will be offered as an intensive 4-week training session at Hope Academy in Concord, CA June 16-July 13, 8:00am-4:00pm.  ​This course is accredited ​through ​the ​International ​Multisensory ​Structured ​Language ​Education ​Council ​(IMSLEC) and IDA and ​are ​offered ​at ​three ​levels, described below.  Registration closes June 7, 2018.  See the course flyer for additional information about this particular offering of the course and content of each class class level.  Participants may apply for teacher scholarships for up to 50% off tuition through  the Northern CA Branch of IDA,

INTRODUCTORY ​LEVEL ​
This ​class ​is ​the ​core ​of ​the ​Slingerland ​training ​program. Participants will learn to use the Slingerland format, that supports the National Reading Panel’s key elements, to upgrade their teaching skills for better student performance in reading, writing and spelling.

SECOND ​LEVEL ​CONTINUUM
This class includes a ​brief, ​basic ​review ​of ​the ​introductory ​class, ​then an introduction and practice of more advanced techniques in the language arts continuum.  ​The ​use ​of ​the ​dictation ​paragraph ​and ​the ​screening ​procedures ​for ​identifying ​students ​will ​also ​be ​presented.

THIRD ​LEVEL ​CONTINUUM/INTERN
This ​class ​is ​designed ​for ​a ​limited ​number ​of ​participants ​wishing ​to ​become ​staff ​teachers ​in ​Slingerland ​training ​classes. ​This ​class ​encompasses ​all ​learning ​in ​the ​introductory ​and ​second ​level ​classes ​as ​the ​participant ​learns ​how ​to ​organize, ​maintain ​and ​evaluate ​a ​summer ​session, ​its ​students ​and ​participants. ​Class ​instructor ​approval ​is ​required ​to ​take ​this ​class.

Participants ​may ​also ​enroll ​in ​the ​Third ​Level ​Continuum ​Class ​for ​more ​directed ​work ​with ​small ​groups ​of ​students. ​Daily ​lesson ​plans ​are ​developed ​to ​meet ​the ​needs ​of ​these ​students ​under ​the ​direction ​of ​the ​Slingerland ​Instructor.

2018 Slingerland® Institute Short Course: Spelling & Written Language @ Westmark School
Jun 20 @ 8:30 am – Jun 22 @ 4:30 pm

Slingerland®’s 3-day course, suitable for classroom teachers and tutors, integrates phonics, encoding, morphology (bases, affixes), irregular words and writing connected text. The course covers strategies and techniques for incorporating handwriting, spelling, and written language across the curriculum content areas.

An introduction to written expressive language including phonics, encoding and spelling rules leading to independent written work. The historical and philosophical background of dyslexia and current research in the field of reading and written language will also be discussed. Techniques and practice in the following areas will be covered: oral language, phonics and blending skills, written expression and integrated auditory approach lesson plans. Teacher/participants will actively apply the techniques in practice sessions.

Specifically you will learn:

  • Knowledge of the historical and philosophical background of Specific Language Disability (dyslexia)
  • The history and development of multisensory structured instructional techniques
  • How to plan and integrate a language arts lesson beginning with the smallest unit and building to words and words within phrases and sentences Strategies for teaching encoding and spelling of regular and non-phonetic words
  • Current research about oral and written language Instructional strategies to increase students’ spelling and written language performance A systematic structure for encoding (blending) and vocabulary development
Twenty hours of classroom time.  Approved for 1.5 continuing education units through the University of San Diego.
Jun
23
Sat
Wilson Just Words® 2018 Workshop @ Courtyard Marriott, Sherman Oaks
Jun 23 @ 9:00 am – Jun 24 @ 3:30 pm

Just Words® is an intervention (Tier 2) program for students in grades 4-12 and adults.  It provides direct and explicit teaching of “how English works“ for both decoding and spelling automaticity. The multisensory approach is designed for individuals who have mild to moderate gaps in their decoding and spelling proficiency but do not require intensive intervention. It provides a curricculm for the sophisticated study of word structure through the six syllable types in English and the most common Latin roots. Just Words is an appropriate intervention in daily small-group or small-class instruction.

This 10-hour workshop, co-sponsored by IDA-Los Angeles, provides the practice and guidance needed to effectively begin teaching the Wilson Just Words® curriculum. At the completion of the workshop, attendees will be able to:

  • Understand the research base of the why and how of Just Words® instruction.
  • Understand the principles of instruction: explicit, sequential and cumulative instruction that incorporates review, repetition, feedback, and multisensory instruction to engage multiple learning styles.
  • Identify the skills taught in Just Words®: word study (phonemic awareness, six basic syllable types in English, spelling rules, common Latin roots, prefixes, and suffixes), vocabulary study, and high frequency words.
  • Properly identify and group students.
  • Use the Instructor Manual’s Unit structure and materials, prepare a daily learning plan, and practice lesson activity procedures.
  • Administer Progress Checks at the beginning of each Unit and Unit Tests at the end in order to assess students’ progress.

Prerequisite  None                          Duration:  Two Consecutive Days (10 hours)

Further information

Jun
25
Mon
Chartwell Teacher Training Institute: Structured Literacy Certificate (Session 2) @ Chartwell School
Jun 25 @ 8:00 am – Jun 29 @ 3:30 pm

The Chartwell Way: Structured Literacy Teacher Training Institute

There are two program options available to meet your needs. During the Morning Intensive, Chartwell faculty will train you to implement the successful methods that we have honed during the past three decades.

The Afternoon Practicum presents an opportunity for hands-on experience with struggling readers under the guidance of a Chartwell Master Teacher. Educators enrolled in the Afternoon Practicum will have the unique opportunity to practice their newly-acquired conceptual and foundational knowledge in an actual classroom setting while students will be able to benefit from a one-on-one reading tutorial and significantly increase reading strategies. This approach is known as The Chartwell Way.

You will earn a Chartwell Structured Literacy Certificate and Continuing Education Credits.

For more information on the CEUs available through CSUMB, use this link.

Two duplicate sessions of the morning and afternoon programs will be offered. Session 1 will run June 18-22.

Session 2 will run June 25-29.

Morning Intensive and Afternoon Practicum
8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
32 hours
Monday to Friday (no Practicum on Fridays)
Includes course materials, light breakfast, lunch (M to Th)
$995/week

Morning Intensive only
8 a.m. to Noon
20 hours
Monday to Friday
Includes all course materials and light breakfast
$655/week

For multiple registrations from one school or to request billing via other methods, please contact Katia Stornetta in the Business Office at 831-394-3468 ext. 1028 or kstornetta@chartwell.org.

Downloadable flyer

2018 Orton-Gillingham Approach: Classroom Educator Workshop @ Los Altos Christian School
Jun 25 @ 8:30 am – Jun 29 @ 5:00 pm

2018 Orton-Gillingham Approach:  Teacher/Tutor Training for Dyslexia and Literacy Instruction

Hosted by Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioner and Educators / Instructor: Nancy Redding, Fellow in Training

The OG Approach is for implementation in a classroom, or in small group or individual tutoring. Participants in this 40-hour course will be eligible for Classroom Educator Level certification from the Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators (AOGPE).   To register, please email Nancy Redding:  nancy.c.redding@gmail.com.

For those desiring to be certified at the Associates Level, appropriate for 1–1 tutoring, this course will fulfill 40 of the 60 required hours of classroom instruction. The additional 20 hours will be taught July 9-11, 2018, at the same location for an additional cost.

Registration Closes June 10th. Class will close once full.

(Note: a subsequent practicum, in keeping with the Academy’s standards (www.ortonacademy.org) for application as a Classroom Educator or Associate member, is available for an additional cost.  More information about these levels of OG training can be found at: www.ortonacademy.org or by contacting Nancy Redding at nancy.c.redding@gmail.com

Wilson Fundations®2018 Workshop @ Courtyard Marriott, Sherman Oaks
Jun 25 @ 9:00 am – Jun 28 @ 3:30 pm

Wilson Fundations® is a multisensory and systematic phonics, spelling, and handwriting program that benefits all K-3 students, in particular, those in a Tier 1 or Tier 2 setting. It thoroughly teaches the foundational skills of the California Common Core State Standards (print concepts, phonological awareness, phonics, word recognition, and fluency). It also strongly supports reading, writing, and language standards.

Fundations® Level Workshops provide the practice and guidance needed to effectively begin teaching the Fundations curriculum for the designated Level(s). The workshop includes: the principles of instruction; the skills taught in each Fundations level, including phonemic awareness, phonics and word study, vocabulary, high frequency words, fluency, comprehension, handwriting, spelling, and punctuation; and how to prepare a daily learning plan and practice lesson activity procedures.

These workshops are co-hosted by IDA- Los Angeles

Level K:  June 25, 9am – 3:30 pm

Level 1:  June 26, 9am – 3:30 pm

Level 2:  June 27, 9am – 3:30 pm

Level 3:  June 28, 9am – 3:30pm

Further information

Registration Information
• Pre-registration is required.
• Tuition includes continental breakfast and workshop handouts.
• A confirmation email will be sent with directions and specific details.
• Payment is due at the time of registration.
• Payment is refundable up to 14 days prior to the event date, less a $25 processing fee.

Glorious Grammar and Synchronous Syntax @ San Francisco Friends School
Jun 25 @ 2:00 pm – Jul 19 @ 4:00 pm

Glorious Grammar and Synchronous Syntax

 “Once you know those prepositions, you can see ‘em coming.”  7th Grader, Travis

Topics for Discussion and Practice

  • Parts of Speech
  • Functions of Parts of Speech
  • Words—Phrases—Clauses—Sentences
  • Sentences: Simple—Compound—Complex—Compound-Complex
  • Function Words and (Content) Words
  • Action Verbs—Linking Verbs—Auxiliary (Helping) Verbs
  • Direct Objects—Indirect Objects—Objects of Prepositions
  • Gerunds—Participles—Infinitives

WHEN:   June 25 – July 19, 2018: Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays (12 sessions), 2-4 PM.  Attendance at all sessions is not required.

LOCATION:  San Francisco Friends School, 250 Valencia Street (at 14th Street), San Francisco, CA 94103

REGISTRATION:  To register, or for more information, email johnsantonastaso@me.com

COST:  Pre-registered: $25/session    Drop-In:  $30/session

About the class instructor, Nancy Cushen White, Ed.D.

Dr. Nancy Cushen White is a Clinical Professor at the University of San Francisco, Department of Pediatrics, a teacher, and a learning disabilities specialist.  She has a private practice, assessing and remediating language based learning problems and consulting with both public and independent schools. She serves on the Board of the Slingerland Institute and is a certified instructor of Slingerland teacher training courses. A former member of the Board of Directors of the International Dyslexia Association (IDA), she represents IDA on the National Joint Committee on Learning Disabilities and is the current editor of IDA’s online journal, The Examiner. Additionally, Dr. White has more than thirty years experience in public schools as classroom teacher and special education teacher with San Francisco Unified School District.

Jun
27
Wed
Wilson Fundations® 2018 Workshops @ Marriott Riverside at Convention Center
Jun 27 @ 9:00 am – Jun 28 @ 3:30 pm

Wilson Fundations® is a multisensory and systematic phonics, spelling, and handwriting program that benefits all K-3 students, in particular, those in a Tier 1 or Tier 2 setting. It thoroughly teaches the foundational skills of the California Common Core State Standards (print concepts, phonological awareness, phonics, word recognition, and fluency). It also strongly supports reading, writing, and language standards.

Fundations® Level Workshops provide the practice and guidance needed to effectively begin teaching the Fundations curriculum for the designated Level(s). The workshop includes: the principles of instruction; the skills taught in each Fundations level, including phonemic awareness, phonics and word study, vocabulary, high frequency words, fluency, comprehension, handwriting, spelling, and punctuation; and how to prepare a daily learning plan and practice lesson activity procedures.

These workshops are co-hosted by IDA Southern California Tri-Counties Branch

Level K:  June 26, 9am – 3:30 pm

Level 1:  June 27, 9am – 3:30 pm

Further information

Registration Information
• Pre-registration is required.
• Tuition includes continental breakfast and workshop handouts.
• A confirmation email will be sent with directions and specific details.
• Payment is due at the time of registration.
• Payment is refundable up to 14 days prior to the event date, less a $25 processing fee.