"Tricking the Brain" Into Reading: How to Use Brain Science as a Road Map to Fast-Track Phonics Skills for Reading, Writing & Spelling
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"Tricking the Brain" Into Reading: How to Use Brain Science as a Road Map to Fast-Track Phonics Skills for Reading, Writing & Spelling
Presented by: Katie Garner
Wednesday, May 12, 2021 | 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday, May 26, 2021 | 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday, June 09, 2021 | 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
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About the Session:

Join Katie Garner, author of "Secret Stories® Cracking the Reading Code with the Brain in Mind!" for this 3-part professional development series.

Help all students become strong decoders instead of weak guessers AND make meaning as they engage with text across the instructional day. Using brain science as a road map, discover how to take advantage of “backdoor” learning systems to fast-track MORE of the phonics code kids need to read, write and spell. By aligning abstract phonics concepts with already familiar “universal” experiences and understanding (i.e. having a crush, not getting along, getting hurt, being left out, doing what your mom or babysitter tells you, knowing where and when to be sneaky, etc.) we can leverage social-emotional intelligence to fast-track skill mastery. In this way, even struggling readers are empowered with all of the tools they need to become fearless codebreakers — not just during in the reading block, but across in all subject areas across the entire instructional day.

This 3-part professional development series will include:

  • Research on early brain development ("back to front") and how the brain learns to read
  • Understanding of the brain's processes for learning, including the social-emotional “superhighways” 
  • Strategies for aligning high-leverage phonics skill concepts to “universal" experiences & understanding
  • Fast-tracking individual letter sound mastery (in 2 weeks to 1 month) via muscle memory
  • Increasing automaticity of sound-symbol ("speech to print") connections with musical drills for rapid decoding & encoding  
  • The Decodable Truth About Sight Words
  • Maximizing Instructional Value with Phonics-Focused and Brain-Aligned Teacher Moves 
  • Turning “Landmines” into “Playgrounds” by Coaching Students to Strategize, not Memorize
About the Presenter(s):
Katie Garner

Katie Garner, M.Ed. (author of best-selling book, Secret Stories® Cracking the Reading Code with the Brain in Mind) is an internationally known keynote speaker, author and literacy consultant with thirty years of experience working in elementary grade classrooms across the country, and a passion for infusing neuroscience into literacy and learning! Katie's “backdoor-to-the-brain” approach to fast-tracking phonics skills for reading, via social-emotional learning systems, shifts the paradigms associated with beginning literacy skill instruction. Her fast-paced, dynamic presentations spotlight brain-changing strategies for boosting existing reading curriculum and phonics instruction with the latest reading science showing how our brains learn best. Katie's practical and proven methods for bringing neuroscience into the forefront of literacy and learning have been the subject of numerous professional journal articles, and have been shared in both lecture and panel discussions at Harvard University and MIT. https://www.KatieGarner.com

Catering is not prepared in a nut/gluten-free environment.
Photography Release:
This is a public event with the likeliness of photo/video throughout the day. By attending, participants understand they may be captured in photo or video for future presentations or promotional material development. Please see conference hosts if you prefer to not be photographed.

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Grade Level:

Grades 2-3

Registration Notes:

This session is possible through funding from Alberta Education