This is an introductory, practical learning session to support Grade 2 and 3 teachers in the implementation of the new ELA curriculum, which emphasizes explicit instruction in decoding (sounding out words). The focus will be on how to develop two key curricular components: phonological awareness and phonics skills in order to build solid foundational literacy. This session provides a Structured Literacy approach to reading instruction that is direct, sequential, systematic, and multi-sensory - a proven method that is effective for all students and essential for those who have fallen behind.
Dr. Deborah Karrah is an experienced educator who is a Structured Literacy specialist and Certified Orton-Gillingham instructor. She provides school division professional learning sessions that focus on the foundational literacy skills of phonological awareness and phonics development. In her private practice, she offers reading as well as writing remediation for children who have dyslexia and dysgraphia. For the past three years, Dr. Karrah has also been collaborating with Harvard University in a research study on an innovative dyslexia screening technology developed by a multi-disciplinary team in Greece.
This session will be offered in-person. We will be using ZOOM for those wishing to attend remotely.