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The Difference Between Balanced Literacy &
Explicit, Systematic Reading Instruction
--Why it Matters--

 

Please join reading experts Linda Farrell and Michael Hunter with Readsters for a FREE workshop on reading instruction what it is, and what it is not.


The workshops include:
 

  1. Reading simulations to help you understand how it feels to be a struggling reader -- simulations will demonstrate reading proficiency as measured at 70%, 80%, 90% and 95% and how these varying degrees of proficiency impact comprehension;
     
  2. A deep dive into the differences between Balanced Literacy & Systematic, Explicit Reading Instruction, including the research that supports how children learn to read;
     
  3. An overview of research-based scopes and sequences for effective decoding instruction; and
     
  4. The difference between Decodable Readers and Leveled Readers, and appropriate uses for both.

Choose the date and location that fits your needs at no cost to you -- these workshops are designed to provide parents, educators and practitioners with the knowledge about the science of reading and the practical information you need to change reading instruction in your district.  

Workshop seating is limited and is available on a first-come, first-served basis.  

 
Register Today for One of the Workshop Dates
Saturday, May 11, 2019,
Chelsea School

General Schedule 

8:30am - Registration

9:00am - Workshop Begins

10:15am - 15 minute break

12-1:30 - LUNCH - lunch is on your own. You can bring a brown bag or you can venture out to the mall which is in the same building as the Chelsea School.

2:45 - 15 minute break

4pm - Adjourn


Click here for more information about the location and schedule. Please complete the Eventbrite to reserve your seat today! 
Saturday, May 18, 2019 at the Summit School

 

General Schedule 

8:30 am - Registration

8:45 am - Workshop Begins

10:30-10:45 am - Break

12-1:30 pm - LUNCH - on your own. You can bring a brown bag or you can venture out to lunch.  A tour of Summit will be offered for those interested in learning more about the school.

2:45-3:00 pm -  Break

4:00 pm - Adjourn

Click here for more information about the location and schedule. Please complete the Eventbrite to reserve your seat today! 
 

Thank You to Our Community Partners!

Thank you to our Community Partners who made these workshops possible: 

Linda Farrell and Michael Hunter with Readsters for donating their time
to help educate the community about reading instruction that produces successful readers!  

The Chelsea School and The Summit School for donating their locations and for their gracious hosting of Decoding Dyslexia Maryland events.

The Learning Disabilities Association of Maryland for co-sponsoring this event and sharing it with their members across the state.
Friday, May 17, 2019 at the Summit School
SOLD OUT! Please register for Saturday, May 11 or Saturday, May 18

 

General Schedule for Registrants

9:00 am - Registration (Please do not arrive before 9 am)

9:15 am - Workshop Begins

10:30-10:45 am - Break

12-1:30 pm - LUNCH - on your own. You can bring a brown bag or you can venture out to the community. A tour of The Summit School will be offered for those interested in learning more about the school.

2:45-3:00 pm - Break

4:00 pm - Adjourn

Note to Attendees for Friday, school will be in session. Please arrive NO EARLIER than 9:00 am. If you arrive before 9am, it will be difficult to find parking because of school drop-off is in process.  Please arrive promptly at 9:00 am!


READ THIS!
Read the the 24-page, knowledge-packed, IDA Educator Training Initiatives Brief, Structured Literacy: Introductory Guide.

Watch the Baltimore County School Board meeting highlighting district efforts in addressing reading difficulties. The presentation has been shared across social media and Tweeted by MSDE English Language Arts where the agency states, "Early literacy is the key to academic success. Watch the first 25 minutes of this video. BCPS Megan Shay gives an outstanding explanation of the complexity of becoming a reader." 

Download and share information on the partnership of Decoding Dyslexia MD, MSDE, St. Mary's School District, and the National Center for Improving Literacy. The goal of the project is to "build state and local school district capacity related to knowledge and implementation of a universal screening process for reading and dyslexia risk, including technical adequacy evidence, administration of measures, and data-based decision making for a multi-tiered system of support for reading."

Access the research listed and organized on DDMD's website and the IDA Website under "ToolKit"

Follow the national reading conversation highlighted by ED Week on March 7, 2019, where three public school district administrators
addressed, "What Are the Reading Research Insights that Every Educator Should Know?" and on March 19, 2019, ED Week Teacher published a first-person commentary
by Kyle Redford, "Explicit Phonics Instruction: It's Not Just for Students With Dyslexia." 

Explore the work and interviews with education reporter, Emily Hanford.
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