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9.00am - 3.00pm - Log on between 8.45am and 9.00am Victorian Time

Live Streamed Webinar

All Teachers Year 5 -12

$269 + GST

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Booking Conditions

No applications for this program will be accepted after all vacancies have been filled. Unsuccessful applicants will have their monies refunded in full. Cancellation prior to two weeks before the program date (cut-off date) will incur a 15% service charge per applicant. This program will be payable in full for cancellations made on or after the cut-off date or for failure to attend the program. All cancellations must be in writing and emailed to us. In the event of insufficient applications this program will not proceed and registration monies be fully refunded. In the event of this program being cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances registration monies only will be refunded as Critical Agendas will not accept liability for the payment of any other associated costs. Critical Agendas reserves the right to vary the advertised programs prior to commencement.

Advancing the progress of students with Diverse Needs

8.45am–9.00am Webinar Registration

9.00am–10.30pm Shirley Houston “Developing Maths Fluency in Students with Specific Learning Difficulties”

Maths fact fluency is typically defined as the ability to quickly and accurately recall basic Math facts. It is essential for developing the automaticity that frees up working memory for learning new Maths concepts and skills and problem-solving. The reduced speed of processing and the memory deficits characteristic of specific learning difficulties can make it difficult for some students to achieve fluency. Teachers must help these students to develop not only accuracy and efficiency, but flexibility and strategy use.

This presentation will identify the hurdles to the development of fact fluency and strategies that can be used to develop it, including:

  • teaching of ‘key’ facts
  • strategy development
  • use of triangular fact cards
  • use of grids and explicit teaching of patterns
  • spaced repetition
  • knowledge and skill rehearsal in games
  • use of electronic fact fluency programs

***PLEASE ENSURE YOU HAVE 20 COUNTERS WITH YOU FOR SHIRLEYS PRESENTATION (10 each of two different colours please)***

10.30am–11.05am Morning Break (allowing for “Remembrance Day” acknowledgement)

11.05am–12.35pm Emily Ballenden “Useful strategies and accommodations to support students with Dyslexia or Dysgraphia in your classroom”

This presentation includes:

  • Understanding what Dyslexia and Dysgraphia are
  • Characteristics of Dyslexia
  • Characteristics of Dysgraphia
  • Getting your student assessed
  • Strategies to support the Dyslexic student
  • Strategies to support the Dysgraphia student
  • Resources to support these students in the classroom
12.35pm –1.30pm Lunch

1.30pm–3.00pm Sally Learey “Using visual supports to help your student with an ASD (and other visual learners)”

ASD students often have difficulty processing or understanding language or ideas.

Visual supports are excellent tools to support ASD students in the learning and teaching process.

Visual supports can be objects, photographs, drawings, written words, schedules or symbols that help to increase independence, support understanding, encourage effective communication, reduce anxious behaviour, promote engagement in learning tasks, provide structure and routine and support transitions.

Visual supports can also be tools that support organization, summarisation, comprehension and retention of knowledge as well as tools to illustrate relationships between concepts, terms, and facts. Examples of such tools are graphic organisers, charts, diagrams, webs, learning maps and timelines.

This session explores the range, uses and benefits of using visual supports.

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Shirley Houston

Shirley Houston is an educational consultant with over 30 years of teaching experience. She earned her Masters degree in Special Education in 1983 and the Royal Society of Arts Certificate for Teachers of Learners with Specific Learning Difficulties. She has taught students in years K-12 at government, Catholic and Independent schools, in Australia and in America. She has lectured at several universities in Western Australia and at the Central Institute of Technology. Shirley has long had a passion for work with children and adults who have dyslexia. She is a long-standing Board member of The Dyslexia- SPELD Foundation of Western Australia and runs a variety of programs for dyslexic students.

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Emily Ballenden

Emily Ballenden is a specialised teacher, education consultant, private SEN tutor and the founder of Additional Education Services. Emily holds a Bachelor of Education P-12, a Post-Graduate Certificate in Educational Learning and Leadership and a Masters degree in Special Education.

Emily has taught in the early childhood, primary and secondary school sectors for 15 years. She is a specialist educator based in schools and online, working with students from K-12, assisting teachers and parents alike to achieve desirable outcomes for students with Specific Learning Difficulties (SLDs).

Emily runs interactive seminars with attendee participation through discussions, questions and workshops.

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Sally Learey

Sally Learey is a renowned keynote speaker, author and education consultant. As well as teaching, she holds qualifications in training, positive psychology, coaching and counselling. Sally has worked in both training and primary and secondary teaching sectors across a variety of educational settings. Sally is also an author of 7 books ranging from children’s books to adult non-fiction. She is passionate about supporting the wellbeing of teachers and leaders in education. Sally empowers teachers to create classrooms and learning environments that are inclusive for all students. As a mother of a son with special needs which includes ASD, she has a wealth of personal and professional expertise in this area.

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