11 Sep 2019

Check out IDA Ontario!

Be sure to check out IDA Ontario!  A great source of information about dyslexia, structured literacy instruction, training, and much more!

Jill Kearney is on the Board of Directors and is very busy helping with website development, webinars & courses, development of ONBIDA’s Professional Directory, and advocacy.

Check out ONBIDA and get involved – become a member, make a donation or volunteer!

Also follow the latest information with Twitter and Facebook.

5 Jan 2017

Free webinar – Progress Monitoring

How do you measure progress? A public webinar with Susan Barton.   Jan 25 1-2pm. Click here for more information.

In this free one-hour webinar, leading dyslexia expert Susan Barton will take teachers and parents into the vital topic of progress monitoring for students with dyslexia.

She’ll explain: The various reading skills that each of the typical progress monitoring tools check. Which reading skills SHOULD be checked in students with dyslexia (known or suspected) and how to convert test scores into percentiles – to see if real growth is being made. Participants will come away with a better understanding of how academic performance can be assessed for students with dyslexia, how to quantify improvement and how to evaluate the effectiveness of instruction.

1 Oct 2016

Knowledge and Practice Standards for teaching reading

Standards:  The International Dyslexia Association (IDA) has done some terrific work preparing “Knowledge and Practice Standards for Teachers of Reading“.  It contains all the components of effective evidence-based reading instruction.

The Center for Effective Reading Instruction is a partner organization overseeing the certification of individuals and university programs.

Teacher training program certification: IDA certifies teacher training programs that meet those standards. Until now all the certified programs are in the U.S., but wouldn’t it be great if some Canadian universities were to follow!

Individual certification: IDA has also recently announced various certification options for individuals. The first level requires passing an exam, which will be offered in Canada.  Higher levels of certification involves a practicum, various hours of course work, ongoing CEU’s. etc.

FREE online training modules: Anyone can take advantage of the free online training modules which are being hosted on the Reading Rockets website.  Check them out!!

Additional resources are also suggested for individuals preparing for the certification exam:

  • Expert Perspectives on Interventions for Reading by L.C. Moats, K.E. Dakin, &  R.M. Joshi (2012)
  • Fundamentals of Literacy Instruction and Assessment, Pre-K-6 by M. Hougen & S. Smartt (2012)
  • Multisensory Teaching of Basic Language Skills by J.R. Birsh (2011)
29 Sep 2016

Free webinar: How IDA Standards Can Improve Reading Instruction for All Students

Oct 12, 2016 11:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

The IDA Knowledge and Practice Standards for Teachers of Reading define what all teachers of reading (classroom educators and dyslexia specialists) need to know and be able to do to teach all students to read proficiently. In recognition of Dyslexia Awareness Month, IDA has invited Dr. Louisa Moats to review the science behind these standards, consider some examples of what these standards mean for teacher training, and review the certification alternatives presently offered by IDA. Professionals looking to increase their knowledge and skills and parents eager to better understand the components of effective reading instruction will all want to attend this free 60-minute webinar.

To register click HERE.

29 Sep 2016

Conference – Understanding Dyslexia

The Ontario Branch of the International Dyslexia Association is hosting a 1-day conference “Understanding Dyslexia – A Conference for Parents, Families and Educators” in Toronto on November 12, 2016.  There is a great line-up of speakers.

For more information and to register click HERE.

25 Aug 2016

Free webinar – Listening, Comprehension and Vocabulary for Early Literacy

Listening, Comprehension, and Vocabulary for Early Literacy  – Thurs Sept. 1 @ 6pm

Sponsored by the Southern California Tri-Counties Branch of the International Dyslexia Association

Speaker: Regina G. Richards, MA, BCET

This presentation will describe the necessary aspects for reading development, focusing specifically on strategies for listening and vocabulary skills. Included will be a large number of multisensory techniques, as these are so very critical for all children, but especially the younger ones and those with learning differences. With listening strategies, the participants will be encouraged to provide a purpose for the activity and several examples will be presented. A number of visual organizers will be presented for use in vocabulary development activities, along with a number of other multisensory strategies.

To register:

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