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Events Diary

DateDescriptionLocation
31 May 2017- SpLD/Dyslexia defined and de-mystified - SpLD and the “Chinese way” – using research into issues for language acquisition of Chinese students to identifying strengths and weaknesses, opportunities and costs. - SpLD and intellectual disability (ID) – definitions and issues for learning. - Presentation of strategies to identify divergent needs and the common ground. Identifying the implications of assessment findings for students with ID in the context of the new secondary curriculum. Hong Kong Polytechnic University
01 Jun 2017- Theory into action for SpLD and ID. Analysis of current research to present an overview of effective interventions in Hong Kong, UK and USA - Reading - key issues for distinguishing between SpLD and ID. - Gifted and talented – going beyond basic skills to identify higher level thinking. - The theory of reading – how it works and where it falls down for vulnerable students. - Capitalizing on well-motivated NCS students and building on their desire to be “active in learning” Hong Kong Polytechnic University
02 Jun 2017- Theory into action –assessing and responding to developmental dyslexia and ID, designing lessons which meet the differing needs of SpLD, ID and NCS students in ways which support all in the class. SpLD, ID and NCS in the classroom – establishing the principles of “reasonable adjustments” in the context of the new secondary curriculum which meet a range of needs, including those of the gifted and talented - Introduction to screening (1) – tasks for Practicum 1. Hong Kong Polytecnic University
03 Jun 2017Half day assessment practicum. Using the Test Battery devised by the teachers to assess the learning needs of students from local schools. Hong Kong Polytechnic University
05 Jun 2017- Making strength assessments, interpreting results and turning results into personalized teaching in the classroom. - Using profiles to make judgments regarding SpLD/ID learning needs. Sharing effective support strategies and intervention programs for students with SpLD, ID and also those who are NCS pursuing the new secondary curriculum. Stretching gifted and talented Hong Kong Polytechnic University
06 Jun 2017• SWOT analysis of student performance. Building a strengths profile, making “next steps” judgments • Introduction to phonological awareness – current research into synthetic phonics – the EDB position and local materials. • Using EDB web guidance on identifying and meeting the needs of NCS students to include working with parents. • NGO support/translation opportunities and grant aid • Teaching the brain to read – the psychology of reading applied to SpLD and ID students – identifying common ground and recognizing and responding to divergence. Hong Kong Polytechnic University
07 Jun 2017- Practicum feedback - Profiles into action – looking for differences in assessment patterns between SpLD and ID – spotting a gifted and talented profile within a context of weak basic skills. - Developing strategies to meet identified needs. - Introduction to screening (2) – fine tuning European assessment tools for use the Hong Kong situation – fine tuning language, context and activity. - Applying core principles to provision for NCS students Identifying and responding to social emotional issues of NCS students and those native Chinese speakers who are operating at academic levels which are several years behind their peers Hong Kong Polytechnic University
08 Jun 2017• Pure sounds – the importance of clear pronunciation. • Useful websites. Assessing the development of phonological awareness using a variety of web and program based resources. • Planning “phonic catch-up” sessions for SpLD and ID students. Differentiating for NCS and SpLD students who may already have a good grasp of English. • Applying the psychology of learning to the different learning needs to ensure appropriate combinations of repetition, overlearning, pace and challenge. • Introducing Practicum 2 Hong Kong Polytechnic University
09 Jun 2017• Analyzing the structure of language – identifying barriers to English language acquisition in the Hong Kong setting. • Utilizing previous school try out reports to identify what has been put in place by local teachers and what is working in local schools. • EAL case studies – identifying and responding to issues for SpLD and ID students. Looking for common ground to support busy teachers in challenging circumstances. • Referencing school try out projects form previous courses to identify best practice solutions to common problems. Hong Kong Polytechnic University
10 Jun 2017During Practicum 2 teachers will teach the lesson they have prepared based on results from the formative assessment battery developed for Practicum 1. They will have created a personalised lesson designed to achieve "incremental success" at the word level using best practice principles of synthetic phonics.Hong Kong Polytechnic University
12 Jun 2017• Phonological deficit theory re-visited. Spelling rules – introduction, application and differentiation for a range of learning needs. Turning issues into action for Practicum 2 and also the school setting. • Providing advice for colleagues regarding effective responses to common problems. • Presentation of strategies that work for entire classes, small groups and individuals. Hong Kong Polytechnic University
13 Jun 2017• The Dyslexia Friendly Classroom – characteristics, methods and materials. • Discussion of strategies to lead colleagues to more inclusive ways of working – informed by previous school try-out projects from the thematic courses. • Examination of subject specific issues for SpLD, ID and NCS students leading to the preparation of professional development materials for colleagues back in school to examine their practice. • Identifying resources for students with SpLD/ID/NCS which will be effective at appropriate levels and so be useful with other students in the school. Acknowledging the potential among some NCS students for being gifted and talented and making appropriate adjustments which will benefit other students in the school Hong Kong Polytechnic University
14 Jun 2017• Practical activities to develop leadership skills as a team player and a coordinator for SpLD and/or ID and/or NCS to help plan, develop, implement and evaluate intervention programs and policy on SpLD, ID and NCS for the school. • Create an action plan to report on progress monitoring for these students and creating steering group in the school Hong Kong Polytechnic University
15 Jun 2017• Meeting the needs of students with complex learning needs, especially those with AD(H)D, Asperger’s Syndrome, Speech and Language and Dyspraxia/Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD) • Managing behavior for learning in a context of meeting the social and emotional needs of vulnerable students. • Examining the psychology of attention and applying best practice principles to the preparation and delivery of lessons. Preparing for Practicum 3. Hong Kong Polytechnic University
16 Jun 2017• Developing an understanding of how to teach reading. • Strategies for text level work on developing comprehension. • Making best use of context – how to support students of widely differing abilities to utilize a range of clues to maximize comprehension while minimizing issues with reading accuracy. • The psychology of metacognition – supporting students to identify their best ways of working and supporting colleagues to adopt appropriately flexible responses. • Preparation for Practicum 3. • Differentiating for students with wide ranging English language competencies and experiences Hong Kong Polytechnic University
17 Jun 2017Practicum 3 - word and sentence level activities with a particular focus on reading for meaningHong Kong Polytechnic University
19 Jun 2017Building on differentiation for Dyslexia and other diverse learning needs, applying strategies to exam tasks, practical Ocean Park activity – differentiation by task and outcomeHong Kong Polytechnic University
20 Jun 2017Getting ideas down on paper, writing skills for reluctant writers using frameworks and scaffolds, techniques to add value to sentences, building sentence power with connectives. Preparation for Practicum 4Hong Kong Polytechnic University
21 Jun 2017Differentiation by task design, building on fluid intelligence, tasks and activities to develop deep and surface learning, from reading to writing, questioning strategies to develop higher order thinkingHong Kong Polytechnic University
22 Jun 2017School try out project – possible topics, scrutiny of previous projects, ways to teach and develop the use of paragraphs, using mind mapping to organise ideas, analysing writing to identify individual “next steps” Preparation for final PracticumHong Kong Polytechnic University
23 Jun 2017Learning how to learn, the psychology of memory, strategies to support working memory in the classroom, revising form text, creating “learnable lists” final preparation for Practicum 4Hong Kong Polytechnic University
24 Jun 2017Teaching writing skills and assessing impact of teaching over the four practicums.Hong Kong Polytechnic University
29 Jun 2017Whole school training day to launch the journey towards the Dyslexia Aware Schools Quality Mark, covering basic awareness (spotting students who think faster than they deliver), identifying Dyslexic learners in the classroom, including vulnerable students by improving the classroom core offer and practical strategies to raise the achievement of students with poor working memory, weak spelling despite age/ability appropriate language, good comprehension despite weak decoding and great ideas but struggling to get it down on paperFocus Learning Trust Swansea Campus
30 Jun 2017Whole school training day to launch the journey towards the Dyslexia Aware Schools Quality Mark, covering basic awareness (spotting students who think faster than they deliver), identifying Dyslexic learners in the classroom, including vulnerable students by improving the classroom core offer and practical strategies to raise the achievement of students with poor working memory, weak spelling despite age/ability appropriate language, good comprehension despite weak decoding and great ideas but struggling to get it down on paperFocus Learning Trust Wilton Campus
07 Jul 2017Keynote Title “Making it work for quick thinking slow decoders – and vice versa!” Strap line “Making progress from starting points” Workshop Title “The memory lite classroom” Strap line “ Getting it right for our ‘quick forgetters’”Nottingham
11 Jul 2017Focus Learning Trust Stockport Campus
14 Jul 2017hole school training day to launch the journey towards the Dyslexia Aware Schools Quality Mark, covering basic awareness (spotting students who think faster than they deliver), identifying Dyslexic learners in the classroom, including vulnerable students by improving the classroom core offer and practical strategies to raise the achievement of students with poor working memory, weak spelling despite age/ability appropriate language, good comprehension despite weak decoding and great ideas but struggling to get it down on paperFocus Learning Trust Linton Park Maidenhead C
17 Jul 2017hole school training day to launch the journey towards the Dyslexia Aware Schools Quality Mark, covering basic awareness (spotting students who think faster than they deliver), identifying Dyslexic learners in the classroom, including vulnerable students by improving the classroom core offer and practical strategies to raise the achievement of students with poor working memory, weak spelling despite age/ability appropriate language, good comprehension despite weak decoding and great ideas but struggling to get it down on paperFocus Learning Trust Bramley Rotherham Campus
20 Jul 2017hole school training day to launch the journey towards the Dyslexia Aware Schools Quality Mark, covering basic awareness (spotting students who think faster than they deliver), identifying Dyslexic learners in the classroom, including vulnerable students by improving the classroom core offer and practical strategies to raise the achievement of students with poor working memory, weak spelling despite age/ability appropriate language, good comprehension despite weak decoding and great ideas but struggling to get it down on paperFocus Learning Trust Berkeley Gloucester Camp
04 Sep 2017hole school training day to launch the journey towards the Dyslexia Aware Schools Quality Mark, covering basic awareness (spotting students who think faster than they deliver), identifying Dyslexic learners in the classroom, including vulnerable students by improving the classroom core offer and practical strategies to raise the achievement of students with poor working memory, weak spelling despite age/ability appropriate language, good comprehension despite weak decoding and great ideas but struggling to get it down on paperFocus Learning Trust Hornby Lancaster Campus
06 Sep 2017Programme and Venues to be announced. 6-8th SeptemberFraserburgh Schools on behalf of Aberdeenshir
14 Sep 2017Venue and Programme to be confirmedHarrow PATOSS
19 Sep 2017Twilight for all staffMeadowside Primary School, Warrington
27 Sep 2017Presenting a keynote and delivering workshops around practical approaches to reading writing and spelling for students on the Dyslexia Spectrum.Wirral
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