Upcoming IDA Ontario webinars


Discovering Dyslexia

A four-part series in partnership with Microsoft Canada

Dyslexia is the most common learning difference affecting students in Canadian classrooms, yet many educators feel unsure and frustrated about how to help these students succeed.

This webinar series is intended as a starting point, to help educators navigate the research, and discover new tools and strategies to help students with dyslexia succeed. And what’s more, learning about dyslexia provides an opportunity for educators to positively shift the entire curve.

Episode One: Dyslexia Explained, Thursday, April 2nd, 2020 | 7:00pm - 8:00pm EDTClick here to register

Click here for the other webinars in the Discovering Dyslexia series:

Episode Two: Support Systems for Young DyslexicsThursday April 23, 2020 | 7:00pm - 8:00pm EDT

Episode Three: Assistive Technology supports for Dyslexics, Thursday May 7th, 2020 | 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM EDT

Episode Four: Dyslexia and the Future, Thursday May 21st, 2020 | 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM EDT. 

Implementing structured literacy instruction
in the kindergarten classroom

A three-part webinar series
by Emily Moorhead

In this three-part series, Emily Moorhead will discuss and demonstrate the implementation of structured literacy instruction in a kindergarten classroom.

Presenter: Emily Moorhead (OCT (BAH, B.Ed)) is a teacher at the Limestone District School Board, Kingston, ON.  She has been teaching early primary children for seventeen years. When her own child showed signs of difficulty in learning to read, she recognized that, like her son, there were consistently children who were leaving kindergarten unprepared for reading success in Grade One. Emily became deeply engaged in her own learning and teaching practices to ensure that every child was given the tools to become a successful reader. Read more about Emily's path to structured literacy instruction here

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7:30 p.m. -8:30 p.m. EDT (Toronto time)

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Emily will demonstrate and discuss ways to support young learners as they begin to use letters to blend and segment for reading and spelling. She will model how this leap from oral to print can be explicitly taught, guided, and scaffolded to support every learner in ways that are playful and fun. She will provide guidance for planning, and will demonstrate a complete lesson. Finally, Emily will share resources for use with students, as well as providing insights and suggestions for planning a scope and sequence of concepts for instruction.

In this webinar, Emily will discuss and show ways to support learners’ growth toward reading through large group, small group, and individual instruction. She will share insights about group formation, and will model activities and games that provide engaging, targetted practice for children at various stages of learning.