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Upcoming ONBIDA Webinars

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Previous ONBIDA Webinars

Knowledge and Practice Standards for Teaching Reading: Not Just for Dyslexia! - by Dr. Louisa Moats

Wednesday May 15 @ 7:30-8:30p.m. EST

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Instruction based on an understanding of modern cognitive, linguistic, and neurological science can make a tremendous difference to students with reading difficulties, including dyslexia. We will review what is meant by "Structured Literacy" and how to teach it. The importance of teaching language skills in an explicit, systematic manner will be emphasized.

Presenter: Louisa Moats, Ed.D., has been a teacher, psychologist, researcher, graduate school faculty member, and author of many influential scientific journal articles, books, and policy papers on the topics of reading, spelling, language, and teacher preparation. She was Co-Principal Investigator of an NICHD Early Interventions Project in Washington, D.C., public schools and Principal Investigator on two small business innovation research (SBIR) grants from the National Institutes of Health. In addition, she led the committee that developed the International Dyslexia Association’s Knowledge and Practice Standards for Teachers of Reading. Dr. Moats developed her current approach to teacher training, called LETRS, from her experiences as an instructor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, St. Michael’s College in Vermont, the Dartmouth Medical School Department of Psychiatry, and the University of Texas, Houston.  Dr. Moats’ awards include the prestigious Samuel T. and June L. Orton award from the International Dyslexia Association for outstanding contributions to the field; the Eminent Researcher Award from Learning Disabilities Australia; and the Benita Blachman award from the Reading League.

Helping Your Struggling Reader PART 2 by Jan MacLean recorded Wednesday, February 27, 2019 @ 7:30-8:45 p.m. EST

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This is a follow-up to the Helping Your Struggling Reader Part 1 webinar of Thursday, May 31, 2018.  Part 1 contains essential background information you will need for the Part 2 webinar (see links below for the recorded video & handouts).

This webinar will teach the more complex elements of English phonics in a systematic way.  This is crucial knowledge that empowers you and your child to see that while English phonics are complex, English is not "crazy" and most words do indeed follow rules.   Participants are encouraged to bring yellow index cards, scissors, and a black marker to the session. These will be used to create a teaching resource that can be used with your child/student.

Presenter: Jan MacLean B.Sc.(O.T.), M.Sc. is the founder of The Reading Clinic in Kingston, Ontario. Since 2001, the Centre’s YES! Reading, YES! Writing and YES! Math programs have helped hundreds of students achieve success. Jan is a Certified Orton-Gillingham Educator and Practitioner, and an IDA Dyslexia Therapist.

Helping Your Struggling Reader PART 1 by Jan MacLean recorded Thursday, May 31, 2018, 7:30-9:00 pm EST

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This webinar is for parents of young children and teachers of struggling readers. It addresses why some children struggle to learn to read and early warning signs of reading difficulties. Participants are guided through one of the first steps in how to teach a child to read. Participants are encouraged to bring white and yellow index cards, scissors, and a black marker to the session. These will be used to create a teaching resource that can be used with your child/student.

Presenter: Jan MacLean B.Sc.(O.T.), M.Sc. is the founder of The Reading Clinic in Kingston, Ontario. Since 2001, the Centre’s YES! Reading, YES! Writing and YES! Math programs have helped hundreds of students achieve success. Jan is a Certified Orton-Gillingham Educator and Practitioner, and a IDA Dyslexia Therapist.

Accessible audio and e-books from the Centre for Equitable Library Access (CELA) and Bookshare  recorded Thursday February 8, 2018 at 8pm ET

Click here to see the recorded webinar about CELA services, and how to download and listen to audiobooks from CELA and Bookshare.

CELA (Centre for Equitable Library Access) offers access to 500,000+ accessible books and more for people who have difficulty reading print due to dyslexia, vision loss, or a physical disability. CELA’s collection includes books for kids and teens, with a focus on best sellers, award winners, and Canadian books that are hard to find in accessible formats. Books can be downloaded and read with a variety of accessible reading apps or software.  CELA membership is free through any Ontario public library, thanks to funding from the Government of Ontario. Once signed up, you can also receive a free Bookshare membership, and get access to the world’s largest accessible online library. For more information email: members@celalibrary.ca

Other Webinars

The International Dyslexia Association has a series of free recorded webinars on topics such as Overcoming Dyslexia, IDA Knowledge and Practice Standards for Teachers of Reading and Teacher Certification.

Upper Mid-West Branch of IDA regularly offers free live webinars on various topics dealing with dyslexia.  Upcoming webinars are listed hereand recorded webinarsare available on their website. CEU's are available at a nominal cost.

Southern California Tri-Council Branch of IDA also has regular webinars; recorded webinars are available here.  Click on the icons on the top of the page to access the archived webinars by year.

Learning Ally is an national non-profit organization in the United States dedicated to helping students with print disabilities, with access to over 80,000 audiobooks and other dyslexia resources, including webinars.  Unfortunately the audiobook collection is only available to residents of the U.S. (due to copyright law).