The Balanced Literacy Approach
Sally Clendon, PhD
These inspirational and practical courses presented by Sally Clendon, will run over two days in Christchurch and Auckland this year. Participants may choose to attend Day 1, Day 2, or both sessions. Session outlines are below.
To register please select the appropriate form at the end of this page e.g. school/organisation choose professional. Please indicate which sessions you would like to attend using the drop down menu.
Handouts for this course are available here.
Auckland – Registrations open!
Thursday 21st and Friday 22nd August 2014, 9am-3pm
The Round Room, Atrium Building
Massey University, Gate 1, Albany Campus
Morning tea provided BYO lunch.
Cost: $120.00 for professionals per day ($200.00 for both days)
$50.00 for family members per day ($80.00 for both days)
Day 1 – Emerging Readers and Writers: Turning Caterpillars into Butterflies
Emergent literacy is the process that children move through from birth as they weave together knowledge about language and literacy (Dickinson & McCabe, 2001). This includes knowledge about vocabulary, sound awareness, print concepts, letter names, narrative structure and emergent writing (Van Kleek,1990). Knowledge in these areas develops in an integrated manner to provide children with a strong foundation that has been shown to be critical to later literacy learning success (Dickinson & McCabe, 2001).
All children are readers and writers. They are somewhere on the continuum of literacy development. Our job is to figure out where that is and to move them along as far as we can. This session will equip you with a toolbox of ideas and strategies for maximising communication and literacy learning for the children in your classroom. The butterfly is a symbol for change, freedom and joy. We need to facilitate change and development in children with complex communication needs so that they can reap the huge benefits that literacy brings.
This workshop will outline:
- the key principles underlying the emergent literacy model
- specific strategies for creating print-rich environments, facilitating storybook reading interactions, providing emergent writing opportunities, and building important skill areas such as pint concepts, phonological awareness, and alphabet knowledge
- software, apps, hardware and instructional programs available for supporting emergent literacy development
Day 2 – Comprehensive Literacy Instruction for ALL Learners
This workshop will describe the rationale and principles underlying a comprehensive literacy approach and how it can be applied to children with complex communication and learning needs. The Four Blocks Literacy approach (Cunningham & Hall) will be presented as a framework that ensures children are provided with daily opportunities to engage in four key areas of literacy learning:
- Language comprehension
- Word learning
- Self-directed reading
All four areas are critical for children with disabilities to develop conventional reading and writing skills. Specific strategies and adaptations will be outlined. Multi-level activities, which can be implemented with all students in a classroom, will be highlighted, as will ideas for older students who are beginning readers.
These workshops will be highly relevant to teachers, speech-language therapists, occupational therapists, support staff, RTLBs, SENCOs, parents, and others who work with children with developmental disabilities (e.g., cerebral palsy, autism, down syndrome).
Sally Clendon is a speech-language therapist and a consultant in the area of literacy for children with significant disabilities particularly those with complex communication needs who use Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC). She is a Research Affiliate of the Centre for Literacy and Disability Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA
Sally has presented nationally and internationally. She has also consulted with various groups including working with companies to develop literacy programmes for children with severe disabilities and working with AAC device manufacturers to develop the language systems within their AAC devices. Sally is currently working with schools to implement a comprehensive approach to literacy instruction with their students.
For a copy of the flyer, click here