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The Truth About Dyslexia: Myths vs. Facts
Scroll down to locate this recorded webinar. "As a consequence of advocacy, many states have now adopted laws pertaining the identification and treatment of dyslexia. While recognition of dyslexia is long overdue, conflicts between scientific evidence and popular beliefs continue to complicate implementation of these well-intentioned laws. Dr. Louisa Moats, author and nationally recognized literacy expert, will address quandaries such as the definition of dyslexia, appropriate criteria for identification, teacher preparation, and selection and use of instructional approaches."
Teacher Preparedness: Who is Confident Teaching Reading and Spelling?
Scroll down to locate this recorded webinar. "Poor preparation of teachers specializing in reading and learning disabilities is contributing to this country’s literacy problem. In this insightful presentation, nationally recognized literacy expert Dr. Louisa Moats explores why this problem exists and what administrators and teachers can do to help students achieve greater success."
Using sentence dictation to practise and assess taught spelling and punctuation skills: A Year 2 Explicit Instruction intervention
Daily contextualised sentence dictation was used for Year 2 students to practise, and the
teacher to assess, taught spelling concepts, capital letters and full stop usage in an Explicit Instruction (EI) program. The intervention was in a mainstream setting and supported all students learning to spell, including those with a learning difficulty (LD) and an English Learner (LL). Results showed that students who received EI in spelling and punctuation constructs followed by contextualised sentence dictation did
significantly better than comparison students who continued with their usual spelling program. Randomly selected intervention students deemed below average (BA), average (A), and above average (AA) spellers by their teachers were interviewed post-intervention to ascertain their feelings and opinions on the dictation components of the intervention. The positive findings presented here provide a body of contemporary research that supports using EI and incorporating contextualised sentence dictation to improve students’ understanding and practice of spelling and punctuation concepts.
Learning Difficulties Australia
"Learning Difficulties Australia is an association of teachers and other professionals dedicated to assisting students with learning difficulties through effective teaching practices based on scientific research, both in the classroom and through individualised instruction.