presentation And Handouts

Click here to access the presentation used at Westmount Charter School on May 17, 2019.

Click here to access Parent Education pptx presentation as shared at Foothills Academy Estelle Siebens Community Services March 20th, 2019.

Click here to access the pptx presentation from City of Calgary Teachers Convention - The Science of Reading and Reading Instruction - February 14th, 2019.

PowerPoint Presentation - The Science of Reading and Reading Instruction

Handout - The Simple View of Reading and the Reading Rope

Handout - The Ladder of Reading (c) N. Young 2017

Handout - Sound-Symbol Chart - University of Texas

Handout - Note taking pages and activities from Foothills Academy session - March 20, 2019

Books & teaching resources

(Scroll down for scientific articles)

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Assessing, Preventing and Overcoming Reading Difficulties - David Kilpatrick

Code Charts - Phonics International

Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills (DIBELS) 8th Edition - University of Oregon

Equipped for Reading Success: A Comprehensive, Step by Step Program for Developing Phonemic Awareness and Fluent Word Recognition - David Kilpatrick

Knowledge and Practice Standards for Teachers of Reading - International Dyslexia Association

Language at the Speed of Sight - Mark Seidenberg

Free Download - Reading Instruction and Phonics: Theory and Practice for Teachers - Stephen Parker

Buy hard copy (inexpensively) at Reading Instruction and Phonics: Theory and Practice for Teachers - Stephen Parker

Reading Pathways: Simple Exercises to Improve Reading Fluency - Dorothy Hiskes

Sounding Out the Sight Words - Denise Eide and Cindy Kringelis

Speech to Print - Louisa Moats

Speech to Print Workbook: Language Exercises for Teachers - Louisa Moats

Teaching Polysyllabic Words: Helping Students with Dyslexia Read Long Words Using Syllables and Morphemes - Devin Kearns and Victoria Whaley

Uncovering the Logic of English - Denise Eide

REPORTS, scientific articles, monographs & Videos

Where possible I have linked to full articles. In some cases articles are behind paywalls and I have linked to the abstract. I recommend that all educators advocate that access to the scientific journals should be provided by their employer (as the only cost effective possibility for scientific knowledge to become easily accessible).

Castles, A., Rastle, K., & Nation, K. (2018). Ending the reading wars: Reading acquisition from novice to expert. Psychological Science in the Public Interest, 19, 5–51. doi:10.1177/1529100618772271

Catts, H.W., Adlof, S.M., and Weismer, S.E. (2006). Language Deficits in Poor Comprehenders. Journal of Speech Language and Hearing Research, Vol. 49, 278–293.

Dehaene, S. VIDEO - The Brain Prize Presents: Stanislas Dehaene - a 7 minute video introduction to the reading / brain science (and why NOT to teach whole words).

Dehaene, S. VIDEO - How the Brain Learns to Read - Prof. Stanislas Dehaene - about 1/2 hour video - roughly 20 minute lecture with about 10 minutes of (mostly) interesting Q&A at the end. REALLY WORTHWHILE (especially the lecture portion).

Kearns, D., Hancock, R., Hoeft, F., Pugh, K. and Frost, S.J. (2018). The Neurobiology of Dyslexia. Teaching Exceptional Children, Vol. 51, No. 3, pp. 175-188. DOI:10.1177/0040059918820051

Rose Report (2006). Independent Review of the Teaching of Early Reading: Final Report. Department for Education and Skills. England, United Kingdom.

Spear-Swerling, L. (2018). Structured Literacy and Typical Literacy Practices: Understanding Differences to Create Instructional Opportunities. Teaching Exceptional Children, Vol. XX, No. X. pp. 1-11.

Spelfabet. VIDEO - A 12 minute video that explains How Children Learn to Read.

Stanovich, J. and Stanovich, K. (2003). Using research and reason in education: How teachers can use scientifically based research to make curricular & instructional decisions.Washington, DC: National Institute of Child Health and Human Development; Department of Education; and Department of Health and Human Services.

Willingham, D. and Lovette, G. (2014). Can Reading Comprehension Be Taught? Teachers College Record.

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