Webinars

We know that when working with students with varying learning needs, it is vital to be a life-long learner. We want to be an ongoing resource for you and we also want to create a learning venue that is user-friendly and accessible. Below is a comprehensive list of our available webinars and links to our virtual classroom. 

Phonemic Awareness Webinar

Covered in this webinar:

  • What is phonemic awareness and why is it important?  
  • How does phonemic awareness differ from phonological awareness?
  • What skills are included in phonemic awareness?
  • How do you assess phonemic awareness? For what ages is an assessment appropriate?
  • Can phonemic awareness be taught? What does that instruction/practice comprise?

This Phonemic Awareness presentation is nearly an hour in length and provides you with a wealth of information. Lynn Givens defines phonemic awareness, looks at various assessments that are specific to phonemic awareness, and provides activities and resources you can use in the classroom to enhance this foundational literacy skill in your students.

RAN Webinar

Welcome to the Orton Gillingham Online Academy RAN Webinar with Dr. Michael Hart! Rapid Automatized Naming (RAN) is a task that measures how quickly individuals can name aloud objects, pictures, colors, or symbols.

Michael Hart, Ph.D. is a child psychologist with 25 years of experience in parent and teacher training, educational technology, learning differences and diagnostic assessment of dyslexia and attention problems. He is the founder/owner of www.doctormichaelhart.com and is currently providing online webinars and courses regarding the proper educational care of our dyslexic students. Dr. Hart is intensely focused on supporting parents and teachers as they become better informed and more experienced in the effective treatment of our dyslexic students.

We encourage you to download the following workbook to use to take notes as you follow along with Dr. Hart.

Comprehension: Bringing Meaning and Understanding to Text

In this free webinar, Lynn Givens, developer of the Connect to Comprehension program and OGOA course, will answer the following questions and will also provide participants with a basic understanding of this unique intervention program for struggling readers.

Covered in this webinar:

  • What are the first steps for addressing comprehension with struggling readers?
  • How does one move from single word and phrasal reading to an understanding of text?  
  • What are the most important instructional components for accomplishing this goal?

Participants will receive a free sample of the Connect to Comprehension Phonics Games, which can be used alone or in conjunction with the program to provide additional practice in fluency and comprehension.

Using Grammar to Improve Written Expression and Reading Comprehension

In this webinar, Lynn Givens, developer of the Connect to Comprehension program and OGOA course, will answer the following questions and will also provide participants with a basic understanding of the various aspects of grammar: parts of speech, mechanics, sentence structure and usage. 

Covered in this webinar:

  • What are some important new ideas about teaching grammar?   
  • How can teaching students about parts of speech lead to improved writing skills? How can this instruction and practice positively affect reading comprehension?    
  • What are some strategies for making instruction and practice in mechanics more meaningful and effective?
  • Why is knowledge of sentence structure so critical in both comprehending and writing increasingly complex sentences? How can we best teach our students about this component?
  • What are the most important elements of correct usage to teach our students?

Participants will receive a FREE Fables for Fluency eBook and a FREE Multisyllable Myths eBook included in this $39.95 purchase!  

Gaming Your Brain

This Gaming Your Brain webinar looks at various hands on games that can provide an engaging and fun learning environment for students during an Orton Gillingham lesson. In this webinar, Phil and Lorna answer the following questions about games that can be played during an Orton Gillingham lesson.

Covered in this webinar:

  • How would you go about developing a game for a typical Orton Gillingham lesson?  
  • Are there any games that take longer than a few minutes to play?
  • What guidance can you give participants to help them design their own games?
  • Do you have any suggestions for areas of Orton Gillingham teaching where games are a good fit?
  • Many educational games available on the market are expensive, take too long to play, and often do not target the concepts we want to teach. Do you have any inexpensive suggestions?

Participants will receive a FREE list of games that can be played with Bananagram tiles!

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