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Breaking the Code: Fundamentals of Multi-Sensory, Structured Literacy Instruction with Elizabeth Hoksbergen

February 21 @ 8:00 am - February 22 @ 4:30 pm

Instructor: Elizabeth Hoksbergen

February 21/22 (Fri/Sat) 8:00 am – 4:30 pm
$40 PEI member, $60 non-member · 1 licensure renewal credit.

This course will analyze phonological processing, phonemic awareness, orthographic processing, rapid naming (word retrieval abilities), and morphological awareness as well as their critical connection to the acquisition of language and literacy skills. Moreover, course coverage will illuminate the essential elements fundamental to multi-sensory, structured literacy curricula: phonology, sound-symbol association, syllable instruction, morphology, syntax, and semantics. Emphasis during the course will include how to identify and teach phoneme types, graphemes, the six syllable types (and their exceptions), syllable division, syllable marking, and morphemes. Through demonstration and practice, teachers will learn to identify and mark all of the six syllable types of the English language. Additionally, participants will examine key components of effective structured literacy instruction, including diagnostic-prescriptive decision-making; systematic coverage; direct, explicit instruction with modeling; and cumulative review. Participants will learn the inextricable link between these concepts and reading comprehension as well as how to apply this content to their particular instructional context.

1 licensure renewal credit.

Minimum enrollment of 10 required. Maximum enrollment of 50.

Cancellations due to low class enrollment, full refunds will be issued
Student initiated cancellation 72 hours prior to course, $10 cancellation fee
Student initiated cancellation less than 72 hours prior to course, non-refundable

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February 21 @ 8:00 am
February 22 @ 4:30 pm
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