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Apply now!  PEIF is offering half price scholarships for educators attending PEI Professional Development Classes. These scholarships are intended to help classroom teachers expand their professional skills and knowledge in areas of ethics, classroom management, dyslexia, leadership, financial literacy, and STEM.

To apply for a scholarship, please submit a paragraph to describing the workshop you wish to attend and the direct benefits you expect this opportunity to bring to you and to your students.

Scholarship awards will be applied directly to the Professional Development class specified in the application (limit one per person per year).

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July 10-11 – The Science of Reading – with Liz Tuecke

July 10 @ 8:00 am - July 11 @ 4:30 pm

Monday, July 10 – Tuesday, July 11 (8:00am – 4:30pm)

An introductory overview to support learners with decoding and encoding the English language – July 10-11, 2023– Liz Tuecke
This interactive course will contribute to participants understanding many of the rules that provide the foundation to accurate reading and spelling of the English language. The course will provide an overview of strategies that support success for even the most severely impacted student with a language processing disorder.
Participant-focused activities will engage the learner in applying strategies for both encoding and decoding language. Activities interspersed throughout the course include: mini lessons, video testimonials of families impacted by dyslexia, videos of struggling readers applying knowledge of syllable structure, and participation in structured language lessons that will include special education levels.

Course Objectives:
• Understand and be able to identify the syllable types of the English language as well as their exceptions
• Be able to identify and explain the rules that govern the spelling options of /k/
• Complete and be able to score a phonemic awareness screener for a student with a language processing disorder
• Recognize the differences between Tier 1 (classroom), Tier 2 (intervention), and Tier 3 (special education) instruction for the same concept, as well as understand the impact of a multi-tiered approach
• Understand and be able to apply the rules of syllable division to unknown words
• Grasp the emotional impact that structured language support carries for families and students impacted by dyslexia or other language processing disorders
• Analyze student writing samples and identify the impact of language structure knowledge in encoding
• Understand and be able to provide an overview of the essential, multi-modal components of an effective language lesson for individuals with dyslexia and other language processing disorders
• Understand the importance of providing consistent resources and anchors for students to access in a variety of settings used for reading and writing
• Employ questioning to guide others in drawing conclusions about words in both reading and writing
• Design an intervention lesson plan that supports concepts introduced at the classroom level

Course Requirement:
100% attendance, active participation, and completion of all in-course activities required for License Renewal Credit

Course Instructor: Liz Tuecke
Certified as a Wilson Dyslexia Therapist; Designated as a Structured Literacy Dyslexia Specialist by the Center for Effective Reading Instruction (a subsidiary of The International Dyslexia Association); Member of The International Dyslexia Association, Iowa Teaching License – Dyslexia Specialist Endorsement, Reading Specialist Endorsement

$60 PEI member, $100 non-member – 1 licensure renewal credit.

 Minimum enrollment of 10 required.  Maximum enrollment of 30.

Cancellations due to low class enrollment, full refund 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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July 10 @ 8:00 am
July 11 @ 4:30 pm
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PEI Conference Center
974 73rd Street, Suite 30
West Des Moines, IA 50265 United States
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Elizabeth Hoksbergen
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