Winter Institute Food for Thought 2021

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WIFFT! Winter Institute Food for Thought

Virtual Only Conference

Low-Cost Seminars

February 6, 2021

All sessions are $30 each

You may choose to attend LIVE or watch On-Demand*

** All WIFFT proceeds go to the Lois Rothschild Scholarship Fund to scholarship college-bound students with dyslexia**

(please note that if you intend to apply for reimbursement from your district or pay by check, you must still register online and select Pay by Invoice for purchase orders or Pay by Check for check payments in order to hold your place for each session)

Registration - PLEASE READ:

  • Register for one or more sessions by clicking on the green GET TICKETS button. Descriptions of each session are listed below.
  • For live sessions, make sure to register for the live session version of the workshop (listed with a time and denoted as LIVE). Zoom links for live sessions will be provided before February 6th to the address used to register for the event. Please make sure you have a Zoom account and that your displayed name matches the name used to register for the event. Attendance will be taken and all certificates for live sessions will be sent out the week of February 8th. If selecting live workshops, be sure to only sign up for one live workshop per time slot.
  • For On-Demand Videos, make sure to register for the on-demand version of the workshop (denoted as ON DEMAND). Links to On-Demand Videos will be sent the week of February 8th. In order to receive credit, you must watch the video recording and fill out a survey by February 26th. All certificates for on-demand sessions will be sent out the week of March 1st.
  • You can register for as many workshops as you would like. Just be sure that any live sessions that you select do not overlap!

Early Morning Sessions – 8:00AM – 10:00AM

Session 1: The Professional Practitioner (Marie Dembowski, MA, MAT, K-8 General & Special Education, Reading Specialist, Dyslexia Specialist, Supervisor OGT, OGTT, SLDS and Elizabeth Kenny-Foggins, MA, MS, LDT-C, OG Therapist, SLDS, Dyslexia Specialist)

This workshop will provide an overview of the following aspects of being a Professional 'OG' Practitioner: professional etiquette, recordkeeping/organization, parent, district, and legal correspondence, credentials, remote learning.

Session 2: Vocabulary and Reading Comprehension: How Deeply are They Connected? (Judy Shapiro, MS/LDTC, OG-THT)

We'll explore the underpinnings of the relationship between these two areas as we look at the role and power of a rich vocabulary. We'll focus on the struggling reader's lack of access to the wealth of words other readers enjoy.

Session 3: Introduction to the PAST (Susan Andrews, M.A., OG-Th, SLDS, Dyslexia Specialist in Rockaway Township School District)

The Phonological Awareness Screening Test by David Kilpatrick has become the current measure to assess students and inform instruction. In this session, we will learn how to administer and score the test. You can then use the information to determine a start point for instruction of your students. Test materials will be provided.

Late Morning Sessions – 10:30AM -12:30PM

Session 4: PAST Refresher (Susan Andrews, M.A., OG-Th, SLDS, Dyslexia Specialist in Rockaway Township School District)

This session is for teachers who have begun using the PAST (Phonological Awareness Screening Test) by David Kilpatrick. We will review how to administer and score the measures as well as how to determine instructional activities. We can trouble-shoot any difficulties you may have encountered, so bring your questions!

Session 5: From Mission to Mandate: How to Make Your District Dyslexia Friendly (Dr. Jodi Mahoney, Principal at Greenbrook Elementary School, South Brunswick, NJ. Co-chair South Brunswick School District Team Dyslexia)

In this session, teachers, administrators and parents can use a new tool to assess how ready their school is to support students with dyslexia and highlight next steps to become even more dyslexia friendly.

Session 6: Creating a Word Conscious Classroom (Alison Pankowski, M. Ed., LDTC. Education Director, Beyond Communication, LLC)

Teaching vocabulary is complex. Learn research and activities to support the Language Standards in the area of vocabulary acquisition and usage. Based on the work by Isabel Beck et al, activities will be shared to help students develop oral vocabulary, distinguish shades of meaning, explore word relationships and learn about the layers of our English language.

Afternoon Sessions – 1:00PM-3:00PM

Session 7: Dyslexia Tips that Work: Unlocking the Best Literacy Practices at Home to Keep your Child on Track (in person, hybrid, and virtually) (Genny Schwarzberg, Owner of Genny of all Trades, LLC, Learning Disabilities Teacher-Consultant, Orton-Gillingham Teacher/Structured Literacy Dyslexia Therapist)

Join learning disabilities specialist Genny Schwarzberg, who will share great information and tips to better understand dyslexia and how you can help your students. Attendees will learn prevention is possible and remediation can be fun. Focus will be on unlocking best literacy practices as well as best virtual teaching practices for you to implement both in and outside of the school day to help keep your kids on track.

Session 8: Providing Multisensory Reading Support To Beginning Readers (Heather Schulz, Reading Specialist M.S.Ed, OG-T, RTI Interventionist, Manalapan School District, Former Adjunct Professor, Monmouth University; Michelle Wind, Reading Specialist M.A.Ed, OG-TT, CDT, Practicum Instructor Manalapan, RTI Interventionist, Manalapan School District)

This session will examine a variety of multisensory, research-based strategies that can be integrated throughout the structured literacy block to support beginning struggling readers with foundational literacy skills. Emphasis will be placed on letter naming and letter-sound fluency, mastery of phonemic awareness skills, and automaticity of CVC whole word blending and reading. Participants will be provided with instructional resources that can be utilized during the literacy block of kindergarten through first-grade classrooms.

Session 9: Dyslexia: It's Impacts in the Classroom (Amy Garner MA-OG-TTH - Special Education Literacy coach, Supplemental Reading Instructor, Branchburg Township School District, Co-Director of Scotch Plains Children's Dyslexia Center)

Do you want to learn more about dyslexia and how it impacts students in the classroom? Dyslexia is a language-based learning disability. During this class, we will explore the signs and symptoms of dyslexia and how we can help students be successful in the classroom. We will discuss strategies, accommodations, modifications and teaching tools for struggling students.

If you are planning to have your district pay for your sessions, please select "Pay by Invoice." Please mail all pertinent information to the address below.  Your Eventbrite confirmation will serve as your invoice. Please ensure that you are including a copy of your confirmation e-mail. NJIDA, PO Box 32, Long Valley, NJ 07853 (email NJIDA@msn.com)

If you are paying by check, please make sure to select "Pay by Check." Please send a check made out to NJIDA for the total amount, along with your confirmation e-mail, to the address below.  If payment is not received by February 1st, your registration is forfeit.  Thank you very much for your understanding. NJIDA, PO Box 32, Long Valley, NJ 07853 (email NJIDA@msn.com)

For more information, e-mail njidascholar@gmail.com

Earn IMSLEC and PDP hours

Each session equates to 2 IMSLEC hours

Deadline to register January 30, 2020; Confirmations sent through EventBrite

Refund requests must be made by January 30, 2020

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