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Creating a Literate Community II

Thursday October 5, 2023 Registrations open at 8.30, first speaker at 9.00 am (Registrations close on Friday 15th of September 2023)

Lifting New Zealand literacy rates for children including those with learning differences | Supporting students significantly behind in their literacy

Are you ready to help children become proficient readers? It is essential that we take action to improve literacy outcomes for struggling children. If we implement effective, evidence-based instruction for every child, we can expect MOST children to learn to read well, regardless of their background. Join us to dig into the conversation!

This is your opportunity to learn how support children struggling to read and write. It is important that children have access to a quality evidence-based education, regardless of their learning needs. This conference will provide an opportunity for leaders, teachers, parents and caregivers to learn how to support struggling readers.

There are a number of factors that can contribute to reading difficulties, including neurological differences, lack of early intervention, and limited access to skilled, qualified educators. This conference will provide information on how to identify children who are struggling to read and explain pathways to ensure they receive the help they need and deserve.

We have many children aged between 8-14 years old who, through no fault of their own are unable to access the curriculum as they cannot yet read and write. This event will be an important step in improving literacy rate for these and all students and we encourage you to attend to hear how. Here are some specific ways that we can support children with learning difficulties:

Provide early intervention. The earlier a child receives help, the better their chances of success. It is vital that we provide evidence-based instruction that is tailored to the individual needs of the struggling learner.

Use evidence-based interventions. We must use evidence-based interventions to helping children with learning difficulties, neurodiverse children and those with dyslexia learn to read and write. By evidence we mean empirical evidence, able to be tested coming from large scale quantitative research.

Provide support for parents and caregivers. Parents and caregivers play a critical role in supporting their children's learning. It is important to provide them with the resources and support they need to help their children succeed.

By working together, we can make a real difference in the lives of children with learning difficulties and we encourage you to get involved and help make a difference. If you are new to evidence based teaching methods this will help you navigate your way into a skilled educator for struggling students. 

Speakers and Topics:

Lyn Stone - Lifelong Literacy: Explicit instruction in the morphological, etymological and orthographic underpinnings of the system (via video link).

Mahina Selby Law - Mahi-by-Mahi: Structured Literacy approach in Māori medium.

Dr Olwyn Johnston - The Kiwi Reading Doctor: What intervention must include to be successful for students, no matter their age. Practical suggestions for parents and teachers alike to get students progressing and feeling success.

Dr Michael Johnston - Senior Fellow, The New Zealand Initiative: Cognitive load in relation to reading.

Emma Nahna - Sound Foundations for Literacy: Speech language therapy and her work as a literacy coach.

Information booklet about each of our speakers is on the Tui Trust website: 

Tickets are $92 including GST - we have tried to make this as affordable as possible. Seating set-up is six people to a circular table.

Tea and coffee on arrival, morning tea and buffet lunch will be provied (dietary options at checkout).

Comfortable circular tables, 6 people per table.

Refreshments upon arrival, morning tea and lunch included.

Water towers for fresh water in the conference room.

Our team and volunteers will welcome one you and be available for any questions you may have.

Library of helpful books will be available for you to browse, Lyn Stone x3 books, Sally Shaywitz, John Sweller, John Ayto, Denise Eide, Louisa Cook Moats, The Writing Rope, Orton Gillingham Four word list Dictionaries, Mark Seidenberg (Language at the Speed of Sight), David A. Kilpatrick, decodable book examples plus more !

Plenty of off-street parking outside the doors to the conference rooms. The Distinction Conference is a spacious, comfortable place where you feel relaxed well looked after by our team of volunteers. Information packs for you to take home are provided.

Tui Trust


 (Registrations close on Friday 15th of September 2023)

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