On this page we have a number of general educator resources. For more resources tailored to specific groups, please click on any of the following links.
Understanding Learning Difficulties: A Practical Guide for Teachers
This valuable resource has now been made available for free for all teachers as a Federal Government initiative. Teachers can obtain an online copy at the link below via Scootle (search using the code TLF ID S8001 or the name of the guide).
Outside the Square
Outside the Square is a series of films to increase awareness and understanding of dyslexia in our education system.
The scene is set with brave and inspirational children supported by their proactive parent advocates. They share their struggles and difficulties encountered in our current education system. Their journey continues through the eyes of teachers that have embraced change. Through their shared experiences and supported by Australia’s leading education researchers, a deep understanding of dyslexia is developed that showcases effective teaching strategies to assist students with dyslexia.
All three films can be viewed here.
This is a community project driven by parents and educators passionate about social justice and education reform. The films aim to empower children with dyslexia in education by closing the research-to-practice gap in our schools. Outside the Square was designed to get ‘blanket’ awareness in schools as a first step to change.
SA Phonics Check
We are leading the way with implementing the year 1 Phonics Check in 2018! What supports are available when the Phonics Check shows we’re not teaching reading well at the moment?
Pedagogical training for teachers:
Structured Synthetic Phonics programs for schools and families:
• ABC Cracking the Code http://crackingtheabccode.com
• MultiLit suite of programs http://www.multilit.com/programs/
• Little Learners Love Literacy http://littlelearnersloveliteracy.com.au
• Sounds Write http://www.sounds-write.co.uk/page-98-australia.aspx
• Jolly Phonics http://www.speld-sa.org.au
• Letters and Sounds https://dsf.net.au/events/
Contact SPELD SA for more information.
Macquarie University Special Education Centre – The MUSEC Briefings
Macquarie University Special Education Centre (evidence based practice information) Macquarie University Special Education Centre (MUSEC), the centre for research and teaching in special education, enjoys a national and international reputation for the quality of its research, its excellence in postgraduate teaching and its contribution to program development in the area of Special Education. Follow the above link to find out which programs are recommended and what to avoid.
Disability Standards for Education
Disability Standards for Education – guidance notes and fact sheets – also has link to Nationally Consistent Collection of Data
Fun Phonics Facts
31 Facts a Day for Dyslexia Awareness Month – October 2016 – Click here to read them!
Read About It: Scientific Evidence for Effective Teaching of Reading
How children learn to read is one of the most studied aspects of education. There is a large and rigorous body of scientific evidence identifying the key elements of high quality reading instruction. The research literature also unequivocally shows that explicit instruction methods are the most effective way of teaching reading, especially for novice readers and children at-risk of reading failure. Unfortunately, these elements and methods are not consistently used in Australian classrooms, with many thousands of children failing to achieve even basic levels of literacy as a result. This report outlines the powerful research evidence on learning to read from the 1960s to 2015 and explains how having effective, evidence-based reading instruction in every classroom, every day can substantially improve literacy levels among Australian children.
Dyslexia is not a Visual Problem
Position statement from the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmology 2016. Click here to read it.
A Position Statement on Approaches to Reading Instruction Supported by Learning Difficulties Association (LDA 2015)
Why Jaydon Can’t Read
The triumph of ideology over evidence in teaching reading.
International Dyslexia Association: Knowledge and Practice Standards for Teachers of Reading
The IDA Knowledge and Practice Standards for Teachers of Reading define what all teachers of reading need to know and be able to do to teach all students to read proficiently. Teachers needs a strong foundation of language, literacy and individual differences to serve all children in their classroom.
International Dyslexia Association: Dyslexia in the Classroom – What Every Teacher Needs to Know
The intent of this toolkit is to provide classroom teachers with basic information about dyslexia, dispel some of the myths and misconception surrounding it and be a resource that will increase their capacity to ensure the success of the diverse group of learners in their classrooms.
All individuals have the right to achieve their potential, that individual learning abilities can be strengthened, and that social, educational and barriers to language acquisition and use must be removed.
Working Memory: Why Does he Never Listen – Plum Hutton
High Impact Teaching Strategies – John Hattie
Interview with Professor John Hattie
Special Education Apps
Click here to download the file.
British Dyslexia Association – Dyslexia Style Guide
Click here to download the file.
Dyslexia – The Invisible Disability
Click here to view the link
Preventing Literacy Failure