TARGET AUDIENCE: ALL K-6 EDUCATORS, COACHES AND EDUCATIONAL ASSISTANTS ARE ENCOURAGED TO ATTEND
Words Their Way is the gold standard of word study programs, but in practice, it can be a nightmare to implement. Teachers often become overwhelmed with Words Their Way and as a result, give up on using it in their classroom. Join us to find out why this type of word study instruction is important and how it can be easily executed. We will uncover the ways in which this program improves spelling development and fosters reading and writing acquisition. See the amazing outcomes that three classroom teachers have achieved using this word study approach. You will leave with hands-on strategies and activities to be used immediately and will see how Words Their Way leads to gold medal results.
Miriam Ramzyis the Director of Student Learning, Jr K - 6, for the Foothills School Division. The focus of her education, teaching practice, and professional development endeavours has been on early learning and literacy. Miriam has her PhD from the Werklund School of Education; her doctoral work looked at early literacy learning in a grade one setting, with an emphasis on writing instruction, and the role of printing and word study. Her passion for supporting teachers in building powerful literacy classrooms, where all learners experience success, drives her work.
Michelle Bence's passion is early literacy. She is an enthusiastic educator with over 18 years of teaching experience. Over the past few years, Michelle has worked extensively with several school boards in Alberta, investigating professional teacher learning and evidence-based early literacy practice. Currently, Michelle is a Ph.D. student at the University of Calgary, examining the connection between oral language development and early literacy acquisition.