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Supporting Struggling Readers Gr 2-6--3 days
Presented by: Paddy Zadunayski
Wednesday, November 20, 2019 | 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Wednesday, January 15, 2020 | 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Thursday, January 16, 2020 | 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Session Location:
Central Alberta Regional Consortium 8 Page Avenue, Red Deer, AB
About the Session:


The three full days of workshops will help teachers to increase skills in assessing, planning for, and instructing struggling readers from grades 2-6. Teachers will learn how to assess for strengths and weaknesses.

Using the five pillars of reading, teachers will explore ways to:
• Adapt instruction for students who struggle
• Make instruction more explicit
• Provide systematic carefully sequenced instruction
• Increase opportunities for practice
• Apply skills and strategies in meaningful text

During the first session  participants will be provided with the DRT-2 Teacher Manual, DRT-2 Student Stimulus Booklet and two copies of the DRT-2 Recording Booklet. After being trained, teachers will be free to photocopy the applicable pages from the Recording Booklet to test and record their own students’ results. They will be asked to administer the applicable sections of the DRT-2 to as many students as possible prior to the second
session. Teachers have found the DRT-2 to be easy to administer with good instructions, scripts, examples, and recording of a student’s responses. It is ready for immediate use. The results are recorded on a Summary Sheet for each student. The remainder of this first session will be spent on learning about considerations for programming for weaknesses in phonemic awareness (the first pillar).

The focus of the second session will be to first share the teachers’ test results from the DRT-2 and to learn how to interpret the results for these students and to inform programming. The rest of this second session will be devoted to addressing weaknesses in phonics (the second pillar) and in fluency (the third pillar). Skills, strategies, and appropriate materials will be explored to try to accelerate student progress.

During the third session, the focus will be on vocabulary (the fourth pillar), sentence structure and text comprehension (the fifth pillar), tying the testing results to programming for weaknesses in these areas.

About the Presenter(s):
Paddy Zadunayski

Paddy Zadunayski’s classroom experience spans from grades one to nine and she has served as a school-based administrator. She holds a B.Ed and an M.Ed in Elementary Education. Her masters’ studies focused on Early Literacy Development, with a specialization in reading assessment and support.

Paddy was previously the Coordinator of Literacy for Pembina Hills Public Schools. In this role, her responsibilities included planning professional development opportunities and providing instructional coaching. Currently, she is working as a presenter for Edmonton Regional Leaning Consortium and for the Learning Disabilities Association of Alberta. 

Cancellation Policy:

Request for cancellation or refund must be received in writing (fax/email) at the CARC office a minimum of 7 FULL days prior to the event start, or registration fees will apply and refunds will not be issued. If you are unable to attend a session and unable to provide seven FULL days’ notice, please feel free to delegate an alternate to attend in your place. CARC also reserves the right to cancel an event within the 7 calendar days due to unforeseen circumstances such as facility closures, terrorist threats, natural disasters or extreme inclement weather (-35 C or colder). Cancellation notices should be sent to npenney@carcpd.ab.ca.

Registration Deadline: November 13, 2019
Cost: $300.00
Focus(es): Literacy
Grade Level(s): 2-6
Audience: Teachers