Changing the Way We See Literacy

Using Morphology and Etymology in the K-2 classroom


AUDIENCE: Targeted for ELA Teachers in Grades K-2.


Have you ever looked at the spelling of a word and thought "I don't understand why this word is spelled this way?" Have you ever answered a student's question with "That's an exception to the rule" or "a sight word" or "an oddball" or "a snap word" only to find out that many students still can't remember them to read or spell? What if spelling or understanding these words is more than sound/symbol relationships but instead is related to meaning and connection across groups. or FAMILIES, of words.


In this 3-hour session, K-2 teachers will walk away with a new understanding of the English writing system and how it impacts our youngest readers and writers.

~Teachers will leave with tangible lessons on understanding of “sight words”, word structures, and how these relate to phoneme/grapheme correspondences to start immediately in their classrooms.

~They will have an updated outlook on where English has come from and what it truly means to be literate.

~Teachers will also receive a resource card deck (Valued at $10) to help them in referencing to some “sight words” that frustrate teachers and students alike.


  • Note taking materials
  • Enthusiasm to learn

Meet our Presenter

This Professional Development is led by Kelly Young, an IMSLEC accredited, Orton Gillingham trained educator with over a decade of experience in special education. Kelly has hundreds of hours in study in Orthographic Linguistics: Etymology, Morphology and English Orthography. As a Dyslexic, she has struggled first hand with the intellectual judgement that accompanies misspellings and literacy. She primarily works with children identified with Dyslexia as well as educators and parents to improve students of all ages and abilities in their outcomes in spelling, reading, and vocabulary.


Date: September 29, 2020

Time: 8:30 am - 11:30 am

When Should I Arrive? Please Arrive 15 Minutes Early to Sign-In & Find Your Seat

Location: Bellefontaine High School (Distance Learning Center) - 555 E Lake Ave, Bellefontaine, OH 43311

Contact Hours: 3.0 hours

Registration Fees

  • $50 (per person) for Hardin, Shelby, and Logan County Public School Districts, Boards of DD, & Career Centers
  • $75 (per person) for school districts outside of the above counties or other agencies / non-profits

If you have questions about fees or the registration process, please contact Kim Leach at

**DEADLINE TO REGISTER IS September 15th at 12:00 pm


Tuesday, Sep. 29th, 8:30-11:30am

Distance Learning Center, Bellefontaine High School, 555 E Lake Ave, Bellefontaine, OH 43311

What time should I arrive at the training site? Please arrive 15 minutes early to each session to complete the check-in process. Enter through the Main School Entrance and check-in with the Office for directions to the training room.

Food & Beverage: Bottled water and assorted breakfast bars will be available at the beginning of the session. While coffee or other food will not be served, participants are free to bring snack items for themselves or to share with the group. Please plan accordingly…..

What You Should Bring? Participants should bring note taking materials and writing utensils with them to the session.

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