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This fall, the Lawrence School District will be opening the Instructional Support Center at the Lawrence Early Childhood Center at #4 School (87 Wanser Ave, Inwood, NY 11096). We are pleased to announce our first courses.

The Windward School Multisensory Reading Instruction: PAF Part I
The Windward School Expository Writing Instruction: Part One

More information on the courses, such as meeting times & topics, can be found below. All participants should speak with Jessica Brown in the Lawrence Superintendent’s Office at (516) 812-7530 no later than August 24th to register for these courses.

Sincerely,


Ann Pedersen, Ed.D.

Superintendent of Schools

Multisensory Reading Instruction: PAF Part I

This five-session course taught by Phyllis Bertin, co-author of the PAF (Preventing Academic Failure) program, focuses on multisensory techniques for teaching reading, writing and spelling in the primary grades. PAF incorporates the theory and practices of Orton-Gillingham instruction into an early intervention program intended to be used with groups of children at-risk for reading difficulties. PAF can also be used remedially for struggling readers or as an effective beginning reading program for all children. Topics will include instructional practices supported by the latest research on developing accurate and fluent reading and comprehension, lesson planning, and curriculum-based assessments. For teachers of grades K-6

Dates: Four Wednesdays: October 17, 31; November 7, 14 and

One Monday: November 19, 2018
Time: 9am-1pm
Location: Instructional Support Center @ ECC #4 School (87 Wanser Ave, Inwood, NY 11096)
Instructor: Phyllis Bertin, M.S.

To Register: Call Jessica Brown at 516-812-7530

Expository Writing Instruction: Part One

Expectations to meet the new writing standards begin in the early grades and extend through high school. In this course, Betsy M. Duffy, MS Ed, Director of Language Arts and Instruction at The Windward School, will present strategies for teaching expository writing in all content areas in grades K-12. The course offers specific evidence-based techniques to add structure, coherence and clarity to students’ expository writing. Instructional guidelines will be presented for developing complex sentences, outlining, writing paragraphs and compositions, and revising and editing. Many exemplars will explicitly demonstrate how to teach foundational and organizational skills necessary to write an argumentative essay. An overview of how to plan an expository reading lesson as a springboard to writing is now included in the course. This writing program, used at The Windward School, is based on large statistical research studies for best practice in writing and utilizes strategies outlined in publications by Steve Graham et al, Teaching Basic Writing Skills, and The Hochman Method. These writing strategies can be implemented in general classrooms and special educations settings. For teachers of grades K-12

Dates: Four Thursdays, Sept. 20, 27, October 4, 11, 2018
Time: 9am-1pm
Location: Instructional Support Center @ ECC #4 School (87 Wanser Ave, Inwood, NY 11096)
Instructor: Betsy M. Duffy, MS Ed
To Register: Call Jessica Brown at 516-812-7530