Pre-Conference workshops for Parents

These workshops are specifically designed for parents and carers to hear from two of the international experts presenting at the 2019 Language, Literacy and Learning Conference at a special pre-conference day of workshops.

Carol Tolman
Carol has a doctorate in educational psychology and has been a consultant at the state, district and school levels in the United States for more than 15 years. In addition to spearheading many successful, long-term literacy initiatives throughout the country, Carol is co-author of the LETRS (Language Essentials for Teachers of Reading and Spelling) program. She is an engaging and knowledgeable speaker who has considerable experience working with and presenting to parents.

Carol Tolman Session 1
9:00am to 10:30am – Understanding the Reading Brain – A workshop for parents

Developing an awareness of the changes that take place in a child’s brain as they learn to read helps us to understand what is happening in the brain of a child who struggles. In recent years, science has provided us with valuable information through brain imaging studies. Join Carol for an in-depth look at the areas of the brain implicated in the reading process and the instruction needed to ensure that children learn to read well.

Carol Tolman Session 2
10:50am – 12:20pm – Teaching Beginning Reading: how to help your child at home

Learning to read is arguably the most important goal in the early years of education. Students who struggle with reading are likely to face major obstacles in all areas of the curriculum. Parents can, and often do, play a significant role in supporting this learning. In this session, Carol will outline a number of achievable goals designed to support the acquisition of reading – with a particular focus on the value and use of decodable books.


Yana Weinstein 
Yana Weinstein is an Assistant Professor at University of Massachusetts, Lowell. She received her PhD in Psychology from University College London in 2009 and then had four years of postdoctoral training at Washington University in St. Louis. The broad goal of her research is to help students make the most of their academic experience. Yana tries to pose questions that have direct applied relevance, such as: How can we help students choose optimal study strategies? Why are test scores sometimes so surprising to students? And how does retrieval practice help students learn? Her presentations offer practical strategies to improve learning.

Yana Weinstein Session 3
1:00pm – 2:30pm – Strategies For Effective Learning – Tips for students, teachers and parents (Part One).

In this session, Yana will discuss how students, teachers, and parents can benefit from decades of research in cognitive psychology. She will give a basic overview of attention and memory, and describe six highly effective learning strategies, including spaced practice (revisiting prior learning) and retrieval practice (bringing information to mind from memory).

Yana Weinstein Session 4
2:50pm – 4:20pm – Strategies For Effective Learning – Tips for students, teachers and parents (Part Two).

In this session, Yana will delve deeper into the nuances and practical concerns involved in applying effective learning strategies in both the classroom and at home. She will cover the ways in which students can be supported to plan ahead to space out their studying (practice), and how we can all encourage students to find opportunities to make use of retrieval.

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Date(s) - 03/04/2019
9:00 am - 4:30 pm

Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre

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