In addition to the ever-expanding range of professional learning workshops and presentations available onsite at DSF Literacy Services in South Perth, we are also available to run sessions offsite.

Workshops are designed in response to the requirements of individual schools and workplaces.  They can range from two hour information sessions, to interactive wrokshops of half, full or multiple days in length.  Additional time allows greater access to valuable information and specific teaching strategies.


Workshops designed to support the effective teaching of all students

  • Language Essentials for Teachers of Reading and Spelling (LETRS) - This extensive workshop (8 full days over two years plus online activities) addresses the structures of English Language, the cognitive processes of learning to read and write, and the teaching practices proven to be most effective.
  • Response to Intervention - This two day workshop examines the critical components of the RTI approach, focussing on the parameters of all three tiers of intervention and support.  
  • Explicit Instruction - This workshop covers the features of explicit instuction based on the delivery strategies that support the lesson design. Participants explore the basic tenets of explicit instruction and the benefits for all students including those with learning disorders.
  • The Science and Psychology of Reading - This course explores the current educational, cognitive, and developmental research in reading and details the implications this has for instruction.  This focus is on all areas of reading including accuracy, fluency and comprehension.
  • The Science and Psychology of Learning - This course explores the current educational, cognitive, and developmental research in the fields of teaching and learning and details the implications this has for the classroom teacher. The components of specific approaches that are known to raise student achievement and engagement will be explored.
  • Improving Reading Comprehension - In this workshop, the component skills underlying the development of strong reading comprehension will be examined.  Evidence-based stratgies known to improve reading comprehension are discussed.
  • Analysing Spelling Errors to Improve Literacy Outcomes - This practical full-day workshop will explore how to analyse an individual's spelling errros to reveal underlying deficits in particular areas including phonological awareness, knowledge of orthography, vocabulary, morphological and semantic relationships, and mental orthographic images.  Strategies to address these deficits will be discussed.

Workshops designed to increase the support of students with learning difficulties

  • Dyslexia, Dysgraphia and Dyscalculia - Defining Features and Effective Strategies - These sessions provide participants with an understanding of the defining features of specific learning disorders, demonstrating effective strategies for use both in and out of the classroom.
  • Understanding Learning Difficulties - In this practical full-day workshop, the DSF Understanding Learning Difficulties guide will be reviewed and effective ways to make use of it explored. Successful strategies for assisting students with specific learning disorders, such as Dyslexia, will be identified.
  • Working Memory Difficulties and Explicit Instruction - This workshop explains the characteristics of working memory weaknesses and the impact such difficulties have on academic performance. The value of explicit instruction for student with poor working memory will be explored.
  • Appropriate Accommodations - This workshop outlines ways of adjusting teaching practice and utilising resources to ensure that students with learning difficulties and disorders can engage successfully with the curriculum.  

Workshops related to high-quality evidence-based literacy programs and strategies

  • Sounds~Write - an evidence-based phonics program utilsiing an exciting and highly successful approach to the teaching or deading, spelling and writing.
  • Letters and Sounds - this program effectively targets the development of reading and spelling accuracy and fluency in the early years. 
  • Talk for Writing - Talk for writing is an exceptional approach to the teaching of written expression. DSF offers a number of Talk for Writing workshops that aim to address the instructional needs of primary, secondary and early years education. 
  • Talk for Writing Master Classes - Suited for teachers who have completed the initial Talk for Writing training and have been using the program in their school.  These master classes include poetry, short-burst writing and grammar teaching, planning and implementation, talk for reading and successful implementation at a whole school level
  • Talk for Writing - Tier 3 - In this workshop, trainees will learn how to deliver TfW to explicitly target students’ written expression skills when working remedially with individuals or small groups of students. 
  • Word Aware - A whole school approach which promotes vocabulary development.
  • Jolly Learning - includes both Jolly Phonics and Jolly Grammar programs which provide a thorough foundation for reading and writing.
  • Little Learners Love Literacy - This workshop presents the features of this explcit, multisensory literacy program and the research that underpins it.  
  • Heggerty Phonemic Awareness Curriculum - This workshop introduces participants to the Heggerty Phonemic Awareness Curriculum including the research behind the importance of phonological awareness instruction and the key components of the program.
  • Heggerty Phonemic Awareness - Tier 3 - This workshop explores the use of the Heggerty materials as a targeted and specific intervention program. Participants will also review the intervention program – Bridge the Gap.

These are just a few examples of our range of high-quality workshops and training opportunities.  If your school has a specific need or one of the above workshops does not suit, DSF is able to tailor professional learning to meet the needs of your school. Find out more about the professional learning oppurtunities available by clicking on the links below:


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