WISE READING Remediation Webinar for Educators

In response to growing demand, Evoke is pleased to offer our WISE READING® Remediation Program workshop to educators, online, providing efficient, cost-effective program accessibility to professionals across Canada and internationally.

Evoke Learning is offering a one-day certification webinar for classroom and resource teachers, speech-language pathologists, special education teachers and other educators who are assisting struggling readers in French immersion. Delivered in English, the program can be used in French immersion, dual-track, and English schools. The program can be delivered in a withdrawal format or within the classroom, in a small group setting, while other students are independently working during literacy time.

Upon completion of the webinar, participants are certified to deliver the WISE READING® Remediation Program within their own school. An additional license is available to deliver the program in private practice. The WISE READING® Remediation Program is not designed to be delivered as a whole classroom lesson plan, but is rather offered to students one-to-one or in small groups, two to three times a week or intensively over a month. Once trained in delivering the program, there are a variety of creative ways for educators to implement the program inside and outside the classroom.

The WISE READING® Remediation Program, based on the doctoral research of Nancy Wise and offered by Evoke Learning, delivers phonological and phonemic awareness training for struggling French immersion readers ages 5–7. The 18 hours intensive reading remediation program has been successfully tested by Dr. Nancy Wise, with French immersion learners, since 2008. The research included students from diverse linguistic backgrounds.

Evidence-based research highlights that:

  • When English is used for early intervention purposes, struggling readers in French immersion make statistically significant gains in their French and English reading skills
  • It is important to provide at-risk readers in French immersion with early intervention opportunities to increase their opportunities for success in the program and avoid the achievement gap which widens over time
  • Phonological awareness is a critical foundational piece that needs to be systematically and explicitly taught
  • Reading gains from the WISE READING® Remediation Program have shown to last well beyond the completion of the program and reading improvements are sustained over time
  • Children from varied language backgrounds benefit from supplemental phonological awareness training because phonological awareness is a general, rather than a language-specific, cognitive mechanism which, once established, can generalize to a second or additional language
  • English tests can be used to identify at-risk students in French immersion
  • French immersion students who have problems learning to read in French, their second language, would experience the same difficulties with reading acquisition in an English-only program

Early-reading acquisition research proves that phonological awareness is critical for teaching students in kindergarten through Grade 2 how to read successfully (Wise & Chen 2009, 2010, and 2015). As many as 31 percent of the children who enter kindergarten with attention deficit or hyperactivity disorders will have difficulty learning to read. Initial problems in reading usually do not go away without intensive intervention and individualized tutoring. By 9th grade, over 50 percent of students with attention deficit or hyperactivity disorders will have developed moderate to severe reading delays or other reading problems (Shaywitz, Fletcher, & Shaywitz, 1994; 1995). Early monitoring and early support for these students is critical if they are to progress with their age peers.

Educators using this remediation program will receive a full day of training in English that includes:

  • Orientation to the pre-reading standardized assessment tools to be used at the beginning and end of the 18 hours program,
  • An introduction to the science behind reading and the brain, the development of reading skills, and an overview of phonological awareness,
  • 18 hours complete lesson plans that can be used to remediate at-risk readers,
  • Formal instruction and information on facilitation strategies for successfully implementing the remediation program in small groups or one to one, including in a classroom setting while other students are working independently,
  • Certification and licensing to offer the remediation program within their own school (private, separate or public), with an additional license available for private practice,
  • An overview of how to roll the program out in a school,
  • Strategies to consider when delivering the program,
  • Evidence-based resource information on reading remediation and phonological awareness,
  • A suggested children’s booklist to help support the phonological remediation,
  • Ongoing support from Evoke Learning (remediation program contact and a Facebook page for educators certified to deliver the program) and support contact information,
  • An overview on the research behind the program,
  • A list of suggested materials, manipulatives, and supplies to supplement the reading remediation program, and
  • Parent handouts and suggested home activities to reinforce phonological awareness.

This French Immersion Reading Remediation Program Is the First of Its Kind

Based on doctoral research conducted in the early French Immersion context by OISE/University of Toronto Principal Investigator Nancy Wise, our remediation program is the first of its kind to target French immersion students who are exhibiting early signs of difficulty acquiring reading skills. Not only have the immersion studies clearly demonstrated the effectiveness of the remediation program to facilitate reading acquisition in both French and English, but reading gains have also been shown to last well beyond the completion of the program, and improvements in reading achievement were sustained over time.

What is Phonological Awareness Training?

Program Goals and Expected Outcomes

Research Highlights

The Science of Reading

PA Training: English vs. French

Phonological Awareness: Understanding the reading process. Deslea Konza, Associate Professor, Faculty of Education and Arts, Edith Cowen University, Western Australia (PDF File)

Why is Phonological Awareness Important for Reading and Spelling?

The following research study (pg. 18-23 Erdos and Genesee) demonstrates that English tests can be used to identify at-risk students in French immersion (PDF File)

“A study completed by Corinne Haigh & her research team shows that FI students who have problems learning to read in French, their 2nd language, would experience the same difficulties with reading acquisition in an English-only program.”

The first study to establish a link between English phonological awareness instruction and French reading achievement for at-risk readers from varied language backgrounds in the French immersion context.” (PDF file)

WISE READING® Remediation Program FAQ’s

Here’s what people are saying about our webinars

  • “It was a wonderful well informed day. Learning opportunity was at a great time of year. Having two presenters reinforced many aspects of the program.”
  • “The workshop is well organized and supported with research and data. The importance of rhymes and sounds recognition is the true beginning in learning to read.”
  • “An easy tool that measures a child’s phonetic awareness, knowledge and proficiency.”
  • “The WISE READING ® seminar was incredibly informative and highlights the importance of phonological awareness. The tool is straightforward to use and I’m looking forward to using it with my students.”

For more information on hosting your own school or board WISE READING® Remediation workshop, please select this link or contact jeanne@evokelearning.ca.