Who is this workshop for?
The program is designed to be delivered in a withdrawal format or in a classroom setting while other students in the classroom are independently working during language time. Educators working directly with students who require remediation would be ideal candidates. For example:
How can I prepare for the workshop?
Read the following documents
Watch the following videos:
What will I learn at the workshop?
Can I share the program with friends and colleagues?
No. The training materials of the WISE READING® Remediation Program are trademarked, licensed, and protected by copyright laws. As a licensee, you are licensed to deliver the WISE READING® Remediation Program subject to the terms and conditions of the license agreement. Materials cannot be redistributed, copied, translated, sold, or sublicensed. The materials may not be shared with untrained peers and colleagues. The licensee is not authorized to train others to use the program, materials, or research.
After I am trained and certified, how do I implement the program in my school?
During the training, you will receive a one-page outline of “How to Implement a Phonological Awareness Training Program” in your school, developed by Nancy Wise, PhD, suggesting approaches and steps to be considered
Can I use the program outside of my school?
Evoke Learning offers two separate licenses: one to use the program within a school context and an additional, add-on license to certify the individual to use the program within a private practice subject to the terms and conditions of the license agreement.
Is this program suitable for a whole class lesson plan?
No. The WISE READING® Remediation Program is not designed to be delivered as a whole class lesson plan, but is rather a withdrawal program that can be offered to students in a variety of session formats, one-to-one, or in small groups, two to three times a week or intensively over a month, in or out of the classroom. Once trained in delivering the program, there are a variety of creative ways for educators to implement the program.
What do I need to be able to roll this program out?
The training provides the instructional information to run the 18-lesson program from start to finish. Users are required to purchase the phonological awareness assessment tool, coloured blocks, and required children’s literature. Participants are provided with a suggested reading list at the workshop.
What additional resources and tools do I need to implement the program?
What does my registration fee include?
What are the possible signs that a student is having difficulty with phonological processing?
Students may have difficulty:
What you may see: student has difficulty with rhyming, does not hear differences in sounds, has difficulty knowing that ‘plate’ without the /p/ would make ‘late’, has difficulty spelling phonetically and has difficulty learning to read despite numerous teaching opportunities.
Understanding Learning Disabilities Waterfall. York Region District School Board, Mar. 2014. Web. 21 July 2017.
What kind of support is available to me after the workshop?
Following your workshop training, our Evoke WISE READING® Remediation Program liaison is available via email to answer any questions you may have or provide program implementation direction.
How will WISE READING® Remediation Program specifically help struggling French immersion readers?
The WISE READING® Remediation Program is based on research involving struggling readers in French immersion. The program focuses on the provision of English phonological awareness (PA) training in combination with letter-sound correspondence instruction, and helps at-risk readers acquire early reading skills in both French and English. During their investigations, Nancy Wise and her research team at OISE/University of Toronto sought answers to two questions: 1) Will English PA training result in improved PA in both French and English? and 2) Will the provision of English PA training facilitate reading development in French? Consistent with the results of previous studies, researchers found strong evidence of cross-language transfer of PA from English to French. Furthermore, results indicated that the at-risk readers in the treatment group who received PA training in English significantly outperformed those in the control group on French reading tests administered at the end of Grades 1, 2, and 3. A particularly striking finding was that the children in the treatment group also made significantly higher reading gains in English than those in the control group.
Is this program only for French immersion students?
No. Investigations have provided compelling evidence that phonological awareness is a general, rather than a language-specific, cognitive mechanism that, once established, can generalize to a second or additional language (Cisero & Royer, 1995; Comeau, Cormier, Grandmaison, & Lacroix, 1999; Durgunoğlu, Nagy, & Hancit-Bhatt, 1993; Jared, Cormier, Levy, & WadeWoolley, 2011). These investigations suggest that it is possible to address phonological awareness deficits in either English or French.
How much will it cost to roll out the WISE READING® program in my school once I am trained to deliver it?
Phonological awareness is essential for students who are learning to read, and some students require more specialized attention in this area. At Evoke Learning, we believe that every child deserves the opportunity to receive early reading intervention by trained teachers, and we make our training substantially more affordable than typical reading remediation programs, which can cost thousands of dollars per student. The materials for the WISE READING® remediation program cost less than $20 per student, and we are proud to partner with educators from both the public and private systems to help them achieve their goals.