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Did you know that two to three children in a typical inclusive classroom have been diagnosed with a Learning Disability? Do you have the tools to help these struggling students? If not, you’re not alone. Many teachers are unaware of what this diagnosis means and how it can impact students academically and emotionally and affect the classroom as a whole. The good news is that what works for students with LD can benefit ALL students!

Online Professional Development Online Courses

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Inside Learning Disabilities for Educators (Online)
Winter Session: January 15 – March 18, 2018
Spring Session: April 16 – June 24, 2018
Fee: $225 for professionals (teachers and educational assistants); $125 for university students (must register with university email address)

Register online here.

Our new facilitated online course, Inside Learning Disabilities for Educators takes you inside the world of Learning Disabilities (LDs) at school: from facts and diagnosis to co-occurring conditions and LD strategies for the student and the classroom. It has been designed for educators to increase your understanding and familiarity of LDs, the impact LDs can have on academics, behaviour, and well-being; and the evidence-based strategies and tools to increase student success and your success as a professional. Content will cover:

  • Statistics, trajectory, and diagnosis of Learning Disabilities
  • Strategies, accommodations, and supports for students with Learning Disabilities
  • Executive functioning and Learning Disabilities
  • Social and emotional impact of Learning Disabilities and commonly co-occurring conditions
  • Learning Disabilities and the learning brain, including neuromyths, neuroplasticity, impacts of stress on the learning brain, and the reading brain
  • Setting students and teachers up for success, including barriers to learning, successful learning environments, Universal Design for Learning, and self-advocacy for students with Learning Disabilities

Course Progression

The course has been broken down into 10 modules. Each module is estimated to take approximately 2 – 3 hours to complete. A new module opens weekly and remains open until the conclusion of the course. You can work on each module on your own time and at your own pace. Each module offers activities including viewing a Prezi presentation, a brief quiz, additional readings and/or resources and a short assignment or discussion post. An LD expert will be facilitating the course and will interact with students throughout the course. Students will also engage in online discussions with other students. This course is not graded, however, in order to earn a Certificate of Completion, all activities must be completed.


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Study Skills Online Workshop – Teacher Companion
Fall Session – Available September 5 – December 22, 2017
Price $60
Many students can benefit from explicitly learning about note taking, study and test taking strategies. This online workshop allows students to learn and review study strategies. The Online Study Skills Workshop can benefit all students from grade 6 through to post-secondary. Participants can opt to complete it on their own or with the guidance of a parent, tutor or teacher. Additional information is provided to support students with LD and ADHD. Learn and review through videos, narrated PowerPoints, on-line surveys, polls and more. Topics covered include:

  • Effective Note-taking
  • Your Study Environment
  • Creating a Study Schedule
  • Learning Styles
  • What type of learner are you?
  • Test Taking
  • General Test-taking tips

Click here to register for the Study Skills Online Workshop.

In-Person Professional Development Course

Read/Write TrainingStudent working one-to-one with instructor in Read Write program

Are you looking for a new approach to teaching phonics in your classroom that specifically supports emergent and/or struggling readers? Read/Write incorporates the Lindamood Phoneme Sequencing (LiPS) program which highlights phonological awareness through auditory processing, print and kinesthetic activities. LiPS is an evidence-based program developed in consultation with a speech pathologist. This program is multi-sensory in its approach incorporating all three learning styles (auditory, visual and kinesthetic) into the activities as well as a unique approach to guiding students through correcting their errors. The Read/Write program is used by our own Read/Write tutoring staff with hundreds of students each year. The workshops will give you techniques to work with struggling readers from Kindergarten to high school. Training is suitable for teachers, tutors or parents of children from Kindergarten to high school

During our training, teachers are invited to learn how to creatively teach the following:
Part # 1 (Foundation) i) consonants & vowels ii) simple syllables
Part #2 (Next Step) iii) vowels/vowel digraphs/dipthongs iv) complex syllables
Where: Foothills Academy, 745 37 Street NW, Calgary, AB  T2N 4T1
When: Contact us for upcoming dates in Spring 2018
Cost: $175 per part

Call 403.270.9400 ext. 202


Partnerships & Collaborations

Right to ReadThe Right to Read Online Workshop

Teaching Kindergarten or Grade One for the first time? Our online workshop is the perfect refresher of the developmental reading continuum. Learn how to screen your students and discover which students would benefit from more reading support and in which particular areas. A manual specifically designed with activities to support these students is included along with a guide to share with parents as well.  Registration is ongoing online through this link.
This online workshop is a collaboration between the Learning Disabilities Association of Alberta and Foothills Academy.

Not what you’re looking for? Arrange for a Workshop at your school, conference, or related organization. Our Professional Development workshops and webinars are interactive and engaging and we pride ourselves in offering work­shops specific to the individual needs of schools or organizations. The most exciting part is we can come to you! We also have Webinar or Videoconference options. See the full list of professional development workshops that we offer. For further information about our PD workshops, contact Tanya Keto at 403-270-9400 ext. 730.

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