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Foothills’ Professional Development Workshops: Building Inclusive Classrooms

If you are interested in booking a workshop for your school, conference or another occasion, fill in this on-line Request for Booking Form.

Our Professional Development Workshops and Training focus on strategies and programs that have been proven successful within our school and one-to-one Read/Write program. Although our focus is assisting individuals with Learning Disabilities, the ultimate goal is to assist and support staff in meeting the diverse needs of all learners. A short video clip highlights the value and importance in training our teachers effectively. See below for the complete list of workshop topics that we offer.

Who Are Our Speakers?

Read/Write Training – (Phonological Awareness)

Are you looking for a new approach to teaching phonics in your classroom that specifically supports emergent and/or struggling readers?

Our Read/Write training is comprised of the Lindamood Phoneme Sequencing (LiPS) program which highlights phonological awareness through auditory processing, print and kinesthetic activities. LiPS is a research-based program developed in consultation with a speech pathologist. This technique 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.
During our training, teachers are invited to learn how to creatively teach the following:

Part 1 # 1 (Foundation) i) consonants & vowels ii) simple syllables
Part #2 (Next Step) iii) vowels/vowel digraphs/diphthongs iv) complex syllables
Part #3 (Final Step) v) expectancies and irregularities in reading and spelling; vi) multi-syllables; vii) prefixes and suffixes; vi) how to read and spell unusual word endings

Session workshops are strategically spaced apart to facilitate teacher learning and implementation in their classrooms.

Executive Functioning: Who’s the Boss? (1.5 hours, 2.5 hours or full day workshop available)

Can We All Calm Down?

Executive Functions (EF) make up the cognitive management system of the brain. We all have strengths and weaknesses in our executive functions, however, individuals with ADHD and LD may experience much more difficulty in the development and use of these functions than others of the same age and developmental level. These impairments are typically due to difficulties in the chemistry of the brain’s management system. This can result in behaviours that are often labelled as “attention seeking”, “defiant”, “showing off”, “unmotivated” or “lazy”, “emotional overreactions”, and “inflexible”, just to name a few.

Teaching students with executive functioning issues can have its challenges, and understanding the how and why of EF deficits can significantly impact how we work with these students. This session will increase teacher’s knowledge on how EF deficits impact learning and what they can do to maximize the success of these students. With a focus on cognitive neuroscience research and brain-based strategies that teachers can use to increase student engagement, motivation, and self-management, teachers will learn what executive functions (EF) are; how and when they develop; how deficits in EF can impact students and classroom dynamics; and how to best support students with EF deficits.

Gamified LearningGamified Learning  (1.5 hours, 2.5 hours or full day workshop available)
We’ve all been there at some point in our careers… Standing in front of a class of students with blank stares, completely disengaged in what they should be learning. If you have been in this situation, you most likely asked yourself some of the following questions: How can I make this subject matter more interesting to my students? How do I keep my students motivated to learn? How do I help my students to connect this information to their own experiences? This session will hopefully help you to find solutions to the above questions. Gamified learning is a relatively new concept in the educational world. However, by turning units or lessons into a collaborative game, students will become more engaged, more intrinsically motivated, and able to relate their experiences to the content being taught. As an added bonus, both you and the students will also have fun.

Looking Beyond the Behaviour: Motivating and Supporting Students with High Functioning ASD in the Classroom (1.5 hours, 2.5 hours or full day workshop available)

Looking Beyond BehaviourNavigating the world as a child on the Autism Spectrum can be a confusing and many times frustrating experience.  Learn practical tools designed to help you guide your high functioning ASD students towards success in the classroom. This webinar is designed to explore the diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder as it appears in the classroom, with a focus on children with high functioning Autism (formerly referred to as Asperger’s Syndrome). We will explore methods of functional behaviour assessment, classroom intervention, and proactive behaviour management.


How Mindfulness can Help Children with Learning Disabilities and ADHDyoung boy meditating in nature. 7 year old child.
Mindful Schools states that mindfulness means ‘maintaining a moment-by-moment awareness of our thoughts, emotions, bodily sensations, and surrounding environment’. Ayra will share specific techniques to help children with Learning Disorders and/or Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) manage stress and develop mindful ways of thinking in order to help them regulate their emotions both at home and at school. Parents will leave with simple and easy ways to integrate these methods into their home.

Supporting Anxious Students (1.5 hours, 2.5 hours or full day workshop available)
Anxiety disorders are the most common mental health disorders in youth. Sometimes anxiety is easy to identify in the classroom, but other times it may present itself in unexpected ways, such as tummy aches, disruptive behaviour, restlessness, clinginess, or attendance problems. Serious untreated anxiety tends to get worse over time and may lead to serious consequences. The good news is that children and adolescents can learn to manage and overcome anxiety, and you can help them do that. In this session, you will learn practical strategies for helping your students overcome anxiety.  

Understand Me, Living with ADHD (1.5 hours, 2.5 hours or full day workshop available)
Les Redick knows what it’s like to have ADHD. He grew up with ADHD; has raised a child with ADHD; and, he has taught students with ADHD for over 20 years. Through Les’ personal stories, parents will gain a clearer understanding of what it is like to be a child, as well as an adult with ADHD. They will also gain insight into what ADHD is and how it reveals itself at home. Les will share examples of how children with ADHD struggle with Executive Functioning and share strategies to provide support at home. Be prepared to be teary one minute and laughing the next!!

Chisanbop Finger Math – Half Day
This precise, accurate method of calculating math facts on your fingers appeals to the kinesthetic and visual learners. Participants will engage in an interactive, hands-on session that teaches these skills in two parts:  Part I: Addition & Subtraction, Part II: Follow-up & Multiplication & Division

Assistive Technologies in the Classroom – Half Day
Dragon Naturally Speaking, Read Write Gold and Smart Pens will be introduced in an interactive format with a focus on highlighting the software settings. It is the strategies that are used alongside the software that makes these programs most effective.

If you are interested in booking a workshop for your school, conference or another occasion, fill in this on-line Request for Booking Form.


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Please use our contact form (ATTN: Tanya Keto Professional Development & Parent Education Manager) or by phone at 403-270-9400  ext. 730 to book a workshop for your organization. We invite you to sign up for our E-News for Educators to keep informed about all our upcoming PD opportunities.