Recorded Webinar

NW BOCES Literacy Webinar Series: Sound Walls vs. Word Walls

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Grade Level Ranges:
PK - Grade 2
Content Areas:
Reading, Writing, and Communicating
Topic tags:
sound wall, literacy, literacy webinar series, word wall, Mary Dahlgren
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Literacy consultant and national LETRS trainer Mary Dahlgren makes a case for using sound walls instead of word walls and gives information about how to set up and use a sound wall. In this webinar, you will learn how to apply knowledge of the organization of language to maximize instruction, understand how to use "kid lips" to generate awareness of phoneme articulation, understand how to connect spelling patterns to phoneme articulation, and get information on setting up a sound wall in your classroom.

*This webinar is one of a series of 10 that was recorded for NW Colorado BOCES to support teachers in their literacy instruction. You can find the others in the series by searching for the key words "literacy webinar series" in the SEED PAK.

About the presenter: Mary Dahlgren, Ed.D., is president of MED Consulting and Tools 4 Reading. She has over twenty years of experience teaching children and training teachers. She has worked as a classroom teacher, reading specialist, teacher trainer and consultant to numerous state departments of education and local education agencies. She is a National LETRS (Language Essentials for Teachers of Reading and Spelling) trainer, an Academic Language Therapy Association qualified instructor and an Alphabetic Phonics therapist. She is the former Executive Director of Payne Education Center, a non-profit teacher training center in Oklahoma. The Center was established to provide teacher training for teachers of dyslexic students and support for parents of dyslexic children. Mary served as an evaluator on the E-TEAM, at the University of Oklahoma which conducted the national evaluation of the Reading Success Network. This provided Mary the opportunity to observe and assess reading instruction in kindergarten through third grade classrooms all over the United States. Dr. Dahlgren is a founding board member of a school for adjudicated youth, SeeWorth Academy, organized by the late Chief Justice Alma Wilson. Justice Wilson named the school SeeWorth in hopes the children would “see the worth’ in education and the future. Mary’s passion is to help everyone involved in reading instruction to feel equipped and confident in order to make a difference in the lives of children.

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