About the course

Course outline

This course is a follow-up from our course: An introduction to Dyslexia | Supporting learners to achieve their potential.

This course includes two online workshops, and an optional, four-week, self-paced online module. The module takes a minimum of 1-2 hours of engagement per week.

Participants will have the opportunity to practise and reflect on the new learning and exchange experiences and ideas with each other and the facilitator.

Topics covered

The course focuses on the literacy strategies you can teach dyslexic learners or learners with a reading difficulty.

Reading seems effortless to most of us, yet many learners have great difficulty deciphering the words on the page. This can leave them feeling insecure and frustrated. Learn how you can support these learners and guide them on the road to reading excellence.

Learning outcomes 

By the end of this course you will be able to:

  • identify the different types of reading difficulty
  • explain what dyslexia is, how it affects people and how the roots of dyslexia lie in the brain
  • assess your learners' phonologic awareness and decoding skills
  • develop your learners' phonological awareness
  • teach decoding strategies to your learners
  • implement a multi-sensory teaching approach
  • provide appropriate accommodations
  • apply culturally responsive pedagogy principles in your teaching.

Who is this course for?

This course is recommended for educators seeking to enhance their understanding and practice.

About the facilitator

Sarah Sharpe

Sarah SharpeSarah established the successful, nationally recognised, Neurodiversity Education Programme at Kāpiti College and now works as a Neurodiversity Consultant through her company ‘Sharpe Minds’.

She has facilitated professional development throughout the country within the education sector, has worked with industry training organisations, and with financial service providers in the private sector. In addition, she has worked for Ara Poutama Aotearoa |Department of Corrections.

Through her work with Te Kura Kaupapa Māori ō Tainui Kāhui Ako | Waikato and Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Te Rito| Otaki, Sarah’s resources are now available in Te Reo Māori. They are also available in Tongan through her work with Oamaru Intermediate School. Sarah is a passionate aviator and private pilot and works within the aviation community supporting neurodivergent learners to get their pilot licence.

Ako Aotearoa badges

Participants can earn Ako Aotearoa digital badges as evidence of participation and completion of course requirements.

Please read these Terms and Conditions before registering for events.

Public course dates will be listed below when available. Or, contact us to discuss booking a course privately for your organisation.

Taking that next step in your professional learning and development is easy with Ako Aotearoa. Everything is evidence-based, practical, high-quality, effective and sustainable.

Our range of PLD workshops and courses can be delivered online or face-to-face, many with digital badges awarded on completion:

  1. In-house Learning and Development
    We can deliver in-house professional development targeted to your needs. For face-to-face options, we can come to you. Contact us to discuss your needs and budget.
  2. Public Online Workshops
    Register for one of our public workshops scheduled throughout the year. So many topics to choose from!