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Spelling: Teaching the Structure of Language

April 17, 2024 | 12:00 PM - America/Detroit

Webinar Overview 

Learning to spell is more difficult than learning to read because it requires complete and accurate word formation.  But spelling is often treated as an afterthought in curricular decisions with limited actual instructional time.  Additionally, teacher knowledge of language structure directly correlates to how much students learn related to the how and why of spelling.  Let’s consider together the English conventions of spelling and how to help children use them to their advantage as they write both in educational therapy and in the classroom.

About the Speaker

Dr. Kathy Keafer, Ed.D., PCET

Dr. Keafer holds a doctorate in Educational Psychology from Regent University and a master’s from the University of Pennsylvania  in Special Education.  She served as the Administrator for Johnstown Christian School until 2017 and the Director of their Discovery Center for 17 years. Currently, Dr. Keafer works as an adjunct professor for Liberty University and holds licensure in Pennsylvania in Speech Pathology and Special Education.  Kathy served as NILD’s Director of Research & Curriculum from 2002 to 2008 and most recently was involved with the Level II Course rewrites in 2020-21. 

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