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Writing Workshop – Developing Sentence Skills

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Location TBA

Full-day workshop on Oahu presented by nationally recognized speaker and educational consultant William Van Cleave.

Registration will open this summer and be limited to the first 60 participants.

Description: More often than not, students struggle at the sentence level far more than they struggle at the paragraph level. This workshop, which is aligned with the Language section of the Common Core State Standards, will focus on parts of speech and sentence parts as they apply to the act of writing. Participants will learn about the components of a good lesson and strategies for developing sentence sense in student writers. They will examine parts of speech as a method of understanding the way words interact with each other and sentence parts as building blocks for creating different kinds of sentences. They will practice with the elements introduced and model the strategies suggested.

More info: mhiga.hi@dyslexiaida.org

Made possible by a grant from the Annie Sinclair Knudsen Memorial Fund of the Hawai‘i Community Foundation.

Location: Island School (3-1875 Kaumualii Highway)

April 8, 2017 ~ Saturday ~ 8:30-10:00 am Register: 2-kauaihida.eventbrite.com

Join others for a special showing on Kauai of HIDA’s new talk show – DYSLEXIA 101 – PARENTS: TRUST YOUR INSTINCTS

  • Listen to parents as they share their family’s personal journey with dyslexia.
  • Engage in an open discussion with some of HIDA’s members, of practical tips, strategies and resources to help children with dyslexia/SLD be successful.
  • Attendees will receive a free copy of HIDA’s popular booklet – Tips for Parents and Families of Children with Dyslexia

More info: mhiga.hi@dyslexiaida.org or (808) 538-7007

HIDA aims to foster a greater understanding of and empathy for our child(ren) with dyslexia. In this presentation, we will present an overview of dyslexia and share practical tips, strategies and resources which are suggested to supplement appropriate instruction in Structured Literacy (aka Multisensory Structured Language-MSL) methods. Attendees will also receive a free copy of HIDA’s popular “Tips” booklet.

Note: The two event dates listed below with an * are closed to the general public.  To schedule a “Tips” presentation or other workshop for your school, parent or community group, contact HIDA’s executive director, Margaret Higa: (808) 538-7007 or mhiga.hi@dyslexiaida.org

Side By Side Parent Support Group (Waikele) 
Tuesday, January 24, 2017
6:30 – 8:30 pm

Mid-Pacific Institute (Honolulu)

March 8, 2017 *

Foster Grandparents (Honolulu)

May 9, 2017 *


Dyslexia Info / Resources

Visit HIDA’s table at these events.

Annual SPIN Conference ^
Saturday, April 22, 2017; 8:30  am – 1:00 pm
UH Manoa Campus Center
click here for more info/register for conference

Dyslexia Simulations Workshop

Participants will rotate through learning stations with simple activities designed to give hands-on awareness of what persons with dyslexia experience every day. Activities include language-related tasks similar to those encountered in the classroom and workplace. An explanation of the aspects of dyslexia being simulated in each learning station and a brief group discussion will follow.

Armed Services YMCA (Pearl Harbor) 
Friday, March 10, 2017 **

** Note: This event is closed to the general public.  To schedule a Dyslexia Simulations Workshop or other presentation for your school, parent or community group, contact HIDA’s executive director, Margaret Higa: (808) 538-7007 or  mhiga.hi@dyslexiaida.org

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