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Sound Walls: The Benefits of Using Them for ALL Students

Tuesday, December 13, 2022 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EST

Sound Walls: The Benefits of Using Them for ALL Students

Presented by Mary Dahlgren, Ed.D., Founder and CEO, Tools 4 Reading, LLC
Moderated by Terrie Noland, Ph.D., CALP, Vice President of Educator Initiatives, Learning Ally

Sponsored by Learning Ally

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Using a sound wall in your classroom can transform instruction! Because of the Science of Reading, we are becoming more aware of the role of phonetics and phonology in beginning reading and spelling. While learning to speak happens long before learning to read, teaching how speech maps to print has not always been a part of general classroom instruction. Developing phonemic awareness to a prescribed level must happen prior to the development of automatic sight word reading.

Explicitly teaching the sounds, how they are produced in the mouth, attending to what is happening with your tongue, teeth, and lips and the flow of air makes learning more concrete. In this edWebinar, we examine the 44 speech sounds, how to introduce them and build a sound wall with consonants and vowel phonemes, and discuss strategies for engagement as part of daily practice. These are some of the stepping stones to orthographic mapping so all students can become fluent and proficient readers. Educators will:

  • Learn about the importance of articulation and the connection to phoneme awareness
  • Understand the reason for the layout of a sound wall and how it is more student friendly than a word wall
  • Analyze common phonological errors students make and how to give corrective feedback

This recorded edWebinar is of interest to K-12 teachers and school and district leaders.

Mary Ellis DahlgrenAbout the Presenter

Mary Ellis Dahlgren, Ed.D. is Founder and President of Tools 4 Reading. She is an experienced educator with over 35 years in the field, having served as a dyslexia therapist, elementary classroom teacher, international literacy consultant, and published author. She is also the author of a respected and successful phonics tool kit which includes Kid Lips and Phoneme-Grapheme Instructional Cards for teachers of elementary, special education, and English language learners. Dr. Dahlgren is a past national trainer for the distinguished teacher curriculum Language Essentials for Teachers of Reading and Spelling (LETRS), and President of The Reading League Oklahoma Chapter. She says, “My passion is to help every professional involved in teaching reading feel empowered, equipped and confident in providing the highest quality instruction possible.”

Terrie NolandAbout the Moderator

Listen. Learn. Teach. It’s that simple. Terrie Noland uses this philosophy as an innovator and a motivator, and it’s evident as she leads, coaches and mentors thousands of K-12 educators about the science of reading each year. She has a unique perspective on the need to unify all stakeholders around a vision for education to smash the reading divide for the millions of struggling readers. Her daily mission is to add value to educators to help influence transformational changes in school districts across the country by addressing the needs of marginalized students. Terrie seeks to share her expertise and passion to encourage and to illuminate a path towards success and measurable outcomes.

If you looked at Terrie’s resume, you would be confused. Her undergraduate and graduate degree work placed her in the field of criminal justice. However, it was through continuous listening and learning that led her on a journey in education starting out in preschool teaching and administration, then becoming a Certified Academic Language Practitioner (CALP) and earning a Ph.D. in literacy and educational leadership from St. John’s University. Terrie is also a John Maxwell certified speaker and coach.

As Vice President of Educator Initiatives at Learning Ally, Terrie works to ignite enthusiasm and excitement by building champion educators and administrators on creating cultures of literacy and learning.

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Tuesday, December 13, 2022
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EST
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