Beyond Decoding: The Science of Reading and Research-based Interventions

Join us for an in-depth investigation into the science of reading development, followed by practical information and strategies for effective reading instruction. Educators can provide benefit to all learners when they implement a science-based approach for teaching reading, without using a "program" or a "kit", but this is especially crucial for those with reading disorders.

This conference will lead educators through identifying problems with reading development in a classroom, resource room or living room, and differentiate instruction to meet the varying needs of our students. Educators will come away with solid strategies and tools to incorporate into lessons the next day.  Participants will have the opportunity to listen and observe real-life case studies of students with reading disorders, and have hands-on opportunities to see and practice reading instruction from a multisensory, Orton-Gillingham (OG) perspective.

This conference is suitable for educators and parents!

October 19th, 9am to 3pm

Topics included in this full-day session:

  • The science of the reading brain

  • Dyslexia and other potential barriers to reading development

  • The role of phonological awareness

  • Mediating symbol/sound awareness beyond the ABCs

  • The role of sight words and how to teach them from an OG (Orton-Gillingham) perspective

  • Explicit instruction for building fluency without a “program”

  • Addressing the sweet spot between phonics and fluency

  • When reading and re-reading aren’t enough: other strategies for building text fluency

  • Comprehension: The Holy Grail of reading


  • 8:15am to 9:00am > Registration

  • 9:00am to 9:10am > Opening remarks

  • 9:10am to 10:30am > First Session

  • 10:30am to 11:00am > Nutrition break: coffee & tea (provided) and networking

  • 11:00am to 12:30pm > Second Session

  • 12:30pm to 1:30pm > Break: Lunch (on your own)

  • 1:30pm to 2:50pm > Third Session

  • 2:50pm to 3:00pm > Questions


Corey Zylstra, M.Ed.

Corey Zylstra M.Ed. has been in the field of education for over 25 years. She has taught in many different capacities and is a regular conference and workshop presenter for teachers world-wide. Since specializing in the field of learning difficulties and multisensory language remediation using the Orton-Gillingham approach (MSL/OG), Mrs. Zylstra has authored several publications and has served on several non-profit boards, including current positions with Dyslexia Canada and CATT, OG. She holds a Masters of Education degree from SFU, a Provincial Instructor’s Diploma, and has been recognized and accredited as an Orton-Gillingham Master Trainer for the Canadian Orton-Gillingham Academy (MT/CATT, OG), an Honorary Fellow of the American OG Academy (HF/AOGPE) and a Certified Dyslexia Therapist through the International Dyslexia Association (CDT/IDA).

Earlybird: $129 - After October 5th : $149
6+ Group Discount Available!


138 Victory Ship Way, North Vancouver, BC, V7L0A7

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