Professional Development

Online Courses

The Hill Center is pleased to offer the following self-paced online courses:

 

Breaking the Code: Phonological Awareness & Phonics

Understanding Learning Differences: An Introduction to LD and ADHD

Diverse Learners:  Meeting Individual Needs

HillStrategies for Reading

HillStrategies for Writing

 

 

Each course costs $99 or purchase our Hill Literacy Bundle which includes "Breaking the Code", "HillStrategies for Reading" and "HillStrategies for Writing" for $250. To register, click here. After you register, please call Pam Hoggard, 919-719-7551, with your payment information. 
For Hill Tutors, Hill Faculty, and Hill Project Contract Teachers click here to register.

 

Breaking the Code: Phonological Awareness & Phonics

In this two-part online course, attendees will engage in activities that will enable them to break the challenging alphabetic code for students. The first part focuses on Phonological Awareness (PHA) and the recommended instructional skill sequence for struggling learners. You will learn how and why PHA is a prerequisite for phonics instruction and understand its key role in reading instruction for struggling learners. The second portion focuses on Phonics and will provide you with foundational knowledge and teaching strategies to help your students become proficient at decoding unfamiliar words. The course will build your knowledge in three fundamental areas of reading instruction that are essential for struggling readers: letter recognition and the alphabetic principle, sound and letter correspondence, and decoding skills.

 

Intended Audience: All Teachers, Reading Specialists, Speech/Language Pathologists

CEU: 1.0 

Understanding Learning Differences: An Introduction to Learning Disabilities and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders

 

While examining the background, definitions, red flags, and characteristics of LD and ADHD, participants will:

  • Experience simulations of how it feels to have a learning difference
  • Learn about standardized diagnostic educational instruments and how to interpret results for planning individualized instruction
  • Learn to recognize the social/emotional aspects of learning disabilities and attention deficit disorders

Intended Audience: All Educators/Administrators
CEU: 1.0 

 

Diverse Learners: Meeting Individual Needs

Based on the knowledge that all students learn differently, the educational models of differentiated instruction and universal design for learning, emphasize adapting instruction to meet the individual needs of diverse learners. This course will address the challenges educators face and provide participants with:

  • Effective instructional strategies that address the learning environment, flexible grouping, high quality curriculum, and continuous assessment following the principles of universal design
  • Knowledge about how to incorporate student interests, learning styles, and readiness levels into lesson and unit plans, resulting in meaningful instruction that addresses content standards
  • An overview of accommodations, modifications, and assistive technology to enhance their understanding of differentiated practices

Intended Audience: All Educators/Administrators
CEU: 1.0

 

HillStrategies for Reading

In this online course, participants will learn strategies to help students become independent, successful readers. Participants will be introduced to multisensory strategies and activities for phonics, fluency, reading comprehension, and vocabulary (Tier II interventions).  These strategies support instruction in the Common Core Foundation Skills for Grades K-5 and Reading.

 

**Please note—this workshop is not intended for previous HillRAP participants.**

 

Intended Audience: All Teachers, Reading Specialists
CEU: 1.0

 

HillStrategies for Writing

As a companion piece to HillStrategies for Reading, this course introduces multisensory approaches and activities to focus on writing development, instructional sequences, and teaching strategies to support spelling, handwriting, keyboarding, sentence writing, and paragraph writing skills. The course content will help even your most struggling students find success in writing.

 

**Please note—this workshop is not intended for previous HillWrite participants.**

 

Intended Audience: All Teachers, Reading Specialists
CEU: 1.0 

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Durham, NC 27705

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