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Professional Development

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W.V.C.ED is committed to providing engaging and rewarding professional development.  While we conduct trainings in phonology, phonics, spelling, comprehension, the brain, and multisensory teaching, William Van Cleave, President and Lead Trainer, is an internationally recognized specialist in written expression and morphology.  In addition, W.V.C.ED has developed a number of materials to complement these interactive and engaging trainings.

Known for his interactive, hands-on style, Van Cleave provides onsite trainings customized to meet an organization’s needs.  While sometimes a one-day training format is effective, ongoing trainings often provide in-depth knowledge and staff competency.

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Other Workshops  

Recognizing that most schooling provides decoding at only the primary level, this workshop picks up where basic word attack leaves off.  All too soon students are introduced to textbooks filled with longer, multisyllabic words.  Even with effective basic phonics instruction, readers are often unable to handle both the increased quantity of text and its complexity.  An understanding of morphology, or the meaning parts that comprise words, is valuable for the development of vocabulary and word attack skills.  In this interactive, hands-on workshop, Van Cleave engages participants in a brief overview of the origins of our language and characteristics of the major languages of influence, an introduction to morphemic awareness, and then (as time permits) a study of advanced word decoding strategies.  Participants practice with each concept and learn tools useful for helping students understand and decode unfamiliar words. More...