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Informal Spelling Assessment: A Diagnostic-Prescriptive Approach with – Webinar, Spring 2023


  • Type: Spotlight Sessions: Webinars for Educators
  • Duration: 1 hour
  • Attendance: This session is offered in both live and on-demand formats. To access either format, please register before the live presentation is held. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with the Zoom link. You may then use the same Zoom link to both watch live and view the recording.
  • Platform: Zoom. Login credentials emailed before the course begins



Spelling provides a window into the reading brain. A student’s spelling, whether completely accurate or not, reveals what they have learned about our coded writing system by how their brain processes the connection between speech, print, and meaning. The breakdown in accurate spelling may occur at the auditory processing level as they sequence and blend speech sounds, at the phonics level as they connect sounds to orthographic patterns, or at the meaning level as they connect sounds and syllables to the morphological features of inflections, roots, affixes, or homophones. Assessment of a student’s spelling performance determines what instruction to provide, where to begin, and how to integrate the language processing centers of the brain to build deep word knowledge. We will explore student spelling samples using an elementary-level spelling inventory, learn to administer the assessment, diagnose the errors, and prescribe effective instruction to improve Word Recognition and Production outcomes for our students.



This webinar is appropriate for educators at the following levels: elementary, remedial middle school, or high school special education.



All materials will be shared electronically.

Course Information

Certificates of completion will not be issued for this session.
Dates/Time Price
May 9, 2023
4:00 - 5:00 PM Eastern

Registration is unavailable at this time.

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About the Instructor

Paul Howard

Paul Howard has served as the Assistant Early Literacy Department Head at Landmark High School since 2015. He is trained in the Lindamood Phoneme Sequencing (LiPS), Seeing Stars, and Visualizing and Verbalizing Programs by Patricia and Phyllis Lindamood and Nancy Bell, and the LETRS approach to reading instruction by Louisa Moats and Carol Tolman. Paul has taught English Language Arts classes and one-to-one Early Literacy tutorials at Landmark since 2007. He graduated from Gordon College with a bachelor’s degree in English Language and Literature. Paul holds a master’s of science in Moderate Special Education from Simmons College and is a professionally licensed special education teacher. He has taught courses on the Foundations of Reading and on Integrated Word Study both online and in person for Landmark Outreach. When not teaching, Paul enjoys gardening, playing music, and snorkeling or scuba diving. He lives in Gloucester, MA with his wife, Kelly, and daughter, Esmé.

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