B) GD Talk: Teaching Made Easy - Empowered Learning for All

The main subject covered in this talk is:
Teaching made easy - An effective early intervention and inclusion strategy for primary school teachers, accelerating literacy skills and enhancing learning for all students.
We will also be touching on the following areas:
Maths made easy - How to address and eliminate maths difficulties (dyscalculia) within 50 hours.
Attention made easy - How to address Attention Deficit Disorder, along with literacy and/or maths difficulties in 50 hours.
Handwriting made easy - Handwriting problems addressed along with literacy and/or maths issues.
Do-It-Yourself options - advise for parents about how to address the above issues themselves at home.
Any of the following: School and LEA administration, SEN staff, teachers and parents.

Duration: About 3 hours, including a break.

Cost: Free or nominal fee

Studies indicate that using Davis Learning Strategies (DLS) significantly reduces special needs referrals while improving performance of all students. The basic tools and understanding can be given to teachers in only two days, but Gifted Dyslexic prefers giving deeper understanding by offering a five day workshop which combines the two-day DLS workshop and the four-day Gift of Dyslexia workshop. We have just piloted this workshop in Crossroads, a special needs school in Johannesburg, and early indications suggest that the longer workshop gives a much deeper understanding of the principles, which truly empowers the teachers to recognise their learners' learning style and accommodate them in the classroom.
All teachers and therapists at Crossroads school were equipped with the Davis tools in April 2011.

No special needs referrals in two years
A recently published research study in America found dramatic change from using Davis Learning Strategies (DLS)in the classroom. DLS is a new method of teaching children how to learn, based on the Davis Dyslexia Correction methods described in Ron Davis’ bestselling book 
The Gift of Dyslexia. It takes only two to three days of training to make a teacher proficient in using DLS in the classroom.
In a pilot study started 1993, eventually including seven Californian schools, DLS was shown to have a very encouraging effect. In three classrooms included in a study published in Reading Improvement Journal in 2001, referrals for special needs two years after the introduction of DLS were non-existent. Furthermore, numbers of gifted children in these classrooms were on average 20%, compared to US national average of 5%. This is four times the national average of gifted referrals.

Two schools transformed through Davis
In recent years, two elementary (primary) schools beat all others in their respective regions by introducing Davis Learning Strategies. In the year 2006, Elbert Elementary school's third grade reading scores went straight from the worst to the best of all schools in the Pikes Peak district in Colorado, US, - immediately after 17 staff members were trained in using DLS. The second school to hit the headlines for using DLS is Walsh Elementary School. This is a small, underfunded school in rural Colorado, serving preschool through sixth grades. They introduced DLS in 2003, and four years later - against all odds - they had the highest reading scores in the state of Colorado, with 89% of the children scoring at or above grade level proficiency.