Foothills Academy: Spring 2014 Sessions for Educators

Foothills Academy offers some great educational opportunities for teachers, teaching assistants, parents who are homeschooling, and those interested in learning more about aspects of learning disabilities. They are offering two courses this spring.

1. PD E-course: Learning Disabilities and Related Disorders

Want to learn how to increase your capacity to create an inclusive learning environment? At Foothills Academy, we have been educating students with learning disabilities and associated disorders for 35 years. We have developed this eight section online course that draws upon experts in each of the topic areas. You can access readings, learn from expert panels, view videos of actual classroom footage and join group discussions with other educators to bring each section to life. Within each section, our goal is to increase awareness of warning signs related to each disorder and provide a toolbox of successful strategies to support complex learners. Each section takes less than 2 hours to complete. Take one section or the whole series!

Spring Session: April 12 – June 7, 2014
Fee: $25 per section or full series for $150

Week of April 12 – An overview of Learning Disabilities
Week of April 19 – Dyslexia & Dyscalculia
Week of April 26 – Attention Deficient Hyperactivity Disorder
Week of May 3 – Autism Spectrum Disorders & Auditory Processing Disability
Week of May 10 – Tourette’s Syndrome
Week of May 17 – Gifted Learning
Week of May 24 – Creating Successful Learning Strategies

2. Assistive Technology in the Classroom – Friday, May 2, 2014
(In person or video conference)

Dragon Naturally Speaking, Read Write Gold and Smart Pens will be introduced in an interactive format with a focus on highlighting the software settings. It is the strategies that are used alongside the software that make these programs most effective.

Cathi Graveline, Assistive Technology Specialist, has worked at Foothills Academy for over ten years with students with learning disabilities in grades 3-12. Her role is to train/ teach students and teachers strategies as to how to best integrate Assistive Technologies strategies in the classroom.

Date: Friday, May 2, 2014
Location: Foothills Academy (745 37 Street NW, Calgary)**
Time: 1:00- 3:00 pm
Fee: $50 per participant

** For those unable to attend in person, this workshop is available through video conferencing

Contact Rachel at 403-270-9400 or email