Elizabeth Hoksbergen

Elizabeth Hoksbergen

Executive Director, Apples of Gold Center for Learning

Elizabeth Hoksbergen is the owner and Executive Director of Apples of Gold learning centers in Pella, Oskaloosa, Ankeny and surrounding communities.  She is a former teacher, Principal and Curriculum Director with over 20 years of experience providing educator workshops, K-12 professional development, and public seminars.  Her learning centers offer diagnostic testing for dyslexia and dyslexia remediation using the Wilson Language program.  Elizabeth is Level I Certified in Wilson and is in process of completing additional certification.

Elizabeth is passionate about giving educators research-based information on dyslexia so they can best help their students overcome their difficulties and reach their maximum potential. Elizabeth believes in “EduNuture” and helping each child realize his or her authentic potential through accurate identification of cognitive strengths and weaknesses along with targeted, individualized instruction.   She serves as a member of the Decoding Dyslexia Iowa board.

Dyslexia Friendly Instructional Strategies that Benefit All (Grades 4-12)

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It is recommended that participants attend “Fundamentals of Multisensory Structured Literacy” prior to this session.  With older students in mind, how does one create dyslexia friendly instructional strategies that boost achievement while cultivating self-efficacy? Targeting the needs of upper elementary, middle school, and high school teachers, this session will explore specific strategies to utilize in language arts, math, and content area classes (social studies, history, science, etc.) to make learning accessible for students. We will also address how to design dyslexia friendly assignments and assessments.

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Dyslexia Friendly Instructional Strategies that Benefit All (Grades 4-12)

Room 1

It is recommended that participants attend “Fundamentals of Multisensory Structured Literacy” prior to this session.  With older students in mind, how does one create dyslexia friendly instructional strategies that boost achievement while cultivating self-efficacy? Targeting the needs of upper elementary, middle school, and high school teachers, this session will explore specific strategies to utilize in language arts, math, and content area classes (social studies, history, science, etc.) to make learning accessible for students. We will also address how to design dyslexia friendly assignments and assessments.

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Fundamentals of Multisensory Structured Literacy

Room 1

This session is the precursor to the “Dyslexia Friendly Instructional Strategies” presentations.  We will analyze the impact that phonological processing, phonemic awareness, orthographic processing, and rapid naming (word retrieval abilities) have on language and literacy skills.  Along with these foundational skills, we will investigate phoneme types, syllable types, syllable division, syllable marking, and morphemes. We will review key elements of effective structured literacy instruction, including diagnostic-prescriptive decision-making,  systematic coverage, the link between cumulative review and new learning, and students’ need for explicit instruction. Finally, we will connect these concepts to increasing comprehension.

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Dyslexia Friendly Instructional Strategies that Benefit All (Grades K-3)

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It is recommended that participants attend “Fundamentals of Multisensory Structured Literacy” prior to this session.  How does one create dyslexia friendly instructional strategies that boost achievement for all learners?  Catering to the needs of the early elementary teacher, this session will explore specific, classroom-ready, multisensory strategies to utilize in literacy, math, social studies, and science classes to make learning accessible for all.  We will also address how to make oral communication, directions for learning activities, and classroom transitions dyslexia friendly while promoting the engagement of all students.

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Fundamentals of Multisensory Structured Literacy

Room 1

This session is the precursor to the “Dyslexia Friendly Instructional Strategies” presentations.  We will analyze the impact that phonological processing, phonemic awareness, orthographic processing, and rapid naming (word retrieval abilities) have on language and literacy skills.  Along with these foundational skills, we will investigate phoneme types, syllable types, syllable division, syllable marking, and morphemes. We will review key elements of effective structured literacy instruction, including diagnostic-prescriptive decision-making,  systematic coverage, the link between cumulative review and new learning, and students’ need for explicit instruction. Finally, we will connect these concepts to increasing comprehension.

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Dyslexia Friendly Instructional Strategies that Benefit All (Grades K-3)

Room 1

It is recommended that participants attend “Fundamentals of Multisensory Structured Literacy” prior to this session.  How does one create dyslexia friendly instructional strategies that boost achievement for all learners?  Catering to the needs of the early elementary teacher, this session will explore specific, classroom-ready, multisensory strategies to utilize in literacy, math, social studies, and science classes to make learning accessible for all.  We will also address how to make oral communication, directions for learning activities, and classroom transitions dyslexia friendly while promoting the engagement of all students.

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