Supporting Every Child’s Right to Read

Michele Van Der Veen: My Journey to Structured Literacy

Michele Van Der Veen, an Ontario teacher joins Dr. Kathryn Garforth  discussed her journey to Structured Literacy.

Resources mentioned in this talk:

Pop-up Dictation Hands PDF

By: Institute for Multi-Sensory Education

Short Vowel Sticks PDF

Activities for Small Group Intervention

Focus on Phonemic Awareness

A Comprehensive Resource to Screen, Teach, and Remediate Phonemic Awareness.

Dry Erase Dictation

By: Institute for Multi-Sensory Education

Other Resources:

The Right to Read Initiative & Repeated Readings

Report of the National Reading Panel: Teaching Children to Read

Dr. Kathryn Garforth, Ph.D.
Founder of Garforth Education and The Right To Read Initiative. 
Garforth Education provides online courses and professional development for educators. Garforth Education provides support to families of neurodiverse individuals. Dr. Garforth helps them understand the diagnosis and needs of their child.


Dr. Kathryn Garforth is passionate about every child's #RightToRead. As a dyslexic and the parent of a dyslexic she has a personal connection to the struggles students face. Her teacher training program did not provide the training to teach children like her how to read.  She's determined to spread awareness about best practices for teaching reading.


Twitter: @GarforthEduc

Michele van der Veen has been an educator in Waterloo Region since 2004 and is currently teaching in a Grade 1/2 classroom. She is passionate about teaching reading in a systematic and explicit way to meet the needs of all learners. She promotes her love of reading to all who will listen. Michele has taken courses through Tools 4 Reading, IMSE Comprehensive Literacy And IDA Ontario and is interested in pursuing more learning around structured word inquiry.

Michele lives with her husband and two children in Kitchener and loves spending time together playing games, swimming or taking her dog for a walk.

You can find Michele on twitter @MrsM_vanderveen.

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