What is a Precision Reading workshop?

One and two day workshops in Precision Reading have been presented in school divisions and schools, at professional development conferences for teachers and other educators, and at scholarly conferences. Check out the two sample workshop outlines below for a better idea of what you can expect from a Precision Reading workshop.

One-Day Workshop

  • How Precision Reading was developed
  • Why some students struggle to learn to read
  • Why traditional methods sometimes fail
  • How to do the Core Strategy
  • How to do some of the Support Strategies
  • How to do some of the Comprehension Strategies

Two-Day Workshop

Day One

  • How Precision Reading was developed
  • Why some students struggle to learn to read
  • Why traditional methods sometimes fail
  • Understanding reading fluency
  • Understanding vocabulary development
  • Understanding reading comprehension

Day Two

  • How to do the Core Strategy
  • How to do the Support Strategies
  • How to use Precision Reading with non-readers
  • How to do Comprehension Strategies
  • How to use the Complementary Strategies
  • Setting up a Precision Reading program

Who benefits from Precision Reading?

Precision Reading will work with almost any student at any grade level. It has been used successfully with a wide variety of students in the early, middle, and senior grades and in adult education. Students do not need to have disabilities to benefit from Precision Reading.

Students described as

  • Reluctant readers
  • Non-readers
  • Unmotivated readers
  • Resistant readers

Students with

  • Learning Disabilities
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD and ADD)
  • Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS)
  • Intellectual disabilities (e.g. Down’s Syndrome, Autism, etc.)
  • Language Delay
  • Severe social, emotional and behavioural problems.
  • Attention and memory problems.

What is a Precision Writing workshop?

One and two day workshops in Precision Writing are available for school divisions, schools, and professional development conferences for teachers and other educators. Check out the two sample workshop outlines below for a better idea of what you can expect from a Precision Writing workshop.

One-Day Workshop

  • How Precision Writing was developed
  • Why some students struggle to learn to write
  • Why traditional methods sometimes fail
  • How to implement the steps in the Precision Writing process
  • How to use scaffolds, at each stage of the Precision Writing process, to support struggling writers

Two-Day Workshop

Day One

  • How Precision Writing was developed
  • Why some students struggle to learn to write
  • Why traditional methods sometimes fail
  • How to implement the steps in the Precision Writing process
  • How to use scaffolds, at each stage of the Precision Writing process, to support struggling writers

Day Two

  • Workshop participants will be guided through the ten steps of the Precision Writing process in a hands-on experience of the method
  • At each step, scaffolds will be selected and used based on each participant’s needs and preferences with reference to: (a) the student writers they teach, and (b) the subject areas and formats within which they ask their students to write.

Who benefits from Precision Writing?

Precision Writing will work with almost all students at any grade level after Grade 2. It has been used successfully with a wide variety of students in the elementary and secondary grades, as well as in adult education, post-secondary education, and the education of students for whom English is an additional language.

Students described as

  • Reluctant writers
  • Resistant writers
  • Struggling writers     
  • Unmotivated writers
  • Learners with low oral language development
  • Below average readers
  • Learners for whom English is an additional language
  • Refugee or immigrant English learners
  • Learners using Precision Reading

Students with

  • Learning disabilities that affect language, communications, reading and/or writing
  • Intellectual disabilities
  • Autism
  • Attention Deficit Disorder

Find out more / arrange a workshop

For more information, or to arrange a workshop, please contact Dr. Rick Freeze below:

Dr. Rick Freeze, Professor

Inclusive Education
Faculty of Education
University of Manitoba
Winnipeg, MB, Canada
R3T 2N2

Phone: (204) 257-9905   [Precision Reading Home Office]
Phone: (204) 474-6904   [University Office]
Fax: (204) 474-7564
Rick.Freeze@umanitoba.ca