Professional Development for the home educator in Ontario

To help develop their homeschooling skills, parents may find it useful to attend seminars, workshops, talks, and non-homeschool conferences on child development, parenting, teaching methods, and other such topics. We'll be announcing such events in the blog as we become aware of them. On this more permanent page, we're glad to list any business or organization that offers such events on a regular basis.

We also list here any teacher-training instructors, mentors, or consultants who are available to share their teaching tips and techniques with homeschooling parents on an individually hired basis.

Seminars, workshops, talks, and non-homeschool conferences

Educational Workshops for Home Schooling Educators — Greater Toronto GTA

Contact: Stanley R. Taylor, Retired Educator
Author of Taylor's Pneumatic Toys available on Amazon, Chapters and Barnes & Noble
Phone: 905-862-0061

Teacher Training Mentors

OG-MSL – Orton Gillingham Training – Toronto
Training for teachers, parents and other professionals who want to use the evidence-based Orton Gillingham approach for teaching reading, writing, and spelling. Also offers tutoring of students using the OG approach. Appropriate for all learners of all ages and especially for those who struggle or have special needs, dyslexia, or other learning differences.
Contact: Liisa Freure
Phone: 416-433-9580

Orton-Gillingham York Region – Ajax, Markham, Newmarket, Oshawa, Stouffville, Toronto
Karen Gordon is available to consult with teaching parents who would like more information about the Orton-Gillingham approach and how to effectively support their children who may be experiencing a deficit in the areas of reading, writing or spelling. Karen is also available to work one-on-one with children who struggle with reading, writing and spelling, due to dyslexia or other related learning issues. The Orton-Gillingham approach is not a system or program but an approach to instruction that is exclusively based on the needs of each individual student. Components of a lesson may include but are not limited to the following:
visual/auditory drills
kinesthetic reinforcement
phonemic awareness (focus on sounds)
fluency (addressed at all levels)
orthography (spelling)
etymology (history of language)
morphology (word structure)
study skills and learning strategies
Contact: Karen Gordon
Phone: 416-831-9326

Brenda Ker, OCT – Tutor/Mentor – Newmarket

Daytime support with teaching Grades 1-4 homeschooled students reading and writing skills. Brenda Ker, B.A., B.Ed., is a retired York Region Elementary Teacher with over 25 years of experience in teaching children to read. She is a member in good standing with the Ontario College of Teachers and possesses qualifications in Beginning Reading Instruction and Reading Comprehension Instruction. She's available to mentor teaching parents or tutor their children directly.
Contact: Brenda Ker