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Science of Learning, Reading and Writing Masterclass Term 1 2022 (PD439)

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Science of Learning, Reading and Writing Masterclass Term 1 2022 (PD439)

AUD $200.00

Join Ollie Lovell, Lyn Stone and Lorraine Hammond in this unique learning, reading, and writing masterclass.

On six consecutive Tuesday evenings in February and March 2022, Ollie, Lyn and Lorraine will deliver two 75 minute live talks each. Ollie will talk about cognitive load theory and its practical applications. Lyn will talk about orthographic mapping and how to use this theory to transform literacy teaching. Lorraine will talk about explicit instruction. Use that time to ask questions and interact with the speakers.

All participants will then be automatically enrolled in an online version of this masterclass. Access to this online course will continue for two weeks after the last presentation. The online course will continue to be available to all who  missed the live version.

The timetable:

Tuesday February 15th – 7pm-8:15pm(Melbourne time) – Ollie Lovell and cognitive load theory Part 1

Tuesday February 22nd – 7pm-8:15pm (Melbourne time) – Ollie Lovell and cognitive load theory Part 2

Tuesday March 1st  – 7pm-8:15pm (Melbourne time) – Lyn Stone and orthographic mapping Part 1

Tuesday March 8th – 7pm-8:15pm (Melbourne time) – Lyn Stone and orthographic mapping Part 2

Tuesday March 15th – 7pm-8:15pm (Melbourne time) – Lorraine Hammond and explicit instruction Part 1

Tuesday March 22nd – 7pm-8:15pm (Melbourne time) – Lorraine Hammond and explicit instruction Part 2

Your timezone guide:

From March 29th onwards: This masterclass will become an asynchronous online course and all participants in the live events will be automatically registered and have access until April 12th. The online course will contain videos of all talks, handouts, quizzes, and a forum for collaboration and discussion.

Session details

Session 1 – February 15th and February 22nd 2022

Cognitive Load Theory Masterclass with Ollie Lovell


Cognitive Load Theory has been referred to by Dylan Wiliam as ‘the most important thing for teachers to know.’ Throughout 2020, teacher and podcaster Ollie Lovell worked closely with the originator of Cognitive Load Theory, John Sweller, to produce a short text on the topic specifically for educators. The resulting book, Cognitive Load Theory in Action, has been described by Sweller as ‘An indispensable guide to Cognitive Load Theory for teachers.’ Over two sessions, Ollie will share key insights from this work.

Within these sessions, Ollie will introduce attendees to both the foundational theory that underlies cognitive load theory, as well as giving practical advice around how this theory can be directly applied in a variety of classroom activities.

Ollie will cover the following topics, and more:

  1. The five foundational principles of cognitive load theory
  2. Intrinsic and Extraneous cognitive load
  3. The fundamental recommendation of CLT
  4. Ways to optimise intrinsic load
  5. Ways to hone your presentation, taking account of the:
    • Redundancy effect
    • Split-attention effect
    • Transient information effect
    • Modality effect
  6. Ways to structure practice using
    • Worked examples
    • Self-explanation
    • The goal-free effect


Session 2 – March 1st and March 8th 2022

Orthographic Mapping Masterclass with Lyn Stone


In 2013, at a meeting between David Kilpatrick, David Share and Linnea Ehri, the term orthographic mapping  was coined. Ehri was telling the two Davids, over lunch, about the findings of her research into how children form mental orthographic images of words. Kilpatrick said something along the lines of, You’d better come up with a name for this.

And so, orthographic mapping was born.

In this two-part presentation, Lyn will work through the key terms within this theory so that participants broaden and deepen their understanding of it. Lyn will be using a unique approach to this glossary section known as The 4-Step Process for Adults.

The talks will contain the following sections:

  1. Glossary work on key terms
  2. Practising the ‘elevator pitch’ so that you can comfortably talk about the terms
  3. Examples of practice for orthographic mapping efficiency
  4. Non-examples of practice for orthographic mapping efficiency
  5. The key findings of Ehri’s research that led to the term
  6. Practical application to some high frequency irregular words
  7. Types of practice that can assist the process
  8. Techniques for enhancing orthographic efficiency in students

Session 3 – March 15th and March 22nd 2022

Explicit instruction Masterclass with Lorraine Hammond

Details to be announced, but get excited!

Participants will receive:

  • Session handouts
  • Automatic enrolment on the online version with two weeks access including the recording of the session
  • A certificate for 7.5 hours of elective professional learning (upon completion of the webinar series and/or the online version)

Slides will not be available for sharing.

Terms and conditions:

All sales are final. Should you be unable to attend, you will still be able to access the material in the online course from March 29th 2022 onwards.

Important note for Australian educators:

If you register with an email address that contains or, there is a chance that your institution’s settings will automatically block our software from sending you emails without you even knowing it. Though we applaud the government’s fight against spam, we are also dismayed at the blind decisions some systems make on your behalf. We will not be able to send you emails manually, so if you want the best chance of staying on our list and being updated with reminders for your sessions, links to your resources, and other interesting news, please use a private, not a government email address.

Look out for notices about our next three masterclass series in 2022!

In Australia, the school year is divided into four neat terms with a two week break between each during the year and a long, long holiday over Christmas. We are bringing out masterclasses each Australian term. Make sure you stay connected so you don’t miss our next round of speakers!