True Literacy Spotlight: Structured Word Inquiry

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Gain a deeper understanding of how readers and listeners investigate words to analyze their meaning, a critical step to support literacy development for all learners.
In this webinar you will learn:
  • The three components of written English (orthograpy)
  • Applying the scientific method to the study of words to gain English literacy
  • Everything you need to begin the process of becoming literate in written English
  • A variety of free online tools to use with word study
The Secret Is,
There Is No Secret

Structured Word Inquiry is a method to understand how the English Writing System works. By understanding how words are built, all the way down to their core elements, you can make sense of all spellings and, as a result, improve literacy.

Get access to this exclusive webinar to gain a deeper understanding of how we learn to effectively read, write, and spell.

Meet Your Instructor

Shawna Pope-Jefferson, MS/CCC/SLP

Shawna has practiced as a speech-language pathologist in a variety of medical and educational settings over her 20-year career. She served as a senior lecturer and clinical supervisor at Southern Illinois University in Communication Disorders and Sciences for nine years before opening her private practice, Language and Literacy Solutions, in 2015. She has spent the last five years assessing students with language and literacy disorders and successfully applying Structured Word Inquiry to language and literacy intervention.

You can reach her with questions at

"My daughter was struggling to learn her ABC's letter names, and sight words in kindegarten. No matter how hard she tried she could not memorize the letters and words. She didn't like to pay attention to books or try to read. Shawna started seeing her for language and literacy therapy at the end of her kindergarten year. she was pretty traumatized already and didn't think she could learn to read and spell. After a few months they found their groove and my daughter began to learn. As her skills grew, her confidence grew. When her school recommended that she repeat kindergarten without doing anything differently we decided to homeschool. One and a half years later she is reading and spelling she is approaching an average first grade level. Her confidence is trong and she loves to take her turn playing, "teacher." What Shawna did worked for my child. She couldn't sound words out or memorize them. She needed to learn the pieces before she could make sense of the sounds."  --Dayna Bennett