Science of Reading Events, Webinars and Bookstudies

Beneath the Surface of Words: What English Spelling Reveals and Why It Matters

Join us for a three-part series on April 11,18, 25, 2023

 @ 6:00 pm CT. with Sue Scibetta Hegland. Cost is $10.00

English spelling has an undeserved reputation as unreliable and riddled with frustrating quirks. In this three-session book study, Sue Scibetta Hegland will present an overview of the major concepts introduced in her book Beneath the Surface of Words: What English Spelling Reveals and Why It Matters. These concepts allow us to understand the systematic forces affecting the spelling of all English words, and they provide answers to many of the puzzling “whys” of spelling. Sue will answer questions at the end of each session.

Sue Scibetta Hegland is an educator, author, and frequent speaker on topics related to spelling. She began her career doing research and instructional design, but her focus shifted in 2003, when she learned that one of her children is dyslexic. Trained in the Orton-Gillingham approach to literacy instruction, she has been studying and teaching about orthographic linguistics since 2014. Sue has served on the Board of Directors for the Upper Midwest Branch of the International Dyslexia Association (IDA) and on the Board of Education for the Brandon Valley School District. She is currently the Editor-in-Chief for the IDA’s Fact Sheet publications and is on the Advisory Council for the Upper Midwest Branch of the IDA. She is the founder of the website and author of the book “Beneath the Surface of Words: What English Spelling Reveals and Why It Matters.”

The sessions will be recorded and the links for all three will be sent to you following the completion of the final session.


Use the button below to purchase access to the sessions using PayPal. If you do not already have a PayPal account, you can create one for free herebut be sure to then return to this page to purchase access. The cost is $10.00

A PayPal receipt for this event will be sent to the email address associated with your PayPal account. You will receive an email at that same address shortly thereafter, with link to access the YouTube video as well as a link to download the pdf file with the PowerPoint slides.  Please make sure to check that address for accuracy to prevent delay in receiving the information.

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