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Introduction to DIBELS for New Zealand Educators: webinar recording

See also this related post: NZ-Friendly DIBELS 8 materials

DIBELS has been developed and researched by the University of Oregon.

Running this webinar gave me a chance to share my learning with a wider range of educators after Sharing Best Practice, Christchurch earlier this year. There was a humbling amount of interest in joining the webinar, and I was delighted with all the thoughtful questions asked. Here’s what you’ll find in the recording:

In this introductory session, I break down the power of DIBELS (Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills) assessment for Years 1 to 9.
There is (virtual!) hands-on practice so teachers can confidently implement DIBELS assessments in their classroom. By using DIBELS, teachers can reduce assessment time and gather powerful information on their students’ literacy skills across many strands of the ‘Reading Rope’ to inform their teaching.

You can expect to gain valuable insights into effective literacy teaching and assessment that will help students achieve their full potential. This session is perfect for:

► school leaders who want a detailed picture of reading status and progress across the school which can inform their literacy strategy and check for improvement

► teachers who want streamlined, sensitive literacy assessments which help them make the most of their teaching time.

Download and print this document so you can participate in the practical activities during the workshop ➤➤

The document also links to:

  • The workshop slides handout
  • Free DIBELS data spreadsheets
  • Facebook groups
  • free options for further learning 

6 thoughts on “Introduction to DIBELS for New Zealand Educators: webinar recording”

  1. Thank Emma for a very informative webinar. I am very keen to implement DIBELS in my class. I found your ideas on ideas on monitoring great and gave me lots to think about going forward.

  2. Thanks so much Emma, that was very helpful. Just a question, did you say that your son is in Year 3? Isn’t the Church Pears text a BOY2 assessment? Or is it that your son is in his third year of formal schooling?

  3. Hi Emma
    I can only find the ORF assessment, and the Maze comprehension in all the available downloads online, Australasian and original. Where do I get the NRF, and there should be a word reading assessment too yes? I can’t find these anywhere.

    1. Hi Donna,
      For NZ Years 5-8, ORF and MAZE are the only subtests used in DIBELS 8 for universal screening benchmarks. The other subtests are used in varying groupings for years 1-4.
      Here is a timeline showing which subtests are part of the screening benchmarks (given three times yearly) for each year level. This is a University of Oregon chart, and I have adjusted the US grade levels to be NZ levels to reduce confusion. Source: University of Oregon – DIBELS 8 Testing Materials.
      DIBELS 8 Administration Timeline with NZ Years. Source: University of Oregon -
      Hope that helps you keep going, all the best with getting started,

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