For over 20 years we have successfully offered a range of evidenced-based professional learning processes designed to meet the specific needs of a school.
Mentoring of leadership teams and teachers has proven to bring long lasting change within the school. We can work directly with teachers or with a key literacy person in the school. The latter has the advantage of building capacity within the school while being supportive and recognising the demands on time.
A variety of processes are available. The topics described below are a sample the kinds of professional learning experiences that can be adapted to meet the specific needs in your school. Some are available as packages that can be run in schools by a member of staff after a short mentoring process and others will require one of our consultants to facilitate the process in your school.
Most popular now as schools review the needs of students is a well researched and trialled Whole School Approach to Spelling.
Other processes and learning experiences include:
- Guided Reading
- What Are the Others Doing?
- Writing in a Balanced Literacy Program
- Teaching Writing
- Reading for Meaning
- Engaging Parents
- Creating a Learning Environment: Successful Behaviours
- Teaching Writing: Understanding the Role of Process, Purpose and Audience
- Exploring School Culture
- Tools for Assessment including Student Self Assessment
- Personalised Professional Learning Programs
Krashen in Miller (2009) says that no single literary activity has more positive effect on students’ comprehension, vocabulary knowledge, spelling, writing ability, and overall academic achievement than free voluntary reading.
Krashen, S. (2004). The power of reading: Insights from the research. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann
Miller, D (2009). The Book Whisperer Jossey-Bass CA