Date
30 October 2020

Support teacher PLD

Suggestion for implementing the strategy ‘Develop a schoolwide approach’

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Effective literacy learning

Effective literacy learning

For children to access effective literacy instruction, teachers need:

  • deep content knowledge
  • specific teaching expertise.

Identify professional learning needs

Identify professional learning needs

To be effective, you need the knowledge to assess, plan, and implement targeted teaching that meets the needs of learners with dyslexia.

Use these questions to identify what supports or professional learning you need.

What is my understanding of: 

  • dyslexia and how it affects learning?
  • strategies for teaching learners with dyslexia?
  • a structured literacy approach? 
  • multi-sensory learning and dyslexia? 
  • classroom tools to identify literacy learning needs, develop a plan, and monitor progress for learners?
  • Universal Design for Learning and how I can use it to create an inclusive approach?
  • how emotions affect learning?

Provide a coordinated approach to PLD

Provide a coordinated approach to PLD

Work collaboratively in your school and cluster to develop a coordinated approach for teachers to upskill and meet the literacy learning needs of students, including those with dyslexia.

Selecting a programme or PLD

Selecting a programme or PLD

Before purchasing a programme or PLD, ensure it is based on well-researched principles.

Use these questions to help your selection. 

Is the programme:

  • systematic – based on the 44 sounds and spelling rules of the English language and can be taught with consistency by different teachers?
  • cumulative – builds on previous learning to ensure a strong foundation?
  • structured – beginning with simple concepts progressing to more complex ones?
  • sequential – meeting children at their current level with an ordered progress?

Does it cover:

  • phonological awareness?
  • phonics and decoding?
  • fluency?
  • vocabulary?
  • comprehension?

How will it impact teaching staff? Consider:

  • how much training is required
  • what supports are provided
  • how much teacher preparation is required
  • what resources are needed
  • whether teacher aides or volunteers can be part of the programme.

What is needed for schoolwide  implementation?

  • How much initial and ongoing training is required?
  • Who can participate in the training sessions?
  • What resources are needed?
  • What is the cost?

Useful readings

Useful readings

File

Recent advances in understanding word-level reading skills: Implications for reading instruction and for understanding reading difficulties

Publisher: David A. Kilpatrick

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Website

Reading basics

Publisher: WETA Public Broadcasting

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Website

Ending the reading wars: Reading acquisition from novice to expert

Read time: 160 min

Publisher: SAGE Publications

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Useful resources

Useful resources

Website

Reading 101: A guide to teaching reading and writing

Publisher: WETA Public Broadcasting

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