islPAL - International Society for Leadership in Pedagogy and Learning

Pedagogies and Learning

Workshop 2

Reading teaching success - unpacking the secret

Date:  17 May 2014

Cost:  $80.00

Time:  Register from 8:30am for a 9:00am start. Approximately 4 hours. Morning tea provided.

Place:  Stuartholme School, Birdwood Terrace, Toowong.   Get Directions

Presenters: Shauna Petersen, Deborah Geoghagan and Shirley O'Neill

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About the workshop

This workshop will address current issues in the teaching of reading in relation to contemporary learners. It will unpack how successful schools have made their outstanding gains in students' reading performance in diverse contexts. It will illuminate the role and impact that a schoolwide pedagogy (SWP) can have on the teaching of reading and the ability of teachers and students to be part of a targeted dialogics, where the explicit teaching of concepts and language of learning/metalanguage gives students agency and motivation in their own achievement. Through examples there will be a sharing of strategies and opportunities to question, discuss and follow through on particular interests and needs, concluding with a panel discussion.

Presenter Biographies

Shauna Petersen is a lecturer in Literacy Education in the School of Linguistics, Adult and Specialist Education at the University of Southern Queensland, Toowoomba. Shauna engages with research and consultancy activity as a member of Literacy Pedagogies and Learning Group in Leadership Research International (LRI) and is the LRI Publicity Officer. Her research interests lie in the area of teacher leadership, which is also the focus of her current PhD work.

Deborah Geoghegan lectures in School of Teacher Education and Early Childhood at the University of Southern Queensland in foundations of language and literacy as well as curriculum and pedagogy in the early years of school. She is also a member of Literacy, Pedagogies and Learning group in Leadership Research International (LRI). Her research interests are in language and literacies education, early childhood curriculum and pedagogy, classroom discourse and teacher cognition. Deborah has extensive experience teaching in schools both in the public and private sectors within Australia and the United States.

Shirley O'Neill is Associate Professor of Language and Literacies in the School of Linguistics, Adult and Specialist Education, and Associate Director Literacy Pedagogies and Learning in the Leadership Research Institute (LRI) at the University of Southern Queensland. She has a special interest in reading and writing, and classroom dialogue and her research and teaching relates to literacy learning and assessment, school improvement, English as a second language and service learning in pre-service teacher education.

Related articles:

1. An interesting research report on a middle years literacy intervention project.

2. For those interested in interventions this provides an excellent summary and published in 2013.

Literacy and numeracy interventions in the early years of schooling : A literature review : report to the Ministerial Advisory Group on Literacy and Numeracy

Which ones are you working with or have you worked with. What has been your experience?

3. The controversy continues with regard to falling reading levels.

What is your opinion? What is the evidence?

4. A decade of lost action on literacy refers to the 2005 report and recommendations in "Teaching Reading" by Ken Rowe.

What do you think about the recommendations?

How do they compare with your experience?

To access paste the report title into google search and it should be the first link that you see and when you click on it you will go straight to the pdf file.

National Inquiry into the Teaching of Literacy (Australia) or go to