Teacher guide Leading Literacy: Professional Learning

TLF ID S7072

This teacher resource describes the Leading Literacy: Professional Learning course provided by the Victorian Department of Education and Early Childhood Development to principals and school leaders. The course helped them to develop deep understandings about how student literacy can be improved. There are nine sections in the resource: Summary, Target student group, Method, Results, Lessons learned, Next steps, Research base, Further reading and links, and Contacts. The resource describes how the course was structured and delivered weekly over an eight-month period. It highlights the particular importance of each participant's school-based collaborative research project.

Educational details

Educational value
  • This is a valuable resource for education systems and principals' professional associations seeking to deepen school leaders' understanding. It explores how students acquire the skills of reading, writing, speaking and listening; the characteristics of best-practice literacy teaching and learning; how to lead effective school-based professional learning; how assessment informs literacy pedagogy and learning; and the role school leaders play in building teacher capacity to implement the whole-school literacy plan. The Leading Literacy: Professional Learning course was founded on research identifying the crucial role of school leadership in all these aspects.
  • The resource is particularly valuable for the five professional practices described in the Australian Professional Standard for Principals: Leading teaching and learning; Developing self and others; and Leading improvement, innovation and change. The course achieved substantial improvement in these professional practices by combining face-to-face, digital and collaborative learning. There were eight workshops, pre-reading, an online discussion forum facilitated by three literacy experts, and five peer learning group meetings as well as a specific research project.
Year level

F; 1; 2; 3; 4; 5; 6; 7; 8; 9; 10

Learning area
  • English

Other details

  • Contributor
  • Name: Education Services Australia
  • Organization: Education Services Australia
  • Description: Data manager
  • Copyright Holder
  • Name: Commonwealth of Australia
  • Organization: Commonwealth of Australia
  • Address: AUSTRALIA
  • URL: http://www.australia.gov.au
  • Publisher
  • Name: Education Services Australia Ltd
  • Organization: Education Services Australia Ltd
  • Description: Publisher
  • Address: AUSTRALIA
  • URL: http://www.esa.edu.au
  • Resource metadata contributed by
  • Name: Education Services Australia Ltd
  • Organisation: Education Services Australia Ltd
  • Address: AUSTRALIA
  • URL: www.esa.edu.au
Access profile
  • Generic
Learning Resource Type
  • Online
  • Text
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