Teacher guide Principals as Literacy Leaders Project

TLF ID S7078

This teacher resource describes the Principals as Literacy Leaders (PALL) professional learning strategy aimed at strengthening the capability of school principals to bring about improvement in the reading abilities of students in low socioeconomic status and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. The resource is organised in nine sections: Summary, Target student group, Method, Results, Lessons learned, Next steps, Research base, Further reading and links, and Contacts. It outlines how the PALL strategy was developed, implemented and sustained; details the content of its five modules; describes its uptake among principals; and sets out the results it has achieved.

Educational details

Educational value
  • This is a valuable resource for principals seeking to develop or enhance their literacy knowledge and leadership capability, particularly in leading literacy learning based on a deep understanding of how reading develops. A major emphasis of the strategy, both in its professional learning aspects and in the resulting school-based literacy programs, was on the 'Big Six' of best practice in the teaching of reading: oral language; phonemic awareness; letter/sound relationships; vocabulary development; fluency; and comprehension. The PALL strategy was founded on research identifying the crucial role of school leadership in students' literacy development.
  • The resource is particularly valuable in relation to three of 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. It describes how the strategy achieved substantial improvement in these professional practices by combining five one-day professional development workshops/modules, action research undertaken between each module that enabled principals to connect their learning with their community, and the ongoing support of a mentor for each principal.
Year level

F; 1; 2; 3; 4; 5; 6; 7

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
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Learning Resource Type
  • Online
  • Text
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