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Essentials of Literacy Local Leaders

  • Audience
    Teacher leader
  • Next Intake
  • Location
  • Duration
    4 months
  • Mode
  • Fees
    DET fully subsidised

Lay a strong foundation for literacy teaching in your school. 

Essentials of Literacy Local Leaders unpacks the key ideas that support all of Bastow's literacy professional learning and is an online alternative to the established Literacy Local Leaders course delivered in 2019.

This course is an introduction to deepen your understanding of pedagogical and literacy practices that best support school improvement

You will explore the approaches that underpin high-impact literacy teaching and influence positive learning outcomes.

Throughout the course you will have the opportunity to collaborate, discuss and unpack the learning while extending your professional connections within your network.

This is the perfect introduction to Bastow's Literacy Suite, and will support you to contribute to your school's 2020 literacy improvement goals.

Essentials of Literacy Local Leaders supports the 'Excellence in teaching and learning' priority area of the Victorian Education State Framework for Improving Student Outcomes (FISO).

Essentials of Literacy Local Leaders is part of our Literacy Suite, which also includes Literacy Local Leaders; Leading Literacy; Literacy Master Trainer; and Literacy Data, Assessment and Practice.


Essentials of Literacy Local Leaders is designed for a Foundation to Year 8 context.

Educators with responsibility for or a desire to expand their knowledge and experience of literacy instruction should participate. This includes:

  • literacy leaders
  • teachers
  • graduates.

Over 4 months, you are expected to engage in and contribute to:

  • 5 webinars
  • a virtual workshop. 


You will participate in five 90-minute webinars. 

Webinar 1: The gradual release of responsibility

Examine the use of the Gradual Release of Responsibility as an instructional model that can be used to provide explicit instruction, scaffolded support and independent practice to students as they learn and develop key literacy skills. 

Webinar 2: The Workshop Model

Further unpack the use of a whole-school instructional model and explore ways the Workshop Model can work within a reading or writing workshop.

Webinar 3: Authentic literacy and student agency

Examine the role of student agency in supporting students to become literate by engaging in authentic literacy experience.

Webinar 4: Balanced assessment

Unpack the importance of using the right assessment for the right purpose, and learn to leverage assessment to support the next teaching point for students' literacy learning.

Webinar 5: Planning and integrating your literacy teaching 

Explore the relationships between all aspects of literacy teaching and understand the value of developing a well-planned, integrated curriculum. 

Virtual workshop

The virtual workshop gives you the opportunity to come together in a network- or area-based community of practice to further unpack key themes of the webinars, make connections with your colleagues, and to share how you have implemented the learning back in your school. 

The virtual workshops will be scheduled between Monday 28 October and Monday 16 November.   

You'll gain knowledge and understanding of:

  • current research about the nature of literacy
  • the pedagogical approaches that are most effective in maximising student outcomes
  • effective literacy assessment procedures and models
  • the structures and models that support exemplary literacy teaching
  • the conditions for effective literacy learning
  • how to extend your own leadership and teaching capacity.

You'll develop the skills to:

  • lead the development of a shared understanding of quality literacy instruction
  • communicate and influence explicit and high-impact literacy teaching
  • build connections with your network to implement literacy improvement approaches.

Ngaire Leighton
Course Coordinator

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