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Ministry of Education.

Professional learning and development

Professional development for teachers

Using The English Language Learning Progressions: professional support for leaders and teachers 
This provides professional development material that you can access in your own time, and in your own way.

Literacy Professional Development for Primary schools (LPDP) 
A national project conducted from 2004–2010. Provides links to key findings and research that literacy leaders, teachers, and principals may find useful to support their school’s literacy inquiry.

An integrated system of support for learners and schools
This system connects the everyday resources and tools available to learners, teachers, leaders, and schools for targeted and supplementary support.

National Library of New Zealand’s Services to Schools
The National Library of New Zealand’s  Services to Schools is a detailed exploration of what it means to have a reading culture and the role adults play in creating, supporting, and extending reading in students' lives.

Knowledge of literacy learning
This module focuses on knowledge of literacy learning in relation to the reading and writing standards for years 1–8.

Video resources

A student-led inquiry – Homai Primary School
This video resource is centred around a student-led chemistry inquiry with a specific focus on the development of metacognition through the teaching of writing.

Literacy and learning coaches at Konini School
Literacy coaches, Gill Aldworth and Denise Brown talk about their role in supporting teachers using the literacy progressions, refining what they are teaching, and being very specific in forming their next steps.

Ministry resources

Effective Literacy Practice in Years 1–4 and  Effective Literacy Practice in Years 5–8  
These handbooks identify and describe the features of literacy teaching, at the respective year levels, that are clearly linked by research to improved outcomes for students. They are designed to help teachers to: build their professional knowledge; become more aware of what makes literacy teaching effective for students; become more strategic; examine their beliefs about themselves as teachers and about children as literacy learners; see themselves as part of a professional learning community and reflect critically on their practice.

Learning through Talk: Oral Language in Years 1–3 and  Learning through Talk: Oral Language in Years 4–8  
These texts have been developed to support the teaching of oral language in primary schools, recognising the link between oral language and achievement. They are companions to the earlier handbooks on Effective Literacy Practice (Ministry of Education, 2003 and 2005).

Literacy Learning Progressions  
This resource shows teachers what knowledge and skills their students need in order to meet the reading and writing demands of The New Zealand Curriculum.

The English Language Learning Progressions  
This resource can help teachers of English choose appropriate strategies and tasks to personalise learning for diverse learners, particularly those for whom English is a second language. It also helps teachers assess where their students are at in terms of English language acquisition and to plan the next steps.

Quality Teaching for Diverse Students in Schooling: Best Evidence Synthesis 
This report investigates research-based evidence linked to student outcomes to discuss what constitutes effective teaching for diverse groups of learners.

Pathways over the Transition to Schools: Studies in Family Literacy Practices and Effective Classroom Concepts for Māori and Pasifika children

Literacy Professional Development Project: Identifying Effective Teaching and Professional Development Practices for Enhanced Student Learning

Literacy Teaching and Learning in e-Learning Contexts  
This report presents the findings of a research project on literacy teaching and learning in e-learning contexts carried out by CORE Education and the New Zealand Council for Educational Research (NZCER) for the Ministry of Education in 2009.

Picking up the Pace
This research project delivered concentrated professional development in literacy instruction to groups of early childhood and new entrant teachers in decile one schools in Mangere and Otara. The outcome was a substantial lift in the reading and writing achievement of new entrants. 

NZ Curriculum Update 23 (July 2012) – Literacy across the curriculum 
This Update focuses on the languages, texts, and literacy practices of the different curriculum learning areas.

Literacy associations

New Zealand associations and services

New Zealand Literacy Association 
This site includes information about the association, its executive, and regional affiliates. It also includes subscription information, links to related associations, and information about conferences.

New Zealand Association of Teachers of English (NZATE)
This site includes information about the national association and its regional affiliates, along with subscription information, and has links to other very useful English and media sites.

School Library Association of New Zealand (SLANZA)
The School Library Association of New Zealand Aotearoa (SLANZA) supports teaching and learning by providing a national voice for school libraries throughout New Zealand and representing all school library staff.

International associations and groups

International Literacy Association

Australian Association for the Teaching of English (AATE)

National Association for the Teaching of English – UK (NATE)

Primary English Teaching Association Australia (PETAA)

See also

Mailing lists

The community mailing lists provide a connection between teachers and Literacy Online. Subscribers to the lists will receive weekly Literacy updates and all emails sent by the community.

Updated on: 16 Apr 2018