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Building Vocabulary Knowledge

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Language occurs all around us therefore young learners cannot avoid picking up the language around them.  Teachers can teach vocabulary effectively by using a range of approaches, strategies and ideas to improve students reading and writing.  Our current work in schools is to enable teachers to understand, know and teach explicitly – about vocabulary. We use a range of research tools, suggested texts, evidence based activities and tasks proven to increase students vocabulary knowledge, and to  lift reading and writing levels. Dr Alison Davis provides vocabulary tools, research and tasks via her resources available through the link.


Building Effective and Innovative Practice – literacy across the curriculum

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Self-regulation is an important part of building student agency. This is especially so when working with students to improve their motivation and engagement towards writing. Thinking critically, seeking and responding to feedback are important elements of all processes of composing text – including when preparing to write. When students plan – considering task, purpose and audience – they choose to use a range of language features and structures. Describing these, explaining their choices and seeking feedback from others builds knowledge and confidence towards a task right from the planning stages. See Effective Writing Instruction Alison Davis (2013) for lots of other examples of agentic teaching and learning.


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Unpacking professional readings – Building Cultural Capability

The Vision Education team works alongside teachers and leaders to identify personal professional learning needs of culturally responsive practices. We have a range of tools to help teachers and leaders unpack Tātaiako as a framework to support professional learning and to self review their own practices and beliefs in relation to the five competencies described in Tātaiako. We are excited with opportunities to support schools to engage with whanau to determine the cultural competencies that are particular to their communities. We work closely with teachers to coach discussion of professional readings.

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Supporting and Growing Leaders

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Vision facilitators work nationwide with Kāhui Ako.  Part of this work is supporting and growing the leadership capability at all levels. We have the privilege of working with a variety of existing and new leaders who bring a lot to this work.  Our leadership learning is practical, collaborative and fun. We enjoy seeing our leaders grow in confidence and skills during our work.

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Special needs podcast featuring our facilitator Justine Brock.

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Our Facilitator, Justine Brock, had the privilege of being interviewed for the Connect Inform Support programme on Free FM.

Their blurb says
“A show created and hosted by Parent to Parent – the not-for-profit organisation supporting families and whanau of babies, children, teens and adults with any type of disability or health impairment. The show focuses on services and help available and also discusses issues and news of interest and importance to those families.”


Beginning Teacher Workshops

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Great opportunity for your beginning teachers
6 literacy focused workshops plus a copy of 2 of Alison Davis’s text – Teaching Reading Comprehension (2016) and Effective Writing Instruction (2013)
Total cost $650 per beginning teacher
Contact office.vision@xtra.co.nz or see details on flyer below

PLD OPPORTUNTIES 2017 for BEGINNING TEACHERS

PLD OPPORTUNTIES 2017 for BEGINNING TEACHERS


Alison leading literacy workshops focused on accelerating achievement

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Alison leading literacy workshops focused on accelerating achievement

Alison leading literacy workshops focused on accelerating achievement

Alison leading literacy workshops focused on accelerating achievement

Alison leading literacy workshops focused on accelerating achievement


Alison’s resources at Australian literacy educators conference 2016

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Alison's resources at Australian literacy educators conference 2016

Alison’s resources at Australian literacy educators conference 2016


Alison at 2016 ALEA Conference

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Alison at ALEA conference

Alison at ALEA conference

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Alison speaking at ALEA conference 2016


School Journals

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Using School Journals

Using School Journals

Recently at a workshop teachers were exploring the use of the curriculum levels shown inside the cover of School Journals and the School Journal Teacher Support Materials. Some expressed surprise that the Teacher Support Materials stated the National Standard that the demands of the text best exemplified and there was such great reading, writing and cross curricular ideas and tasks. How are your teachers using these resources?


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Skillful and Strategic Professional Learning

“Our Vision facilitator (Justine) built positive relationships with everyone she worked alongside and skillfully aligned her sessions with what we needed to develop in our practice based on our strategic aims.  Her professional development with staff has grown teacher knowledge, improved practice and accelerated progress for our learners.”

Tracey Bennett
Principal
Hautapu School

Knowledgeable and Authentic Professional Development

Benneydale School has been working with Leitia for 2 years in a wide range of capacities. Leitia has run a number of Teacher Only Days focusing on effective literacy practice in the classroom and she has modelled and supported best practice related to differentiated learning programs that support accelerated learning. Leitia has worked alongside teachers in the classroom providing feedback and support on teacher effectiveness. She has supported planning meetings with teachers and worked with them to refine their programs through using a coaching model. Evidence of teacher growth due to these coaching sessions can be seen in class practice. We have found Leitia to be very knowledgeable, quick to understand our needs and work with us to create our own PLD journey. I would recommend Leitia as a facilitator for any school wanting to provide authentic opportunities for staff to challenge their thinking and work towards enhancing their practice for the benefit of all learners.

Vanessa Te Huia
Principal
Benneydale School

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