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The Foundation for Learning and Literacy has collaborated with the Australian Literacy Educators’ Association, the Primary English Teachers Association Australia, and the Australian Council of TESOL Associations to bring our combined membership, friends, and broader audiences this series of videos that create a space for professional conversations between teachers, school leaders and researchers.  Each video demonstrates the high levels of professionalism of our teachers and their commitment to draw on contemporary, valid, rigorously conducted and school-tested research to inform their judgements when targeting their teaching to support all children and young people they work with.  The important partnership between those in the classroom and those conducting and drawing together the research is highlighted. 

Episode 1

Australian Literacy Educators Association (ALEA)

Title: Inquiry into teaching spelling

Background: Two teachers at Unley Primary School researched a meaning-based approach to teaching spelling through structured inquiry informed by the work of Peter Bowers, Christine Topfer and Misty Adoniou. The evidence-based approach to teaching spelling has now been adopted across the whole school through a process of practitioner inquiry and sharing good practice. 

Researcher mentor: Dr Jill Colton, University of South Australia

Teacher researchers: Amy Reid and Tam Jarowyj, Unley Primary School 

Guest Researcher: Lyn Wilkinson, Flinders University (retired) 

Episode 2

Foundation for Learning and Literacy (FFLL)

Title: Teaching Writing- High Expectations in the Early Years Classroom

Background: Associate Professor Misty Adoniou has been working with teachers and leaders at Strathmore North Primary School in Melbourne for 3 years around a focus on improving student’s writing. In this short video she chats with classroom teacher Emily Dropuljic about the shifts in student writing outcomes that have been achieved using high expectation, high support strategies and quality literature. Principal Nicole Di Marco talks about the ways in which the staff have been supported to work with new strategies.

Researcher: Associate Professor Misty Adoniou, University of Canberra

Teacher: Emily Dropuljic

School Leader: Nicole di Marco

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Video coming soon!

Episode 3

Primary English Teaching Association Australia (PETAA)

Title: Literacy for climate change science

Background: What happens when you focus as much on the language, as the science of climate change? In this interview, year 6/7 teachers, Michael Cannavan and Louise Kelly talk about working with PETAA researchers to teach students the technical language needed to explain the enhanced greenhouse effect. Understanding the greenhouse effect and how human activity contributes to the enhanced greenhouse effect, is central to understanding climate change. Louise and Michael discuss how they strategically develop the language students need to talk and write about what’s happening in the atmosphere and how that’s warming our planet. The discussion highlights the language and literacy demands of the primary science curriculum.

Researcher mentors: Ms Julie Hayes and Dr Bronwyn Parkin PETAA

Teacher researchers: Michael Cannavan and Louise Kelly, Cowandilla Primary School

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Video coming soon!

Episode 4

Australian Council of TESOL Associations (ACTA)

Title: Learning through languages: Plurilingual pedagogy in the English classroom

Background: This project will help to build capacity for plurilingual pedagogy in schools. The professional experience teachers bring from different teaching and learning contexts will be invaluable in making this initiative a success. The project focuses on teaching and learning relevant to the professional learning course. There are two phases – the first aimed at teachers and the second aimed at teachers who also have the opportunity to support other teachers in their school (through such collaborative methods such as mentoring, supporting lessons, parallel teaching and co-teaching).

Researcher mentor: Dr Anne Keary

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Video coming soon!

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