ECU and West Coast District Education Office collaborated on a jointly funded project that offered training and support for schools to implement innovative intervention strategies for students not achieving key reading milestones in Year 2.
The aim was to assist teachers in developing and implementing targeted intervention strategies, by adding explicit teaching of early reading skills in the broader First Steps literacy approach. The project built on teachers' current knowledge and skills to provide a rich professional learning experience for participating teachers. The Year 2 teachers identified students from 10 schools in the Clarkson education district who were experiencing difficulty developing age appropriate literacy skills. These students were assessed to determine specific areas of difficulty and the researchers provided training for teachers to assist them in embedding explicit instruction into their programs for these children. The development of the teachers and students was monitored as part of the project with the view to developing a model for implementing changes in literacy practice in schools.