The Yorke and Mid North - Roxby Downs Area School (YMN-RDAS) Literacy Project was largely an extension of the literacy project conducted with the YMN region of the South Australian Department of Education and Child Development in 2012-2013.The focus was to develop the capacity of primary teachers and School Support Officers (SSOs) to deliver a synthetic phonics program to beginning and struggling readers.
The results of the previous project confirmed that a synthetic phonics approach that teaches the alphabetic code or phonics - the letter- sound relationships that underpin the English language – explicitly and systematically, and in an order that promotes blending (or synthesizing), accelerated the progress of most early readers. The results were consistent with the findings of all major reports into literacy development over the past 15 years (DEST, 2005; Johnson & Watson, 2003; Johnson & Watson, 2005; NICHHD, 2000; Rose, 2006).
Department for Education and Child Development, Yorke and Mid North Region, Aboriginal Literacy Strategy
2013 - 2014
Associate Professor Deslea Konza
Mrs Helen Dixon
Ms Denise Higgins (York and Mid North Region)
Ms Sonya Rankine (York and Mid North Region)
Ms Julia Lloyd Jones (York and Mid North Region)
Ms Beth Crougham (Auburn Primary School)
Ms Sue Prince (Auburn Primary School)
Ms Gabrielle Silvester (Blyth Primary School)
Ms Sue Ryan (Burra Primary School)
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