• Literacy

Sharp Reading: Comprehension Strategy Instruction

PL # 11453
Starting on 18 Oct 2017
Cancellation permitted until 11 Oct 2017

Event registrations closed on 17 Oct 2017

Delivery Format :

Event registration is Closed


This course focuses on comprehension teaching through the GUIDED READING component of a reading program. It provides an efficient routine that gets results.

This workshop provides participants with:

  • a knowledge of the skills employed by successful readers,
  • an explicit, transferrable routine for comprehension instruction, that empowers students and simplifies the work of teachers
  • skills for recognising comprehension quality and addressing student needs through explicit teaching
  • a clear learning pathway for the teaching of reading

Whether working one-to-one, in small groups, or with the whole class, this approach to reading comprehension instruction is simple and effective. Comprehending at a sentence level engages students in active reading and deepens their understanding of the text, motivating them to practise the reading strategies they need to succeed. Extensive research and classroom trials support its effectiveness as a guided reading approach that improves reading achievement.

The day will begin with getting the Comprehension Strategy Instruction routine right, followed by a focus on data collection that informs explicit teaching.


  • 12 months of online tutorials valued at $99 NZ
  • Twelve months of small step, at-your-own pace learning with weekly tutorials, video modelling and supporting resources.


Principals, Literacy Leaders, Primary and Secondary Teachers, Support Teachers and Teacher Assistants 


Kerry Handley (AISWA Staff)

Literacy Consultant
Kerry Handley<span> (AISWA Staff) </span>

Kerry Handley is a Literacy Consultant with many years of experience. She has worked in the WA education system as a classroom teacher, K-7 district coordinator and a consultant. Before joining AISWA, in 2012, Kerry was part of the team that reconceptualised and wrote the First Steps 2nd Edition resource and associated professional development. In this role she presented to educators around the world and spent four years living in the USA. She is one of the presenters of the Sharp Reading program and has a particular interest in assisting teachers in remote aboriginal schools.

Kerry has a Masters of Education, a Graduate Diploma in Intercultural Studies and a Diploma of Teaching. She is passionate about helping improve literacy outcomes for all students.

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Event Segment

Date / Time

18 Oct 2017 Starts: 09:00 Finishes: 15:00

Delivery Format : In Person

AISWA Training Room Suite 6A (First Floor)

PL Hours : 6.00

Learning Area

  • Literacy

School Area

  • Middle Primary (3-6)
  • Secondary (7-10)
  • Other (non-teaching)

Event Contact

AITSL Standards