• Literacy

Sharp Reading Comprehension Strategy Instruction (KALGOORLIE)

PL # 12480.
Starting from 3 Mar 2020 till 28 Apr 2020
Cancellation permitted until 26/02/2020
For Members$125
For Catholic Members$155
For Non-Members$195
Registration Close Date 3/03/2020
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Registrations open to

  • AISWA Member Schools (non-CEO)
  • Catholic Member Schools
  • Non-Members


This course focuses on comprehension teaching through the GUIDED READING component of your 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, transferable routine for comprehension instruction, that empowers students and simplifies the work of teachers
• a routine that acknowledges current brain research that reduces anxiety and frees up working memory to enable readers to improve their ability to construct meaning
• 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.

Part 1 of the course begins with getting the Comprehension Strategy Instruction routine right, part 2 shifts the 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 

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

More Information


Christopher Witt (AISWA Staff)

Literacy Consultant

Christopher Witt joined AISWA in 2009. Prior to that he was a Consultant at STEPS Professional Development.  At STEPS, Chris developed a literacy resource for secondary teachers: Tactical Teaching Reading. It included materials and professional learning courses and had great success nationally and internationally, helping many secondary teachers to successfully support literacy across their curriculum area.

After teaching for 25 years, Chris worked in various advisory and consultancy roles in curriculum improvement. He has been at AISWA for ten years as a Literacy Consultant providing support for teachers and schools in professional learning and literacy improvement initiatives. This includes Sharp Reading, First Steps and Primary Connections. Key PL programs developed by Chris at AISWA include Scaffolding Adolescent Literacy and Programming and Assessment in English (P-10). 


Part 1

Date / Time

Starts: 16:00
Finishes: 18:00


Goldfields Baptist College
4 Maguire Street

Part 2

Date / Time

Starts: 16:00
Finishes: 18:00


Goldfields Baptist College
4 Maguire Street

Learning Area

  • Literacy

School Area

  • Middle Primary (3-6)
  • Leadership
  • Education Assistants

Event Contact

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