Teachers Give 2012 MULTILIT Professional Development a Thumbs Up

8 March 2012

Compass Volunteers have been working with twelve of our primary and high school partners to encourage reading and literacy development through our Word Up program since 2010. This program is set to continue with a new bunch of volunteers currently being recruited and plenty of last year's volunteers ready for action in 2012.

Word Up uses the MultiLit Program which was one of the reading programs identified by the Federal Government's literacy partnerships.

The volunteers' valuable work would not be possible without the supervision, support and commitment of the coordinating teachers at our partner schools. And each year that teacher and any of their interested colleagues are invited to attend a professional development session on the MultiLit program.

Earlier this term fifteen teachers from Bexley Public School, Condell Park Public School, Kogarah Intensive English Centre, Panania Public School, Revesby South Public School, Westfields Sports High School, Panania Public School and Wilkins Public School spent the day learning about (and becoming experts in) MultiLit.

The session was ably facilitated by Kyle Pitt, Training Development Manager with MultiLit, who took the group through the different facets of the program. The session was very well received and we were delighted to read the positive feedback from the teachers:

"A fantastic presentation that was very detailed and organised.Thanks!"

"Good explicit instruction - great modelling. Great to connect it to meaningful school settings."

"Excellent presentation covering all aspects of MultiLit."

A number of primary schools have also enrolled teachers in professional development workshops on MultiLit's Word Attack Skills Extension reading tutor program, using funding provided by Compass for their professional development needs.

We would also like to thank Leanne Hadley-Tree and the team at Learning Solutions for hosting the professional development session.