Working hand-in-hand to build educator capacity
The Confident Learners Literacy Program is designed to build educators’ leadership and instructional capacity and support caregivers in becoming effective partners in their children’s reading success. It is structured into five components.
Our Professional Learning suite provides a series of asynchronous modules that walk educators through the science of reading, teaching, and assessment. Each course is grounded in key evidence from academic research, linked to proven and practical classroom pedagogy, and connected to leading-edge educational policy, assessment, and governance strategies.
Simple reading assessments can be administered with any child at any time. Their progress is then monitored until they have mastered all skills in the program. Receiving timely indicators of each child’s skill level over the course of the school year enables teachers to target instruction appropriately and accelerate student learning.
The structured literacy program spans 30-weeks and is designed to support children’s literacy skill development in Kindergarten to Grade 3, and children in later grades who have not mastered the foundational phonics skills. It follows a pathway approach to instruction and assessment, which sets out a detailed scope and sequence of explicit learning objectives both in terms of Code-Related skills (encoding and decoding) and Language skills. Engaging learning activities support the program at each stage.
A fundamental component of the program is the educators’ ability to review data and target instruction based on the results. Therefore, our Instructional Coaches guide educators through the assessment and monitoring process and the analysis of assessment data at regular Professional Learning Community meetings to increase student success.
Data from the reading assessments are uploaded into a progress monitoring tool. Student ‘dashboards’ are updated as data are recorded allowing educators to see immediate improvements.
Learn more about how the Confident Learners program is helping educators break down the barriers to student reading success.
A pathway approach: Accurately identify students’ literacy needs
Confident Learners draws on the widely recognized “simple view of reading”1 , outlining twenty steps of Code-Related skills, and twenty steps of Language skills required to achieve reading fluency. For children to become successful readers, they must not only master the ability to accurately decode written language, but also understand the meanings of words and how they combine in phrases, sentences and paragraphs.
1 Rose, J. (2006). Independent review of the teaching of early reading. London: HMSO: Department for Education and Skills.
Bridging Research and Practice
Confident Learners bridges the gap between research and practice. When educators increase their self-efficacy, they take more responsibility for all students, they seek better ways to manage classroom behaviour, and they support parents and caregivers to become more effective partners in their children’s learning to read.