School Leaders – How to implement PLD successfully
Literacy is a key focus of primary school. PLD’s evidence-based program focuses on teaching structured synthetic phonics, in conjunction with motor & movement & oral language skills, to help children achieve broad level literacy skills.
Students rely on both their classroom teachers and the school leadership to properly implement programs that will help them achieve critical literacy skills. For this reason, PLD has dedicated programs and processes for both classroom teachers at a primary school level and for school leaders, to assist in school-wide implementation.
When implemented together, a whole-school literacy focus is created, which maximises students’ learning and development as they progress through their primary school classrooms. Our programs are specifically designed to answer the critical questions of:
- What to teach?
- When to screen?
- And how to cater for the range in ability?
Classroom teachers need to focus on three pillars to prepare for a successful implementation of PLD in their classrooms. We have prepared detailed guides for each year level, setting out everything required to teach literacy in the classroom for the full school year.
- Training – Every teacher needs to be prepared with appropriate professional development – at a minimum, we recommend taking the online course for the year level you are teaching.
- Resources – We provide a full range of literacy resources for purchase and download, targeted by year level, written & created in Australia. This will clearly answer the question of what to teach and how to cater for the range in ability within classes.
- Screening & Tracking – Tracking student progress is an essential component of the PLD process. The screening and reporting process at a classroom level, helps teachers identify the targeted teaching that each student requires. PLD provides free-to-download screening tools, targeted by year level, and ready to use tracking sheets.
Want to explore our easy three-step process for implementing PLD in classrooms? See our detailed year level guides:
If you’re ready to raise the literacy outcomes of the students across your school, PLD has the training, resources and tools to fully support you. As a school leader, your role is to be the champion of the implementation, making sure that everyone in your teaching community has the professional development for teaching their current year level, is equipped with the right resources and confident with the tracking and screening processes.
At each step PLD provides school leaders with the tools and resources to ensure a cohesive and easily managed rollout. We’ve created a dedicated course especially for Principals, Deputy Principals and Literacy Coordinators that takes you through the elements & benefits of the PLD Structured Synthetic Phonics Program.
The online course will cover professional development requirements, resource management and most importantly screening and tracking.
Want to know a little more about what this online course covers?
- Training requirements for classroom teachers & why its a key pillar
- Our Training Tracker so that you can easily see what teachers have received what PLD PD and where the gaps are. This is particularly important when new teachers arrive, and teachers change year levels.
- All course attendees will receive a step by step PDF handbook designed specifically for school leaders implementing PLD.
- Explains classroom resource requirements
- Additionally, we provide tools to simplify resource procurement, management & replacement
- We assist in setting up a resource investment schedule spread across a 1-3 year period.
- Checklists for annual resource auditing to ensure teachers have the programs that they require.
- For long-term PLD schools, we recommend trading in or upgrading programs that are over 10 years old, as the research that underpins the programs has evolved, and the resources have been updated accordingly.
Screening & Tracking
Most importantly the training focuses on the screening and tracking component, which is so vital in understanding student progress. School leaders need to be leading the implementation of both screening and tracking. Specifically, your role is to:
- Determine the screening schedules, these may need adjusting depending on the profile of your school. Download the screening schedules HERE.
- Place reminders/deadlines for screening to be carried out
- Ensure all data is entered accurately into the tracking system
- Review and analyse the data for actionable insights at a school and classroom level.
While the screening and reporting process at a classroom level assists in determining the targeted teaching that each student requires, at a school level, the reporting of the student and class progress provides insights into implementation and teacher accountability.
All course attendees will receive a step by step PDF handbook designed specifically for school leaders implementing PLD.
Ready to get started now?
- Step 1 – Book your teaching and support staff into professional development.
- Step 2 – Review and purchase the essential resources that your school requires.
- Step 3 – Download and populate the tracking sheets for each classroom by watching the below videos.
Early Years: https://youtu.be/2uZRBljq8TQ
Year 1 & 2: https://youtu.be/YA0eygU1e64
Year 3, 4, 5 & 6: https://youtu.be/8dgFKdAOVzA