Literacy Leadership Guidelines

Engaging teachers in professional learning about literacy

Teachers in your school are very busy people and it can sometimes be hard to engage secondary school teachers in professional learning about literacy. The TKI website contains useful information to assist with this:

Ways to motivate teachers to learn more about effective literacy teaching practice.

Role of the Literacy Leader

The Literacy Leader has a critical role in leading teacher professional learning and development about literacy.

Key features of the Literacy Leader role 

Leading Literacy in Your School: a job description of a secondary school literacy leader in a New Zealand context.

Leading a Literacy Intervention

Designing and maintaining a professional learning and development programme about effective literacy instruction is challenging in a complex structure like a secondary school.

Tailoring a professional development programme for your school.

Case Study on the FLANS initiative at Whangarei Boys’ High School.

The Institution of Education Sciences What Works Clearinghouse has a range of documents presenting strategies for increasing adolescents’ reading ability. These can be used by classroom teachers and specialists.

See Improving Adolescent Literacy: Effective Classroom and Intervention Practices

Suggested Reading

  • Moje, E.B., Overby, M., Tysvaer, N., & Morris, K. (2008). The Complex World of Adolescent Literacy: Myths, Motivations, and Mysteries. In Harvard Educational Review, 78 (1), p107-154
  • Shanahan T., & Shanahan, C. (2008). Teaching Disciplinary Literacy to Adolescents: Re-thinking Content Area Literacy. In Harvard Educational Review 78 (1), p40-59. Cambridge, MA. Harvard Education Publishing Group
  • Wilson, A., & McNaughton, S. (2014). Using selected NCEA standards to profile senior students’ subject-area literacy. In SET, 2, p61-68. Wellington, New Zealand. NZCER Press.