• Duration
    7 months & 6 workshops
  • Location
  • Mode
  • Fees
    DET Fully Subsidised

Extend your professional connections while developing literacy instruction in your local school network.

This course is delivered in each local area by the Academy’s literacy master trainers.

The course is a perfect introduction and springboard to Leading Literacy.


Designed for Victorian Government school teachers and literacy leaders, from a Foundation to Year 8 context, who would like to expand their knowledge and experience of literacy instruction.  

School service support staff and visiting teachers can also apply, however, we recommend applying with colleagues from a school you work with to enhance the impact of the course. 

Over 4-6 months, you are expected to engage in and contribute to:

  • online workshops (6 days)
  • self-directed learning (90 minutes per module)
  • leading the application of knowledge and skills in your school and sharing your experiences with colleagues.


Online workshops are delivered over 6 days. 

Workshop 1: Laying the groundwork

An introduction to the essential underpinnings for Literacy Local Leaders and an examination of the science of reading, with a focus on the active view of reading.

Workshop 2: Teaching reading

Deepen your understanding of research and teaching practices in phonics and comprehension. 

Workshop 3: Enhancing comprehension, motivation and engagement in reading  

Understand how to enhance comprehension, motivation and engagement in reading.

Workshop 4: Teaching writing  

Explore contemporary writing research and instructional practices aligned to the High Impact Teaching Strategies (HITS) that build skilled and empowered writers. 

Workshop 5: Teaching vocabulary

Explore contemporary research on effective vocabulary and spelling instruction and understand the links between these two literacy areas. 

Workshop 6: Planning professional learning and development  

Understand the features of high-quality professional learning and how to develop and plan effective professional learning for the Annual Implementation Plan. 

Self-directed learning

Self-directed learning activities in your own time (approximately 90 minutes per week) include:

  • pre-workshop activities, including reading and online micro-lessons
  • online contributions to discussion boards
  • post-workshop follow-up activities back in your school.

You will gain knowledge and understanding of:

  • research on how people become literate and the evidence-based pedagogical practices for teaching the many different areas of literacy   
  • content knowledge in the areas of reading, writing, vocabulary, spelling, speaking and listening, and formative assessment  
  • strategies and practices that develop self-empowered literacy learners  
  • literacy practices that demonstrate HITS in action
  • features of high-quality professional learning and development and how it relates to the Annual Implementation Plan process.  

You will develop the skills to:

  • reflect on existing instructional practices for literacy  
  • implement new instructional practices that enhance students’ empowerment in their own learning and achievements  
  • learn from peers in a community of Local Literacy Leaders
  • build strong connections within your network to learn, discuss and collaborate  
  • facilitate and evaluate professional learning designed to improve teaching and learning
  • influence explicit and high-impact literacy teaching
  • build connections with your network to implement literacy improvement approaches.
Last updated 19 September 2022