Module 4

Designing, Implementing and Monitoring Literacy Interventions

The overview of the PALL program and the Research project on the PALL home page has provided you with a clear understanding of the purpose and background of the PALL program.

The following section is intended to provide you with all the material and resources used throughout PALL in each of the five modules. It also includes the homework tasks for participating Principals to complete in between each module delivery. To read a summary of each module refer to the Synopsis.

The leadership component of each module has been delivered by Emeritus Professor Neil Dempster from Griffith University.

However, there have been two presenters who have worked with APPA to deliver the literacy component of the program.

Throughout the modules where the focus is on literacy you will find materials and resources developed by both Associate Professor Deslea Konza from Edith Cowan University and Anne Bayetto from Flinders University.

1. Agenda

This agenda provides an outline of the key sessions for Module 4.

Download Module 4 Agenda

2. Module 4 Booklet

This booklet provides a complete description of the module and includes:

  • An overview of the module
  • Planned learning outcomes
  • A summary for the module
  • Relevant reports
  • Related web links
  • Resources needed
  • Follow-up activities / Homework tasks
  • Session format and notes
  • References used
Download Module 4 Booklet

3. Powerpoint

There are two PowerPoints for this module.
The leadership component was presented by Neil Dempster and the literacy component was presented by Deslea Konza.

Download Neil Dempster Powerpoint for Module 4

4. Video

Neil’s presentation on leadership was filmed and accompanies his PowerPoint.

View Video for Module 4 Session 1 View Video for Module 4 Session 2

5. Support Material

Support materials were provided to the Principals during the module presentation. The order in which they are listed is the order in which they were used during the delivery.

Please note that if you are following Module 4 using Neil’s video you will notice that some of the session numbers do not match what is in the module booklet. This is because the video was made in 2011 and this latest module booklet was developed in 2013. However, you can still follow this using Neil’s video. All presenters have ensured that the latest research and information is provided at the time of delivery.

  1. Session 1
  2. Session 2a
  3. Session 2b
  4. Session 3
  5. Session 4
  6. Session 5
  7. Session 6

Session 1: Group Discussion on School Based Assessment

Principals shared what strategies and assessment instruments were being used within their school as a result of the Homework Tasks set for Module 3.

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Session 2a: Features of Successful Interventions (from the Research)

This session explored the concept of intervention and reports on interventions which have been regarded as successful in that they achieved and sustained intended effects.

(No materials handed out but this session can be viewed on Neil’s video with the accompanying PowerPoint.)

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Session 2b: Introduction to Intervention – Wave Theory

This handout explores the concept of the Intervention “Wave” Theory using relevant research literature and international professional practice.

Intervention Tiers, Levels or Waves

Session 3: The Leadership for Learning Blueprint and How it Relates to Interventions

This handout links each of the elements of the Leadership for Learning Blueprint to the three Waves / Tiers/ Level introduced in the previous session.

The Blueprint Intervention Waves and their Focus

This handout identifies the critical factors (touchstones) which support interventions and aligns each factor with the relevant Leadership for Learning Blueprint dimension.

The Leadership for Learning Blueprint and Intervention Touchstones

Session 4: Features of Successful “Literacy Schools” and Implementation of the Wave Approach to Intervention

This handout developed by Deslea Konza outlines teaching strategies for each of the three WAVES using the Big Six.

Wave 1 – Core Whole Group Teaching
Wave 2 – Supplementary Instruction
Wave 3 – Intensive Individualised Intervention

Three Waves of Interventions_Preschool – Year 7

Deslea provided a comprehensive sample of a 90 minute lesson plan for Wave 1 students (core whole group) integrating each component of the Big Six.

Sample Literacy Blocks For The Primary Years

The next two handouts were used to introduce Principals to the understanding of the percentages of students in each Wave (1, 2 and 3) in a “typical” school and in their own setting.

The second sheet Principals were given asks them to identify the number of students in their school in Waves 1, 2 and 3. The session involved a tabled discussion.

Approximate Wave Percentages in a Typical School and Wave Percentages in Your School (whole school or selected year level)

The next handout of a sample literacy teaching guide came from the Supporting Improved Literacy Achievement Project (SILA) in the Department for Education and Child Development (DECD) in South Australia

Sample Literacy Block Reception – Year 2

Sample Literacy Block Years 3-7

Session 5: Preparing to Use an Intervention Planning Template

This was a template Principals could use to implement the Wave theory in their school. It helps Principals to plan, implement and monitor intervention strategies in their school.

Principals’ Intervention Planning Schedule

This sheet was provided to offer further support for schools when planning their literacy intervention(s). It highlights the key features of effective interventions.

A Literacy Intervention Planning Checklist

These were exemplars from schools previously involved in the PALL program.

PALL Sample Intervention Plan Summaries

Session 6: Follow Up Activity / Homework Task

Principals were asked to work with their staff on their return to refine the planning of their Wave Intervention Action.

6. Homework Tasks

The homework task was for Principals to return to their schools and complete with their staff the Planning Schedule (Template) that Neil outlined in Session 5.

7. Feedback Sheet

This was used to gather feedback from the Principals on sessions delivered in this module so that the developers could make necessary adjustments to future modules.

Feedback Sheet Download

9. Podcasts

There were no Podcasts for this module.