Evidence-Based Professional Development
Isn't all Professional Development (PD) based on reliable evidence? One would think so, but too often, PD is the brainchild of fashion and assumptions about teaching and learning rather than based on verifiable evidence.
When it comes to teaching early reading, there are an increasing number of 'experts' seeking to monetise common beliefs instead of providing strategies and practices that are based on the SoR. You will hear many arguments by people purporting to have the credentials to share their knowledge. Some of them are well-intentioned and sincerely believe what they are doing is right. However, once you have armed yourself with verifiable research that shows us how children learn to read, more and more teachers, teacher aides and care givers will have the power to understand what is and is not helpful.
There is still much to be learned about teaching children to read, however, all children should be taught using the best available evidence. The following PD programs are examples of those that support and facilitate the SoR to ensure the best possible success* :
JOCELYN SEAMER EDUCATION
LITTLE LEARNERS LOVE LITERACY
(*Please note that RTA takes no commission from any PD provider)
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