Training for a Quality Reading Program ONLiNE

Overview of Our Courses 

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Our SharpReading teacher training in Guided Reading provides you with easily accessible, at your own pace learning of some very powerful guided reading routines across all the range of needs in your classrooms.  

And it get results ... Data from SharpReading Schools.

Teaching Reading to the Beginner Reader

SharpReading Stages 1&2 ONLiNE Course
The first 2 stages of our developmental progression provide you with teaching and guided practice routines to establish decoding fluency in your readers.

It provides the essential complement to a robust phonics program, allowing students to transfer the skills they have learnt into reading authentic text. This creates the necessary foundation for developing comprehension strategies.

Teaching Reading Comprehension - Skills

SharpReading Stage 3 ONLiNE Course
This course shows teachers how to develop the intuitive 'In-the-moment' comprehension skill set that is the foundation for comprehension instruction.

Students have already developed an understanding of oral language but need guidance on how to transfer these language comprehension skills to written text. To do this we train the brain to 'unpack sentences' - extract the ideas embedded in a sentence and then put them together  - accurately constructing the meaning that the author intended.

Simple routines for your small group instruction and whole class practice provide you with a no-hassle approach to comprehension that will engage and empower your students as they dig into text AND greatly reduce your planning and preparation time.

Teaching Reading Comprehension - Strategies

SharpReading Stage 4 ONLiNE Course
Once students have developed fluency with the skills of Stage 3, their working memory has the space to introduce metacognitive  'Stop-and-think-about-it' strategies to problem-solve comprehension challenges and enhance and deepen their understanding of the content they are reading. The result is stronger encoding of information into the long-term memory for faster, more effective retrieval.

STAGE 4 introduces the four most significant comprehension strategies (based on the research evidence), Creating Mental Images, Making Connections to Prior Knowledge, Asking Questions, and Forming and Revising Hypotheses.

Teaching Reading for Critical Thinking - Analysing

SharpReading Stage 5 ONLiNE Course
Now that the student has developed a robust approach to comprehension at a sentence level, we can turn to big-picture (whole text) strategies.

STAGE 5 builds the students' capacity to analyse fiction and non-fiction (big picture thinking) WHILE they are reading.

Teaching Reading for Critical Thinking - Evaluating

SharpReading Stage 6 ONLiNE Course
Now that the student has developed a robust approach to comprehension at a sentence level, we can turn to big-picture (whole text) strategies.

STAGE 6 builds the students' capacity to evaluate fiction and non-fiction (big picture thinking) WHILE they are reading.

"I've been teaching for 30 years and I'm a literacy specialist and yet I have learned a lot today".

Annamarie, Principal, Rotorua.

Specialty Courses

Become a SharpReading Coach

In-School SharpReading Coach - an ONLiNE Course PLUS in-class training
Learning how to support teachers in their classrooms without upsetting collegial relationships takes care and transparent processes. We will equip SharpReading ‘champions’ within the school with the tools and systems to guide and support teachers using our SharpReading routines towards full SharpReading accreditation.

Beyond this, we provide you with systems to analyse indicators of successful implementation across the school and develop a school plan that maintains the longevity and integrity of the SharpReading school wide. 

Helping the Struggling Older Reader Course

Our 'SevenPlus' intervention and a transition back into guided reading
Every middle and upper primary school classroom has them...those students who get stuck on decoding at around the 7-8 year reading level.

We show you how to get them over the decoding hump with 'SevenPlus',  a 8-10 week intervention, followed by 'The 5 Bits', a very important transition back into a normal guided reading routine.

Get Started with Teaching Phonics Course

This is the result of a collaboration with Yolanda Soryl Literacy. We have taken Yolanda’s Phonics Stage 2 (initial 29 sounds; a-z, ch, sh, th) and Stage 4 (CVC words: cat, hen, pig...) and combined them with our step by step, scripted approach to training. Together we have generated a very structured 15 minute routine for junior teachers and teachers with little or no experience with phonics.

SharpReading for Teacher Aides

Certificated Guided Reading Workshop or Webinar for Teacher Aides and Support Personnel

This course is designed for any individual that works with primary school students either 1 on 1 or in small groups.  The course is highly focused on the structured practice of guided reading and will arm the support teacher with SharpReading's easy to implement reading routines for beginner readers as well as learning our approach to reading for comprehension (approx reading ages of 5 - 10).  We will also look at some useful behaviour management techniques and data collection for these situations and discuss good ways to support students that have got behind or have put up barriers to learning. 

Each participant will receive a SharpReading a course book, a certificate of participation and be given full access to one of our online courses for ongoing fine tuning of their skills.

"We've put our whole school through the online training and found it very easy to follow".

Principal, Rolleston.

ONLiNE Courses


Each course follows the following design
*  Eight units of work
Each unit is 25 minutes of screen time then classroom practice
*  READ - Clear explanations of each learning goal
*  WATCH - Video modelling of the teaching routines
*  HAVE A GO - practice of what you have learnt
*  Frequently asked questions
    Downloadable Course Books for easy classroom reference
*  RESOURCES - Teacher Scripts, planning templates, teaching charts, learning outcomes...everything you need to make this work in your classroom.

Each ONLiNE course is purchased as a 1 User Licence (12 months access via internet)
Get instant access via credit card payment or Pay on Invoice.

Pay on Invoice Option

Don't have access to a school credit card or wish to purchase bulk licences for your school? Enter the details for each teacher and SEND. We will email you an invoice and instructions for accessing the SharpReading course.

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Add a Start-Up Webinar or Workshop

"The hardest part is making a start" 
We have found that the best way to get started to a self-directed professional learning course is to commit yourself to an event, and we offer two options, a Start-Up Webinar OR a Start-Up Workshop. 

Start-Up Webinar PLUS ONLiNE Course

Get your training off to a flying start with an introductory webinar (an online workshop).
We have set aside WEBINAR WEEKS during each term and during the NZ school holidays. These are open to anyone who is interested and we have chosen times to accommodate all time zones in NZ and Australia.

where we hold a full round of public webinars during each term but you can contact us and organise a Start-Up webinar for staff at your school at a time that suits you.

Register NOW for Start-Up Webinars

COST:  $155 + GST NZD   (ONLiNE Course PLUS Webinar)                        
 NB: The Struggling Older Reader $195 + GST (includes $100 resources)

Start-Up Workshop PLUS ONLiNE Course

Get your training off to a flying start with an introductory Workshop (face-to-face). Each term we schedule a round of public workshops in many locations around NZ. Currently we are limited to offering these start-up workshops in NZ only.  

COST:  $195 + GST NZD   (ONLiNE Course PLUS Workshop)  
NB: The Struggling Older Reader $235 + GST (includes $80 resources)  

Workshops PLUS ONLiNE Courses

Contact us to organise your own workshop in your school.

The benefits of a Start-Up Workshops

  • A day away from the classroom where you can clear your head and focus on your new learning

  • Face-to-face interaction with the creators of SharpReading

  • Ask your questions to get clarity

  • Be included in the modelling of the routines - know what it feels like for the learner

  • Practice the routines - get a feel for the teacher role

  • Interact with other teachers in training

  • A very motivating start to your ONLiNE Course.

SharpReading School-Wide

Become a SharpReading school. This is our specialty ... embedding a consistent teaching model across a school and overseeing the implementation to make sure it gets the results.  Whole school implementation includes

  • Face-to-face workshops (Teacher Only Days) to ensure buy-in from all teachers
  • Clear guidelines and follow up of the ongoing course online training
  • A suggested minimum of two follow-up visits to the school where every teacher gets individualised support in their classroom
  • Identification and training of SharpReading 'champions' within the school who become accredited trainers and take over the training support of staff to ensure the SharpReading approach maintains its integrity and longevity.

Use the form below to start a conversation about how we can meet your needs for whole school adoption of our SharpReading framework for reading instruction.

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