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Template for School-Wide Implementation

This template provides a detailed outline of the school-wide implementation of SharpReading over a two year period and beyond. Everything you need to know about the delivery is here for later reference. Just pick through the pieces that have immediate relevance to you as you learn more about our training process.

Fill out the online form at the bottom of this webpage and we will provide you with a tailor-made proposal, including costing for each of the steps based on your school needs and budget.

STEP 1: Start-Up Workshops

PURPOSE: To get teachers off to a good start
This is the launch, the initial event, the face-to-face interaction with the ‘expert’ that is so important to get strong buy-in from your staff. We suggest a TOD before school starts at the beginning of the year but this could be at anytime during the year.

DESCRIPTION OF THE TRAINING:
Our start-up workshops include

1. Making sure teachers understand the thinking behind our approach. 
2. Hands-on experience with the teaching routines (teachers practice with their peers) so that they get that “I can do this" feeling and are motivated to make a start in their classrooms straight away.

There are two different initial workshops (Stages 1&2 and Stage 3) and we recommend that teachers only attend one in the beginning stages as we want to avoid teacher overload.

With larger schools we recommend two separate days for these initial workshops. With a smaller schools (less than 10 teachers) we can run both workshops in one day following a schedule of  8am-12:30pm Stage 3, 1pm-5pm Stages 1&2.

Which Workshop should our teachers attend?
Teachers should tackle the stage that is going to meet the needs of the majority of the students in their class. There is provision in this plan for additional teacher training later in the year as it becomes necessary. 

Stages 1&2 Start-Up Workshop:
"Developing Decoding Fluency in Beginner Readers"
Obviously these stages are the starting point for Prep/NE to Year 3 teachers, but as the year progresses the Year 2 and 3 teachers will need Stage 3 as well. CLICK HERE for our criteria for Fluent Decoders who are ready for Stage 3. 

Stage 3 Start-Up Workshop: "A Systematic Approach to Comprehension"
Year 4-8 teachers will have a majority of their class working at above Purple on the NZ colour wheel (PM Level 20 or a reading age of 7-8 years), and will therefore be ready for Stage 3 (Comprehension).

What about the very capable readers?
All students who are fluent decoders, whether they have a reading age of 8 or 14+ years, have to make a start on Stage 3. It is the foundation that Stages 4-6 build upon. Teacher training for Stage 4 and Stage 5 will come later.

What about this readers that are still struggling?
A significant number of students will still require decoding support (typically 1-2 plus years behind their chronological age) and teachers should do the training for "The Struggling Older Reader" later on.

EXPECTED OUTCOME from STEP ONE:
Teachers should make a start on practising the guided reading routine they have learnt as soon as possible. If it is the beginning of the school year it is not necessary to wait until the full reading program is sorted and launched. Teachers should take at least 10-20 minutes a day with any group of students to make sure they develop some fluency with delivering the routine.

COST:  NZ $195 per teacher (+GST for NZ Schools)
             PLUS travel (ex Christchurch, NZ) and accommodation

INTERNATIONAL OPTIONS
With COVID-19 Travel Restrictions or if your budget doesn't allow for international travel costs, we can offer a series of 3 x 2 hour online workshops (ZOOM) as an alternative. Contact us for more details.

STEP 2: Complete ONLiNE Courses

PURPOSE: To provide ongoing professional learning after the initial start-up event. 

DESCRIPTION OF THE TRAINING:
One ONLiNE Unit a week
Management needs to make provision for teachers to work through the units in the appropriate ONLiNE Course (8 units of work). Much of the essential information in the first four units is covered in broad strokes during the workshop - the theory and some practice with peers at delivering the routines.

The ONLiNE units provide the opportunity for the teachers to review and consolidate their understanding of specific aspects of the routines and then go away and practice with their students. 

Teachers should meet in their teaching teams or Year Level teams and work through the unit material which typically includes:
  * a learning goal
  * a short explanation
  * video model of the learning goal
Teachers should set themselves short term goals for the next week, a number of lessons that will be taught to achieve the specific focus of the unit.

At the next meeting the teachers should complete the Review which is built into each unit.
UNIT REVIEW
1. Share successes
2. Identify any roadblocks or possible confusions - brainstorm solutions or contact Hilton
3. Discuss ’Talking Points’ provided in the unit
4. Set new short term teaching goals if there is more to be done on this unit
5. Start on the next Unit and set short term teaching goals

DESIRED OUTCOME from STEP TWO
By the time the first in-school visit occurs (6-10 weeks after the Workshops), teachers should be well into the ONLiNE Course and have completed a significant number of Guided Reading lessons.

STEP 3: In-School Support

PURPOSES:
1. Provide ongoing coaching and feedback to teachers on the stage they are working on.  
2. Provide management with an indication on progress being made with the implementation.

DESCRIPTION of the TRAINING
Two visits should be scheduled in the first year of implementation. These include before school briefings with teachers and short after-school workshops as may be deemed necessary, but the main focus of the visit is for your SharpReading Consultant to spend 45 minutes in each teacher's classroom. This is designed to be very non-threatening and teachers find this very helpful ..."Best PD ever!"

What does the In-Class support look like?
1. Teacher teaches the Guided Reading Routine for 10-15 mins - Consultant collects data on the delivery of the routine.
2. Observer guides the teacher through a self-reflection process using the data that has been collected.
3. Teacher identifies appropriate next learning steps for themselves.
4. Consultant provides modelling of an aspect of the routine if this is appropriate.

IN-SCHOOL VISIT #1: 6-10 weeks after Start-Up

KEY POINTS for the first visit
1. The focus is on teacher competence
Teacher know that we are not expecting perfection, just looking to see whether they can follow the script and deliver the routine (a bit like getting a driver’s licence).
2. A reasonable practice time
Six-ten weeks after the the start-up workshop gives teachers a reasonable chance to develop some confidence with the teaching routine.
3. Make corrections before they become bad habits
It provides an opportunity to correct misunderstandings and errors before teachers get too far down the track.
4. Provides some accountability
Teachers know in advance that this is going to happen so there is significant motivation to make a start.

EXPECTED OUTCOME:
Typically, after the first visit the program will be being delivered at an average of 40-50% efficiency across the school.

IN-SCHOOL VISIT #2: 25 weeks after Start-Up

KEY POINTS for the second visit
1. The focus is on teacher fluency
Are the teachers now free of the routine and understand the nuances of the learning that is occurring.
2. Accreditation of Teachers
If good systems have been established and teachers are experiencing success with this approach, 50-80% of teachers will have met the standards that we have set and can be accredited as SharpReading Teachers.
4. Additional Training for Teachers
The second visit may be the time to include training in additional Stages for some teachers.These can be run as 2 hour after school workshops.
Stage 3 for Year 2&3 teachers  (Cost $99+GST per teacher)
Struggling Older Reader for Year 3-6 teachers  (Cost $135+GST per teacher - includes $80 of resources)
Stage 4 for Stage 3 teachers who are accredited for Stage 3  (Cost $50+GST per teacher)

These are charged out at the cost of the ONLiNE course - the face-to-face workshops (2 hours) are included in the daily charge.

EXPECTED OUTCOME for VISIT 2
After the second visit the program will be being delivered at an average of 60-70% efficiency across the school with at least 50% of teachers accredited in one SharpReading stage.

COST for STEP 3  (Two In-School Support visits)
Daily charge out rate (available on request).
We allow for 6-7 teacher observations per day (with careful scheduling) which gives you an indication of how many days you would need to book for each visit.
PLUS Travel (Return flights from Chch) rental car, and AirB&B accommodation

PLUS any additional ONLiNE Courses as outlined above.

STEP 4: Training In-School Trainers (2nd Year)

PURPOSES: 
1. Provide ongoing coaching and feedback to teachers on the stage(s) they are working on to achieve Teacher Accreditation. 
2. Provide training opportunities for In-School Trainers.

DESCRIPTION of the PROFESSIONAL TRAINING
1. Teachers continue to work towards Teacher Accreditation
Teachers develop fluency with routines through mileage using all of the stages they have trained in. SharpReading should be the default instructional reading approach in all classrooms. 

2. Provisional trainers complete the Trainer ONLiNE Course 
This includes

  • Practice of accurate collection of observation data for competence and fluency of the classroom teaching from videos included in Trainer ONLiNE.
  •  Training about how to maintain positive relationships with peers - avoiding a culture of judgment.
  •  Training about how to assemble and analyse school-wide data and formulate a school support plan.

3. Input from SharpReading Consultant
Two In-School Support visits for teacher observations and feedback (Term 1 and Term 3) which double up as the practical component of the In-School Trainer’s training.

KEY POINTS for IN-SCHOOL VISITS
In-School Support (Visit 1 - End of Term 1)

A full round of teacher observations and feedback
Trainers accompany Consultant - practice data collection and observe feedback process

In-School Support (Visit 2 - End of Term 3)
A full round of teacher observations and feedback
Trainers accompany Consultant - take over responsibility for data collection and feedback to teachers.
This should result in Trainer accreditation.

EXPECTED OUTCOME for the Second Year
Our job is to support trainers so that the School meets the criteria for SharpReading School Accreditation
1. SharpReading Trainers are accredited
2. The SharpReading program in the school is operating at 80-90% efficiency.
3. 80% of teachers are accredited in at least 1 SharpReading Stage
4. SharpReading is acknowledged in the school curriculum plan as the primary instructional process in reading
5. Documented school-wide plan is in place for teacher support by trainers to ensure
     i) integrity of SharpReading approach is maintained over time
    ii) clear SharpReading training pathway is established for new teachers in the school 

COST for STEP 4  (Two In-School Support visits and In-School Trainer Training)
Daily charge out rate (as for Step 3)
How many days will we need to book for each visit? Plan for 6-7 teacher observations per day 
PLUS Travel (Return flights from Chch) rental car, and AirB&B accommodation

PLUS Trainer ONLiNE Course - $250+GST per trainer (we suggest 1 trainer per 7 teachers)
PLUS any additional Stage training as outlined above.

STEP 5: A SharpReading School

BEYOND THE SECOND YEAR
"What are the ongoing costs for access to the ONLiNE Courses for a SharpReading School?"

Provisional SharpReading Schools - 1 User Licence System
When a school commits to a two year program of school-wide professional development we refer to that school as a 'Provisional SharpReading School'. During this time we operate under a 1 User Licence system, where each teacher involved in the training has to have their own SharpReading account and login details for each of the three courses that they can train in (the Stages 1&2 Course, the Stage 3 Course, and the Stages 4&5 Course). 

The cost of these 1 User Licences is included in the initial Start-Up training cost - a Start-Up Workshop plus two years access to the appropriate ONLiNE course (normally only 12 months access).

The school must purchase additional 1 User Licences for additional teachers that come on board during the two years or for teachers who want to upskill themselves in additional stages.

Please note: These costs do not include in-school support days that are part of the ongoing teacher training towards accreditation and the development of Trainers within the school.

On Becoming a SharpReading School - the School Licence System
Once the school meets the criteria for an accredited SharpReading School (usually at the end of two years) they receive a certificate of accreditation.

In the next calendar year we will offer the school a School Licence for all of the ONLiNE Courses and issue a new School Certificate of Accreditation for that year. The annual cost for a school licence is NZ $500.

What are the cost trade-offs for the school if they renew their licence annually?
1. All teachers have ongoing access to the ONLiNE Courses for review and to upskill themselves in additional stages without the school having to purchase 1 User Licences. 

2. This also applies to new teachers in training - they are covered by the School Licence. 

3. Trainers have ongoing access to the Trainer ONLiNE and have a training tool (the ONLiNE courses) for working with teachers.

The online training with some Trainer supervision should do the job for upskilling teachers now that the program is well established in the school. It does place some added responsibility and workload on the trainers and, where possible, we do recommend sending new staff to a public workshop, but this is not essential and is an optional extra cost outside of the school licence.

Schools who have not opted for School Accreditation can continue to operate under a 1 User Licence system for their teachers (12 months access to courses - pay as you go).

Make a Booking Today

If you are ready to make a booking for your school based on the information above, fill in the details and any other information that you think is relevant, make a request for a Start-Up date and we will put together a quote that suits your specific needs and budget.

Want to discuss this further? Giive us a call +64 (0)27 357 2573.

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