What about Comprehension?

A Special Offer For Wellington Schools

We will be in Wellington 28 March - 5 April for a wide range of teacher training opportunities. 

Face-to-Face Comprehension Workshop for Wellington Teachers

"What about Comprehension?"

We believe there needs to be a bit push in the area of Comprehension Instruction now that the essential aspects of Structured Literacy have been established in many schools. We run webinar training all the time but we believe the best context for developing the theory and the practice behind our approach is in a face-to-face workshop.

Read our latest Blog on this.

WORKSHOP DATE: Thursday 28 March         TIMES: 9am-3pm
WORKSHOP VENUE:  To be confirmed

COST: $215 per teacher
This SPECIAL EVENT Price includes the following

  • Morning Tea and a light Lunch 

  • 12 months access to SharpReading Stage 3 ONLiNE Course (Value $139)

  • A one hour Zoom Coaching Session

What about Comprehension? What do we teach and how do we teach it?

1. SharpReading Theory - the research behind our approach to comprehension instruction.

  • The need to make a distinction between comprehension skills and comprehension strategies - What are they? When and how do we teach them?

  • Our Developmental progression for comprehension which avoids cognitive overload and provides clear, step-by-step direction for teachers and students.

  • Routines that quickly develop active readers who become excellent comprehenders. 

2. The Explicit Teaching Routine (Practical) - Explain, Model and Guided Practice of Unpacking Sentences. Opportunity for you to practise this in the workshop with your peers.

3. The Independent Practice Routine (Practical) - 80% of the students' lesson time involves Independent Practice where you can monitor how their brains are processing information and then provide tweaks to their learning. We will model and practise this routine.

Use the form below to REGISTER for this event.  More about SharpReading Comprehension.

What Else are we Offering?

We are taking bookings during these two weeks for our full range of information and training sessions.

  • NEW TO SHARPREADING - An information session with literacy leaders and staff explaining the scope and impact of our SharpReading approach to Reading Instruction

  • IN-SCHOOL TEACHER TRAINING Workshop - If the date for the Comprehension workshop doesn't suit we can come to your school for a shorter version (4 hours) or for our Decoding Fluency training (Year 1-3 teachers)

  • READY FOR  IN-CLASS SUPPORT - For teachers who have already completed or are working on our ONLiNE training a chance to get some one-on-one coaching with the writer of the program.

  • TRAINING OF IN-SCHOOL COACHES - For schools who are already committed to SharpReading School-wide, this is the chance to develop in-school expertise to ensure the integrity of the program is maintained.

Register for the Comprehension Workshop
Make an In-School Request NOW

Complete the form below. We will contact you within 24 hours.

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More information about In-School Support

If you or your staff have made a start on our SharpReading Training, we offer you In-School Support (a SharpReading Consultant in your school) to embed this approach to reading instruction across your school and future-proof your PD investment.

We can achieve these two objectives simultaneously.

In-Class Coaching

As you will know, the enemies of successful School-wide PD are...

1. Teacher error -  misinterpretation of the intention of the routines (even with access to video models) and ‘get it wrong’.
2. Waning enthusiasm - other things take over, poor implementation may result in doubting the effectiveness of the approach.

THE FIX: In-class coaching with the 'expert'.
We schedule a 45 minutes session in each classroom so that we can identify any issues with delivery and fix them up, provide lesson modelling, team teaching, anything your teacher needs to reignite their enthusiasm and get them on track to meeting that standard we have set which gets the very best deal for your students (all very non-threatening).

COST: $1200 AUD per day PLUS $250* per day for travel and accommodation.
*Travel and accommodation costs may vary depending on your location.
A day includes six in-class sessions PLUS before school briefing and after school debriefs as is deemed necessary. 

PLEASE NOTE: No relief teachers required! This is a huge plus!

Train a SharpReading Coach

Develop in-school expertise to future-proof your PD investment

  • Identify your own SharpReading Champions within the school and get them trained to take over the In-Class Coaching.

  • We will develop their skills for working alongside their peers and setting up a school wide plan to maintain the momentum and the integrity of the program over time.

COST:  COACH ONLiNE Course $250 AUD 
Prospective Coaches need to complete this ONLiNE Course before a planned visit.
All other training costs are included in In-Class Coaching Costs!

All practical coach training can be run currently with the In-Class support so there is no additional cost!

All we need is for your Coach- in-Training to be released to accompany the SharpReading Consultant during the In-Class Coaching sessions.

Don't have the budget to cover all teachers for in-school Coaching?
Book us for a minimum of 1 day, select a sample of teachers (6), and the focus can be on the Coach training. We do not guarantee that a Coach in training will be accredited after just one day, but they will be well advanced in developing the Coaching skills to be able to support the rest of your staff.

An Endorsement from a SharpReading Coach

"Your In-School support has been a brilliant PD process Hilton. Not only do the teachers get quality personalised feedback and coaching from you, but we have been able to use the sessions for the practical part of my Coach training which has been invaluable.

 Observing you Hilton working with the teachers meant that I was able to get a feel for the approach you took in the coaching role and that it was absolutely such a supportive one which made the teachers at ease straight away. It was evident to see that this is key to the teacher's success and confidence in delivering SharpReading. It also left me feeling confident to take over that role provisionally until I am accredited as a Sharp Reading Coach. 

 I really appreciated the significant support for establishing an ongoing plan for monitoring and supporting teachers in the short and long term. Your timely responses to questions and queries I've had through the year is much appreciated. We love the program and most importantly have seen significant progress in reading comprehension in our children as the year has progressed."

Erin, Silverstream School, Wellington

SharpReading School-Wide Means You...


SharpReading routines generate noticeable changes in student focus, as much as 40% more engagement!


80% of SharpReading Schools report significant improvement in reading ability and achievement.


50% reduction in planning and assessment workloads means lots of confident, smiling teachers.

"The SharpReading Training model is an extremely effective way of implementing a whole school pedagogical approach to reading"

Fiona Johnstone (Principal - Shen Wai International School, China)


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