Secondary Literacy and English Language Learners
Our accredited facilitators have expertise in PLD aimed at lifting student outcomes in national priority areas, particularly in reading and writing. They have expertise in supporting schools or kura that have a high number of students achieving below expected standards. They work across learning areas with teachers of all students and they are unique in being part of a national team with experience in teaching that supports English language learners (ELLs).
ELLs are represented significantly in the groups of students who are performing below expected standards and they also often have low socio-economic circumstances. However, with high expectations and the kind of effective teaching facilitated in the PLD, ELLs and other students with high literacy learning needs can make accelerated progress. The data analysis that the PLD facilitators can guide teachers through can empower students, leaders and teachers.
One strength of this team of PLD facilitators is their support for students’ bilingualism/multilingualism. Therefore these facilitators can work effectively with teachers of students who come from contexts where Māori, Pasifika and other languages are valued while students are learning English as an additional language.