Professional Development

Reading for Meaning: Comprehension Strategies: PART 1
PD for Primary Teachers - PART 1 (Recommended by ALEA)
Levels: Teacher
Presenter: Wendy Bean
Duration: 1 Hour

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EVENT OVERVIEW: Reading for Meaning: PD for Primary Teachers Workshop

PART 1 Wednesday 20 May 3.30pm -4.30pm
PART 2: Wednesday 27 May 3.30pm – 4.30pm

This 2 one-hour learning experience has a focus on understanding reading and the reading process in order to examine current practice and reading materials in use.

In addition, the need for brief but rich literate conversations will be explored.

Participants will be guided to:
▪ Understand the development of comprehension strategies
▪ Explore practical ways to teach the strategies
▪ Discover how to motivate students to use the strategies
▪ Develop their own skills to prepare and ask higher order questions designed to initiate conversation and have students respond to the text
▪ Consider ways of developing student conversation skills allowing them to engage in rich discussion
▪ Identify ways to assess comprehension and strategic reading.

A range of strategies are involved in reading for meaning. These are easily identified and named but if taught in isolation the strategies alone will not develop a reader’s skills. Students must know how to use the comprehension strategies strategically when meaning breaks down. Our goal should be: to develop readers who can understand and make use of what they read and who are motivated to read widely.

A post course reading will be provided.

If there are no places available for this session please contact Trish Hurley at EDTV at: or 0415 795 757 to register your interest. Sessions can be tailored to suit the needs of your school and directed to different levels or for special needs.

ADDITIONAL BOOKING INSTRUCTIONS: PART 1 Wednesday 20 May 3.30pm – 4.30pm
Also book for PART 2 Wednesday 27 May 3.30pm – 4.30pm

A single representative from a school may book on behalf of a group of teachers. Please indicate the number of teachers who will be participating and the year levels they represent.

Individual teachers must register and book online through the DART Connections site.

A confirmation will be emailed to you from

An invoice will be sent to the school from EDTV on the completion of each workshop.This is a GST free event.

Pre-excursion resource material and links will be emailed to all participating schools on registration from EDTV.

Teachers are advised to login in to the video conference 10 minutes prior to commencement to ensure a satisfactory connection. Technical assistance is available from DART CONNECTIONS Help desk: 1800 824 737

FURTHER INFORMATION: These professional development workshops on Reading for meaning: comprehension Strategies, Part 1 and Part 2 are recommended by the Australian Literacy Educators Association (ALEA).

The presenter, Wendy Bean, a former teacher in NSW public schools, is now an education consultant working nationally and internationally. She regularly works in schools with the aim of supporting positive changes in student outcomes.

Wendy lectured in the post graduate program for the University of Wollongong and has worked on many national government education projects including National Literacy and Numeracy Week and has designed and implemented a range of professional development courses for systems and schools. In 2014 Wendy worked on the CAL initiative, Reading Australia.

She is an active member of the Australian Literacy Educators’ Association (ALEA). In 2014 she received the ALEA Medal.

Wendy regularly presents at local, national and international conferences and has written several books for teachers.


20 May 2015


END TIME: 4.30

CLOSING DATE: Bookings Close 19-May-2015


PRICE: $200.00 per school per session


KLA KEYWORD/S: reading, comprehension, guided reading, reciprocal reading, literature circles,