ACSA Webinars

Emma Dettling, Literacy Teaching Educator;
Sharon McManus, Literacy Teaching Educator and
Natalie Russell, Literacy Teaching Educator, Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta, NSW, Australia

Lessons learned from (re) engaging students in the writing process - case studies from Western Sydney secondary schools in Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta

Tuesday 24 May 2022 7-8pm AEST


Emma Dettling                           Sharon McManus                        Natalie Russell

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This presentation builds on Dr Misty Adoniou's webinar about student (re) engagement with the writing process. Our combined inquiry saw the Diocese of Parramatta reimagine the delivery of professional learning in secondary schools through the adoption of a pedagogical framework and the co-teaching cycle, in an effort to enhance student literacy achievement. Literacy, and the foundational element of discipline-specific language acquisition, is a pedagogical conundrum which affects all school populations. So, what skills and practices constitute improved student writing in each key learning area?
Three years since ignition, the landscape of learning for teachers in this manner continues, and fidelity to the framework is an evolving journey. In this presentation, the challenges, successes and considerations of harnessing teacher-confidence, teacher-will and teacher-understanding of discipline-specific language, and the pedagogy needed to (re) engage students in writing will be explored through Case Studies. This includes teacher and student-voice.

Improving writing standards is a pedagogical consideration for every community. The effective teaching strategies shared within this presentation may spark ways to (re) engage your students by promoting genuine opportunities to write, use authentic exemplar texts,  and empower teachers to acknowledge they are the experts in their chosen disciplines, for the improved literacy of students.

The webinar will address the nature of the inquiry project CEDP is engaged with, focusing on a discipline-specific  literacy, rather than whole-school programs. The specific nature of our Case Studies come from all key discipline areas. The reliance on teacher confidence to build their ability in context specific 'language' teaching, and not necessarily broad-stroke literacy will be the focus of the presentation.

AITSL Standards Addressed:
2.5.2. Know the content and how to teach it: apply knowledge and understanding of effective teaching strategies to support students' literacy (and numeracy) achievement.

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