Joy Allcock reports that 'this has been a busy year for the 26 schools in the Shine Literacy Project. We have been very lucky to receive generous funding support from The Todd Foundation and the Wright Family Foundation and to have the support of the Porirua Foundation to manage these funds. This funding has been used to provide teachers and students with resources, to support professional learning and development for Lead Teachers and to engage Mary Jones to assist in managing the project.
'A key focus for this year has been developing and strengthening the Lead Teacher network. We have a team of highly motivated lead teachers working to support their Year 1 to 3 teams using the Sounds Like Fun approach. The collegial approach and willingness of our lead teachers to share their practice, innovations,
'Assessment and analysis of assessment data have also been a strong focus for this year. We are all using common assessments so that we can accurately track
'We have also been working on innovations. Schools have been
'We have had interest in the Shine Literacy Project from teachers and schools around the country and are working on ways to support other schools take up this approach. We recently applied to the Spark Foundation for funding to help support schools beyond our current network. We were one of several finalists and three of us (Mary Jones, Jess Baddiley from Postgate School and Joy Allcock)
'So, the rest of the year is business as usual – hard work and fun! We will have more results to share at the end of the year'.