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WELOME TO

LIZ KANE LITERACY

I am dedicated to bridging the gap between evidence-based research and the teaching of reading and spelling.

Scientific research is clear in how children learn to read and how they should be taught.

My work as a Literacy Coach / Consultant is to introduce teachers to the science of reading and train them in what and how to teach.

ABOUT LKL

Working with students with persistent reading and spelling difficulties was the catalyst for me to search further afield for an approach and the latest research to meet the needs of all students.

The research is clear in the five essential components of an effective reading programme and the importance of the use of decodable texts for beginning readers.

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SERVICES - ‘WHAT I DO’

With training that aligns with the science of reading, teachers can understand and teach the English spelling system for both reading and writing with confidence and success.

Staff / Team Professional Literacy Learning

Targeted to suit the needs of the staff or team. Includes teacher only days, staff/team meetings, and in class support through modelling, coaching observing and feedback.

Currently I offer:

  • Early Literacy Teaching: Evidence-based teaching - the screening and explicit teaching of Phonological Awareness and systematic teaching of the Alphabetic Code (Phonics) alongside decodable texts (Little Leaners Love Literacy) focusing on students’ accuracy and fluency.

  • Whole School Spelling - A systematic approach to teach Spelling Y1-8, includes initial assessments, a scope and sequence that systematically introduces phoneme to grapheme correspondences building from the initial code to the more complex elements of the language, lesson sequence, teaching activities and resources to complement the teaching.

  • Decodable Texts -  Why, what, when and how to use decodable texts with beginning readers as well as older students who continue to struggle with reading. Intensive training in the Little Learner Love Literacy decodable books.

  • Targeted Intervention: Differentiating teaching according to student needs in relation to their knowledge of the alphabetic code. Focus on increasing knowledge, automaticity and fluency for both reading and spelling.

Literacy Workshops

  • Phonological Awareness - One of the critical components of the Big 5 for learning to read and spell. How to screen students using a PA Screening Tool, identify students at risk, explicit whole class and targeted teaching, and monitor progress.

  • Reading Success for All - An introduction to The Science of Reading and evidence-based teaching. Develop knowledge and understanding of the critical components of foundational literacy teaching; Phonological Awareness, the Alphabetic Code and decodable texts. How to effectively use the range of tools - Speed Sounds, Pip and Tim decodable books, Read and Grab cards to get all children on the road to reading. No more guessing with these books!

  • Spelling Success for All- A systematic approach to teach Spelling Y1-8, includes initial assessments, a scope and sequence that systematically introduces phoneme to grapheme correspondences building from the initial code to the more complex elements of the language, lesson sequence, teaching activities and resources to complement the teaching.

Upcoming Workshops 2019

Reading Success for All Spelling Success for All

Christchurch Friday 20th Sept Christchurch Monday 23rd September

Palmerston North Wednesday 9th October Palmerston North Thursday 10th October

REGISTER NOW ONLINE

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WHAT PEOPLE SAY

  • Liz Kane has been providing Professional Literacy Development to many schools in the Manawatu, Horowhenua and Rangitikei training teachers to teach phonological awareness and the alphabetic code in an explicit, systematic and cumulative approach. The Phonological Screening Tool (PST)  is proving to be a fundamental powerful formative tool to support and monitor student progress. The PST quickly identifies student gaps in phonological awareness and provides very clear next step teaching for all learners. Increasingly in today’s classrooms, teachers are using an evidence based, research approach to teaching and learning and the systematic teaching of the Code, as supported through the use of the PST, is well researched and based on extensive evidence.

    Principals and Teachers of:

    Fairfield School, Lytton Street School, Hiwinui School, Bulls School, Hokowhitu School and Central Normal School.


  • Liz has supported us in developing an understanding of the structure of language through exposure to the different aspects of spelling and writing that removes the guess work for both the teachers and students. She has reignited our passion for the teaching of spelling by giving us the keys to understanding the Alphabetic Code. Both the children and staff are talking and sharing the same language as they learn to Crack the Code of spelling."

    Brenda Leigh, Principal Hiwinui School 

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