ALPAA

Accelerated Literacy Practitioners' Association Australia

Our Schools

Tennant Creek Primary School

Tennant Creek Primary School is the only primary school located in Tennant Creek, a remote town situated on the Stuart Highway 500 km north of Alice Springs. The school's 420 students represent a vibrant collection of cultures, with Indigenous students comprising 70% of enrolments.
 
The school campus includes a preschool and a child care centre. Tenant Creek Primary School also services the Mungkarta Homeland Learning Centre, 85km south of Tennant Creek. Mungkarta caters for students from Karlinjarri and Greenwood Outstations.
 
The school places a strong emphasis on building the capacity of students to get the best from their education, and recognises that literacy teaching has a central place.  All classes, from Transition to Year 6, use the Accelerated Litearcy pedagogy. The school principal, Fiona McLoughlin, is a strong advocate of Accelerated Literacy and has been a key person in introducing and supporting Accelerated Literacy since it was first introduced to Northern Territory schools. 

Woodenbong Central School


Woodenbong Central School is located in Northern NSW within the Githabul Nation.
 
 
As a K-12 school, we are proud to provide a safe, happy environment and a broad well balanced curriculum.
 
 
We have been using Accelerated Literacy in the primary years since 2004.
 
 
We value the pedagogy as a framework for programming across the curriculum, and as an evidence-based approach to teaching Aboriginal students.  It is a pedagogy that ensures deep learning and develops a love of literature among both students and staff. 
 
 
It is amazing to see the connections students make between the texts they read. It is also wonderful to see our students relate to the writers' craft and to authors as real people. 

Maningrida Community College

Maningrida Community College offers primary, secondary and remote schooling to the predominantly Indigenous community in the Maningrida area. Maningrida is located in Northern Arnhem Land in the Northern Territory, Australia. We have been operating since 1958.
 
The school has been using Accelerated Literacy pedagogy since 2009. In 2014, more teachers continue to be trained across all year levels, from Foundation to Middle Years.
 
Miranda Watt, Deputy Principal, who looks after curriculum for the Primary Years, is an experienced AL practitioner and education leader. She has worked with AL pedagogy since her time in TEGS, the Top End Group of Schools.
 
 
Miranda says: ‘We persist with Accelerated Literacy pedagogy because it provides an organised and structured approach to teaching English to students who speak English as their second, third or fourth language. It provides students with the scaffolding required to feel successful and then build on their skills to move them forward in their learning. Accelerated Literacy also allows teachers a framework to share and discuss their teaching practice and creates a space where students know what to expect from each lesson and then every classroom.”

Wongutha CAPS

Wongutha CAPS (Christian Aboriginal Parent-directed School) is a boarding school at Gibson, about 30kms North of Esperance in Western Australia.  We cater for Year 11 and 12 Aboriginal students who wish to pursue vocational studies in a caring Christian environment.  
 
 
Wongutha were part of the original research project funded by the Department of Education, Science and Training (DEST), and have been using Accelerated Literacy pedagogy for many years. During this time there has been great improvement in students' reading and writing levels.  In the past it was a struggle to get low level readers to improve even one year level per year.  Now however, the school expects an average improvement across the school of two year levels and has been achieving results of 1.6 to 2.4 years since 1999.  
 
 
At Wongutha teachers have enjoyed using AL to scaffold a range of texts types and are always looking to improve their practice and up-skill in all areas related to literacy.  AL is seen as the core English pedagogy, but we also use other approaches, such as 'Reading to Learn', another scaffolding approach that has much in common with AL, which we often use to help work with factual texts in various subject areas.  The school has also worked hard over the past two years to improve Oral Communication skills using ESL strategies, particularly with interactions that take place in the workplace and real life settings.  We do this to equip students to be more successful in work experience and interactions in town as well as when they leave the school.  

Cowandilla Primary School and Children's Centre

Cowandilla Primary School and Children's Centre is in the central South West of Adelaide, under the flight path to the Adelaide airport. 72% of students are from a non-English Speaking Background. This includes a New Arrivals program.
 
 
The school has been using scaffolded literacy pedagogy since 2004 when the first teachers were trained. Currently 6 teachers including the principal have a graduate certificate in Accelerated Literacy from Charles Darwin University. Others have South Australian Accreditation in AL, equivalent to one quarter of the graduate certificate.
 
 
It goes without saying that Cowandilla teachers are convinced about the value of scaffolding literacy in sharing knowledge explicitly with all their learners A consistent, whole school approach to embedding  the pedagogy is implemented from Reception to Year 7. They are also serious learners themselves, currently looking at how they can more effectively teach the texts required in Science.