“Literacy Leadership: Empowering School Heads and Key Stage 3 Teachers through the Science of Reading”
The Upskilling of School Heads and All Key Stage 3 Teachers on the Science of Reading seminar on January 12, 16-18, and 24, 2024 at Pinaglabanan Elementary School Multi-purpose Hall, was a thought-provoking and transformative event. This was attended by school heads, primary teachers, and literacy advocates, who sought to delve into the scientific principles underlying effective reading instruction. The seminar began with an inspiring keynote address by Dr. Ma. Lucila G. Anatalio, a well-known literacy supervisor. The agenda included a variety of topics such as the neurological foundations of reading, evidence-based instructional strategies, and the science of reading's implications for literacy curriculum design. The sessions provided an in-depth look at the neurological processes involved in reading. Understanding the complex relationships between phonological awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension has altered the perspective on literacy instruction. The emphasis on evidence-based practices, as well as the importance of early intervention, highlighted the need for a comprehensive and structured approach to reading instruction. The scientific applications of reading were abundantly clear. The seminar provided attendees with practical strategies for implementing in the classroom, including explicit phonics instruction, multisensory techniques, and targeted interventions for struggling readers. Integrating research-based methods into the literacy curriculum has the potential to significantly improve students' reading abilities and foster a love of reading.
The Science of Reading's practical applications were evident throughout the seminar. Teachers were introduced to innovative teaching methods such as multisensory techniques, guided reading approaches, and the use of manipulative materials to improve literacy engagement. School leaders discussed strategies for creating a supportive environment that promotes collaborative learning and ongoing professional development among educators.
The seminar received overwhelmingly positive feedback from attendees. The speakers were articulate and knowledgeable, and the content was presented in a way that made complex scientific concepts understandable to educators of various levels of expertise. Some sessions were done as interactive workshops which enhanced the learning experience. The introduction of the early bird incentive motivated the participants to come ahead of time. It not only reinforced the importance of punctuality, but also helped foster a positive and collaborative environment among them. The giving of stars added an extra layer of excitement and encouraged the teachers to stay engaged throughout the seminar. Simple tokens such as markers, notebooks, and sticky notes, were given to the group that got the most number of stars and the most creative poster.
Networking opportunities during breaks and collaborative sessions enabled the participants to connect with other educators who were facing similar literacy instruction challenges. The exchange of ideas and success stories reinforced the importance of working together to implement evidence-based practices. In the end, everyone left the seminar with an alliance of like-minded professionals who are eager to support one another in advancing literacy education. The knowledge gained has not only increased the attendees’ understanding of the science of reading, but it has also provided them with concrete strategies for improving literacy instruction in the classroom.
Article Written by:
Ruscel L. Paguirigan
West Crame Elementary School - Teacher II