Reading to learn is four things:
- It is a methodology and set of strategies for teaching reading and writing, across school and further education.
- It is a professional learning program for teachers, in the knowledge about language and pedagogy that underpins the methodology.
- It is an expanding research project in pedagogic theory and practice.
- And it is an international network of teachers and teacher educators who have been trained and train in the professional learning program.
Reading to Learn began as a research project with teachers of Indigenous Australian students in primary and secondary school in the late 1990s. These students were years behind their non-Indigenous peers in literacy, but within the first year of the project, their teachers had most of them reading at or close to age appropriate levels. Since then, the R2L professional learning program has worked with many thousands of teachers in all sectors of education. Through this work, R2L has developed into a comprehensive methodology for embedding the teaching of reading and writing into curriculum learning at all school levels.
Today there are Reading to Learn networks and professional learning programs in South Africa, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Sweden, Finland, UK, Spain, Portugal, USA, Chile, Hong Kong, and in Australia in Queensland, Victoria, NSW and South Australia.
In Brisbane, Metro R2L Network is a consortium of schools that work together to run R2L training for primary and secondary schools. The Network is organised in 5 clusters. Please contact cluster representatives if needing assistance to source training, planning and pedagogy support at nearby schools.
East: Manly West State School (Rebekah Ide)
North: Albany Creek State School(Melissa Dickson-Ford)
West: Kenmore State School (Ingrid Freeman)
South: Greenslopes State School (Maggie Cifuentes)
South East: Shailer Park State High School (Cheryll Koop)
R2L training has been run in NSW for over 10 years, including major training programs for DEC Western Region and Western Metropolitan Region. Currently training programs are running in south western Sydney schools. Cheryll Koop, Coordinator
The Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards NSW hosts an R2L teacher training resource on their website.
R2L training has been run successfully in Victoria for over 10 years, by Catholic Education Melbourne, and DET Victoria.
Dr Sarah Culican, Coordinator
R2L began in South Australia . A current training is run by the Catholic Education Office, Adelaide
Chris Payne, Coordinator
Sweden, Finland UK
Reading for Life is a non-profit association based in Sweden that runs R2L training throughout Europe.
Ann-Christin Lövstedt, Chair
Claire Acevedo, Deputy Chair
Ann-Christin and Claire coordinated the five nation EU project, Teacher Learning for European Literacy Education
Reading to Learn, South Africa is a non-profit association that runs R2L training in South Africa and East Africa. Here is a news report about the South African program.
Mike Hart, Director
Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania
Reading to Learn has been used in schools in East Africa for more than 5 years. The Education for Marginalised Children in Kenya (EMACK) in partnership with USAID has just completed a 2 year programme in Coast Province, North East Province and Nairobi.
A blog about the Kenya R2L program
A short film on the R2L Methodology used by AKF/EMACK to enhance literacy and numeracy in Kenya
Universidad Autónoma de Madrid led the TeL4EL project in Spain. [link to Spain Project Outputs, Teacher Learning for European Literacy Education]
Dr Rachel Whittaker, Coordinator
A number of research projects are running in the US. Andrés Ramírez is successfully applying the pedagogy in bilingual education.
Dr. Andrés Ramírez, Assistant Professor, Florida Atlantic University
Dr Mark Shum of the The University of Hong Kong has conducted R2L reseach in Hong Kong schools.
Dr Ingrid Westhoff of the Universidad Andrés Bello conducts R2L research