The Teacher's Tool Kit For Literacy

Embracing Poetry As Reader And Writer With Alan Wright

Episode Summary

Literacy experts Sharon and Phil Callen are joined by education consultant Alan Wright to talk about how to bring poetry to life in the classroom.

Episode Notes

In our ongoing discussion about the importance of poetry for literacy, this episode draws on the important insights and practical tips from highly experienced education expert Alan Wright.

Alan is an education consultant and author who has worked extensively in the United States and Australia, promoting best practice in primary and secondary schools and at a systems level.

While based in New York (2001-2006) Alan worked across primary, middle and high schools supporting teachers, school districts, regions and school leadership teams, effecting improved learning outcomes for students in literacy.

This consultancy work took him into more than 100 schools, predominantly in the urban schools of the New York City School System. Working with the New York Board of Education, he provided training for literacy coaches for NYC schools, writing curriculum resources, producing instructional videos and providing professional development institutes for teachers across the city. 

As an educator within the Victorian school system , Alan amassed extensive experience as a classroom teacher, staff developer, regional consultant and school administrator (Assistant Principal and Principal). 

Currently, based in Mornington, Victoria, Australia, Alan is a Director of Alvic Educational Consultancy providing consultancy support across schools and networks. His current work is Australia wide and continues to be focused on delivering effective literacy programs.

In this interview, Alan talks about:

And much more.

Resources mentioned in this episode:

ALAN WRIGHT BLOGS

Living Life Twice: https://livinglifetwice-alwrite.blogspot.com/

Poetry Pizzazz: https://alanjwrightpoetrypizzazz.blogspot.com/

AMAZON

Igniting Writing: When A Teacher Writes by Alan Wright https://www.amazon.com.au/Igniting-Writing-When-Teacher-Writes/dp/1742397646

BOOKTOPIA

What the Poemster Found - by Alan Wright https://booktopia.kh4ffx.net/5b5PAD

Searching for Hen’s Teeth - by Alan Wright https://booktopia.kh4ffx.net/LPK3n3

I Bet There’s No Broccoli on the Moon - by Alan Wright https://booktopia.kh4ffx.net/DVyzQG

Bindi - by Kirli Saunders (verse novel) https://booktopia.kh4ffx.net/jWeAzb

Worse Things - by Sally Murphy and Sarah Davis (verse novel) https://booktopia.kh4ffx.net/kjOGzx

Love That Dog - by Sharon Creech https://booktopia.kh4ffx.net/159Q16

PEGI WILLIAMS BOOKSHOP

Shop address: 30 Smith Street, Walkerville https://www.pegiwilliams.com.au/home.asp

PAUL KELLY INTERVIEW

Paul Kelly podcast:  Music Legend Paul Kelly on - Why Poetry? https://the-teachers-tool-kit-for-literacy.simplecast.com/episodes/music-legend-paul-kelly-on-poetry

NIKKI GRIMES (US POET)

Website: https://www.nikkigrimes.com/

MICHAEL ROSEN (UK POET)

Website: https://www.michaelrosen.co.uk/

TED KOOSER (US POET)

Website: https://www.tedkooser.net/

RALPH FLETCHER (AUTHOR)

Website: http://ralphfletcher.com/

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