The Teacher's Tool Kit For Literacy

Embracing Poetry As Reader And Writer

Episode Summary

Literacy expert Sharon Callen is 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:


Living Life Twice:

Poetry Pizzazz:


Igniting Writing: When A Teacher Writes by Alan Wright


What the Poemster Found - by Alan Wright

Searching for Hen’s Teeth - by Alan Wright

I Bet There’s No Broccoli on the Moon - by Alan Wright

Bindi - by Kirli Saunders (verse novel)

Worse Things - by Sally Murphy and Sarah Davis (verse novel)

Love That Dog - by Sharon Creech


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