New teaching academy announced

MultiLit announces new institution to train teaching workforce in evidence-based instruction

MultiLit is pleased to announce the launch of The Academy for the Science of Instruction – a new initiative that will provide in-depth training to school teachers in essential evidence-based teaching skills.

Commencing in June, courses offered by The Academy will range from effective instruction in reading and spelling to classroom behaviour management.

The Academy has assembled a team of experts with extensive knowledge and decades of expertise in the science of instruction.


Dr Mark Carter, an Honorary Associate Professor at the University of Wollongong, has been appointed Dean of The Academy.

Emeritus Professor Kevin Wheldall AM, Chair of the Academic Board for The Academy, said he expected the courses to prove popular with teachers.

“The Academy seeks to provide teachers with the very best, scientifically supported knowledge and information in an interesting and accessible format that is highly applicable to the classroom,” he said.

“Teachers are critical to students’ success and it’s essential that they be provided with the tools and knowledge to empower them to deliver effective instruction with impact.”

Although an initiative of MultiLit, The Academy will operate as a standalone entity.

It will offer a new NESA and TQI-accredited course in Effective Instruction in Reading and Spelling – with the first of four modules commencing in the week of June 17.

Participants will learn about the research base for the science of reading, supporting positive classroom behaviour for learning, the difference between evidence-based and evidence-informed practice, and how to evaluate when the practices can be applied to the classroom or instructional setting.

It also covers the most effective way for teachers to plan and sequence oral language, phonemic awareness, and phonics programs to promote word reading and comprehension.

The course draws on the recently published textbook, Effective Instruction in Reading and Spelling, an Australian-first collaboration between internationally renowned and leading local reading researchers.

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