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News

All the latest on what we have been up to at MultiLit.

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New teaching academy announced

MultiLit is pleased to announce the launch of The Academy for the Science of Instruction. The Academy seeks to train school teachers in essential evidence-based teaching skills, from effective instruction in reading and spelling to classroom behaviour management.

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Dr Jennifer Buckingham publishes Churchill report on literacy practices

Congratulations to Dr Jennifer Buckingham OAM on the publication of her Churchill Fellowship report into literacy policy and practice in the United Kingdom and Ireland. The report provides a comparative analysis of literacy policies and practices, how they arise from and interact with the social and historical context, and their impact on student results.

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Insights

Take a deeper dive into some of our research, programs and professional development, and learn more about our team’s expertise and experience.

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St Cuthbert’s committed to success with InitiaLit

Seven years ago, St Cuthbert’s Catholic School in Tasmania made a commitment to explicit, direct instruction and evidence-based practices to ensure all children had the same opportunities and successes. As part of this, they adopted InitiaLit for students in Prep to Grade 2, to develop the foundations for students to become successful readers and writers.

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Case Study: St Columba’s Primary School, Western Australia

St Columba’s Catholic Primary School has reported a dramatic improvement in students’ literacy achievement since partnering with MultiLit seven years ago. Principal Allen McMahon discusses the impact of MultiLit’s programs and consistent high-quality instruction on student achievement.

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Media

MultiLit experts are often called upon by the media to provide perspectives on education policy, literacy and behaviour – check out where we have been seen recently.

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Media Mention: 30 April 2024

In a review of series of studies examining the cognitive and academic impact of using ‘brain breaks’ in the primary classroom. Dr Jennifer Buckingham OAM and Maddy Goto note, “There is mixed but weak evidence of the effect of active breaks and mindfulness breaks on academic achievement.”

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Media Mention: 3 April 2024

Dr Jennifer Buckingham OAM comments that “Every state and territory education minister must pledge to provide the keys to literacy to every child before they leave primary school and to do what is necessary to support those students still struggling in secondary school…”.

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Media Mention: 19 February 2024

With over 35% of students in WA struggling to read, Dr Jennifer Buckingham OAM says the results show schools are using approaches “that are inferior to explicit and systematic phonics teaching and leave too many children struggling, or worse, falling through the cracks.”

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Publications

MultiLit Moments

Our newsletter, featuring our latest research, stories from schools using MultiLit programs, and new product and professional development offerings, is published three times a year. To join the mailing list, contact us.

MultiLit Moments April 2023

In this edition, MultiLit opens Brisbane Centre, new releases from MRU Press, improving oral language skills with LanguageLift, Closing the Gap Initiative expands to 42 schools, and more.

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MultiLit Moments May 2022

In this edition, MultiLit Literacy Centres reignite a love of learning, 21 schools join our Closing the Gap initiative, and introducing our new Bookshop, range of picture books and assessment tool.

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MultiLit Moments November 2021

Read about MultiLit’s partnership with the Australian Government under the Closing the Gap Initiative, the recent launch of MiniLit Sage, and more in this new double issue of MultiLit Moments.

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Nomanis

Reading | Teaching | Learning | Connecting

Nomanis, published twice a year, explores the ideas and evidence about effective instruction in reading and related skills, for teachers, parents, fellow professionals and policy makers. Our aim is to provide readable and engaging accounts of developments in the teaching of reading and writing, distilled from the sometimes rather esoteric, and certainly dry, research literature. Subscriptions are free, and we welcome contributions and correspondence.

Nomanis Notes

Nomanis Notes is a series of single page briefings on educational topics likely to be of interest to parents, teachers and other professionals, with particular reference to learning difficulties. Our aim is to succinctly summarise the state of knowledge on the topic, offer a considered opinion, and to provide starter references for those wishing to find out more.

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