Document Type



Fogarty Learning Centre, Edith Cowan University

Place of Publication

Perth, Western Australia


School of Education / Fogarty Learning Centre




The Western Australian Catholic Education Office


Konza, D., Woodley, P., De Leo, S., & Dixon, H. (2014). Teaching reading: a shared vision and a shared responsibility 2012-2013: Principals as literacy leaders in CEO schools. Perth, Australia: Fogarty Learning Centre, Edith Cowan University.


The PALL Plus professional learning and research project was a collaborative effort between the Fogarty Learning Centre at Edith Cowan University and 16 Catholic primary schools within the Western Australian Catholic Education Office (CEO). It was initiated by the principal of Star of the Sea Primary School, Tim Emery, who coordinated involvement of the other schools and managed contractual responsibilities on behalf of the CEO. The project was based on the Principals as Literacy Leaders (PALL) pilot project funded by the Commonwealth Government in 2009-2010, and originally developed in partnership with the Australian Primary Principals Association, Griffith University and the Australian Catholic University.

The PALL objectives are consistent with the aims of the CEO in developing the literacy outcomes of low achieving students. The project complemented the RAISE initiative by building the literacy knowledge and instructional leadership of primary school principals and other school leaders. This was designed to have a flow-on effect in building the skills of classroom teachers, enhancing the effectiveness of their whole class teaching, and increasing their capacity to use explicit small group strategies that increase both the frequency and the intensity of instruction for those students who do not make progress in reading development as easily as their peers...

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