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At Yolanda Soryl Literacy, we believe in giving every child an opportunity to learn and experience the joy of reading. The training and resources we provide include the fundamental components of The Science of Reading: phonemic awareness, oral language, phonics, fluency, vocabulary and comprehension. All as part of an integrated approach to learning literacy in a structured literacy programme.

We acknowledge that children learn to read in varying ways, requiring their teachers to draw on a broad tool kit of methods to teach them.

Since 2002, Yolanda Soryl and her team have empowered over 25,000 educators with the knowledge, tools and confidence to provide children with the phonics, word recognition and early literacy skills they need.

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“So much success with my students running your programmes."

“Yolanda is the real deal. You can tell she is still a practicing teacher."

“The guided readers really motivated my students.”

“Most worthwhile seminar I have done in all my teaching years.”

“A game changer for my students.”

"Best and easiest NZ phonics programme."

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Yolanda Soryl Literacy11 hours ago
MOE funding for Structured Literacy PLD in terms 3&4 2024

Like all of us, you will be aware of the changes in professional learning priorities from the Ministry of Education requiring all schools to teach using the Structured Literacy approach.

I was pleased with this announcement that the Minister isn’t nailing SL down to any one particular Structured Literacy programme or approach. Kura that are teaching literacy in a structured way with systematic and explicit teaching of phonics and reading and writing, (which is what I teach and advocate for), are fine to keep doing that. They are meeting the goal.

Since the announcement. I've had many people reach out to ask what this might mean for their schools working with the Yolanda Soryl approach.

I've been working with our partner Coactive Education (who are MOE-accredited PLD providers) and I can tell you the following things:

- If you have received PLD hours that you can start using right now, I am already accredited to deliver these for you so please just get in touch.

- There will be an opportunity for all schools to access professional learning support for a STRUCTURED APPROACH TO LITERACY for year 0-3. There are existing supports available now (BSL), but the MOE has advised us that from the 21st of June, schools will be able to select from other quality assured PLD providers. These providers that are going through an approval process now so schools WILL have a choice.

- The good news is that I'm collaborating with the team at Coactive Education and we are currently working to seek accreditation to be a quality assured PLD provider. This means that you could choose Yolanda Soryl Literacy for your school, and this would be fully funded.

My advice is DON'T RUSH. We have all of this term and term 3 to get sorted. Keep doing what you are doing, and additional support will become available.

If you have further questions, you can reach out to me and the team at Coactive Education at this email [email protected].
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