Chit Chat with Steven Capp

Join Carla as she chit chats with Principal Steven Capp of Bentleigh West Primary School in Melbourne, which has become recognised for its adoption of evidence-based teaching practices, particularly in the area of reading and mathematics

Biography:

Steven Capp is the Principal of Bentleigh West Primary School in Melbourne, which has become recognised for its adoption of evidence-based teaching practices, particularly in the area of reading and mathematics. He has worked across the primary and secondary school sectors as an educational leader for the past 15 years. He has a Masters of School Leadership from Melbourne University and has worked with schools and across Australia in bridging the gap from research to practice. He served on the expert advisory panel to the Federal Government for Year 1 Literacy and Numeracy Checks in 2017.

Time stamps:

2.26 Steve shares information about the teaching approach implemented at Bentleigh West Primary School and the journey of how it came about and how long they’ve been working to get to the point they are now.

12.30 Steve discusses the knowledge of the teaching team. Teachers now know how to teach reading.

19.00 For those starting out / a year or two years into implementing a Structured Literacy approach – what would your advice be to them in terms of building up areas of expertise and explicit instruction in the various elements.

24.00 Carla and Steve discuss learning to teach this approach while teaching to learn.

29.00 Do you think the success of BWPS is attributed to a whole-school approach & what would your advice be to a lone-range teacher/leader to being open to the SOR or SOL?

34.15 Carla asks, “What would have been the risk to the students if you hadn’t implemented the approach over the past years.”

36.55 Closing remarks from Carla and Steve.


 

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