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About PLD's evidence-based approach to literacy & learning.
We are having a parent workshop, do you have any suggestions of content we can use?
Parent education sessions are a key way for educators to share tips on how parents can prepare their children for school and what they will learn. Typically conducted on an annual basis, parent sessions give the school the chance to equip their community with the tools that will reinforce their school based learning. PLD has developed specific
Can I trade-in old resources?
Yes. PLD provides a 20% discount on the revised version of the resources you would like to trade-in. Please carefully follow the steps below to ensure that you complete this form accurately. At any point in time, you can check on how your school editions compare with PLD current editions by selecting ** PREVIEW BOOK** In this example using the **PREVIEW BOOK **function you can view editions in the school and compare with the current PLD edition http
What does PLD stand for?
PLD provides an Australian, evidence-based approach to Structured Synthetic Phonics (SSP) for primary school educators. Aligned with the Science of Re
PLD's printed & electronic materials, how can they be used? Can I share them with a friend/colleague?
PLD’s printed programs may only be used by the Authorised Purchaser, and the Authorised Purchaser’s students, and only in conjunction with classes taken by the Authorised Purchaser. The Authorised Purchaser is defined as the original purchaser of the PLD printed resource. Can I share PLD electronic materials with friends and/or colleagues? eBooks: No, eBooks are only for use by the purchaser and shar
Is there evidence-based research that provides support for PLD's structured synthetic phonics approach?
Evidence-based teaching is now the norm within Australian schools. For our education standards to meet national and international benchmarks, schools need to invest in programs that are supported by research. This ensures schools are investing in what will produce results rather than just implementing what is a ‘fad’, visually appealing, or what has been done for years. PLD’s Structured Synthetic Phonics (SSP) approach is based on international research and
Does SPELD recognise PLD's programs?
AUSPELD is a national body comprised of representatives from various state SPELD associations and a recognised Global Partner of the International Dyslexia Association. Each SPELD organisation is extremely busy catering for large numbers of students and families. While the SPELD’s deliver assessments and diagnose dyslexia, they also advocate best practice. The SPELD’s act to encourage evidence-based processes and programs in schools to prevent studen
What are PLD's opening hours?
PLD's opening hours are as follows: Monday - 8.30AM - 3.30PM Tuesday - 8.30AM - 2.30PM Wednesday - 8.30AM - 2.30PM Thursday - 8.30AM - 3.30PM Friday - 8.30AM - 3.30PM If you need to get in contact with us outside these hours please email us to email@example.com or get in touch through our online chat icon in the bottom right of your screen. Orders can be placed on our website at https://pld-literacy.org 24/7. Should y
What are some alternatives to having Diana conduct a PD at our school?
An option for staff professional learning/development when schools are unable to secure the dates they are seeking or when staff budgets are limited are the PLD Online Courses. Our most popular online courses have been updated for 2020, have been very positive. Staff can view the content online for 3 months and a certificate is awarded at the end of the course. The online courses provide the information required for implementation, but it is common that a ‘Q and A’ session is scheduled in a sta
When an author writes a book or creates a publication, it is copyright law that protects the content. In PLD’s case, this means when we publish a printed resource, an eBook, digital materials or even information on this website, we are protected by copyright. **Why is copyright law so important? ** Yes, the copyright laws are strict, and for a very good reason. Copyright acts as protection from people modifying, copying or sharing content beyond what th
Are your products suitable for home use?
Absolutely. We’ve made a special effort to make our products easy to use so parents can implement a supplemental learning system at home. You can also use our resources as part of a home schooling curriculum. If you would like a taster of PLD, you can visit our home learning page here. From this page you can sample our Literacy, Oral Language and Movement and Motor range. Here is a [general overview for Homeschoolers](https://pld-literacy.or
I would like to book Diana to come out to the school and present? How do I access Diana's fees and dates she is available?
Please submit your no-obligation request using our consultancy enquiry form here and we will get back in touch ASAP to discuss your requirements further.
Where is nearby parking?
Nib Stadium parking is the easiest parking. It is located on Pier St, Perth. For WA seminars, refer to the map and details below: PLD parking options Print the parking and transport to PLD map HERE. For Qld seminars, parking is available at several local carparks, the detail
I am having difficulty opening the links within the PLD e-newsletter. Can you assist?
We're sorry to hear you’re encountering issues accessing the links in our recent e-mail. Our newsletters sometimes include links to YouTube videos which may be blocked by some school networks. Option 1: Temporarily deactivate (or reduce) your virus software settings. Option 2: Access the links on another network outside your school. e.g. At home. Option 3: If those aren’t possible options or don't work, forward the e-mail newsletter to your school IT department and let them know you’re having
What is the copyright in relation to PLD's downloadable resources and screening tools?
PLD have provided schools and parents with a number of free to download guides and resources. You can find the list of available downloads HERE or the list of Screening Tools HERE. As these items have been provided free of charge, you are free to copy them for use in your school or classroom provided that they are: N
Do you have a product catalogue?
Successful implementation of PLD requires three components PLD Programs, Professional Development and Screening and Tracking. The following link, will lead to the range of PLD's catalogues including our Whole School Literacy Plan. Click here. By clicking on the thumbnails the materials can be downloaded. You can also request hard copies of the catalogues and advertising material on the above link.
My school is keen to implement PLD’s programs and processes across the school. What do you suggest?
Recommendation 1: Training is recommended for staff transitioning to different year levels and for staff who haven’t attended a PLD presentation for several years. Option 1: Seminars in the PLD training room. The school holiday seminars are a cost effective option, as schools are not funding relief teachers. To register click here. Option 2: Online courses for the relevant year levels. Many schools on the pupil free days ask teac
Do you work outside of the Perth Metropolitan area?
Yes. PLD provides consulting services in regional areas, nationally and internationally. Please [Contact Us](mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org?subject=Consulting booking enquiry) if you would like more details.
What are the options for the staff training?
Option 1 PLD has a range of online courses available for purchase at https://courses.pld-literacy.org/ There is one course for the EARLY YEARS another for the FOUNDATION YEAR, another for YEAR 1 & 2 and another for YEARS 3, 4, 5 & 6. The interactive online courses flyer outlines the relevant courses are for each year level and can be emailed to PLD. Schools find it cost effective to allocate the relevant online course to each new staff member, or staff m
Discounts, competitions, promotions and offers from PLD
As a general rule, PLD does not offer discounts on our range. Successful implementation of PLD requires three components: Professional Learning, Screening with Tracking and PLD whole-school programs. Within each of these components PLD offers standard discounts: Seminar Discounting - Seminars are held PLD office throughout the year, if you book 30 days prior to the event an Early Bird rate of $30 per booking. https://pld-literacy.org/seminars/.
Can I order now but receive a forward dated account?
Yes, we understand managing budgets from year to year can be a challenge so PLD is able to provide resources within the current year but forward-date accounts to the following year (or years). E.g. Place an order in 2017, but pay in 2018/2019. For this to occur, the PLD office requires a purchase order number for the subsequent year (or years). To place an order using this method, please [get in touch](mailto:email@example.com?subject=Forward-dated account order enquiry).
PLD's Returns / Exchange & Refund Policy
Please choose carefully, we do not give refunds if you simply change your mind or make a wrong decision. In the event you notice the error in your order BEFORE it has been dispatched, for example, you have added the wrong multiples of an item to your cart, please contact us and we will rectify it. In the event of an error, if you wish to return or adjust your order AFTER it has been dispatched, it is up to P
Can I access public transport to get to PLD?
Yes, Claisebrook station on the Armadale/Thornlie and Midland lines is a short walk from PLD, as displayed in the map below. PLD office location
I am interested in learning more about PLD and the PLD whole school literacy strategy? Where do I start?
There is a general enquiry form that we ask that you complete. It will just take a few moments, but it will provide us with information on what you are seeking. Once it is clear whether you are seeking programs only or programs and training, and when you are keen to implement, we can then send you the relevant information. Once the form is received, someone from PLD will be in contact to discuss your needs. If you would prefer you can provide the information by calling the PLD office or by e
Does PLD sell wholesale to re-sellers?
A commitment to regular orders and not a single, one-off order. Minimum orders of $2500 (after discount and exclusive of GST and freight costs). Freight costs will be added to all orders. Full payment is required up-front for the initial three orders and thereafter payment terms can be negotiated. Distributors will be r
We are keen to start introducing PLD in Foundation. How do we go about this?
Pre-Primary (WA), Prep. (QLD, Vic, Tas) Reception (SA), Transition (NT) or Kindergarten (NSW) A general enquiry form can be completed. i. PLD maintains that an investment in training, will assist the effectiveness of how programs are implemented. The cost effective training options include: [Online courses - Which online course?](https://support.pld-literacy.org/en-au/article/which-online-course-s
I would like to place a book order. How do I order books? Can I order a book over the phone?
All book orders can be processed directly through our website at www.pld-literacy.org.
What do I prepare for my 'coaching session' with Diana Rigg?
Preparation for the appointment will greatly assist the efficiency of the individual session. The following details will enable Diana to understand your needs and to prepare relevant information for that meeting. Typically if prepared for the appointment, more content can be covered. Please send through prior to the appointment: A general list of areas to discuss. Specific questions to answered. Please bring along on the day: An accession list of the PLD programs that the school has purc
I am involved in setting up a new school. What would be involved in implementing PLD's programs and processes in the new school?
Alternatively, you may be an existing school and you are keen to investigate if PLD has programs and processes that may enhance literacy and learning levels within your school. The PLD Programs: Your best starting point is to view the downloadable booklet: Scheduling PLD's Resources Within a Whole School Literacy Plan. The purpose of this document is to provide an implementation outline to assist schools in scheduling th
I am keen to conduct some research on PLD programs. Is any collaboration possible?
PLD welcomes and supports any PhD or Masters research that would involve PLD in some way. Do know that for the research to be valid, it is imperative that the research is carried out independent of PLD. So, the support that PLD can provide to university research projects is limited. There are topics that PLD's materials could be incorporated into. If such a situation would arise, PLD would support the scheduled research by equipping schools/classrooms with the relevant PLD programs and provid
I have lost or misplaced parts or cards from a PLD program. Can you supply replacement pages or cards?
Over the last 5 years, to counteract this occurence, PLD has converted the majority of PLD publications into spiral bound editions. In these titles all
At PLD we do upgrade our range of books.
We are constantly reviewing the ever expanding research base and this impacts the programs we design and release. In addition, through the consultancy we are review how schools implement the programs, and from this we can see what amends are required so that the implementation is aligned with the evidence-base. If you purchased one of our programs and it was updated within 6 months you can request to swap your purchase to the newer addition. HOWEVER this request MUST occur within 6 months
Support for parents and caregivers schooling at home during COVID-19 (CoronaVirus)
PLD have created a Home Learning with PLD set of resources for parents, teachers and caregivers during school closures. You can access them here: Kindergarten (WA/QLD/SA/TAS), Preschool (NSW/ACT/NT/VIC) Early Years Pre-Primary (WA), Kindergarten (NSW, ACT), Preparatory (QLD, VIC, TAS), Reception (SA), Transition (NT) Foundation [Year 1 & 2](https://pld-liter
Why does PLD suggest 'cloud-based' sheets rather than excel documents?
Many schools have commenced the journey of introducing student tracking using Excel documents. PLD cannot suggest more strongly that if this is the case, you evolve to a ‘cloud-based’ document for staff to simultaneously utilise. There are so many benefits to this: Benefit 1 - Schools never need to email PLD the tracking sheets. PLD is just provided with an access link when you require PLD's input. Benefit
We are keen to implement PLD, what is the cost to get PLD up and running in a school? (i.e. K-6 or P-2 or K-2)
**1. Professional Developme
Coronavirus & COVID-19 - How PLD are supporting teachers, parents and caregivers
As the situation with COVID-19 evolves, we are facing some very challenging times. Providing early learners with the skills they require for literary success has and always will be central to PLD’s offering. With this in mind, we are making changes to PLD. Starting in mid March 2020, PLD will be releasing our first ever digital offering, we will be providing schools, parents and caregivers with free resources to support continued learning in the likely event of a school closure through our [Home
Are PLD programs relevant to students who are non-verbal and/or an intellectual delay?
PLD's range of programs, training and student tracking options are all focused upon the years within primary school. If a student has an intellectual delay and is in Year 3 but is operating at a Foundation (5-6 year old level) then the Foundation programs, training and student tracking are all relevant. Likewise, if a student has an intellectual delay and is in Year 6 but is operating at a Year 1 le
How do we use the PLD tracking sheets if Google is blocked on our network?
I can't access the calendar to book a meeting - what can I do now?
If you're trying to booking an appointment and you encounter an error message like the one shown in the image below, it is likely due to your school network blocking the service that we use for handling our bookings, which is called Calendly. Here are a few things you can try to get around this issue: Try using your phone and ensure wi-fi is turned off so you are using your cellular data and not your school network. Connect your device to a different network. e.g. connect to your wifi at
School Leaders How to implement PLD successfully?
Literacy is a key focus of primary school. PLD’s evidence-based program focuses on teaching Structured Synthetic Phonics (SSP), in conjunction with motor & movement & oral language skills, to help children achieve broad level literacy skills. Students rely on both their classroom teachers and the school leadership team to properly implement programs that will help them achieve critical literacy skills. For this reason, PLD has dedicated programs and processes for both classroom teachers at a p
How do I reference materials created by PLD?
Most universities will have a referencing guide on their website. PLD has many materials in different formats. Make sure that you use the correct referencing style for each one.
How do I update my year group so I receive relevant emails?
If you have changed year groups or haven't previously advised which year group you are teaching, we strongly recommend you update your profile at https://pld-literacy.org/profile-update/ (be sure to enter the same email address the you initially signed up with, otherwise you'll end up with 2 subscriptions) so you can receive information that is relevant to your specific year group. If you haven't yet signed up for our email newsletter, you can do so at https://pld-literacy.org/newsletter/
How do I add Diana to our school's Microsoft Teams?
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Why does my quote not include shipping?
If you're from a large school or a group of schools wanting to source a quote for our products, we're more than happy to work with you to put together a package that meets your needs and works within your budget. When preparing these quotes, as they often go back and forth a few times, the freight cost will simply show as 'To be quoted' until the order is finalised and you have confirmed you would like to proceed with the products and quantities on the quote provided. Once the quote is approved