Whole School Training

I am a big fan of Michelle's and SMART Spelling.  I have been looking for a GOOD whole school approach (not a programme) to spelling for a long time.  Once I had been to Michelle's SMART Spelling PD I just had to get the whole staff PD.  Michelle did a whole school PD for us at our school and by morning recess she had everyone enthusiastic to get started!  Her presentation is VERY engaging, and we learnt so much about how language works and how to teach this to all children.  SMART Spelling covers all the bases.  It is inclusive, differentiated and finally we have spelling rules that make sense!

Ree Rogan, Literacy Leader, Barwon Heads Primary School

$170 +GST per person

Each person gets 3 things:

1.  To complete the course with Michelle

2.  A copy of the SMART Spelling manual

3.  The online follow up

*There is a minimum charge of 40 participants to have Michelle come in person to your school. Travel charges from Melbourne are additional.

Please email Freddy for a quote for your school’s consideration.  

$170 +GST per person

Each person gets 3 things:

1.  Their own login to the video course

2.  A copy of the SMART Spelling manual

3.  The online Follow Up

*There are no minimum numbers for the video course, but it's only available at this price for schools who order it for all of their classroom teachers in one order. 

Email Freddy for a link to purchase

The online follow up has:

*10 short videos on specific topics,

*10 quizzes with feedback,

*comment boxes to type in questions that Michelle answers.  

Access to the follow up is for 12 months, to develop mastery and confidence!



"We cannot praise the online SMART spelling course enough! The videos were clear, informative and the most fantastic part was re-watching certain clips to really master the information that was presented. It has been a terrific platform which we would highly recommend to other schools.
SMART spelling is a great approach and simple to introduce into the classroom, our teachers have found the structure and clear scope and sequence that is provided especially helpful. With SMART Spelling introduced in Prep the students quickly become familiar with its routines and the program seamlessly integrates through the year levels."

Mary Swoffer, Head of Junior School, Cobram Anglican Grammar

Kialla Central Primary School is moving into our third year of implementing the SMART Spelling Approach.  Our staff have found a new passion for teaching spelling. It is practical way to teach spelling and it just makes sense!  Our students talk the talk, walk the walk & are transferring it to their writing, reading and across other curriculum areas.  We are massive fans of Michelle, her work and generosity in sharing her resources!  Thanks Michelle! 
Debbie Humphries, Principal, Kialla Central Primary School

Lemnos is a small school of 9 students who all have social and emotional needs, we have a high indigenous population and our kids were very reluctant writers. It was to the point where writing sessions would be a trigger for meltdowns for a lot of our kids. So much has changed as a result of Smart Spelling and our students are having a go at writing and producing written work! We made a class book the other day, it was so exciting! I truly believe that this is due to their increased confidence since they have begun your program. Thank you for running your amazing PD’s and for giving us the tools to better engage our students as writers.

Robyn Niclasen, Lemnos Primary School

 I recently completed the SMART Spelling Video Course online, and can highly recommend it. I found it very user friendly and easy to follow. It is a great program and something I have already stated implementing into my classroom. Michelle is so relatable, and her program really makes sense! It was great to be able to make comments as ask questions after each video and I also found it helpful to re-watch the concepts I wasn’t too sure about. Thanks Michelle.

Laura Rawnsley, Tecoma Primary School

 The SMART spelling online course is extremely informative and engaging. You are able to work through the course at your own pace, as it is broken into 14 short video segments which are supported by clear notes. Not only does this training improve your professional knowledge and understanding of teaching spelling, but it provides you with excellent practical lessons, strategies and ideas that you can use in your classroom straight away. No longer is spelling seen as a never-ending list of rules and exceptions for both you and your students to learn.

Jude Griffiths, Singapore

At St. Joseph's we have a whole school approach to spelling. All our teachers and learning support have been trained with Michelle to make a whole school impact on our spelling, reading and writing results. All our children have an understanding of the process each week that goes on in spelling sessions. The how to teach the words has made a huge impact on our learners. We have noticed a massive difference to our Foundation learners with their spelling, writing and reading using SMART spelling.  We have sent home information to parents, so they are on board as well. 

Lucy Keath, Principal, St Joseph's Cobram

At California Gully P.S. back In 2016 the school was in desperate need of/for a common understanding and language around spelling and a whole school approach. Two teachers had an opportunity to attend Michelle’s PD in November of that year. Both teachers came back from the professional learning opportunity excited at what they saw as a logical and sequential spelling program. As a result I booked Michelle to present the SMART Spelling approach to the entire staff in March of 2017. Following the professional development staff were 100% committed to following the SMART Spelling approach and the spelling results are steadily increasing. The SMART Spelling approach is not only limited to teaching and enhancing spelling skills. It has had a great impact on the student’s oral language skills and in turn their writing. The grade F-6 teachers found the SMART Spelling approach efficient in its routines, vocabulary, rules and implementation. The word lists provided a range from simple to more complex words (green, orange, red). This enables the learning focus (graph, diagraph, trigraph etc) to be the same for the whole class, while differentiating the lists for students of differing abilities.  I have now moved schools and with similar needs at Huntly Primary School have started implementing the SMART Spelling approach across the school, as the evidence of its success at my previous school cannot be disputed.

 Jason Lee, Principal, Huntly Primary School

  Thank you Michelle. This has been fascinating. I have always loved language and teaching reading and spelling, but I have learnt lots of new strategies through your videos.  I am going to have such fun teaching my students using these new strategies.

Sue Gasser, Moldova

Our school has instituted the SMART Spelling programme for the past two years and have found it to be very beneficial. Testimonials from teachers are always available, but the viewpoint of administration with new programmes may be of benefit. As a leader, it is exciting to see teachers empowered to adequately cater for all ability levels of their students. The programme is school wide, so handovers at the end of the year are easily understood and the students may begin the new year from where they left off. Because it is so teacher friendly, staff have found it easy to implement. Finally, my personal favourite is that spelling rules are still explicitly taught – the children are not expected to learn by osmosis. Yes, I am very happy with this programme.

Bruce Horman, Head of Junior School, Covenant College Geelong

Schools who have done whole school training

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Echuca Specialist School

Caulfield Junior College

Elwood Primary School

Echuca Primary School

St Mary's Whittlesea

St Cecilia's Glen Iris

John Paul II, Hobart Tasmania

St Anne's, North Albury, NSW

Billanook Primary School

Lutheran School, Wagga Wagga, NSW (Whole School Video Training)

Gippsland Grammar, Sale (Whole School Video Training)

St Michael's Deniliquin NSW


2018 - Newest on top

Concongella Primary School (Whole School Video Training)

Delungra Public School, NSW (Whole School Video Training)

Belgrave Christian School (Whole School Video Training)

St Anthony's, Lara (Whole School Video Training)

The Geelong College

Hohidiai School, Indonesia (Whole School Video Training)

Eltham East Primary School (Whole School Video Training)

St Arnaud Primary School

Echuca Twin Rivers School

Lloyd Street PS, Malvern East

Bethesda International Christian School, Moldova (Whole School Video Training)

Grandchester State School Queensland (Whole School Video Training)

Alexandra Primary School (Whole School Video Training)

Westbourne Park Primary School, South Australia (Whole School Video Training)

Good Shepherd Wheelers Hill

John Palmer Public School, NSW

Cobram Anglican Grammar School (Whole School Video Training)

St Thomas More, Hadfield

Emmaus Catholic Primary School, Sydenham

Guthrie Street Primary School, Shepparton

Leitchville Primary School

Castlemaine Primary School

Eastside Lutheran College, Hobart, TAS

Tecoma Primary School

St Mary's Greensborough

Manor Lakes P-12 College

Murrumbeena Primary School

Mary Mackillop Primary Narre Warren

St Gabriel's Traralgon

St Clare's Truganina

Lowther Hall

Waverley Gardens Primary School

Cana Hillside

Ruyton Girls' School

Beaumaris North Primary School

Huntly Primary School

St Liborius, Eaglehawke

Specimen Hill Primary School

Elmore Primary School

Boot District School

Our Lady of the Nativity, Aberfeldie 

Nathalia Primary School

St Francis Nathalia

Tallygaroopna Primary School

St Joseph's Numurkah

Lemnos Primary School

Katunga Primary School

St Robert's Geelong

Apollo Bay P-12 College

St Joseph’s Cobram

Table Top PS NSW

Windsor Primary School

Caulfield South Primary School

Leibler Yavneh College

Colac West PS

Templestowe Park Primary School

St Francis of Assisi, Wodonga NSW

Christ the Priest, Caroline Springs

St Patrick's Stratford

St Mary's Bairnsdale

Hillcrest Christian College

Gilson College

Torquay Coast Primary School

South Melbourne Primary School

Lake Boga Primary School


Fintona Girls' Grammar 

Islamic College of Melbourne

Al Iman College

Tatura Primary School

Southmoor Primary School

Rosanna Golf Links Primary School

St Patrick’s Camperdown

Seaford Park Primary School

Colac Specialist School

St Michael’s Heyfield

Ballarat North Primary School

Lauriston Girls School

Billanook College

Ballarat Grammar

St Monica’s Wodonga, NSW

Our Lady Help of Christian’s Wendouree

St Margaret’s East Geelong

Lysterfield Primary School

Kilmore Primary School

St Peter’s Sunshine

St Paul’s Sunshine West

Al Siraat College

California Gully Primary School

Victory Christian College, Bendigo

Nunawading Christian School

Berwick Primary School

Barwon Heads Primary School

St Mary’s Ascot Vale

St Leo The Great Altona North

St Patrick’s Kilmore

Mentone Girls’ Grammar

Cathedral College Wangaratta

Camberwell Girls Grammar

St Leonard's College


Axedale Primary School

Covenant College Geelong

St John’s Preston

Chario Christian Pakenham

Lightning Reef Primary School

Oatlands Primary School

Gardenvale Primary School

Flowerdale Primary School

Euroa Primary School

Creek Street Christian College

Korowa AGS

Education Department in Vanua Lavu, Fiji

St Brigid’s Mordialloc

Kialla West Primary School

Kialla Central Primary School

Ilim College

Melbourne Grammar

Kilvington Grammar

Yea Primary School

Yarra Valley Grammar

Middle Park Primary

St Carlo Borromeo

Good News Lutheran College

St Simon’s Rowville

Xavier Brighton

Carey Donvale

Sussex Heights Primary School

Wesley College St Kilda Rd

Solway Primary School

Yeshiva College

Avenel Primary School

Adass Israel

Overnewton College

St Columba’s Ballarat

Hillcrest Christian College

The Scots School NSW


Oxley College

Deutsche School Melbourne

Good Shephard Croydon

Brighton Grammar

Our Lady Southern Cross Wyndham Vale

Mentone Park Primary School

St Joseph’s Boronia

Westbourne Grammar School

St Thomas More Ballarat

St Alipius Ballarat

Sandringham East Primary School

Glenroy Private

Our lady Help of Christians Warrnambool

Aitken College

St Paul’s Grammar

Loretto College Toorak

Cranbourne Park Primary School

East Bentleigh Primary School

Newhaven College

St Augustine’s Maryborough

Ballarat Christian College

Kaliana School Bendigo

Beaconhills College

Mount Evelyn Christian College

Casey Grammar School


My favourite thing about the SMART Spelling Approach is how it really ‘lets kids in on the secret’. The explicit nature of the approach doesn’t shy away from using correct terminology with even the youngest of learners and empowers them to see themselves as capable and confident, readers, writers and spellers. I also love how whilst it is explicit and direct the weekly study approach provides the opportunity for word and spelling inquiry to also support an inquiry based philosophy to teaching and learning. After completing this course I am left feeling inspired and invigorated to start using this approach in my classroom. Thank you Michelle.

Maddison Cooper, Singapore

Read what other teachers say about SMART Spelling!

$170 +GST per person

Each person gets:

1.  To complete the course with Michelle in person in your own school

2.  The 263 page manual ($88 retail)

3.  The online follow up ($49 retail)

*There is a minimum charge of 40 participants to have Michelle come in person to your school. Travel charges from Melbourne are additional.

Please email Freddy for a quote for your school’s consideration.  

$170 +GST per person

Each person gets:

1.  To complete the course with their own logon to the video course  ($149 retail)

2.  The 263 page manual ($88 retail)

3.  The online follow up ($49 retail) 

*There are no minimum numbers for the video course, but it's only available at this price for schools who order it for all of their classroom teachers in one order. 

Email Freddy a purchase order number and list of names and emails to order.

The online follow up has:

*10 short videos on specific topics,

*10 quizzes with feedback,

*comment boxes to type in questions that Michelle answers.  

Access to the follow up is for 12 months, to develop mastery and confidence!




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