The Reader Organisation’s Training Manager, Casi Dylan, describes the benefits of attending our Read to Lead Residential courses
Since 2008, Read to Lead training has successfully embedded the practice of shared reading into a variety of different professions – from librarians to probation workers to nurses to firefighters. Over 400 professionals have so far been trained through Read to Lead, and they are all extending the ethos and practice of the Reading Revolution through their day-to-day work.
But the success of the training also works on a personal level. It is only by investing in deep personal development that Read to Lead passes on the ethos of shared reading. Over the next few weeks we’ll hear from a variety of Read to Lead trainees – now running shared reading groups themselves – and of the impact that Read to Lead had on them as a professional and, crucially, as a person.
Ann is Principal Librarian at Monmouthshire Libraries. She attended a Read to Lead course hosted by Monmouthshire Comprehensive School in August 2009.
It isn’t an exaggeration to say that Read to Lead training was a life-changing experience for me: as well as learning the practical tools needed to deliver shared reading sessions, I found myself sharing a lot of personal stuff, and being shared with by others. Even though I didn’t really know anyone, I felt like an equal member of the group. I’d never experienced anything like it.
Speaking from a professional point of view, Read to Lead fits into our new strategy – Libraries Inspire – which has shifted its focus away from information and education and towards reading. We are especially interested in reading for pleasure with children and families, adults with learning needs and reading for health and wellbeing.
Read to Lead re-energised me. You can get so bogged down, ticking other people’s boxes, but this helped me to focus on what is important and helped to build what we hope will be lasting partnerships. I’m currently working on a bid to get many more librarians in Monmouthshire trained.
Visit our training pages to learn more about Read to Lead training.