Reading – Writing – Spelling – Inquiry


Working with me

About Deb

Deb is an Educational Consultant, and she has been a leading educator for over 42 years. Deb has an expertise and passion for Literacy learning and teaching and her workshops are based on her own classroom practice from ELC to Year 9.  As an education consultant, Deb works in schools with leadership teams and in classrooms, modelling practice in the areas of literacy and inquiry learning. She presents and creates school based professional development programs for State, Catholic and Independent schools. Deb’s real love is working with kids and learning from them, as she continues to research effective teaching of Literacy. She works closely with a school to establish, and translate a common pedagogy, into consistent classroom practice throughout the primary years.

In 2011 Deb was the recipient of the ACEL Hedley Beare Educator of the Year Award and received a Fellowship in Leadership from ACEL in 2014.  Deb has been both a Primary Principal and Principal of a Balinese Community School.  Deb was Head of Plenty Campus (Foundation to Year 12) and Deputy Principal of Ivanhoe Grammar School (2004-2016).  Deb has worked in the United States and has co-authored several books on literacy education.

Working with schools


Developing Deep Level Thinkers!

How can comprehension be explicitly taught?

What are features of a well organised and comprehensive Reading Program?


Are we teaching kids or fixing their Writing?

Getting that Buzz in Writers Workshop!

How can Writing time be organised in a manageable and effective way?


How to develop metacognitive, strategic spellers?

What makes a spelling program effective?

We need to teach and not just do activities!


The Magic of curious and capable learners!

Why teach with an Inquiry mindset?

How can student understanding be strengthened?


Believing in and developing our teachers!

Why an ongoing Professional Learning Program is essential?

How can we improve whole school learning for kids and teachers?

Practical Professional Development Online Workshops

Term 3 Workshops

Presented by Deb Sukarna for Foundation to Year 6 Teachers (ONLINE)

Email Paula Welham to register: [email protected]
Mobile: 0402 421 864

Click here for Workshop information


“Fantastic as always and once again I have walked away with a variety of new skills that I can try within my own practise.
The Online format is just as the same as it is face to face.”

Reachel Armstrong – Altona Meadows Primary School

“I thoroughly enjoyed Deb’s PD yesterday. It’s the third one I’ve attended now and I have found them all to be so practical and inspiring. The resources are so helpful and allows teachers to jump in the very next day and try them out! ”

Jordan Puncher – Drouin South Primary School

“Very worthwhile PDs. Lots of practical ideas for the classroom delivered in a well prepared and clear format.
I like the online format and It’s an efficient format. Deb is a terrific educator and thank her for sharing her expertise.”

Marita Horvath - Rangeview Primary School

“Loved it! After so many years teaching, it is good to revise and learn about literacy and the better/best ways to teach this to children. I will use everything I was shown today with my class.”

Spensley Street Primary School

“Very informative and inspiring. I came out of this seminar with so many great ideas and strategies. It made me rethink some of our current practices at school, as well as reaffirm approaches we are already doing.”

Manchester Primary School

“Amazing and so inspiring and important - this stuff is a game changer. Deb is so inspirational and passionate. You make me want to be better and learn so much more.”

Plenty Valley Christian College

“As always another amazing day. You are so passionate and easy to listen to. I have pages and pages of notes to go through and many new things I want to try and implement.”

St Columba's Primary School





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Well…. this is my first time blogging and I am really looking forward to sharing…
May 5, 2017

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