Jeanne Biddulph

MNZM  MA (Cant.)  DipT

Jeanne has been a primary school teacher, reading adviser, and teacher educator in language/literacy at Christchurch College of Education and the University of Waikato. She is now an educational consultant.

  • As part of her Master's degree in 1982-83, Jeanne developed Reading Together®, a gold standard, research-based workshop programme which enables parents/whānau to provide more informed and effective support for their school-age children's reading.
  • In 1983, she developed Early Reading Together®, a workshop programme which helps families to support the language and literacy learning of younger children.
  • Jeanne was honoured in 1983 by the International Reading Association and the Canterbury Council of the International Reading Association for services in the promotion of Literacy, including the development and wider implementation of Reading Together®.
  • Throughout her career, Jeanne has made significant contributions to language/literacy education within New Zealand and beyond, and her work has been cited nationally and internationally. Her ongoing, voluntary contributions include helping school leaders, teachers, parents/whānau, librarians and community groups to work together to support children's language and literacy learning.
  • In 2011, at the request of Dr Pita Sharples (as Associate Minister of Education) the New Zealand Ministry of Education began a project to scale up the implementation of Reading Together® across decile 1-3 schools nationally. In Budget 2014 the New Zealand Government announced that the Reading Together® programme will "expand to include more than 140 decile 4 and 5 schools". Also in 2014, the Biddulph family organised a donation of mini-libraries to families completing the Reading Together® workshops in some schools. Approximately 30,000 families and more than 900 schools participated in the Reading Together® Project between 2012 and 2016 (for feedback about Reading Together® in some of the Project schools, please see Our Blog and the History of Reading Together® in New Zealand).
  • In November 2021, an Evaluation of Taonga mō ngā Tamariki (which is based on the Early Reading Together® and Reading Together® Te Pānui Ngātahi programmes) was made available. Taonga mō ngā Tamariki is an intergenerational intervention designed to foster positive whānau-child interactions, provide access to books in home and heart languages and grow children’s enjoyment of reading.
  • Jeanne has served on national advisory committees, and contributed to numerous seminars and conferences nationally and internationally.

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