Welcome to the Literacy Educators Coalition

Who We Are

We are a group of 400+ literacy educators from all around Australia.

Most of us work as teachers, principals, consultants in schools, or lecturers in teacher education. Many of us are authors of children’s books and teacher reference books. We are sought as speakers at state, national and international conferences. Our members include presidents and past-presidents of ALEA (Australian Literacy Educators Association), PETAA (Primary English Teaching Association, Australia) and AATE (the Australian Association for the Teaching of English).

We believe that parents deserve accurate information about literacy standards and literacy teaching and learning.

We aim to provide information, and counteract misinformation.

Latest News Stories

Teaching literacy is more than teaching simple reading skills

Teaching literacy is more than teaching simple reading skills

28 April 2016

EduResearch Matters, 26 April 2016.   - The Australian Curriculum defines literacy very broadly. It far exceeds the simplistic view in the 'Five From Five' project proposed by the Centre for Independent Studies. Educators have...more»

Is there another way to think about schooling?

Is there another way to think about schooling?

28 April 2016

Teacher, ACER, 18 April 2016.   - Prof Geoff Masters, Chief Executive of ACER, describes the well-established way of thinking about schooling (including A-E grading) based on the "industrial" or "assembly line"...more»

The overselling of ed tech

The overselling of ed tech

23 April 2016

Dr Alfie Kohn, 12 Mar 2016.  – Kohn argues that technology should be used to put students in control of their own learning.  All too often, however, technology is more...more»

Experts warn starting school too young harms learning, wellbeing

Experts warn starting school too young harms learning, wellbeing

23 April 2016

Sydney Morning Herald, 26 Jan 2014  – Children in Australia start school younger than almost anywhere else in the developed world, up to two years ahead of students in top-performing...more»

What if everything you knew about disciplining kids was wrong?

What if everything you knew about disciplining kids was wrong?

17 April 2016

Negative consequences, timeouts, and punishment just make bad behaviour worse. Teachers who aim to control students' behaviour - rather than helping them control it themselves - undermine the very elements that...more»

Homework is wrecking our kids: the research is clear

Homework is wrecking our kids: the research is clear

15 April 2016

salon.com, 6 Mar 2016.  – There is no evidence that any amount of homework improves the academic performance of primary students.  Read the article here...more»