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

'Crap' parents raising spoilt brats

'Crap' parents raising spoilt brats

25 August 2014

ABC News, 24 August 2014.  – Dr Michael Carr-Gregg, a prominent psychologist, was warned Australia is raising a generation of spoilt brats because their parents are 'crap' and 'never say...more»

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Why kids are better off without homework

23 August 2014

The Daily Telegraph, 22 August 2014.   – Children in primary school should not be wasting their time on homework. Research into the impact of homework tells a relatively clear...more»

 Testing democracy: NAPLAN produces culture of compliance

Testing democracy: NAPLAN produces culture of compliance

22 August 2014

The Conversation, 20 August 2014.   – There has been widespread and well-justified critique of the NAPLAN tests. Concerns have focused on the ways the testing severely narrows the curriculum,...more»

NAPLAN not the key to understanding what literacy is

NAPLAN not the key to understanding what literacy is

22 August 2014

Sydney Morning Herald, 19 August 2014.  – The latest controversy about the NAPLAN writing test underlines some of the myths about how children learn to read and write.  Too often,...more»

NAPLAN writing task to be overhauled after widespread criticism

NAPLAN writing task to be overhauled after widespread criticism

19 August 2014

The Age, 18 August 2014.   – There has been widespread criticism that this year's question ('Which law or rule would you make better  in your view?) was too confusing...more»

Senate committee backs Gonski

Senate committee backs Gonski

8 August 2014

Dr David Zyngier, The Conversation, 7 August 2014.    – Gonski's report on school funding has been backed by a senate committee even though the federal government isn't backing it....more»