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

Are e-Books a waste of money?

Are e-Books a waste of money?

21 March 2017

The Age, 21 March 2017.  A new study shows that giving children devices such a Kindles and iPads inhibits reading.  The study challenges the myth that children are digital natives...more»

The silent tragedy of NAPLAN, students reported in misleading bands

The silent tragedy of NAPLAN, students reported in misleading bands

21 March 2017

Tulip Education Research Blog, 16 March 2017.  NAPLAN reporting of student abilities is unreliable.  The certainty of the "dots within the bands" is not matched by the maths. NAPLAN results...more»

Educational disadvantage is a huge problem in Australia

Educational disadvantage is a huge problem in Australia

15 March 2017

The Conversation, 15 March 2017.  The latest reports from two major international assessments of student learning – PISA and TIMMS – show that educational disadvantage is a substantial problem in...more»

Parents shouldn't rely on MySchool data when choosing a school

Parents shouldn't rely on MySchool data when choosing a school

14 March 2017

The Conversation, 14 March 2017.  The most reliable way to find the best school for your child is to visit and find out about its philosophy and programs.  School rankings...more»

Teachers must ditch 'neuromyth' of learning styles

Teachers must ditch 'neuromyth' of learning styles

14 March 2017

The Guardian, 13 March 2017.  Eminent academics from worlds of neuroscience, education and psychology voice concerns over popularity of method.  Read the article here...more»

Children prefer to read books on paper rather than screens

Children prefer to read books on paper rather than screens

11 March 2017

The Conversation, 11 March 2017.  Recent research suggests that children still prefer to read books on paper than books on devices such as iPads or Kindles.  Read the article here...more»