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

Is there an alternative to accountability-based, corporate education reform?

Is there an alternative to accountability-based, corporate education reform?

24 April 2014

Paul Thomas, Ed.D.  22 April 2014.   – The overwhelming evidence has exposed accountability based on standardisation and high-stakes testing as a failed network of policies in education reform.  We...more»

How does PISA put the world at risk (Part 5): Racing to the past

How does PISA put the world at risk (Part 5): Racing to the past

18 April 2014

Yong Zhao, zhaolearning.com, 12 April 2014.  – PISA does not only have the effect of discouraging East Asian systems from abandoning their old paradigm, but also luring Western countries to...more»

Why free market will not fix problems with teachers and teaching

Why free market will not fix problems with teachers and teaching

18 April 2014

The Age, 2 Aril 2014.   Prof Stephen Dinham.  – There have been a range of simplistic, unproven or disproved remedies promoted to "fix" teachers and teaching. They have largely...more»

Pyne's school autonomy myth

Pyne's school autonomy myth

14 April 2014

Trevor Cobbold, 14 April 2014.   – Pyne's claim that school autonomy in budgeting and staffing increases student achievement is based on highly selective and misleading quotes and ignores a...more»

Decisions about teaching should be made by educators not politicians

Decisions about teaching should be made by educators not politicians

12 April 2014

Prof Alan Reid, 10 April 2014.   – One of the chilling features of the Federal Government's education policy is its obvious intention to tell teachers how they should teach....more»

Is opting out of testing just selfish individualism?

Is opting out of testing just selfish individualism?

11 April 2014

Margaret Clark, April 2014.   –  Let me reassure parents who are concerned about our high stakes NAPLAN testing regime.  Opting out of having your child participate in these tests is...more»