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

A new phonics test for 6 year olds is a BAD idea

A new phonics test for 6 year olds is a BAD idea

21 February 2017

Robyn Ewing, EduResearch Matters, 20 Feb 2017.  If we are serious about improving literacy levels in Australia we should be investing our money more wisely than in another useless test....more»

Cold Distant Data: the great political deception and money waster

Cold Distant Data: the great political deception and money waster

20 February 2017

Protecting Childhood, 19 Feb 2017.  Data collection in schools to fulfil national standardised testing requirements is a wrong education driver.  Stop the paralysis by analysis!  Read the article here...more»

Rethinking how we assess learning in schools

Rethinking how we assess learning in schools

7 February 2017

Goeff Masters, ACER, in The Conversation, 7 Feb 2017.  We need to move away from focusing on what grade a child will get at the end of a year, to...more»

NAPLAN prepares us for neither the real world nor Trump

NAPLAN prepares us for neither the real world nor Trump

5 February 2017

The Age, 4 Feb 2017.  Trump instinctively knows that clearly set-out arguments don't persuade.  The method of argument required for students to succeed at NAPLAN doesn't work. We are going...more»

Proposed Year 1 literacy testing and phonics

Proposed Year 1 literacy testing and phonics

31 January 2017

Dr Eileen Honan, University of Queensland.  An open letter to the Minister of Education, Queensland.  Honan points out that the so-called "expert panel" is far from expert.  Not one of...more»

Heavy phonics instruction: Australia is backing the wrong horse

Heavy phonics instruction: Australia is backing the wrong horse

31 January 2017

Prof Stephen Krashen, 28 January 2017.  Research does not support the move to early and heavy phonics instruction.  Read the article here...more»