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

How the national phonics test is failing England and why it will fail Australia too

How the national phonics test is failing England and why it will fail Australia too

10 November 2017

Misty Adoniou, EduResearch Matters, 6 Nov 2017.  The phonics check is not helping England; in fact England is going backwards. Why adopt it in Australia?   Read the article here...more»

Simplistic advice for teachers on how to teach won't work

Simplistic advice for teachers on how to teach won't work

9 November 2017

The Conversation, 9 Nov 2017.  Essential reading for those enchanted by big data analysis and hoodwinked by 'effect sizes' and a narrow view of teaching and learning.  Read the article here...more»

Research finds proposed phonics test is failing to assess what it was designed to measure

Research finds proposed phonics test is failing to assess what it was designed to measure

20 September 2017

OneEducation, 25 Sept 2016.  The UK phonics test that the Coalition government wants to introduce in Australia is an invalid and unreliable test.  Research does not support the use of...more»

Right wing think tank

Right wing think tank "experts" with no teaching experience dictate Coalition education policy

20 September 2017

The Aim Network, 18 Sept 2017.  Think tank wannabes, who have never taught a class of kids to read and write, have no idea what works in a classroom.  Read...more»

New phonics test will do nothing to improve children's literacy

New phonics test will do nothing to improve children's literacy

20 September 2017

The Conversation, Misty Adoniou, 18 Sept 2017.  We are able to learn from the experience in England and the evidence is clear – the test is unable to deliver. Australia...more»

Sir Ken Robinson on how schools are stifling students' creativity

Sir Ken Robinson on how schools are stifling students' creativity

18 September 2017

flipboard.com,   8 Sept 2017   Relentless testing and pushing for standardized scores are destroying students' imagination and talent and narrowing the curriculum.  Read the article here...more»