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

Performance pay doesn't work

Performance pay doesn't work

23 May 2016

The Conversation, 23 May 2016.  – Performance pay is unsupported by evidence and measurements of performance are unreliable.  Read the article here....more»

Children's book illustrator Jon Klaassen and the hatless bear that made his name

Children's book illustrator Jon Klaassen and the hatless bear that made his name

21 May 2016

The Age, 17 May 2016.  – Children's book writer and illustrator Jon Klaassen explains why the controversial ending to I Want My Hat Back was necessary.  See the article/video here...more»

Better schools will benefit the whole economy. Why can't the Coalition see that?

Better schools will benefit the whole economy. Why can't the Coalition see that?

20 May 2016

The Guardian, 20 May 2016.  – Malcolm Turnbull's paring back of Gonski funding is incomprehensible given the proven value of improving skills.  Read the article here...more»

Dump NAPLAN: here's a better way to do our national testing

Dump NAPLAN: here's a better way to do our national testing

16 May 2016

Rachel Wilson, EduResearch Matters, 16 May 2016.  – The announcement by the coalition that it will extend the national assessment program to our very young school children in Year 1...more»

NAPLAN lies to parents and their teachers

NAPLAN lies to parents and their teachers

13 May 2016

www.mamamia.com.au,  10 May 2016.  NAPLAN, as a national assessment program, just doesn't work.  Read the article here...more»

School starting age: trapped by history and tradition

School starting age: trapped by history and tradition

8 May 2016

Re-shared from "Dance with me in the Heart", 6 May 2016.  You might also like to watch this brief videoclip about the incredible success of the Finnish education system, where starting age...more»