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

School competition a 'myth'

School competition a 'myth'

13 July 2014

Grattan Institute Report, The Age, 11 July 2014.  – Federal government claims that publishing NAPLAN results forces schools to lift their performance is a myth, says the Grattan Institute.  The...more»

Repeating school has no social or academic benefit

Repeating school has no social or academic benefit

13 July 2014

Sydney Morning Herald, 11 July 2014.  – Thousands of parents are insisting their children repeat a year of school, despite warnings from education experts it could do more harm than...more»

Hot school zones drive up prices

Hot school zones drive up prices

12 July 2014

domain.com.au   12 July 2014.   – Securing a place at a low-cost but high-performing government school is as much a real estate drawcard as sparkling en suites, backyard pools...more»

To close the achievement gap, we need to close the teaching gap

To close the achievement gap, we need to close the teaching gap

12 July 2014

Prof Linda Darling-Hammond, 30 June 2014.   – While this article refers specifically to the situation in the US, it's equally relevant here in Australia.  Countries where teaching is valued...more»

Direct Instruction is not a solution for Australian schools

Direct Instruction is not a solution for Australian schools

8 July 2014

Prof Allan Luke, 7 July 2014.  – Pyne wants our teachers to use a teaching method called Direct Instruction, which requires teachers to say and do what is prescribed and scripted....more»

Starting school age:  the evidence

Starting school age: the evidence

4 July 2014

University of Cambridge, 24 Sept 2013.   – The early introduction of formal learning approaches to literacy does not improve children's reading development, and may be damaging.  Read the report here...more»