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

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»

In defence of poetry:

In defence of poetry: "Oh My Heart"

11 April 2014

Paul Thomas, 10 April 2014. – "No, no. You've got something the test and machines will never be able to measure: you're artistic. That's one of the tragedies of our times,...more»

The NAPLAN Parliamentary Review's 'do nothing' recommendations: We can do better

The NAPLAN Parliamentary Review's 'do nothing' recommendations: We can do better

11 April 2014

educatorvoices.wordpress.com     7 April 2014.   – The recommendations show no evidence of careful thinking, vision, or courage. They are trivial and essentially meaningless.  The report writes about the...more»

National curriculum undermined by 1 in 5 students not having internet at home

National curriculum undermined by 1 in 5 students not having internet at home

10 April 2014

Sydney Morning Herald, 1 April 2014.   - The national curriculum unfairly assumes all students can do their homework using a computer and the internet at home, a submission to...more»