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 do we learn to read?

How do we learn to read?

19 April 2017

Misty Adoniou, The Conversation, 18 April 2017.  A "must read" overview of how we learn to read.  Read the article here...more»

The dreadful UK phonics test is not for Australia

The dreadful UK phonics test is not for Australia

15 April 2017

David Hornsby, 14 April 2017.  It's come to my attention that many people missed the link to the article when it was first posted.  Read the article here:  Aust Curric...more»

The dreadful UK phonics test is not for Australia

The dreadful UK phonics test is not for Australia

12 April 2017

David Hornsby, 12 April 2017.  Why would a dreadful phonics test with multiple problems be considered here in Australia?  Why would a problematic phonics test on one day of the...more»

Are e-Books a waste of money?

Are e-Books a waste of money?

21 March 2017

The Age, 21 March 2017.  A new study shows that giving children devices such a Kindles and iPads inhibits reading.  The study challenges the myth that children are digital natives...more»

The silent tragedy of NAPLAN, students reported in misleading bands

The silent tragedy of NAPLAN, students reported in misleading bands

21 March 2017

Tulip Education Research Blog, 16 March 2017.  NAPLAN reporting of student abilities is unreliable.  The certainty of the "dots within the bands" is not matched by the maths. NAPLAN results...more»

Educational disadvantage is a huge problem in Australia

Educational disadvantage is a huge problem in Australia

15 March 2017

The Conversation, 15 March 2017.  The latest reports from two major international assessments of student learning – PISA and TIMMS – show that educational disadvantage is a substantial problem in...more»