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

Reading Australia – a valuable resource for teachers

Reading Australia – a valuable resource for teachers

11 December 2017

readingaustralia.com.au Fantastic resource for teachers.  For example: How to build the perfect classroom library Literature units for primary teachers Teachers' Corner  ...more»

FOI docs show private schools to get more than they need under Gonski 2

FOI docs show private schools to get more than they need under Gonski 2

11 December 2017

Peter Martin, The Age, 10 Dec 2017.  Catholic and independent private schools are set to get 80% of the resourcing standard in Commonwealth grants, but governments schools will get only...more»

Teaching of synthetic phonics in Australia based on flawed evidence

Teaching of synthetic phonics in Australia based on flawed evidence

1 December 2017

Emeritus Professor Greg Brooks, EduResearch Matters, 26 Nov 2017.  The experimental evidence does not justify a synthetic phonics approach, and teachers do not need a national test on one day...more»

A Literature Companion for Teachers (2nd ed)

A Literature Companion for Teachers (2nd ed)

29 November 2017

Announcing:   "A Literature Companion for Teachers" (2nd edition) by Lorraine McDonald.   HIGHLY  RECOMMENDED. Book and ePub versions both available. Published by PETAA.  Order here (PETAA members will receive this book as part of...more»

Ditch exams says Leigh Hobbs, Children's Laureate

Ditch exams says Leigh Hobbs, Children's Laureate

29 November 2017

The Age, 29 Nov 2017.  Writer-illustrator Leigh Hobbs says kids are overly assessed at school, that art and music are disappearing from the primary curriculum, and that school libraries are...more»

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»