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

Report debunks 'earlier is better' academic instruction for young children

Report debunks 'earlier is better' academic instruction for young children

15 April 2015

Washington Post, 12 April 2015.  – A new report by Prof Lilian Katz (early childhood educator) makes a distinction between academic goals and intellectual goals for young children, and debunks...more»

Can free play prevent depression and anxiety in kids?

Can free play prevent depression and anxiety in kids?

22 March 2015

Dr Peter Gray, who has been studying play for years, says there's strong evidence that the decline in play is leading to a rise in depression and acute anxiety among...more»

Why reading and writing on paper can be better for your brain

Why reading and writing on paper can be better for your brain

15 March 2015

The Guardian, 23 Feb 2015.   – We must abandon the not in that there is only one way of reading, or that technology and paper are engaged in some...more»

Why reading on a screen is bad for critical thinking

Why reading on a screen is bad for critical thinking

7 March 2015

Prof  Naomi Baron, huggingtonpost.com, 17 Feb 2015.   – With print, even though we might skim and scan, the default mindset is continuous reading. It's also focusing on what we're...more»

How to spot an Autism Spectrum Disorder in school-age children

How to spot an Autism Spectrum Disorder in school-age children

5 March 2015

Kristelle Hurdy, The Conversation, 4 Mar 2015.  – A diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder is based solely on behaviour and is usually diagnosed by age four. Read the article here...more»

Knowing your child's reading stage and how to help them

Knowing your child's reading stage and how to help them

3 March 2015

Ryan Spencer, The Conversation, 3 March 2015.  – Reading is a developmental process, which can look very different for different children, regardless of their age.  Read the article here...more»