30th Nov 16 Registrations now open for the 2017 AATE and ALEA National Conference
Registrations are now open for the AATE and ALEA National Conference to be held in Hobart from 6-9 July 2017. The program includes a mix of local, national and international speakers and authors who will share cutting edge ideas, research and proven best practice suitable for a variety of classroom contexts. Conference delegates span the full education continuum from early years to senior secondary and tertiary - with surprising learning experiences that see cross pollination between the various levels.
Social events are, as usual, a highlight of the conference and there is also an opportunity to spend half a day with some of our international speakers during the pre-conference institutes.
'Read full story' to view a short video message from Ogilvie High School students Evelyn and Jasmine announcing that registrations are open.
4th Nov 16 Celebrating 3 Years of Reading Australia
Our friends at Reading Australia are celebrating 3 years of bringing Australia to life in the classroom.
Visit Reading Australia today to discover 120 curriculum-linked teacher resources, 80 insightful essays and an expanded book list of 270 titles – featuring some of Australia’s most iconic authors.
Learn more: http://readingaustralia.com.au/
6th Oct 16 ALEA celebrates International Literacy Day
This year marks the 50th anniversary of International Literacy Day and UNESCO is celebrating it under the banner “Reading the Past, Writing the Future”. International Literacy Day 2016 celebrates and honours the past five decades of national and international engagement, efforts and progress made to increase literacy rates around the world. It also addresses current challenges and looks to innovative solutions to further boost literacy in the future.
Our ALEA local councils were involved in community outreach on and around ILD on 8 September. We are pleased to share with you a few of their stories in a special edition of ALEA Today.
10th Aug 16 Nea Stewart Dore scholarship holders attend 2016 conference
Throughout 2015, ALEA members and ALEA Local Councils across the nation donated to the Nea Stewart-Dore IDOC Scholarship. Sufficient funds were raised to bring two enthusiastic teachers from Niue to the ALEA National Conference in Adelaide in July 2016. Folia Tohovaka and Nicola Puheke were the invited teachers. Special thanks to all who contribute to this outreach activity. Thanks to Grant Webb for organising the travel arrangements and to two very special people, Chris and Andrew Payne, for acting as Aussie Mum and Dad to Folia and Nicola for the duration of their stay. It's such a generous undertaking to have two guests in your home for a week. Your tireless efforts are greatly appreciated by the ALEA membership and the people of Niue, Chris and Andrew!
14th Mar 16 Teaching and Reading Australian Books in Australian Schools
ALEA and Copyright Agency believe that every society needs to tell their own stories and the best way we can achieve this is to provide quality and insightful resources to support all teachers of English in bringing Australia’s rich and unique literature into classrooms.
ALEA has been working with Copyright Agency to help produce resources for primary teachers. There are now over 100 units for primary and secondary teachers, all freely available on the Reading Australia website.
13th Nov 15 Registrations now open for the 2016 AATE/ALEA Conference
Registrations are now open for the 2016 AATE/ALEA Conference to be held in Adelaide from 7-10 July. Generous discounts apply for ALEA members and those who register before the early bird cut off on 30 April.
The theme 'Weaving Worlds with Words and Wonder...' will feature three strands: Narrative, Creativity, and Language & Enquiry.
The conference also features a pre-conference symposium 'Re-Reading Dartmouth: What is English (now)?'
Conference speakers announced so far include Melanie Shoffner (US), Robyn Ewing AM (NSW), Sheena Cameron and Louise Dempsey (NZ), Barbara Comber (Qld)...see more speakers at this link.
Click on 'read full story' to view an introductory video. We hope to see you there!
8th Oct 15 2015 Donald Graves Address: Children Writing with New Technologies
Associate Professor Lisa Kervin delivered the 2015 Donald Graves address at the AATE & ALEA national conference in Canberra in July. Entitled: Children Writing with New Technologies, Lisa's presentation can now be viewed in full online.
The address was sponsored by ALEA and PETAA, with an introduction by Jan Turbill (right of photo) and vote of thanks by PETAA President Robyn Cox (left) who expressed how well Lisa had paid tribute to Donald Graves and his work, highlighting its relevance into the future.
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26th Sep 15 Nea Stewart Dore ALEA Conference Scholarship
ALEA Outreach for Oceania - IDOC Nea Stewart-Dore ALEA Conference Scholarship 2016
Nea Stewart Dore was a long standing ALEA member who contributed to the Association in a number of ways.She played a major role in establishing and strengthening ties between the International Reading Association (now ILA), the New Zealand Reading Association (now NZLA) and ALEA through her work with the International Development Oceania Committee (IDOC).
In memory of Nea’s steadfast commitment to ALEA and IDOC, the Australian Literacy Educators’ Association National Council would like to embark on a fund raising campaign to provide two scholarships to the 2016 ALEA National Conference in Adelaide.
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21st Aug 15 Congratulations to ALEA Award Recipients
Congratulations to ALEA members Jo Padgham, Carolie Wilson, Jennifer Rennie and Robyn Henderson who were awarded for their outstanding service to ALEA at the national conference in Canberra in July. Jo received Life Membership, Carolie the ALEA Special Services Award and Jennifer and Robyn the ALEA Medal. Thank you all for your past, present and ongoing contribution to ALEA. Read their citations here. 2014 ALEA Medal recipients Wendy Bean and Bette Triglone were also presented with their awards in Canberra. Pictured: Jo Padgham and Carolie Wilson
11th Aug 15 Grant Webb Elected New President of ALEA
ALEA welcomes Grant Webb on board as the association's new President, elected at the AGM in July. Grant is a Director within Education Queensland and over the past 30 years he has undertaken a number of teaching and leadership roles across a variety of educational contexts, within Queensland, nationally and internationally. He has extensive experience working in primary and secondary schools as well as in the tertiary sector, and has been a classroom teacher and school principal.
A member of ALEA since 1986 and a former Vice President, Grant has represented ALEA in a number of international forums, previously chairing the International Development in Oceania Committee (IDOC) and currently working as the External Evaluator of the Active Teaching and Learning Approaches in Sri Lanka.
21st Apr 15 Children benefit from books at home
An interesting article appeared in the Sydney Morning Herald, 18 April 2015: Private vs Public Schooling.
The article reports on research undertaken by the University of Queensland's Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences.It is the largest longitudinal study of 4000 private primary and public school students in Australian history. The data tracked children from the age of four to ten and included metrics on Naplan results, variations on IQ tests and non-cognitive outcomes such how they interact with peers. Professor Luke Connelly who authored the research report says: "Children in families with more books at home have consistently higher test scores".
ALEA actively promotes the importance of providing books to children, and reading with them from an early age. On International Literacy Day (8 September) each year members of ALEA Local Councils around Australia visit mothers of newborn babies and present them with books, pamphlets, magnets and 'Read to Me' t-shirts to encourage them.
28th Jan 15 ALEA President receives Australia Day Honour
Congratulations to ALEA President Robyn Ewing who was made a Member (AM) in the General Division of the Order of Australia for her significant service to tertiary education through academic and administrative roles, to professional organisations, and to the arts. A highly deserved honour recognising Robyn's contribution to literacy, education and the creative arts and her leadership of a number of professional and community organisations, including ALEA.
24th May 14 Asylum Seekers and Refugees - a resource for educators
FOCUSING ON REAL PEOPLE AND THEIR STORIES
The Edmund Rice Centre for Justice and Community Education is involved in a range of human rights projects and initiatives which encourage greater awareness, understanding and action for positive change.
For many years the Edmund Rice Centre has been working to raise awareness of, and advocate for the rights of asylum seekers and refugees.
The Asylum Seekers and Refugees Education Resource is ERC’s latest publication, which converts years of research and experience into curriculum support material that addresses the learning needs of students.
The free 52 page Education Resource offers 35 cross-curricular activities which are practical, engaging and focused on increasing awareness about human rights and advocacy. The activities are adaptable to all year levels in secondary school and some can also be used with primary classes, students with special needs and could also be used in community group discussions.
Students are encouraged to think about asylum seekers and refugees with compassion, to move their understanding from the head to the heart.
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1st Dec 13 'Reading Gives Kids an Edge'
ALEA Vice President Jo Padgham was quoted in an article by Brooke Lumsden in the Sydney Morning Herald dated 11 October 2013 in response to research which has suggested that a strong reading ability will enable children to absorb and understand new information and affect their attainment in all subjects
Read full story for an extract from the SMH article and the link to the full article.
1st Dec 13 ALEA (Mackay) and Rio Tinto Literacy Partnership
Last year the ALEA Mackay Local Council received a grant from the Rio Tinto Hail Creek Mine Community Development Fund. The ‘National Year of Reading 2012 Learning Community Project’ centred on bringing Hobart-based literacy educationalist and ALEA National Vice-President, Christine Topfer, to Mackay to facilitate several professional learning opportunities with a reading comprehension focus. During her May visit, Christine shared the results of a major action research project undertaken in 2011 by ALEA Tasmania. Rio Tinto funding covered the presenter fees and also allowed teachers at each of the workshops to receive a copy of the ALEA text, ‘Reading Comprehension: taking the learning deeper’, to add to their professional libraries.
The goals of the project were to provide opportunities for the sharing of best practice around the teaching and learning of reading, to strengthen learning communities that promote the skills, capabilities and attributes of local teachers and to ensure sustainability of outcomes by generating interest with teachers across the district in conducting their own action research projects that best meet the needs of their students. This project has had far-reaching positive effects.
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1st Dec 13 Over 250 Teachers at ALEA (SA) Writing Workshop
Over 250 teachers devoted Saturday 9 November 2013 to professional learning about writing. ALEA (SA) hosted Sheena Cameron and Louise Dempsey, authors of The Writing Book, to run a workshop at The Fogolar Fulan Centre, Felixstow, SA. Teachers came from as far away as Kangaroo Island, the Murray Lands and Yorke Peninsula to acquire knowledge about Developing an Effective Writing Program. Participants gained an understanding of the key principles of a balanced, effective writing program whilst exploring the features of both long and short writing lessons. They had the opportunity to try out several strategies such as think-pair-share and quick writes.
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8th Nov 13 Principals Leading Literacy - Movie now online
ALEA believes that principals play a vital role in leading literacy in their schools. Drawing on the experience of ALEA members who are principals, ALEA published a number of principal's stories in the February 2013 edition of the ALEA Today newsletter. Every story demonstrates a school leader with a clear focus on improving the literacy outcomes and opportunities for each and every student in their school through developing the capacity of each and every teacher.
ALEA has now also produced a video in partnership with Class Movies, reinforcing the vital role played by principals in leading literacy. Read more to see the link to the movie.
6th Nov 13 The Earth Wins
THE EARTH WINS is a new IMAX film that addresses sustainability, conservation, climate science, philosophy, critical thinking and ethics. It has been shot entirely from the air, using poetry and text onscreen to communicate the messages of the film. The film is the first Australian-produced IMAX film to be released in over 10 years. Read more for a link to the trailer.
24th Oct 13 ALEA Class Movie Now Online
ALEA has undertaken to produce a series of videos in partnership with Class Movies. We are very pleased to to announce that the first video is now available.
Reading Comprehension: taking the learning deeper was a major professional learning project conducted by ALEA Tasmania. The project provided teachers with opportunities to design, monitor and implement research based on powerful, accessible ideas about reading comprehension in their own classrooms.
Click on 'read full story' to be directed to the movie links on the ALEA website.
31st May 13 *FREE* New Online Resources for the Australian Curriculum: English
ALEA is delighted to present a new Foundation to Year 10 online resource, produced by English teachers for English teachers, to support the teaching and learning of English in the Australian Curriculum
English for the Australian Curriculum supports primary and secondary educators with:
- full mapping to the Australian Curriculum, providing 850 new elaborations of curriculum content across the strands of language, literature and literacy
- links to Curriculum content descriptions, cross-curriculum priorities and general capabilities
- 96 classroom learning sequences for primary, 12 sequences in each unit of work, ready for classroom use
- a dynamic collection of digital and multi-modal resources, interactive worksheets, rich assessment tasks and links to other website resources.
The resources are freely available online at www.e4ac.edu.au.