ALEA Fellowship Program

ALEA Fellowship Awards

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An ALEA Fellowship Award is a recognised badge of professional competency for those

dedicated to the improvement of literacy education.

Members can apply to become an ALEA Fellow which will identify them as an educator who upholds the values and beliefs of the association as outlined in the ALEA Declaration. ALEA Fellowship Awards will provide members with recognition of their involvement and commitment to literacy education through the ALEA professional association and within their application of the ALEA Declaration in their work place. Successful applicants for associate, fellow or senior fellowship awards will be authorised to use the given title for five years, while they remain a financial individual member. An example of an ALEA Fellow signature is: Fred Smith B.ED ALEA Associate Fellow.

ALEA Fellowship applicants will submit a four-part folio of evidence that includes:

1. Applicant details including name, workplace and full contact details, and nomination of

the ALEA Fellowship level where the application is being directed.

2. Applicant’s association with ALEA in dot points:

  • Length of association with ALEA
  • Engagement with ALEA professional learning
    Eg Attendance at local council, state or national conferences, engagement with ALEA professional learning opportunities, journals and other publications, participation in ALEA-inspired action research projects
  • Contributions made to ALEA in the past
    Eg. Organisation of events, promotion of events, encouragement of membership, leading of professional development, including action research, contribution to journals and other publications, executive membership of Local Council, membership of National Council, encouragement and mentoring of others to contribute
  • Plans to contribute to ALEA in the future
    Eg. Organisation of events, promotion of events, encouragement of membership, leading of professional development, including action research, contribution to journals and other publications, executive membership of Local Council, membership of National Council, encouragement and mentoring of others to contribute

3. Reflective commentary of professional practice related to literacy education

A reflective commentary on roles, responsibilities and professional experience focused on practices as a literacy educator, reflecting the values and beliefs of the ALEA Literacy Declaration and framed by the AITSL Professional Standards. Throughout the application, the quality of reflection on professional practice should be the focus of the narrative or case study, rather than a description of it.

4. The name and contact details of two referees, one of whom must be an ALEA member.

There are three levels of application based ALEA Fellowship Awards:

  • Associate Fellow
  • Fellow
  • Senior Fellow

A fourth level is by invitation only – Principal Fellowship.

A fourth level: Principal Fellow will be awarded to ALEA members who have contributed significantly to ALEA and the literacy community upholding the principles of the ALEA declaration through their research, publications and contribution to building the capacity of literacy educators.

ALEA Life Members and current financial ALEA members who have been the recipient of the ALEA Medal, the ALEA Citation of Merit Award for Literacy (the Garth Boomer Award) or the ALEA Citation of Merit Award for Research will be offered the recognition of Principal Fellow of the Australian Literacy Educators’ Association which will apply while they remain a financial member of the association.

An ALEA Associate Fellow is an educator who demonstrates a commitment to the principles and values of the ALEA Literacy Declaration within their local work context and professional learning communities.

Evidence could include:

  • Participating in the ALEA professional network
  • Engaging in and applying literacy professional learning that affects positive change in own context and reflects the philosophy of the ALEA Literacy Declaration
  • Implementing and reviewing literacy programs which reflect the values and beliefs of the ALEA Literacy Declaration
  • Participating in literacy action learning that affects positive change in own context
  • Contributing to the literacy learning community by publishing examples of classroom literacy practice with links to the ALEA Literacy Declaration

An ALEA Fellow is an educator who demonstrates a commitment to the principles and values of the ALEA declaration and has broadened their impact beyond local contexts to build productive links that influence the literacy practices of colleagues within the wider literacy community.

Evidence could include:

  • Contributing to the ALEA professional network
  • Sharing practice to affect positive change across the local literacy learning community and reflects the philosophy of the ALEA Literacy Declaration
  • Mentoring colleagues to implement and review literacy programs which reflect the values and beliefs of the ALEA Literacy Declaration
  • Leading literacy action learning that affects positive change across the local learning community
  • Contributing to the capital of the literacy learning community by publishing examples of effective research-based practice with links to the ALEA Literacy Declaration

An ALEA Senior Fellow is an educator who demonstrates a commitment to the principles and values of the ALEA declaration and has demonstrated depth and breadth of influence in leading teams to adopt innovative and widespread literacy practice based on the ALEA declaration at the state level.

Evidence could include:

  • Performing a leadership role in the ALEA professional network
  • Leading, developing and supporting literacy professional learning that affects positive change across the state and/or nation and reflects the philosophy of the ALEA Literacy Declaration
  • Evaluating, revising and creating educational programs which reflect the values and beliefs of the ALEA Literacy Declaration
  • Modelling and supporting literacy action learning that affects positive state and/or national change
  • Contributing to the capital of the literacy learning community by publishing examples of innovative research-based practice with links to the ALEA Literacy Declaration

ALEA Fellowship – Criteria

ALEA Associate Fellow

ALEA Fellow

ALEA Senior Fellow

Participates in the ALEA professional network

Contributes to the ALEA professional network

Performs a leadership role in the ALEA professional network

Engages in and applies literacy professional learning that affects positive change in own context and reflects the principles of the ALEA Literacy Declaration

Shares practice to affect positive change across the local literacy learning community reflects the principles of the ALEA Literacy Declaration

Leads, develops and supports literacy professional learning that affects positive change across the state and/or nation and reflects the principles of the ALEA Literacy Declaration

Implements and reviews literacy programs which reflect the values and beliefs of the ALEA Literacy Declaration

Mentors colleagues to implement and review literacy programs which reflect the values and beliefs of the ALEA Literacy Declaration

Evaluates, revises and creates educational programs which reflect the values and beliefs of the ALEA Literacy Declaration

Participates in literacy action learning that links to the ALEA Literacy Declaration and affects positive change in own context

Leads literacy action learning that links to the ALEA Literacy Declaration and affects positive change across the local learning community

Leads, models and supports literacy action learning that links to the ALEA Literacy Declaration and affects positive state and/or national change

There will be two dates each year for members to submit their application and a portfolio of evidence to be considered for the award. A panel consisting of three ALEA members will consider all applications and assess them according to the selection criteria. Applications should be sent to ALEA National Office: Wendy Rush wendy@alea.edu.au

Lodgement Date

Assessment Date

Reporting to NC Date

Advice to Applicant Date

Assessment Round One

15 February

February

March

March

Assessment Round Two

15 September

September

October

October

Cost:

All applicants will be required to pay a non-refundable administration fee of $350.00

Upon bestowment of grant:

  • Receive badge, certificate and jpeg ‘by line’ logo.
  • Award is held for five years while the recipient remains an individual financial member of ALEA.

Grants/Awards

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