Literacy Organisations (Australia)
- Australian Literacy Educators’ Association (ALEA)
- ALEA is Australia’s premier literacy organisation supporting educators with resources and professional learning. In 2017 ALEA launched a resource for early childhood educator’s and parents with 18 free modules available via the ALEA website. Explore Little People’s Literacy Learning modules, is now available completely free of charge.
- ALEA National Conference Perth, Western Australia July 8-11, 2018. Call for papers and registration is now open!
- ALEA Sydney North: next event 10th February 2018: The Role of Phonics in Learning to be Literate. Speakers will include Robyn Ewing, Marie Emmit, Pauline Jones, Lisa Kervin and David Hornsby. With the pending Year 1 test, this session will be critical to hear the research and is sure to sell out quickly. Venue Sydney University. Registrations will open soon.
- The ALEA Sydney North plans for 2018 include a return of the wonderful Misty Adoniou on 19th May, an online session (our first) and addressing the use Indigenous texts in the primary classroom on 31st May, a session for beginning teachers run by early career teachers on 22nd March, and the much sought after John Saunders with a new take on using drama in the literacy classroom on 11th August. Registrations are open now on the ALEA website.
- Books for Babies is an ALEA initiative conducted on International Literacy Day (September 8). In 2017 ALEA Sydney North visited Royal North Shore Hospital for the tenth consecutive year during which time we have distributed over 500 books to parents and babies to promote the importance of reading.
National Literacy and Numeracy Week promotes the importance of literacy and numeracy as fundamental life skills and highlights effective literacy and numeracy practices on a national scale. Read For Australia is one of the key events of this initiative. No dates announced for 2018 yet.
International Literacy Organisations
Events and Organisations
Indigenous Literacy Day
Indigenous Literacy Day (ILD) takes place in September. Follow the links for information about how to get involved in Indigenous Literacy Day as part of your celebrations this year.
Australian Curriculum Assessment and Reporting Authority
For information and opportunities to have your say on the development and implementation of the Australian Curriculum.
Children’s Book Council
Children’s Book Week is the longest running children’s festival in Australia. Watch the website for the 2018 shortlist.
Reading Australia Copyright Agency has developed Reading Australia to make significant Australian literary works more readily available for teaching in schools and universities. These works are being supplemented with online teacher resources and essays by popular authors about the enduring relevance of the works. Explore the list of classics through to more recent works, each with extensive teacher notes all linked to the AC (and NESA) outcomes. Throughout 2017 and completing early 2018, 15 titles will be added the the Reading Australia primary list, all created by indigenous authors and illustrators. This has been made possible by a CAL Cultural grant made to Magabala Books.
Books for your classroom
Keep up to date with Australian authors, old favourites and new releases.
Penguin Books Australia provide information about books and authors.
Magabala Books for titles by some of Australia’s best Indigenous authors and illustrators.
Eleanor Curtain for books for your classroom and professional reading.
Beecroft Children’s Bookshop is the best children’s bookshop in Sydney run by Paul Mcdonald. The staff are very willing and able to assist with the selection of books for your classroom or school.
Allen and Unwin have an extensive list, a regular newsletter for teachers and special events for teachers.
Walker Books publish authors from around the world including many Australian authors. Check out the author podcasts, teacher’s notes and themed book lists.
Trevor Cairney’s blog: Literacy Families and Learning