AATE/ALEA Na­tional Con­fer­ence 2018

The Australian Education Reporter - - CONTENTS - EMMA DAVIES

Nearly one in five Aus­tralian chil­dren are not meet­ing in­ter­na­tional bench­marks for read­ing from the Progress in In­ter­na­tional Read­ing Lit­er­acy Study (PIRLS). Run jointly by Aus­tralian Lit­er­acy Ed­u­ca­tors’ As­so­ci­a­tion (ALEA) and Aus­tralian As­so­ci­a­tion for the Teach­ing of English (AATE), the AATE/ALEA Na­tional Con­fer­ence aims to ad­dress lit­er­acy short­falls in our class­rooms.

COM­PARED with other English-speak­ing coun­tries, Aus­tralia has one of the largest pro­por­tions of stu­dents fall­ing below PIRLS’ in­ter­me­di­ate bench­mark into the low or below low cat­e­gories.

This year’s AATE/ALEA Na­tional Con­fer­ence will not only ex­am­ine sci­en­tific re­search into best-prac­tice English and lit­er­acy teach­ing, but will dis­cuss how to har­ness and build stu­dents’ cre­ativ­ity as part of lan­guage, lit­er­acy, and lit­er­ary learn­ing. The theme of the con­fer­ence is three­fold. English as Art – ex­plor­ing the power of the writ­ten and spo­ken lan­guage and in­cor­po­ra­tion of lit­er­ary and cul­tural texts into the class­room.

English and the Arts – ex­plor­ing the re­la­tion­ships be­tween English, lit­er­acy and the dra­matic per­for­mance me­dia and vis­ual arts.

And fi­nally, English through to Arts – ex­plor­ing ped­a­gog­i­cal ap­proaches to teach­ing English and lit­er­acy across the cur­ricu­lum.

Along with ex­cel­lent net­work­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties for ed­u­ca­tors to share their pas­sion for in­spir­ing con­fi­dence, ex­cel­lence, cre­ativ­ity and a love of lan­guage, lit­er­a­ture and lit­er­acy in fu­ture gen­er­a­tions of chil­dren, the con­fer­ence also of­fers a range of so­cial events for visi­tors to Perth.

Be­fore the con­fer­ence be­gins at­ten­dees will have the op­por­tu­nity to ex­plore Perth and its sur­rounds with an ex­cur­sion to the his­toric Fre­man­tle, a welcome re­cep­tion, Bars and Bards tour of the city’s laneways, as well as a con­fer­ence din­ner for fur­ther net­work­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties.


The AATE/ALEA Na­tional con­fer­ence brings to­gether ex­pe­ri­enced ed­u­ca­tors and writ­ers from all over the world.

Uk-based Do­minic Wyse is Pro­fes­sor of Early Child­hood and Pri­mary Ed­u­ca­tion at Univer­sity Col­lege Lon­don (UCL), In­sti­tute of Ed­u­ca­tion (IOE), and Aca­demic Head of the Depart­ment of Learn­ing and Lead­er­ship.

Mr Wyse is a Fel­low of the Academy of So­cial Sciences (FACSS), an elected, and now co-opted, mem­ber of the Bri­tish Ed­u­ca­tional Re­search As­so­ci­a­tion (BERA) Coun­cil, and a fel­low of the Royal So­ci­ety for the en­cour­age­ment of Arts, Man­u­fac­tures and Com­merce (RSA). Mr Wyse is author of How Writ­ing Works: From the In­ven­tion of the Al­pha­bet to the Rise of So­cial Me­dia.

De­bra My­hill is Pro­fes­sor of Ed­u­ca­tion at the Univer­sity of Ex­eter in the UK. As Cen­tre for Re­search in Writ­ing di­rec­tor she has led a se­ries of re­search projects in­ves­ti­gat­ing the gram­mar-writ­ing re­la­tion­ship.

Ms My­hill runs nu­mer­ous pro­fes­sional ed­u­ca­tion cour­ses for teach­ers, ex­am­in­ing the practical class­room im­pli­ca­tions of her re­search on the teach­ing of writ­ing, and in 2014, her re­search team was awarded the Eco­nomic and So­cial Re­search Coun­cil award for Out­stand­ing Im­pact in So­ci­ety.

New-zealand based Terry Locke (recently re­tired) was a Pro­fes­sor of Arts and Lan­guage Ed­u­ca­tion at the Univer­sity of Waikato.

His re­search in­ter­ests over the years have in­cluded: con­struc­tions of cur­ricu­lum, as­sess­ment prac­tice, teacher pro­fes­sion­al­ism and self-ef­fi­cacy, the teach­ing of lit­er­a­ture and the teach­ing of writ­ing across the cur­ricu­lum. Mr Locke is author of De­vel­op­ing writ­ing

teach­ers and co-author of Writer iden­tity and the teach­ing and learn­ing of writ­ing.

Us-based Nell Duke is a Pro­fes­sor in lit­er­acy, lan­guage, and cul­ture and in the com­bined pro­gram in ed­u­ca­tion and psy­chol­ogy at the Univer­sity of Michi­gan.

Named as one of Ed­week’s 50 most in­flu­en­tial ed­u­ca­tion schol­ars in the US, Ms Duke has re­ceived awards for her work from the In­ter­na­tional Read­ing As­so­ci­a­tion and the Amer­i­can Ed­u­ca­tional Re­search As­so­ci­a­tion.

Al­li­son Sk­er­rett is as­so­ciate pro­fes­sor of lan­guage and lit­er­acy stud­ies in the depart­ment of cur­ricu­lum and in­struc­tion within the Col­lege of Ed­u­ca­tion at The Univer­sity of Texas at Austin, US.

Ms Sk­er­rett’s re­search ex­plores the lit­er­acy prac­tices of di­verse youths, in­clud­ing transna­tional youths, and con­sid­ers the im­pli­ca­tions of these prac­tices for teach­ing and learn­ing in sec­ondary English class­rooms.

Uk-based Ai­den Cham­bers is an award-win­ning chil­dren’s and YA author, in­clud­ing the Carnegie Medal, the Hans Chris­tian Andersen Award and a NATE life­time con­tri­bu­tion award and will be pre­sent­ing to the con­fer­ence via video.


Mem Fox is a lit­er­acy ed­u­ca­tion­al­ist, early child­hood spe­cial­ist and award-win­ning author of chil­dren’s books.

Award win­ning nov­el­ist Kim Scott is a Pro­fes­sor of Writ­ing at Curtin Univer­sity as well as Wir­lomin Noon­gar Lan­guage and Story Project Founder and Chair.

Recently re­tired teacher Rod Quin was a Su­per­vis­ing Ex­am­iner of the WACE English ex­am­i­na­tion, Depart­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion cur­ricu­lum writer, as well as con­sul­tant and pol­icy of­fi­cer and se­nior ed­u­ca­tion pol­icy ad­vi­sor to two Min­is­ters for Ed­u­ca­tion.

Robyn Ewing AM is a Pro­fes­sor of Teacher Ed­u­ca­tion and the Arts at the Univer­sity of Syd­ney.

Larissa Mclean-davies is As­so­ciate Dean of Learn­ing and Teach­ing and As­so­ciate Pro­fes­sor of Lan­guage and Lit­er­acy Ed­u­ca­tion at the Univer­sity of Mel­bourne Grad­u­ate School of Ed­u­ca­tion.

Judith Ri­val­land is an ALEA Prin­ci­pal Fel­low and Emer­i­tus Pro­fes­sor of Edith Cowan Univer­sity.

Dianne Wolfer is author of the award-win­ning his­tor­i­cal Light­house Girl/ Light Horse Boy se­ries.

Am­be­lin Kway­mul­lina is an award-win­ning Abo­rig­i­nal writer and il­lus­tra­tor, lead­ing com­men­ta­tor on di­ver­sity in Aus­tralian chil­dren’s lit­er­a­ture and ap­pro­pri­ate and in­clu­sive teach­ing of Indige­nous-au­thored texts.

Chris Walsh is a Pro­fes­sor of Ed­u­ca­tion at James Cook Univer­sity.

Ed­u­ca­tors and award-win­ning au­thors, like Mem Fox, will de­scend on Perth for the 2018 AATE/ALEA Na­tional Con­fer­ence.

Im­age: Ang­gara Ma­hen­dra.

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