AATE/ALEA National Conference 2018
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.