Future Directions in Literacy Conference

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Friday 5 & Saturday 6 September 2008
The University of Sydney, Australia

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An Australian Government Initiative
National Literacy and Numeracy Week 2008

"Thank you for the opportunity to share in the discussions and work of others at your conference. We both found it of great benefit personally and professionally." – 2007 Future Directions in Literacy Conference participants


This conference aims to stimulate professional conversations about future developments in literacy pedagogy and practice for a domestic audience encompassing Australia and Aotearoa/New Zealand.

The scope of papers, workshops and presentations will cover issues pertinent to the age range pre-K–8: infants to the middle years.

As in previous years, the forum will provide an opportunity for teachers, students, academics and policy makers to share concerns as well as potential solutions to the current problems facing literacy educators.

This year we are emphasising the connections between evidence-based research and practical outcomes. Through the newly designed conference structure we hope to investigate learning through practice by encouraging partnerships between:

  • academics and schools
  • mentors and the teachers they work with
  • established practitioners and new career teachers.

Download (pdf, 164kB) the full two-day program with presentation details

Program Outline
Registration (tea & coffee available)
Opening Session
9:30 Session 1: Keynote
10:30 Morning Tea
11:00 Session 2: Evidence-based research
Case study part a.
Academics who have formed mentoring partnerships with schools will discuss the theory that informs their recent research.
11:45 Session 3: Practical demonstrations
Case study part b.
Teachers from the partnership schools (see case study part a.) will work with their academic partner to explicitly model practical strategies that are the outcomes of research undertaken in their schools. Time will be given for participants to workshop ideas and explore the application of new concepts to their own contexts.
1:15 Lunch
2:15 Session 4: Exemplary practice
A selection of schools from around Australia will showcase their award-winning teaching practices. These presenters will include award winners from the National Literacy and Numeracy Week 2007 and other teachers recognised for their exemplary work in schools.
3:15 Afternoon Tea
3:30 Session 5: Concurrent papers
Leaders in the field of literacy pedagogy and practice will present discussion papers chosen through a review process.
4:15 Closing Session
4:45pm Close

Venue information

Education Building

Education Building - A35
Manning Road
The University of Sydney, Camperdown

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Conference Convener
Dr Alyson Simpson

, ph 02 9351 7031

Related information

Read about Dr Alyson Simpson's book "Reading under the covers: helping children choose books".