Future Directions in Literacy Conference 2009

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Friday 11 & Saturday 12 September 2009
Harold Park Function Centre, Sydney

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"My expectations were not anywhere close to the wealth of information and knowledge I have gained. Did not think this conference would be as great as it has been." "Absolutely fantastic"

– 2008 Future Directions Conference delegates

This conference is linked to the Certificate in Primary Literacy Education. Two of the certificate workshops, Lights, Camera, Learning and Creative Literacies, will be presented on Sunday 13th September. Conference participants not undertaking the certificate program are welcome to register for these workshops.


Conference Convener: Dr Alyson Simpson

This year's program aims to stimulate professional conversations about future developments in literacy pedagogy and practice in a national and international context. The program will:

  • provide an opportunity for teachers, academics and policy makers to share concerns as well as potential solutions to the current challenges facing literacy educators
  • thematically link keynotes to other presentations and workshops to clearly establish links between theory and practice. This will be modeled through the work of successful research-based partnerships
  • add fresh perspectives on current issues.

The scope of papers, workshops and presentations will cover issues pertinent to the age range K–8: infants to the middle years. Our new approach will support early career teachers who have teamed up with school mentors.

Program Outline
8.15 Registration (tea & coffee available)
Opening Session
9.30 Session 1: Keynote Speakers
FRI: Professor Allan Luke, Centre for Learning Innovation, Faculty of Education, Queensland University of Technology
SAT: Professor Peter Freebody, Sydney School of Education and Social Work, The University of Sydney
10.30 Morning Tea
11.00 Session 2: Practical Demonstrations (Case Study Part A)
Teachers who have formed mentoring partnerships 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.
12.30 Session 3: Evidence-Based Research (Case Study Part B)
Academics from the mentoring partnerships will discuss the theory that informs their recent research.
1.15 Lunch
2.15 Session 4: Exemplary Practice / Panel Discussion
FRI: Selected schools and teachers recognised for their exemplary teaching will showcase English/literacy practices.
SAT: 'Futures-Oriented Schooling' – Panel including keynote and other invited speakers.
3.15 Afternoon Tea
3.30 Session 5: Concurrent Papers
Researchers in the field of literacy pedagogy and practice will present discussion papers chosen through a review process.
4.15 Closing Session
4.45 Close

Fees and registration

Download a registration form (PDF)

Conference - 2 days (Fri 11 & Sat 12 Sep)
Conference - 1 day (Fri 11 OR Sat 12 Sep) $200
Conference - 2 days + Sunday workshops (11, 12 & 13 Sep) $560
Certificate in Primary Literacy Education
(2 day conference + Sun 13 Sep workshops + 3 Tue evening workshops)
Optional assessment tasks (for upgrade from a certificate to postgraduate credit) $400

Fees per person GST inclusive. Group rates apply to two or more participants from the same school or organisation.


Please email or phone (+61 2) 9351 6329

Related Information

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