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Jon Gustafson 19h
Powerful and needed message from ⁦⁩ : “Early reading difficulties are the beginning of a life-long struggle that results in social and vocational disadvantage, and exclusion from the economic mainstream.”
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LDAustralia Jul 19
Associate Professor David Kilpatrick's hosted tour kicks off next month. Adelaide and Sydney have sold out but tickets are still available for Perth, Melbourne and Cairns. Get in quick to make sure you don't miss this opportunity!
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EdWeek Teacher Jul 19
The International Literacy Association has put out a new brief endorsing "systematic and explicit" phonics in all early reading instruction.
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Tanya Anne Serry Jul 18
Out now online and in print later this year. Well done and colleagues and thank you for your contribution to
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Speech Pathology Aus Jul 18
The Association announces a new research grant – the Clinician-Researcher Partnership Grant. A grant of up to $30,000 to fund a project that involves a team of clinician(s) and researcher(s) working in partnership. More detail online.
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Dr Lorraine Hammond AM Jul 16
How lucky am I to be with the wonderful ⁦⁩ in NYC attending The Writing Revolution. Fabulous course, loving that you’re making me think! ⁦⁩ ⁦⁩ ⁦
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LDAustralia Jul 15
As report co-author wrote on Saturday, new teachers have “weak knowledge of the basic structures of written English language and are similarly ill-equipped with evidence-based methods for teaching reading”.
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Spelfabet Jul 14
Give kids heaps of social, low-tech, fun practice reading words containing their phonics targets with cheap, portable, downloadable phonics playing cards. 5 of our 30 decks are now free, and discount bundles and more advanced decks will be available soon.
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LDAustralia Jul 15
Feeling the cold? Why not register for David Kilpatrick's Cairns event & get a dose of the 3 R's. Combine this with an accommodation discount offer for attendees at Rydges! Email reservations_rydgesesplanadecairns@evt.com & reference LDA. Register now at
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LDAustralia Jul 14
Feeling the cold? Why not register for David Kilpatrick's Cairns event & get a dose of the 3 R's. Combine this with an accommodation discount offer for attendees at Rydges! Email reservations_rydgesesplanadecairns@evt.com & reference LDA. Register now at
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LDAustralia Jul 14
"It’s time to close the gap between research and practice in early literacy education, so more kids can enjoy, not dread, the Premier’s Reading Challenge" today in . Premier’s Reading Challenge no fun for kids who can’t read
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LDAustralia Jul 14
Include, Improve, Inspire. The biennial Joint Conference for Learning Difficulties hosted by , LSTAQ & is on the 20 – 21 September. Keynote speakers and Mr Bruce Sullivan. Draft program and registration details at
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five from five Jul 13
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Dr Lorraine Hammond AM Jul 13
Sunshine is the best disinfectant. I’ve taught pre & in service students the science of reading for the last 15 yrs at Edith Cowan uni. Hopefully I’ll stop feeling like I’m swimming upstream in the tertiary system very soon.
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five from five Jul 12
This situation is highly delet­erious to beginning teachers, many of whom are graduating from four-year degrees without the knowledge they need to provide effective reading instruction.
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LDAustralia Jul 12
New report published today -- Short-changed: Preparation to teach reading in initial teacher education. It outlines the need for urgent and dramatic improvement in initial teacher education
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Mark Anderson Jul 11
"schooling is all about providing background knowledge. The fact that so many children lack such knowledge indicates that what is typically covered in school does not sufficiently bridge the gap between children with high and low background knowledge."
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Pamela Snow Jul 11
Language skills at age 7 are strong predictors of rate of growth of reading comprehension skills by age 9. Charles Hulme describing longitudinal work conducted with et al
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Jennifer Buckingham Jul 10
More strong support for the Simple View of Reading. "Strikingly, language comprehension and decoding, together with their interaction and curvilinear effects, explain almost all (99.7%) of the variance in reading comprehension skills at 7 years of age."
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Pamela Snow Jul 9
Knowledge translation in early years reading instruction: A tale of two paradigms. The puzzling inverse relationship between the rigour supporting an approach & the ease with which it can be translated into everyday practice in schools.
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