LDA is an association of teachers and other professionals dedicated to assisting students with learning difficulties through effective teaching practices based on scientific research.
National Phonics Screening Check
LDA encourages you to sign “yes” to the simple year one 5 minute phonics screening which could identify Australian school children who are at serious risk of struggling with reading skills. Click Here to sign the petition.
LDA and AJLD Awards for 2017
The 2017 LDA and AJLD Awards were announced at the LDA AGM held on Saturday 21 October 2017 at the Treacy Centre, Melbourne.
Award winners were as follows:
2017 LDA Eminent Researcher Award to Professor Anne Castles
2017 Mona Tobias Award to Professor Pamela Snow
2017 LDA Bruce Wicking Award to Mr Chris Eveans
RECOGNITION and CONGRATULATIONS
2016 National University Teaching Excellence Award to Dr Lorraine Hammond, President LDA
Canberra, December 1 2016: Dr Lorraine Hammond, Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Education Edith Cowan University and President of LDA, was presented with a National University Teaching Excellence Award by the Hon Simon Birmingham, Federal Minister for Education. This prestigious award acknowledges Lorraine’s commitment to producing the highest quality graduates who understand the impact of educational decisions they make on the learning outcomes of young people. Lorraine teaches undergraduate and post graduate units in Learning Difficulties/Learning Disabilities and Direct Instruction, while actively remaining connected with schools through her research and representation on the Boards of three high performing Independent Public schools in Perth.
NEW: Join LDA as a Consultant Member – apply and renew online
LDA Members can now join LDA as Consultant Members online, register for LDA’s Online Tutor Search (OTS) online, and renew their annual Consultant Membership and OTS registration online.
To learn about LDA Consultant Membership and Online Tutor Search click here
Other upcoming LDA Events
Click here for Conference & Seminar information.
Professor Maggie Snowling, President of St John's College Oxford and Professor of Psychology at the University of Oxford, recently visited Australia and spoke at the Australian National University on ‘Dyslexia, Language and Learning to Read’ on 25th July, 2017, to a sold out crowd.
Additional information on Professor Snowling’s esteemed career and research, and details of her Australian ANU presentation can be viewed here.
LDA is very grateful to Professor Snowling, and the ANU, for granting permission to provide an audio of this event for LDA.
National Year 1 Phonics Screen
The Federal Education Minister, Senator Simon Birmingham, announced a "Phonics Screen" check for Year 1 students. Research supports evidence-based reading instruction and specifically, the explicit teaching of phonics in the early years of school.
LDA strongly supports this federal initiative as an opportunity for early identification and lifting the performance of struggling beginner readers. Click here to see DDOLL network letter of endorsement.
Click here to read more about the Phonics Screen and phonics research resources.
The Centre for Independent Studies published Read About It: Scientific Evidence for Effective Teaching of Reading by Kerry Hempenstall, edited by Jennifer Buckingham, focusing on the large and rigorous body of scientific evidence from the 1960’s to 2015, identifying the key elements of high quality reading instruction and demonstrating that explicit instruction methods are the most effective way of teaching reading, especially for novice readers and children at-risk of reading failure. Available at: https://www.cis.org.au/publications/research-reports/read-about-it-scientific-evidence-for-effective-teaching-of-reading
Click here to Productivity Commission Report National Education Evidence Base, and a research article on
High Performing Primary Schools: what do they have in Common?
Recently there is increased momentum to raise dyslexia awareness in Australia. There are many support groups nationwide committed to change. Their common vision is the implementation of the National Inquiry into the Teaching of Literacy (2005) and the National Dyslexia Working Party Report (2010) in every school.
Click here to read about national campaigns: Light it Red for Dyslexia, My Red Letter, and Dyslexia Empowerment Week award.
LDA Position Statement - Approaches to Reading Instruction
LDA Supports approaches to reading instruction that adopt an explicit structured approach to the teaching of reading and are consistent with the scientific evidence as to how children learn to read and how best to teach them.
Click here to read LDA's Position Statement as published in the LDA Bulletin.
Click here for an extended version of LDA's Position Statement with substantiating references.
Interventions to Remediate Learning Disorders
Efficacy research review of current LD brain changing interventions by Auckland University’s Centre for Brain Research and School of Psychology, provides an objective overview of a number of popular brain-training interventions.
Click here to read this 2015 report.
Is Reading Recovery failing the New Zealand Literacy Strategy - what is the evidence?
Click here for the recently published NSW evaluation of Reading Recovery and relevant Reading Recovery resources.
Click here for an excellent 08/02/16 interview on Radio National with Professor James Chapman: "Is Reading Recovery Working?"
To hear LDA’s President Dr Lorraine Hammond’s 15/02/16 interview on Radio National in relation to teaching reading systematically and effectively, Click here
The National Curriculum
Spring 2016 issue of LDA Bulletin now FREE to download!
Take advantage of LDA’s special offer to non-members of LDA to download the Spring 2016 issue of the LDA Bulletin. Click here to download.
Members of LDA can access back issues of the Bulletin from the Members Only section of this website. To join LDA, click here.
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Professional Learning Courses
A Free Online Course, Supporting Children with Difficulties in Reading and Writing Click here for details.
A new online course in teaching systematic synthetic phonics & its integration with wider reading, spelling and writing.
Click here for details.
Post Graduate Course Information. Click here for information
FIVE from FIVE - The Centre for Independent Studies (CIS), FIVE from FIVE project aims to improve literacy levels by bridging the gap between evidence-based research on reading instruction, policy, and practice. LDA has joined the FIVE from FIVE Alliance to help every child receive the most effective reading instruction from their first day at school.
The FIVE from FIVE website is http://www.fivefromfive.org.au/ – is a resource for teachers, principals, parents and policy makers with up-to-date credible evidence-based information.
August 2017 - From the Lab to the Classroom: New Directions in Dyslexia Research
LDA was again honoured to host Professor Maryanne Wolf, internationally acclaimed reading researcher, Director of the Center for Reading and Language and Associate Professor Child Development at Tufts University who presented some of the most transformative studies in neuroscience-based research on dyslexia in the past two years, highlighting the translation of findings into insights for the classroom.
Click here for further Maryanne Wolf biographical information, publications
Click here to read Maryanne Wolf’s 2013 A Literate Nation White Paper
March 2015 – LDA National Tour with Dr Louisa Moats
Dr Louisa Moats, recipient of LDA’s AJLD Eminent Researcher Award, visited Australia in March 2015. Dr Moats has contributed widely to the body of reading and spelling instruction knowledge, and written extensively on the importance of code-based literacy instruction and better teacher preparation.
Click here to read Lousia Moats article Systematic, not "balanced" instruction in the October 2014 LDA Bulletin.
Click here for Louisa Moats significant paper Teaching Reading Is Rocket Science and more Louisa Moats Resources.
Post Graduate Course Information