Call for Papers

This conference aims to bring together community members and professionals from a wide range of disciplines supporting families with children 0 – 5 years. We are thrilled to have a range of amazing keynote speakers:

Aunty Jacinta Tobin           Songlines and Singing

Aunty Jacinta is a Darug Elder, Songwriter and Singer. She has worked in preschools to universities using music and her community worker background to educate all on Darug Language, songs and local Darug stories. Aunty Jacinta holds a Masters in Social Ecology.

Dr Marina Kalashnikova   Mother-infant interactions and language development in the first years of life

Marina is a Researcher in Infancy Studies and MARCS BabyLab Leader, MARCS Institute for Brain, Behaviour and Development, University of Western Sydney.

Kerrie Dominish                  Music and Singing to Support Language Development

Kerry is the CEO of EarlyEd Early Childhood Intervention Service and a Speech Pathologist with many years of clinical practice using music and singing.

Dr Amanda Howard          Asset based community development and early literacy. Where to from here?

Amanda is the Program Convenor School of Humanities & Social Science, University of Newcastle

We aim to have workshop streams for Aboriginal colleagues and community, librarians, early childhood educators, child and family workers, community development workers and policy makers and researchers.

We are therefore calling for papers for workshops or poster presentations on the following sub-themes:

Music and singing in early literacy
Presentations may focus on:

  • Practical and innovative ways to embed music and singing in the daily life of an early childhood setting – from libraries and playgroups, to health and education settings.
  • Developing music and singing pedagogical EYLF based frameworks to support children becoming literate.
  • Engaging parents and the community with music and singing.
  • Music, singing and language – ways to make a difference.

Engaging the whole community in early literacy
Presentations may focus on:

  • Harnessing community strengths to embed early literacy everywhere.
  • Engaging corporate and/or government partners in supporting early literacy initiatives.
  • Exploring practical solutions around universal community engagement with a range of partners.
  • Who are the champions we need around around the table – and how to get them there?

Aboriginal and CALD early literacy practices.

Presentations may focus on:

  • Aboriginal early literacy initiatives, led by local communities, for local communities.
  • CALD early literacy initiatives, led by local communities, for local communities.
  • Culturally responsive practice: what if I’m not Aboriginal or don’t have a CALD background? What can I do?
  • How do policy makers make a difference?

Outcome based evaluation of early literacy initiatives
Presentations may focus on:

  • How do we know we are successful? Evaluation for continuous improvement.
  • Evaluation to ensure sustainability of early literacy programs/initiatives.
  • How to make evaluation fun – for all!
  • Partnerships that make evaluation work.

Submit your application form here

Key dates for workshop/poster presenters:

24 October 2016 – Closing date for applications

4 November 2016 – We will confirm all successful presenters by email

30 March 2017 – The deadline for submission of full details, including ppts for the conference

Terms and conditions:

  • Paint the Town REaD is keen to consider research – based conference papers. For this purpose, research is taken to mean any systematic investigation into a subject or topic with the aim of creating new knowledge or revising existing knowledge. You may not think what you do in your community or organisation is research or investigation. However, if you are reflecting on your practice and asking questions and using the answers to inform your practice, thinking about what next, then you are doing research. PTTR will not accept applications, which do not meet these requirements.
  • Submission of abstracts does not guarantee a place in the conference programme.
  • The decision of the abstract review committee is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
  • Speakers are required to pay the normal delegate fee for attending the conference.