Category Archives: Conferences

One week to go!

Wednesday week, 20 March, we kick off the 7th National Early Literacy Conference with a special 2-hour symposium presented by @Curtin University and @dyslexiaspeld.

Dr Mark Boyes will be discussing new socio-emotional research into the development and impact of language and literacy difficulties in children and adolescents. While DSF will present on some incredible work they have done addressing phonological awareness in local languages.

So register now! It would be great to see you there.
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Have you registered yet for the 7th National Early Literacy Conference?

Don’t miss the chance to hear from the Commissioner for Children and Young People WA, Colin Pettit.

The Commissioner will outline the work of his office in consulting with thousands of WA children and young people on issues affecting their wellbeing and how the views of the children themselves should be used to inform and challenge current thinking on factors that influence vulnerability.

7th National Early Literacy Conference
March 20 to 22
The Esplanade Hotel
Fremantle, WA

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40% off every second Conference registration now available!

To help organisations and local Paint the Town REaD groups to send more delegates — and so increase the learning and fun — we are now offering a 40% discount for the second person from each of these groups. Brilliant!

You will find the discount offer on the Select Tickets section as you register on Eventbrite.

Note that this offer applies to every second registrant from a group. So you can book two, or four, or six, or eight attendees and every second one can take advantage of this offer.

Exclusions: Already subsidised or sponsorship funded positions

Six weeks to go!

Our National Early Literacy Conference is getting closer!

We can’t wait to hear from Julia Orlowski from @CharlesSturtLibraries in SA talk about encouraging children to read, write & create.

Using The Mayoral Make-a-Book Literacy Challenge as a case study, Julia’s workshop will share ideas on how to engage preschool children, families and educators in capturing and publishing their own books to share with others.

Register now: https://bit.ly/2R4ir9d

6th National Conference – inspiring

Over 140 delegates (and mascots!) celebrated our  6th National Conference, Climb Every Mountain: Songlines and Singing. Aunty Carol Cooper and Aunty Jacinta Tobin welcomed us to Country, and set the scene for two days of learning, practical workshops and fun. The Blue Mountains three levels of Government were  well represented by Cr Romola Hollywood, who welcomed delegates at a Civic Reception, Hon Susan Templeman, who opened the Conference with Aunty Carol and Aunt Jacinta, and Trish Doyle MP. who opened our Principals Forum. Thank you to our Keynote Speakers, Aunty Jacinta Tobin, Dr Marina Kalashnikova (Western Sydney University), Dr Amanda Howard (Newcastle University), and Kerry Dominish (CEO – Early Start) and the 30 workshop presenters. And our Conference Dinner wouldn’t have been so successful without the Blue Mountains Ukulele group and the generosity of Carrington’s Brewery!

2017 Conference registration now open!

6th Early Literacy Conference.

Climb every mountain: songlines and singing.

Paint the Town REaD Ltd together with our co-host, Paint the Blue REaD invite people interested in early literacy, children’s singing and collective impact in Aboriginal and/or mainstream practices to attend this Conference. We will be meeting on Darug and Gunungurra traditional lands.

3–5 May 2017
Carrington Hotel, Katoomba NSW

Registration for this exciting event is now open. Click here to find out more.

2017 Conference Sponsorship Now Available!

We invite you to become a proud sponsor and be part of our 6th National Conference. This will give your organisation great exposure as the conference aims to bring together professionals from a wide range of disciplines supporting families with children 0-5years across the country. Our expected audience will include staff working in the following sectors:-

  • Early Childhood Care and Education
  • Library Programs/Services
  • Vulnerable Communities/Early Intervention & Prevention
  • Aboriginal Communities
  • Multicultural Communities
  • Schools
  • Local Communities

To find out more click here

2015 Conference – Making Waves, Early Literacy and Collective Impact

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We have celebrated an inspiring Conference with 200 delegates from across Australia. Many delegates have already reported back on what they are planning and have already implemented from the Conference.

Conference highlights included a workshop for Mayors led by Wollongong’s Lord Mayor, Gordon Bradbery, inspiring keynote speakers, fun and thought provoking workshops, creative posters and many opportunities to network and share ideas and enjoy Wollongong’s warm hospitality.

Many many thanks to Paint the Gong REaD’s Conference Committee partners, led by the irrepressible Tracey Kirk-Downey,  Wollongong City Council’s Children’s Services Manager, and the hardworking University of Wollongong and TAFE student volunteers.

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You can now download Conference presentations from the 2015 Conference tab.