Membership of professional associations

  • Australian Literacy Educators’ Association (ALEA)
  • American Education Research Association (AERA)
  • Australian College of Educators (ACE)
  • Australia Teacher Educators Association (ATEA)
  • Primary English Teachers Association (PETA)

Scholarly and professional activities (beyond CSU): Past five years

  • Australian Journal of Language and Literacy (AJLL) editorial review board (2018-2020)
  • DECRA application Review (2015)
  • OLT Assessor (2015)
  • PhD Examinations – Monash University (2014), Wollongong (2016)
  • Australian Curriculum Advisor: Invited to provide input to update to Phonics and Phonemic Awareness (2015)
  • Invited reviewer for: British Journal of Developmental Psychology, Issues in Educational Research, Psychology, Society, and Education, Alberta Journal of Educational Research and Teachers and Teacher Education (TATE), Psychology, Society, and Education.Australian Journal of Language and Literacy, International Journal of Early Childhood Literacy, Asia Pacific Journal of Teacher Education, Australasian Journal of Teacher Education, Teaching and Teacher Education, Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood,
  • Guest Editor for Special Edition of Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood (2013)
  • Review of Book Proposals: 2011 – For SAGE Publishers
  • Member of Victorian ALEA planning committee for the ALEA National Conference held in Melbourne in 2011.

Invited keynotes and workshops (2013 – 2019)

  • SA Literacy Summit: Accelerating literacy growth for every child in every preschool and school to achieve world class literacy learning, Adelaide, Presentation: ‘Keeping the focus on meaning‘, Feb 26, 2019.
  • NSW Institute for Educational Research in association with UNSW School of Education, ‘Writing in the early literacy program, Literacy: What works and why?’ (Keynote), 2018.
  • Australian Association for the Teaching of English (AATE) and Australian Literacy Educators’ Association (ALEA) National Conference, ‘Margin to Mainstream: Cutting Edge’, Hobart, July 6-9, 2017. (Keynote)
  • NSW Department of Education and Training Principals, Presentation: Let’s talk about Finland: Lessons learned, May 29, 2017, Albury.
  • Moonee Ponds City Council, Early Years Educator Conference, Presentation: Draw Talk, Write, Jan 18, 2017.
  • Australian Literacy Educators Association (ALEA), Hobart, February 17 and 18, 2016. (Keynote)
  • Australian Literacy Educators Association, (ALEA), Toowoomba, April 16, 2016. (Keynote)
  • Victorian Reading Recovery Teacher Conference, Melbourne, April 29, 2016. (Keynote)
  • Australian Literacy Educators Association Sydney and Sydney Sth, May 4 and 5, 2016.
  • Early Childhood Australia Conference, Melbourne, May 27 and 28, 2016. (Keynote)
  • Victorian Reading Recovery Tutor Seminar, Melbourne, Nov 19-20, 2015. (Keynote)
  • Australian Literacy Educators Association, South Tasmania, Feb 26, 2015.
  • Corowa High School, School Development Day, Jan 27, 2015.
  • Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority, VCAA, Twilight Seminar (simultaneous broadcast to 13 sites across Vic), Sept 17, 2014.
  • Australian Literacy Educators Association, State Conference, Melbourne, Sept 12, 2014. (Keynote)
  • Aboriginal Health NSW State Conference, Sydney, 28-29 May 2014. (Keynote)
  • Pearson Education National Conference, (3 presentations + Master Class) Brisbane Nov 5-7, 2014.
  • Oxford Assessment Forum: Exploring effective assessment for, as, and of learning, Melbourne, Nov 30, 2014 Title: ‘Analysing writing in the early years of school’.
  • Pearson Education Kindergarten/Prep Conferences: Adventures in Early Childhood: Imagining and Creating Innovative Cultures of Learning, Sydney, March 20-21; Melbourne, May 1-2; Brisbane, March 27-28, 2014. Keynote: Emergent literacy and creativity belong together. Workshops: Do I still have to teach handwriting? Analysis of Writing; When Interactive Writing meets the interactive (smart) board.
  • Catholic Education Curriculum Conference / Early Years Conference, Rockhampton, 2014, Title of Keynote: ‘The Reading, Writing Relationship: Understanding Developing Readers and Writers’.
  • Catholic Education Office Early Years and Reading Recovery Teacher Conference, Adelaide, 2014, Title of Keynote: ‘Supporting writing in the first two years of school’.
  • Pearson Education Kindergarten/Prep Conferences: Inquisitive Young Minds, 2013, Title of Keynote: ‘Supporting inquisitive young learners to become confident writers‘, Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane Workshops focused on early writing.
  • Aboriginal Maternal Health Group, Wagga Wagga, 2013, Title: Supporting young literacy learners before they begin school.
  • DEC Instructional Leaders, Albury, 2013, Topic: Supporting writers in the first two years of school.
  • National Preschool Mobile Meet, Albury, 2013, Topic: ‘Becoming a writer’.

Other professional contributions

  • Writing Assessment Tool (2015) this tool is an outcome of the Year 1 Writing Research Project and is now available for teachers to access via:
  • Becoming a Writer Parent Resources – video and brochure (2013). These are being accessed by schools from all over Australia and the US. In Victoria the VCAA are using with preschool teachers.  (see my website:
  • CSU Marketing Presentations, Wagga, Albury and Bathurst, Dec 25-27, 2015.
  • CSU Port Macquarie launch, Guest presentation, March 23, 2015.
  • Corowa High School School Development Days January and July, 2015.
  • Professional development support for classroom teachers:1998-2016 – Topics included ‘The reading and Writing Processes’, ‘Effective literacy strategies for K-6 classrooms’, ‘Becoming a Writer’. ‘Writing Transitions’, ‘Writing analysis’.
  • Presentations for parents: ‘Play and literacy’, ‘How to help your child with reading and writing’– 1998-2014.

CSU committee contributions

  • CLIDE: Collaboration for Learning, Innovation and Development in Education (Member of working party, 2017)
  • School of Education Scholarships Committee, (2013-2015; Chair, 2015-2018)
  • School of Education Board (2006-2018)
  • Faculty of Education Board (2007-2011; 2018-)
  • Faculty Exclusions and Appeals Committee, Chair (2009), Deputy Presiding Officer (07-08)
  • Murray School of Education Staffing Committee (2007-2012)