ASLA 2020 - Literacy Research Summits - Program SA
Adelaide: 9 May, State Library of South Australia, Adelaide
Registration: 9.15am-9.30am. Program: 9.30am-4.15pm
Dr Margaret Merga, Senior Lecturer at Edith Cowan University, WA
Dr Merga is an exceptional advocate for school libraries and was recently interviewed on Radio National – Click here to listen.
School Libraries Enhancing Reading Engagement and Literacy Performance
Abstract: School libraries are essential resources for building student literacy. Students with greater access to school libraries do better in literacy testing, and access to libraries is more strongly related to students’ reading engagement than factors such as age and gender. Reading engagement supports students’ literacy attainment and has also been related to wellbeing. In this keynote, we explore factors that influence reading engagement, and discuss how librarians can implement and measure the efficacy of literacy-supportive practices in their schools. We explore recent findings about struggling literacy learners beyond the early years, identifying innovative ways that qualified library staff can work with teachers and school leadership to enhance the literacy outcomes for our most vulnerable students. Attending this keynote can support you to promote your school library as integral to the literacy advancement of your school.
A Facilitated Workshop Session will follow Dr Merga’s presentation which will allow participants to share key practical ideas that have arisen from her sessions.
Tracey Grice, Teacher Librarian, Tatachilla Lutheran School, SA
Peter O’Sullivan, Principal, Unley Primary School, SA
Amy Reid, Assistant Principal, Unley Primary School
This session will focus on making positive change happen from a Leader's perspective, with particular focus on whole school strategies that improve literacy performance. It will also focus on the impact that whole school changes to the school library can have on reading engagement and literacy performance.
best-selling author of over 100 short stories and fifty award-winning books
The day will conclude with an expert panel which is designed to capture thoughts and ideas throughout the day and refer them back to Margaret’s Keynotes. Hosted by an ASLA Board member, it will comprise of experts from throughout the day.