ASLA 2020 - Literacy Research Summits - Program Victoria
Melbourne: 28 November, State Library of Victoria, Melbourne
Registration: 8.30am-9.00am. Program: 9.00am-4.00pm
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.
Claire Gibson, Librarian, St Joseph’s College, Echuca VIC
Marco DiCesare, Principal, Caroline Chisholm College, Braybrook, VIC. Marco Di Cesare will be supported by Sarah Moss-Holland: Learning Improvement and Pedagogy Leader.
Paul Macdonald, The Children’s Bookshop (Speakers’ Agency) Sydney, NSW
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.