5th National Conference
Making Waves – Early Literacy & Collective Impact
Wollongong 25- 27 March 2015
Call for Papers
Paint the Town REaD Ltd together with Paint the Gong REaD and Paint Shellharbour REaD invites people skilled in early literacy and/or collective impact to submit abstracts for workshops, or poster displays.
Foundational early literacy starts from birth and is critical for future success in school and life. Our role as educators, librarians, community and early intervention workers is to inspire and encourage children and parents in their literacy journey.
The collective impact model provides a framework with which to build a collaborative process for community change and address social issues. It harnesses the power of partnerships, collaboration and innovation, bringing people/organisations together around a common agenda to solve a specific social problem using a structured form of collaboration. In our case- early literacy.
Paint the Town REaD (PTTR) Ltd is an early literacy collective impact charity whose aim is to encourage all levels of the community to support the development of children’s early literacy skills from birth. Communities across Australia have found this the most exciting and innovative way to make these critical changes.
- Kerry Graham – Principal Consultant, Collective Impact in Australia Associate, Centre for Social Impact | How collective impact can be translated into the Australian context in relation to Paint the Town Read.
- Dr Amanda Howard – Program Convenor School of Humanities & Social Science, University of Newcastle | Asset based community development and early literacy.
- June McLoughlin. – Director Family & Children’s Services, Doveton College & Board Director – Early Learning Association Australia and ACECQA | “Together we can make a difference” The development of this initiative, including policy and implementation challenges, achievements to date including the implementation of Paint the Town REaD.
- Paul Prichard – Co Manager of the Training & Development Team for the Centre for Community Child Health (CCH) Royal Children’s Hospital Victoria |“Working with and through parents NOT to and for them. Transformations through peer led parenting interventions”.