NT assistant principal leads literacy association branch

Girraween Primary School assistant principal Jemma Rust has been appointed the new Northern Territory State Director of the Australian Literacy Educators’ Association (ALEA).

Jemma’s appointment comes after having spent five years on the local ALEA council. As a director, Jemma said, she will have a national voice and the opportunity to continue to provide high-quality training to Territory teachers, increase ALEA membership and strengthen the Territory’s six-member council.

“I am very passionate about literacy education and about teachers’ access to the resources and professional learning needed to improve literacy outcomes for our students,” she said.

“It is exciting to be part of an organisation that encourages the consideration of non-traditional teaching methods and is at the forefront of research into literacy instruction.

“One of my goals is to enlist more members, from teachers and leaders to the public and private school sectors. ALEA is also interested in expanding the local council to include Katherine and Alice Springs.

“I would love every teacher to be an ALEA member so they can have access to the resources and training that would support and guide their practice.”

Jemma said she would be encouraging more Territory teachers to attend ALEA’s national conferences so they can get involved in the advances in professional learning. The next conference is in Melbourne from 9 - 12 July 2019.

“The conference is an opportunity for teachers to network with those from other parts of Australia, learn from presentations and contribute their own findings,” she said.

Jemma Rust

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