Welcome to the AATE/ALEA

National Conference site

for Canberra 2015



'ninggi  warrguu'

-  look  and ask why -

Nurturing Inquiring Minds




The Australian Association for the Teaching of English and the Australian Literacy Educators’ Association look forward to welcoming you to the Australian Capital Territory for the 2015 national conference.  Rug up for Canberra’s winter and be professionally nurtured in the nation’s capital. 

The first and simplest emotion which we discover in the human mind is curiosity.’ - Edmund Burke

In a context of globalised social, cultural and environmental change, and the rise of new communication technologies, English and literacy educators play an important role in guiding learners through the unchartered territory of the future and to imagine new possibilities. Curiosity is key.

Join us in capitalising on curiosity as we consider nurturing curiosity in practice - nurturing inquiry through research - nurturing creativity in curriculum.

Conference Co-Convenors

Debbie Martens
State Director ACT, Australian Literacy Educators'  Association
Principal, Charnwood-Dunlop School

Michelle Morthorpe
President, ACT Association for the Teaching of English
Executive Teacher, Gold Creek School

 Ninggi Warrguu - look and ask why - Nurturing Inquiring Minds

The 2015 conference committee acknowledge the Ngunnawal people, the traditional custodians of the land where our conference is to be held. We pay our respects to the United Ngunnawal Elders Council and thank them for their permission to use the words 'ninggi (look) and 'warrguu' (ask) in our conference title. We also pay our respects to other Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Conference logo artwork: Leah Brideson