e-WAALC NEWS June 2008

e-WAALC News is the electronic newsletter of the Western Australian Adult Literacy Council.

The WAALC Executive Committee prepares and sends e-WAALC News to members four or five times a year.  We welcome your comments, suggestions, and contributions to the newsletter.

This newsletter is also available on our web site http://www.waalc.com.au



1)       A message from the chairperson

2)      WAALC 2008 Conference - Register now to get the Earlybird rate!

3)      WAALC AGM

4)      ACAL Conference - - Call for Papers

5)      ‘Contacts’ update

6)      Unsubscribe?

7)      Issues? Contributions?

8)      New members?


1. A message from the chairperson

Due to popular demand, this years WAALC conference is being held over two days. We have already received some innovative and exciting EOIs and have several keynote speakers ready to share their knowledge. Your committee is working hard to ensure a successful conference for all and we look forward to seeing you there.

Sue McKay, WAALC Chairperson


2. WAALC 2008 Conference - Register now to get the Earlybird rate!

Theme: Adults Only. A Conference for Adult Educators:

Issues for today’s adult literacy learning 

Where:                  eCentral TAFE East Perth                           When: July 17 and 18, 2008

Keynote speakers:

Dr Rob McCormack from Victoria University. Rob is a teacher educator with a proven record of delivering higher level literacy skills to Aboriginal students enrolled in tertiary programs.

Dr Chris Duncan from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).  Chris will be speaking about the Adult Literacy and Lifeskills Survey whose results were released by the ABS in November 2007.

Plus we have had expressions of interest for 17 different workshops about a range of topics including curricula written specifically for adults, tried and true learning strategies and new learning resources. See the registration form for a list.  Full program will be available soon.

The registration form is attached. Otherwise download a copy from the WAALC website.  

Note: Early Bird Rate finishes on June 30, 2008.



The Annual General Meeting is scheduled as part of the conference.

Details: 4.00 pm Thursday 17th July 2008

Lecture theater, eCentral TAFE, 140 Royal Street, East Perth.

Members are invited to attend and hear reports on the 2007/2008 WAALC year and elect their representatives for the coming year.

All committee positions are declared vacant at the AGM.  Why not consider nominating?  The WAALC committee is a dynamic and collaborative group who meet once a month to discuss, plan and take action on behalf of members and the adult literacy and numeracy field.  Nomination forms for committee positions will be posted to you shortly.

The agenda for the AGM is:

1. Receive reports - Presidents, Treasurer, ACAL

2. Vote on modification to the constitution to include a clause re replacement of vacancies on the executive.

3. Elect new office bearers and executive committee members.


4. Conference dinner

If you wish to join the conference delegates for dinner in Northbridge following the AGM, please ensure payment of $20.00 reaches our treasurer Helen Grimston before July 14th.  See conference registration form for contact details.


5. ACAL Conference – Registrations now open

Register at http://www.astmanagement.com.au/qcal8/registration.htm

Keynote speakers:

- Noyona Chanda, Assistant Director and Head of Numeracy, LLU+ at London South Bank University.
- Hermine Scheeres, Associate Professor, Faculty of Education, University of Technology, Sydney. Currently researching health literacy & communication.
- Michael Balfour, Professor and Chair, Applied and Social Theatre, Griffith University. Currently involved in pilot projects developing arts-based work with multi-ethnic groups of refugees.
- Colleen Mitrow, Principal, Southside Education Centre, providing access to education for young mainly indigenous women between the ages of 12 and 24 years, whose lives have been marked by trauma and disadvantage.

The Pre-Conference Forum will focus on Social Inclusion  


6. Unsubscribe?

If you don't want to receive this newsletter or wish to suspend it while you are away on leave, please email the WAALC secretary, Sheila Rod [sherod_au@yahoo.com.au].


7. New members?

Who do you know that should be a WAALC member?  You are welcome to forward this newsletter to colleagues who you think should be a member of WAALC.  Or perhaps invite a prospective member to attend events like our conference and AGM to meet other members.


8. Issues? Contributions?

WAALC seeks to represent all adult educators who deliver adult literacy and numeracy programs in Western Australia.  If there are issues that you think WAALC should take action on, let us know. 


9. ‘Contacts’ update

Let us know if your address changes through one of the contact methods listed below. 


e-WAALC News is the monthly electronic newsletter of (WAALC) the Western Australian Adult Literacy Council.

Web:                     www.waalc.com                                                E-mail:                 sherod_au@yahoo.com.au

Postal:                  PO Box 6892

East Perth Business Centre


Phone:                  Sue McKay WAALC Chairperson
(08) 9593 2124