Welcome to 2012 and our February edition of Practically Primary. In this edition, we continue to focus on the Australian Curriculum: English (ACE) and specifically on Language. We are proud to present the stories of many teachers and teacher/researchers--some of whom you will see at our National ALEA Conference in Sydney in July ... don't forget to register!
2012 is the Year of Reading and you can read more about the exciting events being held throughout the year designed to entice children to read. The theme, Are We There Yet? comes from Alison Lester's magnificent text of the same name. Alison is interviewed in this edition and explains her connection with her own literature and her desire to support budding readers and writers.
February 2012 is our last edition as Editors of Practically Primary. Lisa Kervin, Gloria Latham and I have worked together to bring you 3 editions each year since 2008. It has been a privilege to entice, invite, prompt and even nag a whole range of people holding onto wonderful stories to share them with you. Gathering these stories provided a window into learning environments beyond our own and a mirror as we recognised the commitment to teaching and love of learning evident within each one.
There are many people to thank for supporting us in this voluntary role--Michael Deves (endlessly patient), Lucy Carberry, Wendy Rush and Marion Meiers. Thank you to Karen Argus whose creative artworks we enjoy on the cover of each journal. We also thank our contributors. Without you, there is no journal and there is no conversation. Our contributors have been teachers, researchers, colleagues, parents, neighbours, relatives and friends, and many have had the call to write on more than one occasion. Stories have come from the northern most tip of Australia to the furthest south and everywhere in between, and we are all richer for the experience.
And so we hand over to a new team headed up by Margaret Zeegers from the University of Ballarat. Margaret comes with editorial experience and a commitment to continue to honour the purpose of Practically Primary--to make space for teachers' voices to be heard. Margaret's first edition continues the focus on the Australian Curriculum English, moving now to Indigenous Australian perspectives and possibilities. We know you will show Margaret the same generosity in sharing your stories with her.
Jessica, Lisa and Gloria