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Insurance Info for Private Practitioners

It has been brought to our attention by a consultant member that LDA consultants and members operating a business...
It has been brought to our attention by a consultant member that LDA consultants and members operating a business from the home might not be aware of their disclosure obligations and coverage with regards to their home building and...
It has been brought to our attention by a consultant member that LDA consultants and members operating a business from the home might not be aware of their disclosure obligations and coverage with regards to their home building and contents insurance. We strongly encourage you to make your own enquiries of your broker or insurance provider. Please see additional information here.
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New General Manager!

Dear LDA Members,  We are absolutely delighted to announce the appointment of Dr Sherree Halliwell as the new General Manager...
Dear LDA Members,  We are absolutely delighted to announce the appointment of Dr Sherree Halliwell as the new General Manager for LDA. This position is for 0.4 FTE or two days a week, and the appointment completes our staffing recruitment....
Dear LDA Members,  We are absolutely delighted to announce the appointment of Dr Sherree Halliwell as the new General Manager for LDA. This position is for 0.4 FTE or two days a week, and the appointment completes our staffing recruitment. The LDA Executive team unanimously selected Sherree from a strong field of candidates and considers Sherree exceptionally well suited for the role with much to offer LDA. Sherree had a successful career in the private sector with high-level management experience. She has extensive experience in not-for-profit roles and has recently completed her PhD studies. She comes to LDA with impressive recommendations from her referees in both the academic and not-for-profit sectors, including high praise for her intellectual rigour, research skills, the quality of her publications, meeting deadlines, effective work with various stakeholders, and strengths in strategic planning.  Sherree will balance the GM role with continued research in health and wellbeing and an ongoing commitment as a  board member of a large not-for-profit. Sherree has a personal passion for supporting and advocating for the systemically disadvantaged and unheard communities within society. She also has a first-hand understanding of learning difficulties, strongly supports LDA’s mission and sees exciting opportunities for growth and sustaining LDA as a viable organisation for assisting students with learning difficulties. We welcomed Sherree to the LDA team on Monday, May 8th, and she has been busy meeting with the Executive, Business Administrator, and Education Manager to familiarise herself with our operations. Sherree lives in Queensland, so we have not yet had the opportunity to meet and welcome her in person, but we look forward to having that opportunity at our AGM in October. Kind Regards,  Elaine McLeish President LDA
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General Manager Position

Learning Difficulties Australia (LDA) is seeking an experienced General Manager to join itsprofessional team to achieve the organisation’s objectives. LDA...
Learning Difficulties Australia (LDA) is seeking an experienced General Manager to join itsprofessional team to achieve the organisation’s objectives. LDA is a national association of teachers and other professionals who are dedicated toassisting students with learning difficulties through effective teaching...
Learning Difficulties Australia (LDA) is seeking an experienced General Manager to join itsprofessional team to achieve the organisation’s objectives. LDA is a national association of teachers and other professionals who are dedicated toassisting students with learning difficulties through effective teaching practices based onscientific research, both in the classroom and through individualised instruction. LDA is committed to promoting an understanding of learning difficulties in the educationcommunity and beyond. As an organisation with a long history, we are seeking to build onour strengths and develop a professional staff to help deliver the association’s vision. This is a part-time (2 days per week) national role with flexibility as to location. Some travelmay be required to meet with other members of the professional team and with theCouncil. Please see the Position Description for background and more information about LDA andthe requirements of the position. If you have experience in the not-for-profit sector, can meet the key performance areas ofthe position, and would like to apply your considerable management expertise to supportand develop the association into the future, we would welcome your application. See thePosition Description and application form here.
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CodeRead Competition

Below is a link to a national Dyslexia Awareness campaign via Code Read Dyslexia Support Network. It is a...
Below is a link to a national Dyslexia Awareness campaign via Code Read Dyslexia Support Network. It is a creative response activity about Special Agent Sam McGregor. Please feel free to share it with your networks. https://codereadnetwork.org/october-2022-dyslexia-awareness-month-ideas-for-schools-organisations/
Below is a link to a national Dyslexia Awareness campaign via Code Read Dyslexia Support Network. It is a creative response activity about Special Agent Sam McGregor. Please feel free to share it with your networks. https://codereadnetwork.org/october-2022-dyslexia-awareness-month-ideas-for-schools-organisations/
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SOLLA Event and Survey

Have you heard about SOLLA? Find out more about SOLLA and the upcoming event on 17th & 18th Oct...
Have you heard about SOLLA? Find out more about SOLLA and the upcoming event on 17th & 18th Oct below. https://knowledgesociety.com.au/solla-sydney/ A SoL mapping survey is also currently in progress. Lisa Denny from the Institute of Social Change at UTas (also...
Have you heard about SOLLA? Find out more about SOLLA and the upcoming event on 17th & 18th Oct below. https://knowledgesociety.com.au/solla-sydney/ A SoL mapping survey is also currently in progress. Lisa Denny from the Institute of Social Change at UTas (also a founding member of the Tas literacy alliance), will be analysing the data and preparing a report to present at SOLLA. If you'd like to contribute by responding to the survey, please do so at the link below. The survey should take about 10 minutes to complete. Link to the survey here: https://docs.google.com/.../1FAIpQLSc4plj1HU9.../viewform
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Letter from the President – August 2022

Dear Colleagues, In the two months since my last letter to members, a lot has been happening in LDA and...
Dear Colleagues, In the two months since my last letter to members, a lot has been happening in LDA and it's time for a brief  update. I hope you can find the time to read all this information and to...
Dear Colleagues, In the two months since my last letter to members, a lot has been happening in LDA and it's time for a brief  update. I hope you can find the time to read all this information and to put some very important dates in your diary. Firstly, we are very excited to now have the dates,venues, and speakers confirmed for the Linnea Ehri professional learning events in October. Many thanks to the PD Committee and everyone else involved for their work on this. The Melbourne event will be at the Capitol in Swanston St on Sunday 23 October, 9.00 to 4.00, where Professor Emerita Linnea Ehri will speak on the Development of Orthographic Mapping. Other speakers will be Dr Jennifer Buckingham, Emina McLean, Dr Nathaniel Swain, and Jocelyn Seamer. The event will conclude with a panel Q and A session. In Sydney, the event will be at the Masonic Centre on Tuesday 25 October, 9.00 to 4.30. Linnea Ehri’s  presentation will be  the same as in Melbourne and the event will also conclude with a panel Q and A. Other presentations will be from staff and doctoral students from Macquarie University Centre for Reading: Dr Anne Castles, Dr Danielle Colenbrander, Dr. Signy Wegener, and Lyndall Murray. Please keep your eyes on our social media for more information about both these events and for the imminent launch of our early-bird ticketing options. We are anticipating high demand for these events, so book early to avoid disappointment! 2022 AJLD and LDA Awards have been announced The Awards Committee is delighted to announce the following recipients, who will be presented with their awards at our AGM. AJLD Eminent Researcher Award: Professor Emerita Linnea Ehri LDA Mona Tobias Award: Dr Nathaniel Swain and Emina McLean (joint recipients) LDA Bruce Wicking Award: Jocelyn Seamer LDA Rosemary Carter Award: Mim Davidson LDA Tertiary Student Award: Hayley Tancredi, with Highly Commended recommendations for Katrina Kelso and Tessa Weadman AJLD Early Career Researcher Award: Dr Signy Wegener 2022 AGM  The 2022 LDA AGM will be held at the Treacy Centre in Parkville on Saturday 22 October, starting at 1.30 p.m. The meeting will be followed by the presentation of awards and Linnea Ehri will speak about her sense of the developments in the Science of Reading over the years. All LDA members will be welcome to attend. This will be a hybrid event to ensure maximum participation from all our members, wherever they live. Invitations to attend in person or via Zoom will be sent closer to the event. Nominations for the new Council There will be a call for nominations for the 2022-2023 LDA Council distributed in a few weeks. We anticipate that there will be at least four vacancies, so if you, or someone you know, are interested in contributing to the continuing growth of LDA and have skills including academic experience, website, social media, marketing, finances, legal, or fundraising, we would love to receive your nominations. Appointment of a new Interim General Manager (IGM) In late May, we appointed Adrian Nolan to be our part time IGM.The decision to engage an IGM was based primarily on the need to relieve the burdens on council members and to steer LDA through some significant undertakings. Adrian has proved invaluable across all areas of council activities,including the Ehri events planning,our strategic planning process,working towards major improvements to our website and many others. On a personal note, I have taken leave from my duties as President due to illness in the family. In my absence,the other four members of the Executive - Treasurer Ann Ryan, Secretary Dr Ros Neilson, and the two Vice-Presidents Dr Molly de Lemos and Elaine Mcleish - have continued to manage the affairs of LDA and have taken on extra responsibilities. We have been fortunate during this challenging period to have the tireless support and expertise of both Adrian and our stalwart Administration Officer, Bec Rangas, to keep LDA on track. Thank you for your ongoing support of LDA and we look forward to seeing you in October, at both the AGM and the Linnea Ehri events. Best wishes, Robyn Wheldall LDA President
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