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Creating a Literate Community Conference on October 5, 2023

9 am-4 pm at the Distinction Conference Centre, Hamilton
Registrations are open via  humanatix

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Lifting literacy rates for NZ children particularly those with learning difficulties

Are you ready to help children become proficient readers? It is essential that we take action to improve literacy outcomes for struggling children. If we implement effective, evidenced-based instruction, we can expect MOST children will learn to read well, regardless of their background. Join us to dig into the conversation!

This is your opportunity to learn what to teach, how to teach and why you teach literacy using evidence-based instruction.

This is your opportunity to learn how support children struggling to read and write. It is important that children have access to a quality evidence-based education, regardless of their learning needs. This conference will provide an opportunity for leaders, teachers, parents and caregivers to learn how to support struggling readers.

There are a number of factors that can contribute to reading difficulties, including neurological differences, dyslexia, ineffective interventions, and limited access to skilled, qualified educators. This conference will provide information on how to identify children who are struggling to read and explain pathways to ensure they receive the help they need and deserve.

We have many children 8-14 year old children, who, through no fault of their own, are unable to access the curriculum as they cannot yet read and write. This event will be an important step in improving literacy rates for these and most students and we encourage you to attend to hear how. Here are some specific ways that we can support children with learning difficulties:

Provide early intervention. The earlier a child receives help, the better their chances of success. It is vital that we provide evidence-based instruction that is tailored to the individual needs of the struggling learner.

Use evidence-based interventions. We must use evidence-based interventions to help children with learning difficulties, neurodiverse children and those with dyslexia, learn to read and write. By evidence we mean empirical evidence, able to be tested coming from large scale quantitative research.

Provide support for parents and caregivers. Parents and caregivers play a critical role in supporting their children's learning. It is important to provide them with the resources and support they need to help their children succeed.

By working together, we can make a real difference in the lives of children with learning difficulties and we encourage you to get involved and help make a difference. If you are new to evidence based teaching methods this will help you navigate your way into a skilled educator for struggling students.

By working together, we can make a real difference in the lives of children particularly those with learning difficulties and we encourage you to get involved and help make a difference. If you are new to research-based literacy teaching methods this will help you navigate your way. 

(click here for Speaker booklet)

Dr Olwyn Johnston
Session topic: What intervention must include to be successful for students, no matter their age.

Lyn Stone
Session topic: Explicit instruction in the morphological, etymological and orthographic underpinnings of the system (via video link).

Mahina Selby-Law
Session topic: Structured Literacy in Māori medium classrooms.

Dr Michael Johnston
Session topic: Cognitive load in relation to reading.

Emma Nahna
Session topic: Speech language therapy and her work as a literacy coach.
$92 inclusive per ticket. Tea, coffee, refreshments on arrival, morning tea and buffet lunch included. Seating is 6 people per circular table. We have tried to make this as affordable and accessible as possible. Click here to purchase your tickets via humanatix

Creating a Literate Community 2022 Conference video highlights:

With Mabel Wharekawa-Burt, Dr Olwyn Johnston and Natalie Muller
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We are grateful to Trust Waikato

NZ Lottery Grants Board for their support

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Supporting the well-being of children since 2003 we fund projects that improve educational, environmental, social and cultural development outcomes for children.

Registered Charity CC10123 Aotearoa/New Zealand


Tui Trust projects support vulnerable tamariki ensuring they have access to quality education. We have several options of sponsorship levels or choose your own. Apart from 'Give-a-little' who take a small fee for their services,100% of your donation will help a child's education.

Our Work

We fund initiatives that improves the educational outcomes for vulnerable tamariki in Hamilton and North Waikato including Huntly and Ngāruawāhia. From 2022 we will focus on lifting literacy rates for children with learning disabilities / neurological differences.

Our Team

We are Governed by the Tui Trust Board of Trustees and Board Associates. We have financial and cultural advisors we can call on for advice and volunteers when needed. Tui Trust has a Board Executive who manages day-to-day operations and project management.

Thank you to our sponsors for your support

We are grateful to our sponsors, partners, organisations and individuals that make donations to us. We are committed to ensure all whānau and tamariki in the communities we serve have the support they need.

thank you ...

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Craig Barrett, Director at
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