News and Publications

The work of MultiLit and MultiLit’s staff is frequently mentioned and discussed in the media (print, radio and television). Media coverage from 2009 to our latest update is listed below.

Latest news

Retraction and apology from Australian Literacy Educators’ Association (ALEA)

MultiLit acknowledges the following retraction and apology, issued by the Australian Literacy Educators’ Association (ALEA) and published on its website, in relation to a presentation made by Dr Rachel Cunneen, University of Canberra. MultiLit thanks ALEA for recognising the defamatory and untrue nature of the statements made by Dr Cunneen. The Directors of MultiLit have always…

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InitiaLit Highly Commended in 2020 Educational Publishing Awards

MultiLit’s three-year initial literacy instruction program, InitiaLit–Foundation, InitiaLit-1 and InitiaLit-2, was collectively Highly Commended in the category of Outstanding Primary Teaching Resource at the 2020 Educational Publishing Awards Australia, organised by the Australian Publishers’ Association. The awards, which were established in 1993, recognise excellence and innovation in Australian publishing.

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Where is the WARN?

Readers of the Primary Reading Pledge, released recently by Five from Five, AUSPELD and Learning Difficulties Australia, may have seen a new MultiLit assessment tool mentioned – the WARN. The Wheldall Assessment of Reading Nonwords (WARN) is a new test that measures young children’s ability to decode nonwords, comprising three Initial Assessment Lists and ten…

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MultiLit Moments

MultiLit Moments May 2018 out now

Our latest edition of MultiLit Moments is available to download here now, featuring: Why decodable readers are valuable for your Year 1 studentsInside Ballina Public School’s success with our Reading Tutor Program and MiniLit programsA profile of our training development manager, Kyle Pitt, andDr Robyn Wheldall’s interview with Kinderling Conversation on reading and dyslexia.

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December edition of MultiLit Moments out now

We have now published the December 2017 edition of MultiLit Moments – read it online here. In this edition, we feature: The InitiaLit–Foundation launch,The end of an era: the closure of the MultiLit/Bill Crews Charitable Trust Literacy CentresMeet the team: Dr Robyn WheldallThe Neale Analysis resurrected.

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October edition of MultiLit Moments out now

The October 2017 edition of MultiLit Moments is online now. This edition covers: The independent evaluation of MiniLit by Evidence for Learning and the NSW Department of Education and CommunitiesMore information about InitiaLit–Foundation and InitiaLit Year 1 Readers, both to be released soonAn introduction by Kevin Wheldall about a new book: Making Sense of Interventions…

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You can view a list of all MultiLit Moments issues collectively and download them here.

Media mentions

Media Publicity in 2015

MultiLit: This article mentions the success of the MultiLit program with an indigenous student attending a school at which the author volunteers. Post 0055, Women of Canberra, 2015.Professor Kevin Wheldall: This article, which discusses the ineffectiveness of Reading Recovery based on a recent evaluation by the NSW Department of Education, makes reference to a similar evaluation…

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Media Publicity in 2014

MultiLit: Crookwell Public School has implemented the MultiLit program with its year 2-6 children. The local community is supporting the program through volunteering and a donation by the Country Women’s Association. “Students assisted with MultiLit gift from CWA”, The Crookwell Gazette, 8 July 2014. MultiLit: Glen Innes Public School has introduced MiniLit, with great success. “Early…

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Media Publicity in 2013

Jennifer Buckingham, Professor Kevin Wheldall and Dr Robyn Wheldall: The article references the paper ‘Why Jaydon can’t read: The triumph of ideology over evidence in teaching reading’ published by Ms Jennifer Buckingham, Professor Kevin Wheldall and Dr Robyn Wheldall as critical to understanding the issues surrounding the teaching of reading in Australian schools. “Grim Reading”,…

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