On 26th November 2018, our patron, the eloquent, elegant Governor of Tasmania, Her Excellency Professor the Honourable Kate Warner AC, hosted a reflective dialogue symposium at her beautiful vice-regal home. Its purpose was to gather a diverse group to share story and listen deeply on the topics of communicating and collaborating – linking these to literacy development.
The shared goal that erupted from the group at the end of the day was this – #100PercentLiteracy!
We want to see 100% literacy for Tasmanians.
There is plenty of knowledge about what to do to make this happen across the tabletop with individual learners – children and adults.
Collaboration is to share this knowledge. And in so doing, to also share and listen with respect and non-judgment, seeking to better understand those deeper meanings which inform our decisions, lives, networks and systems.
Communicating: The Heart of Literacy is an ongoing public dialogue about communication, language, literacy, collaboration, and relational trust. Read the report of the symposium and the directions emerging from it.
Unfurling information about the flow-on effects, momentum and impact of Communicating: The Heart of Literacy will be published here.
One of these effects was the Colleagues @ The Heart of Literacy seminar in Hobart on Friday June 21st, 2019. Read the feedback of the parents of children with language-literacy challenges, educators and speech pathologists who attended.
Another, is Connecting: The Heart of Literacy, a September 2019 event generously hosted by Her Excellency. This was a second day-long reflective dialogue about connection and listening as a basis of the ongoing work to positively change Tasmania’s literacy rates.
Connect42’s work is to transform lives through positive communication skills. Positive communication is the key to healthy and successful living; it is the doorway to positive relationships, education, and employment. Our work is to transform learning to read and write – into experiences which are honouring, joyful, hope-filled and successful. So people may then read to learn – according to their choosing.
The skills of communication are the heart of literacy.
Our enormous thanks remains with the fine supporters of Communicating: The Heart of Literacy:
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