Sessional Tutor, University of Canberra

Ryan Spencer is an Executive Teacher with the ACT Education and Training Directorate. Prior to this, Ryan undertook the role of Clinical Teaching Specialist in Literacy Education at the University of Canberra. Ryan convened and lectured in two first year literacy subjects for pre-service teachers, focusing upon effective reading instruction.

Prior to his appointment at the University of Canberra, Ryan was Program Co-ordinator and Literacy Advisor for the U-CAN Read Literacy Intervention Program. The U-CAN Read program is a joint project of the University of Canberra and the ACT Education and Training Directorate and is designed to provide parents and carers with the skills, strategies and support to assist their children to read.

Ryan has eleven years teaching experience across all primary grade levels in both the New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory public education systems.

He completed his Master of Educational Leadership in 2012. His research interests focus upon parent education, engaging boys in literacy to improve their educational outcomes and the impact of new technology upon reading instruction. Ryan has presented at a number of education conferences in the area of reading instruction, most recently in Osaka, Japan.

Ryan is the ACT State Director of the Australian Literacy Educator's Association (ALEA). Ryan is also a member of the International Reading Association and the Primary English Teacher's Association.

Experience

  • 2002–present
    Executive Teacher, ACT Education Directorate

Education

  • 2013 
    University of Canberra, Master of Educational Leadership
  • 2002 
    University of Wollongong, Bachelor of Education

Publications

  • 2014
    Future reading: Using technology in the classroom , Practically Primary
  • 2013
    Technology and Struggling Readers: The ticket to a brave new future, The Asian Conference on Technology in the Classroom
  • 2012
    Technology: The Bridge to Reading Success, Journal of Applied Computing

Professional Memberships

  • Member of the International Literacy Association (ILA)