Andrew Connolly


Honorary Associate


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Professional biography

Andrew Connolly has an extensive background in education practice, policy and research in Australia. Most recently he was National Policy Manager for pre and primary schooling with The Smith Family an independent NGO supporting disadvantaged Australian children get the most out of education. 

Andrew began his career as a classroom teacher of early childhood and primary aged students with the Department of Education Tasmania before taking on roles outside of the classroom with the Department in; curriculum development, implementation, program management and policy. 

A passionate advocate of the importance of teacher professional learning and professionalism Andrew worked for over ten years with a national professional teaching association based in Sydney taking on a number of roles including: managing professional development; program development and implementation; research, and publication.

Andrew’s research and policy interests include equity, literacy and social inclusion with particular focus on empowering and supporting children and young people who are at risk of not achieving their full potential. 

Professional and community roles

  • Member, Australian Literacy Educators’ Association

  • Council President,  Australian Literacy Educators’ Association


  • Director, National Board, 

    Australian Literacy Educators’ Association


  • NSW Judge for Nestle Write Around Australia children’s writing program, 

    State Library of NSW


  • Member of Project Management Reference Group,

    Department of Education and Community NSW Premiers Reading Challenge


  • Member of Book Selection Committee,

    Department of Education and Community NSW Premiers Reading Challenge


  • Board Director, Australian Publishers Association


  • Chair of Educational Publishers Board subcommittee, 

    Australian Publishers Association



Current projects

  • Australian Research Council - Literacy and the environment: A situated study of multi-mediated literacy, sustainability, local knowledges and educational change interrogated the use of a range of traditional and digital texts in classrooms throughout the Murray- Darling Basin in the context of exploration, learning and communication by primary children about place and environment. Co-researchers: University of South Australia and Charles Sturt University.
  • The Learning Federation and RMIT - Research project focused on investigating the integration of digital teaching resources developed by The Learning Federation into Australian classrooms.
  • Australian Government - Research project focused on investigating the use of emerging technologies for the professional learning of teachers in literacy. The outcomes of the research project Teachers First, were shared at an ACER conference, Literacy: What does the research tell us?
  • Australian Government Quality Teaching Program - Three year Australian Government funded project to develop the literacy teaching and assessment practices of Australian teachers.

Selected publications

Journal articles

  • Connolly, A. . (2011). Foundations for Learning, Every Child . The Journal of Early Childhood Australia , 17(1), 24–25.
  • Connolly, A. . (1998). EQ Australia . Curriculum Corporation.

Conference papers

  • Connolly, A. . (2000). Improving Literacy Learning: What Does the Research Tell Us? . In Australian Council for Educational Research (Conference Proceedings) .


  • Rowan, L; Gauld, J; Cole-Adams, J and Connolly, A. . (2006). Teaching Values: Primary English Teaching Association/ National Museum Australia, Newtown NSW .
  • Department of Education and Training, NSW. (1998). Certificate of Teaching and Learning Literacy, , Sydney, NSW .
  • Department of Education Tasmania. (1997). Setting up for success with home–school reading, Curriculum Corporation, Carlton Victoria .
  • Department of Education Training Youth Affairs. (1996). Integrated Units Collection Volumes 1-4, , Curriculum Corporation Carlton Victoria .
  • Department of Education Training Youth Affairs LLNC. (1995). PD on CD Literacy, Curriculum Corporation, Carlton, Victoria .