Chit Chat with Dr Lorraine Hammond

Join Carla and Dr Hammond as they chat about Explicit Direct Instruction and the implementation of evidence based literacy instruction in Australia.


Dr Lorraine Hammond AM is an Associate Professor in the School of Education at Edith Cowan University, in Western Australia.   Lorraine has worked and researched in the area of early literacy, high impact instructional strategies, including explicit teaching and learning difficulties since 1990.  Graduating as a secondary English teacher Lorraine specialised in the field of learning difficulties and began her post graduate studies in this area.  Lorraine completed her Masters and PhD on the prevention of reading and spelling difficulties and in 2002 was awarded a Churchill Fellowship.  In 2016, Lorraine was recognized by the Australian Government with a University Teaching Award for outstanding tertiary teaching and in 2017 the Australian Council for Educational Leadership recognized her work in schools promoting high impact instruction.   In 2019, Lorraine received an Order of Australia (AM) for her significant contribution to tertiary education and the community.  Lorraine is the President of Learning Difficulties Australia and the Chair, Deputy Chair and Board Member of three high performing WA schools.   Since 2017, Lorraine has developed and presented professional learning on evidence-based literacy strategies for the Kimberley Schools Project in the north of WA in remote community schools. In 2021, she commenced work with Catholic Education, Archdiocese of Canberra and Goulburn on Catalyst, a project underpinned by the Science of Reading and the Science of Learning.


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