New this month: the latest PETAA resources (October 2022)

Feel like you may have missed something at PETAA lately? Not to worry! We've rounded up all the newest events, resources, and professional development opportunities you need in one handy place.

Some of the below resources are exclusively available for free to PETAA members. Not a PETAA member? Become one today.

PETAA news

>>> Celebrating PETAA's 50th birthday: 50 gifts for 50 years 

Open access. In 2022, PETAA reaches a major milestone: it's our 50th birthday! We're celebrating this by celebrating educators: we're giving all of you 50 gifts for 50 years. Visit our 50th anniversary page to see the gifts we've already given out, and stay tuned to our newsletter every Thursday for each new gift. 

It's your last chance to join us for PETAA 50th Anniversary celebration drinks, dinner and awards night!

Open access (paid event). We are celebrating our 50th birthday with a celebratory drinks, dinner and awards! Join us at the beautiful Refectory at the University of Sydney for the English and literacies event of a lifetime – hosted by Jane Caro.

Shortlists announced for the inaugural PETAA Awards for Excellence in Primary English Teaching!

Open access. We are excited to be hosting the inaugural PETAA Awards for Excellence to teachers and schools exhibiting excellence in teaching English through innovative and original programs aligned with the curriculum.  Register now to be at the live winners announcement as part of our 50th anniversary celebration drinks, dinner and awards night (see above!)

PETAA wins at the 2022 Educational Publishing Awards Australia! (and sweeps our entire category shortlist!)

Open access. We are delighted to announce that we have won the 2022 Educational Publishing Award in the Primary Reference Category on Wednesday, 7th September 2022. The winning spot was secured by our book of the month (see below)!

New in PETAA reference texts and papers

>>> PETAA Book of the Month, October 2022: Teaching Poetry for Pleasure and Purpose by Sally Murphy

Available now (with discount for members). This reference text, which won the 2022 Educational Publishing Awards Australia in the Primary: Reference Resource category, provides an insight into the language of poetry – poetic techniques, language devices and forms of poetry. This book enables teachers to understand poetry to unlock the deeper meaning behind the written verse. The book serves as a guide for teachers to help students discover their passion for poetry.

> More  reference texts

New teaching units of work 

Don't miss: 24 teaching units and additional resources based on the 2022 CBCA Book of the Year Awards Notables, Shortlists, and winners!

Some resources are member only. We have created 24 teaching units of work based on shortlisted books in the 2022 CBCA Book of the Year Awards (including units for category winners!) Extend your unit building and programming with these webinars with shortlisted authors/illustrators, and this video deep-dive into key texts from the Notables and Shortlist.

> More teaching units

New professional learning opportunities

>>> Introducing: PETAA Focused PD

Open access, with discounts for members. This is a new series of short, focused sessions that are designed to provide quality PD to you and your colleagues where and when it is needed. Designed in short grabs for staff meetings and planning days, this is a cost-effective way for all teachers to access the same information - available for on-demand viewing 24/7.   

>>> Introducing: Putting the literacy jigsaw together, an online Teacher PD course (5 hours, self-paced) 

Open access, with discounts for members. This online course examines different popular reading models to guide teachers in understanding how they help, what their limitations are, and how they measure up against the latest research into how students learn to read. It then explores how a literature-based literacy program with due time given to working systematically on both decoding skills and comprehension, can help students to make sense of the jigsaw pieces so that they can see the big reading picture. 

Last Chance to register for the PETAA 2022 Leading with Literacy Conference: from babble to Batavia and beyond

Open access, with discounts for members. Join us in Sydney or online in 2022 as we enter an exciting longitudinal journey of literacy development from earliest speech and phonemic awareness, through primary schooling to current expectations as students progress to high school.  

> More professional learning courses

New resources and resource round-ups

7 time saving and classroom-ready templates for primary English and literacy instruction

Open access. These 7 quality, time saving templates will provide valuable assistance to educators in their programming, planning and organising of primary English and literacies across the year groups - and save you precious time!

10 rich resources to support teaching of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures in English and Literacies classroom

Open access; some resources are member-only.  PETAA Literacy Leader Karen Rogers has selected 10 texts that will provide an opportunity for supporting the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures cross-curriculum priority in the English and literacies classroom.

>More  resources and resource round-ups

New book reviews 

My Deadly Boots, by Carl Merrison, Hakea Hustler and Samantha Campbell 

Open access. This book, which is suitable for primary readers, throws lights on the crucial topics of family, relationships and identity for young minds. The book serves as a premise for discussions and reflection on the indigenous heritage and the associated discrimination faced by communities in Australia.

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