Please note that whilst all PETAA face to face Professional Learning has been suspended over the past few months, the gradual return to face-to-face learning will occur under strict COVID safe guidelines as explained in PETAA’s COVID Safe Policy (.pdf 177 kB) with advice for attendees and host venues. You can also find resources for schools and parents with students in self isolation or quarantine on our Online Teaching Support page.

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Online: Joint Construction: Persuasive
Presented and moderated by Joanne Rossbridge. This course is designed to provide teachers with an understanding of how and why we can support students in the joint construction of persuasive texts.

When: November 16 – December 14, 2020
Where: Online
Online: Advanced Sentence Grammar and Cohesion
An online course presented by Dr. Rod Campbell, demonstrating that teaching English grammar (or more correctly, teaching students the knowledge and skills for writing English) can be creative, engaging and effective.

When: November 19 – December 13, 2020
Where: Online
Online: Reading to Write — PETAA 2020 Conference
PETAA's 2020 Leading with Literacy Conference on demand. Do you ever get the time to stop and think about the relationship between reading and writing (and talking and listening) in your classroom? Have you closely examined the role reading plays in learning to write? Are you looking to lift student performance in writing? Could you do more to integrate reading into the teaching of writing? Learning to write requires gaining control of language at the levels of text, paragraph,... Details
When: November 20, 2020 – April 1, 2021
Where: NSW
Online: Intro to English Language and Sentence Grammar
An online course presented by Dr. Rod Campbell, demonstrating that teaching English grammar (or more correctly, teaching students the knowledge and skills for writing English) can be creative, engaging and effective.

When: February 8 – March 8, 2021
Where: Online
Grammar and Teaching - A twelve week program
This long running and highly respected course is presented by Joanne Rossbridge and Dr Kathy Rushton. As a result of the NAPLAN test and the development of a national curriculum, many teachers have recognised the need to learn more about the grammatical features of texts. Familiarity with grammar is essential when using language for a range of purposes and audiences as this knowledge supports appropriate choices. Grammatical knowledge supports students to develop reading and writing... Details
When: February 15 – May 31, 2021
Where: Strathfield, NSW
Grammar and Teaching - A twelve week program
This long running and highly respected course is presented by Joanne Rossbridge and Dr Kathy Rushton. As a result of the NAPLAN test and the development of a national curriculum, many teachers have recognised the need to learn more about the grammatical features of texts. Familiarity with grammar is essential when using language for a range of purposes and audiences as this knowledge supports appropriate choices. Grammatical knowledge supports students to develop reading and writing... Details
When: February 16 – May 18, 2021
Where: Woolooware, NSW
Play-based language and literacy learning
Presented by Dr Margery Hertzberg and Dr Leonie Arthur. Play-based learning is seeing a resurgence in the classroom and is especially beneficial with literacy and language learning. This practical course will provide teachers with a range of strategies to plan for, scaffold and assess play-based language and literacy learning.

When: February 22, 2021
Where: Newtown, NSW
Multilingual Storyboxes in the Early Childhood Classroom
Presented by Kim Cootes and Dr Gill Pennington During this workshop, teachers will be introduced to significant aspects of EAL/D pedagogy and the value of stories as vehicles for language and literacy development, especially when accompanied by opportunities to respond playfully to multilingual texts. Reference will be made to appropriate curriculum outcomes. The purpose of ´multilingual storyboxes’ will then be explored: to value and explore the diversity of languages spoken in the... Details
When: February 25, 2021
Where: Newtown
Online: Differentiated spelling teaching - Error analysis
Using systematic error analysis to inform a differentiated approach to teaching spelling.    A two-hour live, online seminar presented by Dr. Tessa Daffern. Spelling error analysis is a method of assessment that can be of benefit for screening, progress monitoring, and diagnostic purposes. A systematic analysis of spelling errors can provide a wealth of information about a student’s phonological, orthographic and morphological applications in the context of spelling. This session... Details
When: March 1, 2021
Online: Advanced Sentence Grammar and Cohesion
An online course presented by Dr. Rod Campbell, demonstrating that teaching English grammar (or more correctly, teaching students the knowledge and skills for writing English) can be creative, engaging and effective.

When: March 15 – April 19, 2021
Where: Online
Online: A text based approach to teaching phonics
This practical workshop, presented by Dr. Leonie Arthur and Dr. Margery Hertzberg, will focus on the use of authentic texts to teach phonics in the early years of school.

When: March 15 – April 16, 2021
Multilingual Storyboxes in the Early Childhood Classroom
Presented by Kim Cootes and Dr Gill Pennington During this workshop, teachers will be introduced to significant aspects of EAL/D pedagogy and the value of stories as vehicles for language and literacy development, especially when accompanied by opportunities to respond playfully to multilingual texts. Reference will be made to appropriate curriculum outcomes. The purpose of ´multilingual storyboxes’ will then be explored: to value and explore the diversity of languages spoken in the... Details
When: March 25, 2021
Online: Grammar and Teaching - Encore
Hosted by Joanne Rossbridge and Kathy Rushton via synchronous, interactive Zoom sessions. Knowledge about selecting and using a range of texts to support understanding about literacy and literature will be developed by building on participants’ understanding of a functional model of language and how it is applied  in relevant curriculum and syllabus documents. Participants will also be further supported to develop a pedagogy with a focus on developing critical literacy and which... Details
When: April 21 – June 16, 2021
Online: Grammar and Teaching - A twelve week program
Presented by Joanne Rossbridge and Kathy Rushton via live, interactive Zoom sessions at a time to suit teachers from western states. As a result of the implementation of the national curriculum and the NAPLAN test many teachers have recognised the need to learn more about the grammatical features of texts. Familiarity with grammar is essential when using language for a range of purposes and supports students to develop reading and writing in all curriculum areas. In this online... Details
When: May 20 – August 26, 2021
Online: A text based approach to teaching phonics
This practical workshop, presented by Dr. Leonie Arthur and Dr. Margery Hertzberg, will focus on the use of authentic texts to teach phonics in the early years of school.

When: May 24 – June 28, 2021