PETAA Leading with Literacy conference 2020: Reading to Write

Friday 6 and Saturday 7 November 2020 | Aerial Function Centre, Sydney

Our conference will run face-to-face as planned on 6-7 November in Sydney, but it will also be livestreamed, meaning that for the first time ever, this quality professional learning experience will be accessible to all Australian teachers, regardless of location - with a whole school registration option for PETAA member schools. If preventive restrictions for face-to-face attendance are in place due to coronavirus (COVID-19) in November, the event will still be hosted online. We are committed to bringing you these two days of engaging, illuminating professional development while following strict health, hygiene and safety measures as advised by the NSW Government.

This conference will focus on the importance of the reading and writing connection, of ‘reading to write’ as part of literacy instruction.

  • What is the relationship between reading and writing (and talking and listening)?
  • What role does reading play in learning to write?
  • How can teachers integrate reading into the teaching of writing?

With expert speakers, inspiring keynotes, and integrated learning sessions broken into two streams — one for school leaders and one for classroom teachers — this conference will show teachers how to integrate reading into the teaching of writing to maximise student achievement and create stronger writers.

Program highlights

Ursula Dubosarsky will present a Children’s Laureate Address — as a conference preview read our Focus on ... interview with Ursula on Reading to write.

Other speakers include:

  • Misty Adoniou on linking reading and writing
  • Dr Jon Callow on reading to write multimodal texts
  • Joanne Rossbridge on teaching grammar through writing
  • Dr Pauline Jones and Dr Helen Harper on the relationship between reading, writing and discourse
  • Jennifer Asha on quality literature
  • Dr Bronwyn Parkin on pedagogy for literacy
  • Julie Hayes on what principals need to know about literacy
  • Tim Warwick and Eron Chapman on planning a whole school literacy program
  • Dr Gill Pennington on reading, writing, and EAL/D students
  • Professor Alyson Simpson on comprehending literary texts

Attending this two-day conference will contribute 13 hours of NESA Registered PD addressing 1.2.2, 1.5.2 and 2.2.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.

Registration options

Attend remotely, no matter where you are
All sessions at the Reading to Write Conference will be livestreamed and all discussions and registrant reflection will be conducted in a hybrid model that ensures all remote attendees will be able to participate. We are offering a whole-school pass to allow all teachers from a school to log in and attend either the classroom teacher or school leader conference streams, and to ensure flexibility and social distancing – no needing to crowd around a computer in the same room!
Attend face-to-face at the Aerial Function Centre UTS, Ultimo
Only 25 spots left! PETAA and the event organisers will take every precaution, including appropriate social distancing and individualused catering as well as cleaning and sanitising, to ensure that all attendees can focus on learning from industry thought leaders and safely networking with colleagues and peers.

Interested in exhibiting at PETAA 2020?

We have a limited number of spaces available. Download our 2020 Exhibitor and Sponsor brochure to find out more.

Official Conference Publishing Exhibitor


Official Conference Sponsor

The Children's Book Council of Australia


Aerial Function Centre UTS
Building 10
Level 7/235 Jones St, Ultimo NSW 2007

Aerial Function Centre UTS

Registration options

Ticket Type

Extra Early Bird

Early Bird

Until 11 September

Full price

Member – face-to-face*




Student member – face-to-face*




Non-member – face-to-face*





Until 14 August

Until 11 September


Member – online




Student member – online




Non-member – online




* Morning tea and lunch are included both days for face-to-face participants.


SPECIAL GROUP OFFER: Book 4 places and get fifth place free! Email us if you wish to take up this offer.

Whole School offer

Whole School online access to live streaming of the event — for PETAA member schools only: 

  • $2000+ GST for up to 25 teachers to join
  • $3000+ GST for more than 25 teachers to join.

Email us or call 1300 307 382 to enquire.