PETAA Leading with Literacy conference 2020: Reading to Write

Classroom teacher with studentsFriday 6 and Saturday 7 November 2020 | Aerial Function Centre, Sydney

Online: Live streamed an on demand

Our conference will run face-to-face as planned on 6–7 November in Sydney, but it will also be live streamed, 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.

Face-to-face spots are SOLD OUT. You can still join us online live-streamed or on demand!

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 (download the program brochure below)

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:

  • Dr Misty Adoniou on teaching writing — the power and the passion
  • Jennifer Asha on choices for quality literature
  • Dr Jon Callow on reading to write multimodal texts
  • Dr Rod Campbell on reading, writing and oral language assessment in the classroom
  • Dr Helen Harper on our (big) pedagogic intentions in language and literacy: Establishing some overarching strategies
  • Julie Hayes on subversive leadership and what principals need to know about literacy
  • Dr Pauline Jones on the relationship between reading, writing and discourse
  • Dr Bronwyn Parkin on the pedagogic roundabout: influences in literacy education
  • Dr Gill Pennington on reading, writing, and EAL/D students: embracing multilingualism in the classroom
  • Joanne Rossbridge on teaching grammar through writing
  • Professor Alyson Simpson on prompting writing through literary experience to improve comprehension
  • Tim Warwick and Eron Chapman on planning a whole school literacy program
  • Sue Whiting on the author school collaboration

NSW Government logoFor NSW attendees, completing this conference will provide 13 hours of NESA endorsed professional learning addressing 1.2.2, 1.5.2 and 2.2.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers.

Registration options (more detail and costs below)

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!

Remote attendance includes the option of 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.

Attend face-to-face at the Aerial Function Centre UTS, Ultimo
Only 12 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.


Download the program

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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

Official Conference Publishing Exhibitor

OXFORD University Press logo


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

Aerial Function Centre UTS

Registration options

Ticket Type

Early Bird

Until 11 September

Full price

Member – face-to-face*



Student member – face-to-face*



Non-member – face-to-face*




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.