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Each webinar will run from 45–60 minutes, and the live cast will take place over lunchtime, or after school times where you can participate in a Q&A with the guest speaker(s).

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Sharing stories for healing — With Boori Monty Pryor

Live cast Thursday 24 June 2021 3:30–4:15 pm AEST

Before we enter National NAIDOC Week 2021, on 4–11 July 2021 with the theme, Heal Country, join us in conversation with legendary storyteller and inaugural Australian children's laureate (2012–2013) Boori Monty Pryor. Boori's new book Story Doctors, illustrated by Rita Sinclair, is ‘a book for everybody’ that travels from the first footsteps on this land through 80,000 years of strength, sickness and possibility. Boori will talk about the creation of Story Doctors, his experience workshopping the book with early learning students in classrooms across Australia, and how we can share quality children’s literature with students as an act of healing.

Educational Equality through Scaffolding — With Carmel Leahy

Live cast Tuesday 13 July 2021 3:30–4:15 pm AEST

Explore effective ways to scaffold the literacy of students so they can fully participate in the Australian Curriculum with Carmel Leahy through her insightful case study. In 2017, a high school class at Yiyili Aboriginal Community School prepared for a trip to Canberra using the classic text Animal Farm by George Orwell.

The literacy levels of the students ranged from non-readers to almost mainstream levels of attainment. Learn about the scaffolded literacy program Carmel used to ensure the work was sufficiently differentiated for all students to participate fully and learn the literacy skill set they needed to explore the field of mainstream government and politics.

Former PETAA President Robyn Cox with Carmel Leahy and and Sally Humphrey (ASFLA 2016 Conference Convenor)

Above: At the ASFLA Conference 2016, from left to right: Robyn Cox (PETAA President at the time), Carmel Leahy and Sally Humphrey (Conference Convenor and PETAA author). Carmel Leahy was in that year awarded the inaugural Sue Bremner Scholarship — learn more and read her submission Language as Social Power.

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Bringing history to life in children’s literature — With Anna Ciddor

Live cast Wednesday 21 July 2021 3:30–4:15 pm AEST

In Anna Ciddor’s newest book for children aged 8–13, The Boy who Stepped Through Time, her protagonist Perry visits a crumbling ruin while on holiday in France and is transported back 1700 years to the Roman Empire! Join us in conversation with Anna, who loves finding out the tiniest details of the past to flesh out her stores, as we discuss the time-slip adventure narratives, her writing and research process, and how you can support your students in making the past feel alive again.

The Boy Who Stepped Through Time book cover

As a rich and related resource, explore the English for the Australian Curriculum unit of work for Upper Primary Imagining Ancient Rome.

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Past events — recordings

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Teaching the language of climate change science webinar

Posted on 4/20/2021
A conversation with Julie Hayes, co-author of the PETAA Publication Teaching the Language of Climate Change Science, as she shares tips for introducing scientific language for young people and classroom examples of best practice.

Hints for healing

Posted on 3/11/2021
In this special webinar, join Nicole Loehr as she explains her school liaison program STARTTS (Service for the Treatment and Rehabilitation of Torture and Trauma Survivors), along with top tips for teachers with students who have suffered trauma

Read for Your Life!

Posted on 9/10/2020
Australian Children’s Laureate 2020–2021 Ursula Dubosarsky explores the power of reading

Understanding and using English concepts — Session 1

Posted on 6/11/2020
Presenters Michael Murray and Dr Lorraine Beveridge also co-authored the related PETAA Paper 215

Te Rito Toi: Helping the return to school after COVID-19

Posted on 5/7/2020
Professor O’Connor is an internationally recognised expert in making and researching drama education

Reading with your child

Posted on 4/23/2020
Jennifer Asha shares tips and tricks for parents learning with their children at home during COVID