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Stay in the loop with PETAA webinars for members. Our growing series explores tips and topics relevant to your day-to-day work: the practical ins and outs of teaching English, language and literacies in the classroom and the inspirational moments and aspects of teaching. We aim to provide an exciting range of presenters and discussion areas — to deliver to you wherever you are.

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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Organising the English/literacy block — With Dr Kaye Lowe

Live cast Tuesday 11 May 2021 3:30–4:15 pm AEST

For beginning teachers. Join us for a webinar with senior literacy academic Dr Kaye Lowe (author of Writing the Future and For the Love of Reading; facilitator of popular PETAA online course Supporting Struggling Readers) as she shares top tips for beginning teachers — focusing on best practice ways to organise the English and literacy block. This webinar is designed for pre-service and early-career teachers, and will include time for you to ask questions — and get expert answers.

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Poetry for life: Reading poetry and prose with primary students — With Wendy Orr

Live cast Wednesday 26 May 2021 3:30–4:15 pm AEST

Wendy is the author of Nim’s Island, Dragonfly Song (for which we have a PETAA unit of work), and many more books for children and young people. Her books have won awards in Australia and around the world and have been translated into twenty-eight languages. In her Bronze Age adventure novel Cuckoo’s Flight, Wendy uses verse and prose alike to build Clio’s world and tell her story.

Join us in conversation with Wendy as we talk about Cuckoo’s Flight, about writing poetry for young people, and ways we can stop being intimidated by poetry and learn to love and use it instead.

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Grammar basics for beginning teachers — With Dr Rod Campbell

Live cast Wednesday 9 June 2021 3:30–4:15 pm AEST

For beginner/early career teachers. Grammar can sometimes feel like an overwhelming and overly technical topic. How can new and early-career teachers begin to build their grammar instruction skills? Join Dr Rod Campbell, a literacy consultant and grammar expert who facilitates the popular PETAA Courses An Introduction to English language and sentence grammar and Advanced sentence grammar and cohesion, as he shares tips and tricks on the basics of best-practice grammar instruction. Plus, we'll be setting aside time to ask his expert opinion on grammar instruction within your unique student and classroom context.

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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

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