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Select from the full list of courses face-to-face and online further below, or explore tailored learning options for your school team to build a professional learning community.

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Please note that PETAA face to face Professional Learning has been suspended in some areas due to COVID. In states and territories where in-person events can proceed, they are under COVID safe guidelines as explained in PETAA’s COVID Safe Policy (.pdf 177 kB)  and follow advice from local Health authorities for both attendees and host venues.

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Online Whole School: The explicit teaching of writing F–6
Presented by Penny Hutton, this online workshop will address the strands of Language, Literature and Literacy with direct references to the Australian Curriculum: English Years F–10 (with a focus on years F–6). There will be a particular focus on teaching grammar and punctuation in context.

When: July 1 – December 31, 2021
Where: Online
Online Whole School: Going meta
Going Meta- Enabling rich talk about writing.    Presented by Professor Debra Myhill, and comprising 5 distinct modules, this comprehensive course looks at what is meant by metalinguistic understanding, how to plan writing lessons which foster understanding of language choices and how to generate metalinguistic talk in your classroom. It explores metalinguistic modelling of choices in writing and unpacks writing as a craft. Each module will involve reference to research and... Details
When: July 1 – December 31, 2021
Where: Online
Online Whole School: Intro to English language and sentence
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: July 1 – December 31, 2021
Where: Online
Online Whole School: Advanced sentence grammar & 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: July 1 – December 31, 2021
Where: Online
Online Whole School: Supporting struggling readers
Presented by Dr Kaye Lowe, author of For The Love of Reading and Writing The Future. This workshop is a practical examination of the reading process and demonstrates strategies that support readers to comprehend texts and develop a love of reading. It provides evidence-based strategies that eliminate the stress and anxiety too often experienced by struggling... Details
When: July 1 – December 31, 2021
Where: Online
Online: Play-based language and literacy learning
Presented and moderated 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: October 4 – November 1, 2021
Where: Online
Expression of Interest - School based PL for Term 4 2021
Register your expression of interest to work collaboratively with PETAA in Term 4 2021 to design workshops and courses tailored to your particular school context.

When: October 5 – December 17, 2021
Online: Teaching handwriting & keyboarding in the 21st cent
THIS EVENT IS NOW FULL Presented by Dr Noella Mackenzie.  Contemporary writing incorporates a variety of traditional, digital, multimodal, and visual literacy forms, with the written word still central to most texts.

When: October 5 – November 8, 2021
Where: Online
Online: Supporting EAL/D students in our classrooms 3
Presented by Dr Jennifer Hammond and Maya Cranitch. Supporting EAL/D students in our classrooms is a three part course designed to address the contributions and educational needs of diverse EAL/D students in Australian schools, including those who have recently arrived and who may be from refugee backgrounds. Drawing upon principles and practices of EAL/D pedagogy to support mainstream and EAL/D teachers in planning and implementing programs that meet the needs of EAL/D students in... Details
When: October 18 – November 12, 2021
Where: Online
Online: Going Meta - Enabling rich talk about writing
Presented and moderated by Professor Debra Myhill, and comprising 5 distinct modules, this comprehensive course looks at what is meant by metalinguistic understanding, how to plan writing lessons which foster understanding of language choices and how to generate metalinguistic talk in your classroom. It explores metalinguistic modelling of choices in writing and unpacks writing as a craft. Each module will involve reference to research and underlying understandings combined with a... Details
When: October 18 – November 15, 2021
Where: Online
Online: Teaching media literacy F-6
Presented by Amanda Levido and Luke Zaphir. This course focusses on how to develop media literacy with primary school age students through an approach that encourages students to make and respond to everyday media practices in ways that promote critical thinking. The media literacy conceptual approach provides teachers and students with a framework to think about media. This course is different from many PETAA online courses in that it involves  practical engagement with... Details
When: October 25 – November 22, 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 strategies to supplement your existing phonics program with authentic texts. Whilst the focus is on students in the early years of school, it is also relevant for students in Early Childhood, Students with English as an additional Language and students with special... Details
When: October 25 – December 6, 2021
Where: Online
Live Webinar: Exploring picture book illustrations
Free webinar for members only. Freya Blackwood has been writing and illustrating children’s books since 2002. Her work has captured international attention, including multiple awards and nominations. These include the prestigious Kate Greenaway Medal (2010), which is the UK’s most prestigious award for children’s illustration, and the CBCA Picture Book of the Year Award in 2007 and 2015. We talk to Freya about creating story worlds and meaning through illustrations and words – how... Details
When: October 26, 2021
Where: Online
Online: Where do I start?
Literacy teaching for beginning teachers. Presented by Robyn Wild, this workshop will address common questions that pre-service teachers, beginning teachers and teachers new to a particular year level ask.

When: November 1 – December 6, 2021
Where: Online
Online: Leading with Literacy — PETAA 2021 Conference
PETAA's 2021 Leading with Literacy Conference on demand. Powerful practices for all learners. Join us for PETAA's  Leading with Literacy Conference. Creating a powerful English and literacy education for all students with a fabulous line up of presenters including  Dr Helen Adam, Dr Misty Adoniou, Jacqui Cowell and Prof Robyn Ewing, Prof Helen Graham and Haley Tancredi, Stan Grant, Dr Gill Pennington, Margaret Turnbull, Prof Peter O'Connor, Tim Warwick , Karen Yager and other... Details
When: November 1, 2021 – June 30, 2022
Where: Online