Primary English Teaching Association Australia (PETAA) is involved in a number of special projects, run in partnership with government, educational and scientific agencies and other organisations.
English for the Australian Curriculum
English for the Australian Curriculum, a national initiative for the improvement of English and literacy education from Foundation to Year 10, is a response to the differences in approach and support of the implementation of the Australian Curriculum: English across Australian states, territories and educational jurisdictions. Its objective is to produce 12 substantial Year-level units of work for all F-10 Australian teachers to use with the Australian Curriculum: English.
The project is being produced for DEEWR through its service company Education Services Australia, by consortium of the three, national peak-professional associations working within the discipline of English — AATE, ALEA and PETAA. Between them these associations have supported schools for up to 40 years and represent more than 10,000 Australian teachers of English from F–12 working in Catholic, government and independent schools across Australia, as well as a large number of literacy consultants, literacy support organisations, departmental libraries, and university academics working in literacy and initial teacher education. The resource is due for release in late March 2013.
CAL Project: 2010 Connecting authors and illustrators with schools in NSW
The 2010 Connecting authors and illustrators with schools in NSW project was funded with the support of the Copyright Agency Limited (now know and the Copyright Agency) Cultural Fund. The 2010 Project involved more than 900 students from 15 different and in some cases quite remote schools, working with authors and illustrators, via video conferencing. One of the outcomes of the 2010 Project, was the publication of the 2010 Video-conferencing Manual.
Another outcome was the creation of units of work, with the resources re-titled as Copyright Agency Connect and converted to web-based material in 2012. The free literature-based units, linked to video presentations to schools, present a series of lessons on plot development and characterisation, quality literature as models for writing, and exploring resilience, mapped to the Australian Curriculum: English.
Global Words: English for global education
In 2011, World Vision Australia engaged PETAA as a partner to produce a high quality, digitally delivered, multi-modal education resource to support students and teachers achieve the learning aims and outcomes outlined in the Global Perspectives: A framework for global education in Australian schools statement and the new Australian Curriculum for English for Years 3–8.
The core literacies aspect of Global Words, combining both the traditional focus on reading, writing, viewing, speaking and listening with the recent understandings in visual and digital literacies in the context of Global Education, has resulted in educational resource suited for today’s classroom use. The website, released in March 2012 features interactive, digital and print materials, and a broad range of supporting resources, including a professional learning program for all Australian teachers. The project is supported by AusAID, the Australian Government Agency for International Development. http://www.globalwords.edu.au
Special Forever: A Murray-Darling Basin water education project
From 1993 until 2012, Special Forever: a Murray-Darling Basin water education project was managed by PETAA. Funded by the Murray-Darling Basin Authority (MDBA), the Special Forever Project, has benefitted thousands of Murray-Darling Basin (MDB) students, hundreds of MDB teachers and schools, the wider MDB community and the public profile of the two partner organisations. The Project, in its current guise, was last published in 2010 and PETAA in 2012 has had to archive the site, with a view to possibly extracting and re-using some the valuable materials for primary educators, in 2013 .
In 2010, the anthology and DVD — Rivers We Share — contained 300 works of art and writing selected from a total of 1 000 sent to Sydney from regional coordinators located throughout the Murray-Darling Basin.
Learning Federation Project — English Units of Work
PETAA worked with The Learning Federation (TLF) to create a series of English units of work to support the Australian Curriculum: English. The units of work align with the Australian Curriculum and exemplify the ways in which digital curriculum resources and other forms of ICT can be integrated into sound pedagogical activities for teaching and learning English.
The 12 units of work, suitable for primary years and junior secondary, integrate TLF digital learning resources and other ICT, and can be adapted for a range of formats as well as interactive whiteboard digital learning resources. The units are presented as downloadable word documents to allow teachers to customise the work for their classrooms. Resources links to print and electronic are also included. View the units of work here.
Middle Years Literature Project
This project was undertaken in 2009 with a grant in conjunction with ETA (NSW, from the Australian Government Quality Teacher Programme (AGQTP). The project aimed to develop literature programs in years 5–8 across high schools and their feeder primary schools.
Writers in Schools
Writers in Schools is a training program for new authors interested in presenting author talks and workshops in schools that commenced in 2007 in partnership with Copyright Agency Ltd (CAL). An e-manual was written for authors as part of the project. Information and ideas for teachers on using authors to promote reading and encourage students to write was also created -Writers in Schools: inviting a children's author to your school.
What’s your story?
What’s your story? was a writing program for senior primary school students trialled in 2007, in partnership with Copyright Agency Ltd (CAL), now the Copyright Agency. The finalists’ stories were published on the What’s Your Story website along with the feedback the students received from the new and experienced authors participating in the Writers in Schools program.
This collaborative Australian Research Council project was undertaken with Charles Sturt University and the University of South Australia. It investigates the literacies associated with the Special Forever program.