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A new way to develop a learning community in your schoolDesigning a professional learning program for your school

The best professional learning journeys start with research. Plan with PETAA expertise. In consultation with your school, PETAA will design and offer a program:

– to suit the needs and priorities of your school
– as an ongoing series of school-based workshops
– for a community of schools
– at open sessions (3-hour to full-day) at various venues.

Get more information about school-based professional learning including PETAA Special Delivery — a new way for primary school executives and leaders
to develop a learning community in your school.

Accredited courses delivering high-quality teacher professional learning for all

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In order to ensure the teaching community have the expertise, professional knowledge and leadership in English and literacies across the curriculum, PETAA provides high quality, nationally recognised and academically rigorous professional learning which bridges theory, research and classroom practice.

Presented by leading academics, educational consultants and exemplary classroom teachers, PETAA courses cater for all teachers across different contexts and career stages. To cater for an increasingly diverse primary school educational community, PETAA courses are delivered via a range of modes for broad teaching communities or can be tailored for smaller groups and individual school’s learning needs.


‘I was profoundly inspired by the content and the organisation on the day ... I feel very passionately about the need for teachers to be continually informed of educational research findings and their instructional implications and thought your conference provided an excellent opportunity for this.’ Jessie Ross, Primary School Class Teacher, WA ​

PETAA Paper 200 — Connecting research and practice

Teachers at a conference table‘Powerful professional learning occurs when teachers reflect on their own teaching practice and how this affects what happens in their classroom. This process or reflection is enhanced by access to publications that provide clear information about new teaching ideas, new processes and recent research.’

Author: Marcelle Holliday

Find clear guidance and quick access to PETAA publications and resources to support action research in PETAA Paper 200 (member access required).

Go to our Authors and presenters profiles page to meet (via videos and information) some of the leading academics and education consultants who work closely with PETAA to deliver high-quality publications and professional learning.

PETAA Members receive a 35% discount on Professional Learning (with 50% discount for students), among other benefits.

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Presented by ANNETTE GRAY
This is a two part workshop- one full day + an after school follow-up session. 
A broad, rich and constantly growing vocabulary is a powerful component of students’ literacy and learning success. The correlation between vocabulary knowledge and literacy success is well-established, with vocabulary responsible for up to 80% of comprehension. Successful instruction is that which has as its primary goal the understanding of new concepts, not just... Details
When: May 1–29, 2018
Where: Orange, NSW
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Presented by ALISON DAVIS
Alison will focus this full day workshop on the role of teaching as inquiry to improve student outcomes in reading . The workshop will use the spiral of inquiry model (Timperley, Heibert, Kaiser) with a specific focus on:
- Inquiry into the needs of students  -gathering student voice, analysing existing achievement needs and reviewing own teaching practice in response to student needs
- Inquiry in to how effective our reading literacy... Details
When: May 2, 2018
Where: ROXBURGH PARK, VIC
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2018   ALISON DAVIS- Australian Tour!!
 
This workshop will explore a range of teaching approaches and activities to build fluency in reading. Fluency is often considered the "forgotten" element of reading comprehension instruction.

Participants will:
* Explore a range of teaching approaches for teaching and practicing fluency
* Access research to support these activities
* Plan a range of lessons and follow up activities to use... Details
When: May 3, 2018
Where: FOOTSCRAY, VIC
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Presented by JENNIFER ASHA
Special discounted workshop for PETAA Student and New Graduate members!

An opportunity for beginning teachers to share, discover and explore quality children's literature including multimodal texts and discuss their possible use in programming for the  NSW Syllabus for the Australian Curriculum: English. Participants will gain:
*a bank of literature resources
 *increased knowledge of specific examples of quality... Details
When: May 7, 2018
Where: NEWTOWN, NSW
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 Contemporary Perspectives on Learning and Instruction in Spelling presented by TESAA DAFFERN
This is a two part workshop- one full day + an after school follow-up session.
Emerging research provides evidence that learning to spell does not proceed in linear stages, and that instruction in spelling should involve much more than simply learning through phonics. Evidence on the effects of phonics... Details
When: May 21–24, 2018
Where: LYNEHAM, ACT

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Discussion, deconstruction, delight: Appreciating authors’ writing styles. Presented by LORRAINE McDONALD

There is a crucial element to be considered when selecting texts for classroom use: the texts need to be worthy of close study, or ´bear scrutiny’ as Humphrey (2016) notes. This workshop will present some language principles for deconstructing excerpts from CBCA award winning texts, to consider how their initial purpose is achieved through their opening... Details
When: May 21, 2018
Where: NEWTOWN, NSW
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Presented by ALISON DAVIS
Alison will focus this full day workshop on the role of teaching as inquiry to improve student outcomes in reading . The workshop will use the spiral of inquiry model (Timperley, Heibert, Kaiser) with a specific focus on:
- Inquiry into the needs of students  -gathering student voice, analysing existing achievement needs and reviewing own teaching practice in response to student needs
- Inquiry in to how effective our reading literacy... Details
When: May 22, 2018
Where: WHITFIELD, QLD
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Presented by ALISON DAVIS
Alison will focus this full day workshop on the role of teaching as inquiry to improve student outcomes in writing. The workshop will use the spiral of inquiry model(Timperley, Heibert, Kaiser) with a specific focus on:
- Inquiry into the needs of students - gathering student voice, analysing existing achievement needs and reviewing own teaching practice in response to student needs
- Inquiry into how effective our writing literacy... Details
When: May 23, 2018
Where: WHITFIELD, QLD
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2018   Presented by  KAYE LOWE  Author of FOR THE LOVE OF READING
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 readers.
The workshop is about motivating disinterested students to engage with reading and writing.
It explores how to... Details
When: May 23, 2018
Where: WHALAN, NSW
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Presented by ALISON DAVIS
Alison will focus this full day workshop on the role of teaching as inquiry to improve student outcomes in writing. The workshop will use the spiral of inquiry model(Timperley, Heibert, Kaiser) with a specific focus on:
- Inquiry into the needs of students - gathering student voice, analysing existing achievement needs and reviewing own teaching practice in response to student needs
- Inquiry into how effective our writing literacy... Details
When: May 24, 2018
Where: NEW FARM, QLD
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Presented by AMANDA LLOYD
Developing literacy through nature and story play, provides teachers with an opportunity engage with English curriculum activities. The course is completed in an outdoor environment and the activities are completed to enable teachers to experience nature pedagogy, within literacy building activities, for themselves. Teaching strategies for outdoor learning will be modelled throughout the course, with the aim that teachers can replicate these in... Details
When: May 29, 2018
Where: NOWRA, NSW
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Presented by JON CALLOW
After reading an Anthony Browne picture book, a young student makes the connection between the use of colour and framing when discussing one of the key pages- “This is when he’s happy and maybe the black frames show his emotions when he’s sad.”
This learner is beginning to use a visual grammar to enhance her comprehension of picture books.

This workshop will look at some new research around how students respond to picture books ... Details
When: May 30, 2018
Where: Terrey Hills, NSW
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Presented by JENNY MILLER
Co-editor of Classrooms of Possibility

Vocabulary, responsible for up to 80% of comprehension, is implicated in all aspects of literacy. Often, we assume vocabulary is acquired through exposure over time, but even by Year 1, students have had very different levels of exposure to rich language experiences and have highly diverse levels of vocabulary. A consistent and explicit focus on vocabulary development is needed for all students to ... Details
When: June 5, 2018
Where: MULGRAVE, VIC
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BUILDING LIFE LONG READERS: PUTTING PLEASURE BACK INTO READING
PRESENTED by HELEN ADAM
In many classrooms today teacher read alouds and independent reading time for children have all but disappeared (ACER, 2011). Furthermore, in some schools children are now told what they are allowed to select themselves from classroom or school libraries with limits being placed according to Lexiles and test results. Teachers cite uncertainty of the value of reading for pleasure,... Details
When: June 6, 2018
Where: Como, WA
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2018   Presented by JOANNE ROSSBRIDGE and KATHY RUSHTON.
As a result of the NAPLAN test and the development of a national curriculum, many teachers have recognised the need to learn more about the grammatical features of texts. Familiarity with grammar is essential when using language for a range of purposes and audiences as this knowledge supports appropriate choices. Grammatical knowledge supports students to develop reading and writing in all curriculum... Details
When: June 6 – September 5, 2018
Where: CABRAMATTA, NSW