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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 ​

Designing 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.

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 JENNY MILLER
THIS WORKSHOP IS NOW FULL.

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. Yet even by Year 1, students have had very different levels of exposure to rich language experiences and have very diverse levels of vocabulary. A consistent and explicit focus on vocabulary development is needed for all students to read and... Details
When: September 20, 2017
Where: NORTH MELBOURNE, VIC
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ROD CAMPBELL back  in CALOUNDRA due to popular demand !!!
TEACHING KNOWLEDGE FOR THE ART and CRAFT of WRITING 2 : Advanced sentence grammar and cohesion
  Teaching students the knowledge and skills for writing English can be creative, engaging and effective. This interactive and practical session will give teachers strategies and resources that... Details
When: October 12, 2017
Where: CALOUNDRA, QLD
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Another PETAA online course — exclusively offered free for members


This short online course presented by Jennifer Asha is designed to provide you with a glimpse of the Australian Curriculum: English related to multimodal texts, to hear some ideas for how to think and talk about multimodal texts, and take part in some suggested literacy teaching and learning activities using multimodal texts.


While the interactive course content is here on the... Details
When: October 16 – November 3, 2017
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Presented by JACKIE COLEMAN
One full day plus a three hour follow up session!
This interactive course provides practical, research-based "How to" support to teachers in non-metropolitan areas for whom teaching EAL/D students in mainstream classes is a relatively new experience. It combines a grounding in key EAL/D theory and pedagogies with an exploration of EAL/D resources and how to use them. The course content and activities aim to increase participants' confidence... Details
When: October 17 – November 14, 2017
Where: WAGGA WAGGA, NSW
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A FREE EVENT FOR PETAA MEMBERS. LIMITED PLACES AVAILABLE!!!!
Join some of Australia's favourite children's authors on Thursday 19th October for A Twilight Chat: the magic of books . Margaret Wild, Louise Park, and Jaclyn Moriarty will discuss the power of words and pictures, ensuring beginner readers don't become reluctant readers, and weaving stories... Details
When: October 19, 2017
Where: Crows Nest, NSW
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ROD CAMPBELL back in SYDNEY  due to popular demand!!
TEACHING KNOWLEDGE FOR THE ART AND CRAFT of WRITING  1 : Introduction to English Language and Sentence Grammar
Teaching students the knowledge and skills for writing English can be creative, engaging and effective. This very interactive and practical session will give teachers strategies and resources that can be used immediately in the classroom. The workshop is planned so that teachers in all grades from Prep to... Details
When: October 21, 2017
Where: NEWTOWN, NSW
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ROD CAMPBELL back in  in SYDNEY due to popular demand !!!
TEACHING KNOWLEDGE FOR THE ART and CRAFT of WRITING 2 : Advanced sentence grammar and cohesion
  Teaching students the knowledge and skills for writing English can be creative, engaging and effective. This interactive and practical session will give teachers strategies and resources that... Details
When: October 21, 2017
Where: NEWTOWN, NSW
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Literacy Teaching for beginner teachers and those teaching a new grade in 2018!
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.
How could my daily literacy session be structured?
What should I be teaching my students about reading and writing?
How can I help my students become confident, successful readers and writers? Details
When: October 26, 2017
Where: NEWTOWN, NSW
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Literacy teaching for beginner teachers and those teaching a new grade in 2018.
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.  For example:
 How could my daily literacy session be structured?
 What should I be teaching my students about reading and writing?
 How can I help my students become confident, successful readers and... Details
When: November 1, 2017
Where: WALLSEND, NSW
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PRESENTED by HELEN ADAM
This course draws on research highlighting best practice approaches to selecting and using literature with the English Curriculum and across the curriculum to enhance children's understandings of themselves, history, society and diversity (Boutte, Hopkins, & Waklatsi, 2008; Gollnick & Chinn, 2006; Morgan, 2009; Rosenblatt, 2005; Sipe, 2002) all of which are emphasized in the cross curriculum priorities and general capabilities of the Australian... Details
When: November 8, 2017
Where: INGLEWOOD, WA
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Intensive one and a half day writing workshop presented by PENNY HUTTON

This workshop comprises a full day and a follow-up after-school session two weeks later. It will address the strands of Language, Literature and Literacy from the AC:E with direct references to NSW Syllabus for the Australian Curriculum: English K-10.
Participants will:
* gain knowledge of grammar at clause, sentence and whole text level
* understand the features of effective ... Details
When: November 10–23, 2017
Where: GYMEA BAY, 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: November 13, 2017
Where: NEWTOWN, NSW
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PREPARE FOR WRITING in 2018 with ALAN WRIGHT
Participants will examine how to create a sense of community among student writers. They will explore authentic contexts for writing and the notion of risk taking as a key element within an effective writing program.
Participants will be exposed to ideas for harvesting ideas, and sustaining interest. The course will also address:
*Ideas for assisting students to develop writing stamina along with a process for... Details
When: November 21, 2017
Where: CROYDON, VIC
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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: February 14, 2018
Where: NORWOOD, SA
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2018     Presented by JOANNE ROSSBRIDGE and KATHY RUSHTON.
As a result of the NAPLAN test and the development of a new 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: February 21 – May 30, 2018
Where: PEAKHURST HEIGHTS, NSW