PETAA Professional Learning


Pathways to continual professional growth: register and find courses

PETAA provides key Professional Learning opportunities for teachers at every stage of their career evolution. PETAA will liaise with member schools to find the resources, direction and expert support to help you achieve your learning goals.

Online professional learning, follow the links adjacent or in the full list of courses below to register

Teaching Knowledge for the Art and Craft of Writing

Teaching students the knowledge and skills for writing English can be creative, engaging and effective. This self paced online workshop will give teachers strategies and resources that can be used immediately in the classroom. The course is divided into two main parts with modules in each. 14 October to 30 November 2019.

Teaching Grammar with Rich Literature

Using rich literature to teach writing with quality texts as a springboard to explicit grammar instruction. With an emphasis on applying grammar knowledge to classroom activities and classroom talk, the course has a focus on teacher modelling of metalanguage, helping teachers to adjust thier knowledge of grammatical terms and definitions to the classroom and to show students how authors use grammatical choices to meet the purposes of their texts. 13 November to 18 December 2019

Supporting Struggling Readers 2020

This inspirational online course is also 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, and to motivate disinterested students to engage with reading and writing. 16 January to 28 February 2020.

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.


‘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 ​

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.

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), and membership is a requirement for access to our online learning courses. Discover the many other benefits.

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An ONLINE workshop for members only, presented and  moderated by Dr ROD CAMPBELL

Teaching students the knowledge and skills for writing English can be creative, engaging and effective. This self paced online workshop will give teachers strategies and resources that can be used immediately in the classroom.The course is divided into two main parts with modules in each.
Part 1: Introduction to English Language and Sentence Grammar
Part 2: Advanced... Details
When: October 14 – November 30, 2019
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For teachers K-2
presented by Kim Cootes and Dr Gill Pennington
During this workshop, teachers will be introduced to significant aspects of EAL/D pedagogy and the value of stories as vehicles for language and literacy development, especially when accompanied by opportunities to respond playfully to multilingual texts. Reference will be made to appropriate curriculum outcomes. The purpose of ´multilingual storyboxes’ will then be explored: to value and explore the... Details
When: November 7, 2019
Where: NEWTOWN, NSW
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Presented by PENNY HUTTON
This workshop will address the strands of Language, Literature and Literacy from the AC:E .
Participants will:
* gain knowledge of grammar at clause, sentence and whole text level
* understand the features of effective writing
* understand the different literacy demands made in different subject areas
* learn how to teach writing explicitly
* learn how to develop and apply assessment criteria Details
When: November 8, 2019
Where: CANNON HILL, QLD
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PRESENTED by SUE MURRAY
FOR TEACHERS OF YEARS 3-8
This practical workshop will equip teachers with the knowledge and skills to teach their students to write effective scripts by understanding the fundamental elements of scripts.
Participants will take part in a number of practical drama and writing exercises that will be scaffolded to allow easy implementation in their own classrooms, as well as examples of scripts as models to analyse.
The material and ... Details
When: November 8, 2019
Where: Phegan's Bay, NSW
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An ONLINE workshop for members only, presented and moderated by Jennifer Asha.
Using rich literature to teach writing, with quality texts as a springboard for explicit grammar instruction.
What makes a quality text a good resource for teaching sentence level grammar?
The delivery of this course emphasizes the application of grammar knowledge to classroom activities and classroom talk. It aims to focus on teacher modeling of metalanguage, helping teachers to ... Details
When: November 13 – December 18, 2019
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ACTIVELY NOTICING THE CRAFT of WRITING: ATTENTIVE TEACHING WITH MENTOR TEXTS

Dr LORRAINE McDONALD


This workshop demonstrates how students can be guided to 'actively notice' how quality texts are constructed and how to follow these mentor texts to make relevant choices for their own writing purposes.
Participants will apply explicit language/grammatical knowledge... Details
When: November 14, 2019
Where: NEWTOWN, NSW
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For early career teachers working with early years students, and teachers of students who are EAL/D learners.

PRESENTED by Dr LEONIE ARTHUR and Dr MARGERY HERTZBERG

This practical workshop will focus on the use of authentic texts to teach phonics in the early years of school. It will demonstrate strategies for planning engaging, culturally responsive teaching and learning sequences that support each student’s development of phonics skills and... Details
When: November 21, 2019
Where: LEICHHARDT, NSW
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Presented and moderated by  Dr KAYE LOWE  Author of FOR THE LOVE OF READING and WRITING THE FUTURE
This online 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 ... Details
When: January 16 – February 28, 2020
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Presented by  Dr KATHY RUSHTON and JOANNE ROSSBRIDGE
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 areas. Objectives... Details
When: February 12 – May 27, 2020
Where: SMITHFIELD, NSW
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Presented by  Dr KATHY RUSHTON and JOANNE ROSSBRIDGE
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 areas. Objectives... Details
When: February 18 – May 26, 2020
Where: CARINGBAH, NSW
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A KINDERGARTEN TRILOGY  presented by ROBYN WILD

Perfect for all Kindergarten and Early Childhood teachers- a three part course on play, reading and writing in Kindergarten. Participants will hear how the Early Years Learning Framework, in conjunction with the NSW Syllabus for the Australian Curriculum, can work together to support young children’s... Details
When: February 20 – March 5, 2020
Where: NEWTOWN, NSW

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Presented by PENNY HUTTON
This workshop will address the strands of Language, Literature and Literacy from the AC:E with direct references to the Australian Curriculum: English K-10.
There will be a particular focus on teaching grammar and punctuation in context.
Participants will:
*gain knowledge of grammar at clause, sentence and whole text level
*understand the features of effective writing
*understand the different literacy... Details
When: February 21, 2020
Where: CULBURRA BEACH, NSW
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2020     ACTIVELY NOTICING THE CRAFT of WRITING: ATTENTIVE TEACHING WITH MENTOR TEXTS
Dr LORRAINE McDONALD
This workshop demonstrates how students can be guided to 'actively notice' how quality texts are constructed and how to follow these mentor texts to make relevant choices for their own writing purposes.
Participants will apply explicit language/grammatical knowledge to closely observe how readers are engaged, how... Details
When: March 12, 2020
Where: NEWTOWN, NSW
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Presented by ROBYN WILD for teachers K-3
While most Kindergarten teachers don’t use formal spelling programs or include weekly Friday dictations into their literacy routines, the teaching of spelling is their core business.
So, what are they doing?
Join us while we see and hear how children are introduced to words, letters and letter patterns during shared reading and shared and interactive writing, and then use this information as they create their own... Details
When: March 12, 2020
Where: ADAMSTOWN, NSW
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Presented by 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... Details
When: March 16, 2020
Where: ELWOOD, VIC