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Our 2019 national event is a unique opportunity for teachers, instructional leaders and school executives

Friday 25 and Saturday 26 October 2019 | Queensland Cricketers’ Club Brisbane

Teaching With Agility is designed to help you meet every student where they are in their own development, to teach the way each individual student learns, and to infuse their learning with future skills.

Together with a roster of highly respected academics and individuals, plus case studies from agile, innovative schools, you will begin to unpack the Australian Curriculum: English, learn how to plan with agility, explore differentiation and diversity in the classroom, explore agility in practice (think integration and literacy across the curriculum), and focus on teaching practice that really works.

Surrounding all this will be a focus on teacher wellness and wellbeing. To teach well you need to be well, and we want to help give you the skills you need to stay strong, healthy, and inspired within the difficult context of contemporary Australian teaching.

Teaching with Agility: Visual model

Attending Teaching With Agility will contribute 13 hours of face-to-face professional learning addressing 1.2.2, 1.5.2, 3.3.2 and 4.1.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers. Following Teaching With Agility, a certificate of attendance verifying hours and indicating the standards addressed will be issued for attendees from all states and territories.

NSW Goverment logoNSW attendees

Attending Teaching With Agility will contribute 13 hours of NESA registered professional learning addressing 1.2.2, 1.5.2, 3.3.2 and 4.1.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation.

TQI ACT Accredited program 2019ACT attendees

For ACT teachers, completing Teaching With Agility will provide 10 hours of TQI accredited Professional Learning addressing standards 1.2.2, 1.5.2, 3.3.2 and 4.1.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers.

Friday Day 1



Register and connect with your fellow participants.

8:35 am

Welcome to Country | Welcome by PETAA President

8:50 am


Actively explore what is meant by Teaching With Agility and The Why Behind Agility. Examine diversity and ethics, and share thoughts on agility in an active and participatory session with Chantelle Love, NoTosh facilitator and primary school teacher.

9:30 am

 AC: E  Where is the room for my agile and flexible teaching within the Australian Curriculum: English?

Denise Roberts, English curriculum specialist from the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA), will be talk about finding new spaces within the Curriculum to teach your students.

10:30–11:00 am


11:00 am

 HOW DO I MAXIMISE LEARNING FOR ALL MY STUDENTS?  Embracing Diversity: Learning Differentiation

A keynote presentation and activities presented by Professor Linda Graham and Dr Kate Le Bruin will explore differentiation to maximise outcomes for all learners.

1–2 pm


2:00 pm


A joint keynote presentation by Dr Gill Pennington and Margaret Turnbull with activities, collaboration and problem solving, and a focus on writing and the Australian Curriculum: English.

Through this interactive workshop we invite participants to consider the possibilities for teaching in multilingual classrooms, particularly in relation to the pedagogy of writing. We begin by reflecting on our understanding of cultural diversity, recognising the central role of home languages as tools for expressing the knowledge and understandings held within cultural communities. We challenge the deficit view which suggests that many students from Language Backgrounds Other Than English (LBOTE) are in need of remediation and speech therapy. Rather, we identify the cultural and linguistic skills which such students bring to the classroom as ‘funds of knowledge’, exploring ways of using home languages to enhance and extend their understanding of English and subject knowledge, while enlivening learning for the whole class.

We demonstrate how to differentiate assessment using students' home languages and suggest how this rich assessment information can enhance the teaching of writing. The session will involve participants in a range of activities designed to encourage expression and creativity in their students, drawing on EAL/D pedagogy to focus on oral language, the explicit and systematic teaching of language and the development of rich tasks to provide an authentic audience and purpose for multimodal writing. We support participants to build a metalanguage with which to talk about texts while continuing to build connections between literacy practices at home and school.

4:00 pm

MEMBER SCHOOL SPOTLIGHT  How did we meet the challenge for change?

SCHOOL 1: Hear teachers formerly from Lansvale East Public School in New South Wales talk about their experiences in adapting flexibly to meet the challenge for change in their school context

4:30 pm


Thinking skills wrap up by NoTosh facilitator.

Saturday Day 2

8:20 am


Arrive early to reconnect with fellow participants and see a short snapshot from Northfield Primary School, South Australia, on Tips For Literacy Change.

8:30 am

 HOW DO I KEEP MYSELF AND MY STUDENTS AGILE AND STRONG?  Teacher and student wellbeing and resilience

A presentation on developing teacher and student wellbeing and resilience in today’s classroom by Rose Pennington-Anstee.

Rose Pennington-Anstee is a teacher and social emotional learning consultant, passionate about student wellbeing.

Of course, in order to promote student wellbeing, teachers themselves must have the tools they need to thrive; to ‘put on their own oxygen mask before helping others’ and to teach with agility. Teaching towards student wellbeing is unique because teachers can learn at the same rate as their students. Through guiding their students through activities that develop their social and emotional skills, so too are the teachers developing their own.

This workshop will give educators a framework through which to understand social and emotional learning that includes the competencies of self awareness, self management, social awareness, relationship skills and responsible decision making. Then, they will be introduced to a range of classroom practices that will promote each competency in their students as well as for themselves.

Participants will come away with a list of straightforward ideas to use with their students that will boost their own wellbeing as well, allowing them to be truly agile teachers.

9:30 am

 MEMBER SCHOOL SPOTLIGHT  How did we meet the challenge for change?

SCHOOL 2: Teachers from Woodlinks State School in Queensland will talk about their Move On Up Wall – Writing and Feedback journey, and what they learned along the way.

SCHOOL 3: Penhros College, Western Australia will outline the process they took towards increasing student engagement through agile and flexible thinking and planning within their school.

10:30–11:00 am


11:00 am

 HOW CAN I TEACH FLEXIBLY AND USE MY TIME EFFICIENTLY?  Integration across the curriculum

A keynote presentation by Professor Beverly Derewianka with a focus on integration across the curriculum: connecting the curriculum, flexible planning, and effective use of time in the primary classroom..

In the name of efficiency, many schools have segmented literacy into disparate components and consigned them to the literacy block, often relying on commercial programs to teach the various skills. While this practice is convenient, it is not necessarily the most efficient way to nurture genuinely literate students. If, however, we loosen the bonds of the literacy block and allow literacy to permeate the curriculum, a different kind of efficiency can be achieved through the purposeful integration of content, authentic texts, reading, writing, and oral interaction in the context of regular curriculum tasks. For this to happen, however, teachers need support in developing the flexibility and agility required to design literacy experiences for a range of students across all the learning areas. In this workshop we will explore what is involved in venturing beyond the predictability of the literacy block and reclaiming our professionalism.

1–2 pm


2:00 pm

 ANITA HEISS  Creative Responses to Embedding Indigenous Perspectives

Author, presenter and commentator Dr Anita Heiss will address agile teaching to engage students with writing, use of identity texts and creative, differentiated pedagogy to develop community voice, with a focus on cross curriculum perspectives.

3:00 pm

 Q&A PANEL  Teaching with Agility

Discussion and reflection time with audience questions (pre-submitted and from the floor)

3:45 pm


Making connections from the two days. Maintaining connections. Support.

4:15 pm


About the presenters


Queensland Cricketer's Club, Brisbane
411 Vulture Street
East Brisbane, QLD 4169


Versatile English and Literacy Teaching
Early bird rates until 28 June 2019

Non-member  $ 570  $ 600
Professional Member (including Digital and New Graduate)
 $ 520  $ 550
Professional Member Student
 $ 420
 $ 450

This is a two-day event. No single day tickets are available. Morning tea and lunch are included.

Note that member schools and organisations can send up to five teachers to attend for member price.


Accommodation Guide
Accommodation offers

Stamford Plaza Brisbane

Corner Edward and Margaret Streets, Brisbane QLD 4000
(07) 3221 1999 | Website
Negotiated rate of $230.00 per night (rate available until 24th September 2019)
Book via unique link: http://bit.ly/SPB-PETAA1019

Mercurre Brisbane

85–87 North Quay, Brisbane QLD 4000
(07) 3237 2300 | Website
15% discount off our best available flexible rate
Book via unique link (select preferred hotel and check-in/check-out dates)

Quest Woolloongabba

130 Logan Road, Woolloongabba QLD 4102
(07) 3873 3000 | website
25% discount off our best available rates
Promotion code to be used when booking on Quest Woolloongabba website. Download and follow instructions (.pdf 841 kB)

Best Western Plus Hotel Diana

12 Annerley Road, Woolloongabba QLD 4102
(07) 3391 2911 | website
$134 per night for Deluxe Queen or Deluxe King room
Mention PETAA conference at time of booking over the phone

Novotel Brisbane

200 Creek Street, Brisbane QLD 4000
(07) 3309 3309 | website
15% discount off our best available flexible rate
Book via unique link (select preferred hotel and check-in/check-out dates).

Ibis Brisbane

27–35 Turbot Street, Brisbane QLD 4000
(07) 3237 2333 | website
15% discount off our best available flexible rate
Book via unique link (select preferred hotel and check-in/check-out dates).