Writing thre Future: PETAA Professional Learning Intensive and Showcase

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University of Canberra October 19 & 20 2018

Our 2018 national event is a unique opportunity for teachers, instructional leaders and school executives.

Writing the Future is an opportunity to learn, experience and reflect on all the skills required to create a school with writing embedded in its school culture.

Over two days, a curated, integrated sequence of sessions will focus on the building blocks of writing, talk in classrooms to prepare students for writing, creative approaches to writing, and how to apply these skills across the curriculum and across the school.

Within this context, teachers and school and literacy leaders will be encouraged to reflect on their practice and consider the power of growing ‘learning communities.’

The two days of Writing the Future will also provide attendees with the opportunity to experience the work of a wide variety of inspirational community-based organisations who are active in the English and Literacy space and will exhibit in our Showcase arena. And through the practical experiences of our Showcase Schools, they will have the opportunity to further hone their own writing skills.

Writing the Future attendees will experience an integrated program that presents:

  1. Core teaching knowledge for establishing a writing culture in schools
  2. Showcase Schools present their Writer in Residence programs
  3. Inspiration from creative community writing programs.

Copyright Agency Cultural Fund

Writing the Future Showcase

Each Showcase session will include a presentation by one of our Showcase Schools — with successful PETAA member schools having been selected from South Australia, Queensland and Victoria, and a cluster of regional schools from Tasmania. Supported by the Copyright Agency Cultural Fund, PETAA’s Writing the Future Showcase will run a project in each school. A visiting author will work with each school and students for three days to collaborate on a writing workshop. Each school will document the three-day collaboration in some way and prepare this and the outcome/ product as a case study to be presented jointly by the coordinating teacher and the author as part of the PETAA Professional Learning Intensive.

NSW GovernmentWriting The Future, PETAA’s Professional Learning intensive and Showcase will contribute 10 hours of TQI approved PD for ACT teachers, and 11 hours of NESA Registered PD for NSW teachers addressing 1.2.2, 2.1.2, 2.2.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers.

Details:  About the Writing the Future presenters   |   Location and Map   |   Event full

Writing the Future — Program

Schema with puzzle pieces to show the intergatio of core knowledge components on the program

   Writing the Future Expo

Exhibitors in the Writing the Future Showcase arena will be open both days between 8:30am and 5pm

Day 1
8:45 am

Registration opens

9.00–9:15 am

   Welcome to Writing the Future

Dr Robyn Cox — Chairperson

PETAA President Dr Cox will be introducing each session and highlighting the important threads for participants throughout our program.

9:15–10:30 am



Writing — where has the magic gone?

Dr Misty Adoniou

There is a rapture in writing. It is powerful, it transports, it persuades, it tugs hearts and shapes minds. Or at least it should. In this session Dr Adoniou will question and challenge What do students think writing is? Is it a wondrous craft for them — a powerful tool? Or in our efforts to give students the basic skills of writing, have we killed the magic?

There is a sad irony in the fact that with our efforts to improve test results (for example, NAPLAN) we may have killed the magic of writing for many students, whilst simultaneously being completely ineffective. Dr Adoniou suggests it is possible to explicitly teach how the English language works and to do so in ways that are spell binding, and bring the magic back to writing.

10.30–11:00 am

Morning tea — Day 1

11.00–11:45 am

   Showcase School 1

Concordia College, St Johns Campus, South Australia
Writer: Louise Park

Having completed a whole school language review Concordia College developed shared beliefs about teaching writing. Their case study will present how they built both students’ and teachers’ capacity as writers. (Year 2 students)

11.45 am–1:00 pm


   CORE KNOWLEDGE 1 The Foundations

The essentials for meaning making

Dr Pauline Jones

In this session Dr Jones considers what constitutes ‘the essentials’ for writing in contemporary classrooms; in other words, what do students need to be able to do with language (and other meaning making resources) in order to accomplish the increasingly complex ‘writing’ tasks of school? It presents key findings from recent research into literacy transitions from the early childhood to junior secondary years, emphasising the importance of students’ knowledge about texts and meanings in gaining control over these writing demands. Throughout this session, the contribution of teachers’ metalinguistic (or metasemiotic) expertise will be emphasised.

1:00–2:00 pm

Lunch — Day 1

2:00–2:45 pm

   Showcase School 2

St Peters Lutheran College, Queensland
Writer: Deb Abela

This case study will present how students created evocative and purposeful migrant stories. (Year 6)

2:45–4:00 pm



Handing over the power through classroom dialogue

Dr Bronwyn Parkin and Dr Helen Harper

This session presents the results of recent research carried out by Drs Harper and Parkin through their PETAA Research Grant into scaffolding academic language with educationally marginalised students. This session will demonstrate their model of nuanced, dynamic teaching and learning negotiation to support all students in the class into independent writing at a year-level appropriate level. The learning area of science will be used as the context of this session. Classroom dialogue is pivotal to this process, and a skilled teacher can help students to transform these meanings into written language.

Day 2
8:45 am

   Writing the Future Expo  Mini bites

Three eight-minute talks and demonstrations from selected exhibitors/associations

9:15–10:30 am


   CORE KNOWLEDGE 3 Creativity

Creativity — writing as an art form

Professor Robyn Ewing

Creative thinking and learning skills are critical to our social and emotional wellbeing, academic success and readiness for lifelong learning. This presentation explores current research and practical examples that demonstrate the importance of creative writing as a literary art form. We will consider how creative writing experiences can be developed in the classroom to nurture children’s creativity, imagination, self-confidence and sense of identity.

10.30–11:00 am

Morning tea — Day 2

   Showcase School 3

Corpus Christi Primary School Glenroy, Victoria
Writer: Sue Whiting

In this school where 78% of students are from language backgrounds other than English the visiting writer engaged and developed adaptive and animated learners within a creative multimodal, digital context. (Years 5–6)

11.00–11:45 am

11.45 am–1:00 pm


   CORE KNOWLEDGE 4 Whole School Application

Reflect and Apply

Dr Beverly Derewianka

In this session, we will examine practical strategies for implementing a whole school writing approach across different areas of the curriculum. We will look at developing shared understandings about writing and common practices across the years.

1:00–2:00 pm

Lunch — Day 2

2:00–2:45 pm

   Showcase School 4

Circular Head Cluster (six schools), Tasmania
Writer: Sue Whiting 

This cluster of schools in an isolated, disadvantaged area in Tasmania are involved in a three year Middle Years Literacy Project. With guidance, modelling and feedback from their Writer in residence, the students and teachers developed their own creative, imaginative texts. Their presentation includes a digital compilation of their work by older students.

2:45–4:00 pm


Writing Culture: The Future

2018 Australian Children's Laureate, Morris Gleitzman

Writing the Future — location

The Ann Harding Conference Centre
Building 24 The University of Canberra
Bruce Drive
Canberra, ACT 2617

Writing the Future — registration

Early bird price until Friday 8 June

Non-members  $ 523  $ 550
Members  $ 470  $ 495
New Graduates
 $ 470
 $ 495
 $ 470  $ 495

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

Ann Harding Conference Centre

The venue: The Ann Harding Conference Centre, Building 24 The University of Canberra, Bruce Drive, Canberra, ACT 2617

Writing the Future — accommodation suggestions

Plan your trip: For distances between hotels and venue, and the cheapest transport option.

Discounted accommodation for conference attendees (booking codes below)

Crowne Plaza, 1 Binara St, Canberra ACT 2601 Phone (02) 6274 5500 (8.9 km from venue) Book by following this link (discount rates will only be displayed for dates selected between 18 and 22 October)
Note: A valid credit card is required to secure Crowne Plaza bookings. Payment is collected from guest directly upon arrival. Please be advised that a 14-day cancellation policy applies. This means that any cancellations, no show or reduction on the number of room nights within the 14-day window will be charged in full. Guests can also make bookings by calling the hotel directly on 1300 662 218 during business hours or at anytime on 02 6274 5500 and quoting the group reference ‘PEZ’.

Ovolo Nishi 5 star hotel, NewActon Nishi, 25 Edinburgh Avenue, Canberra ACT 2601 Phone: (02) 6287 6287 (9.7 km from venue). Ovolo Nishi is offering PETAA conference attendees a 20% discount on all rooms (available between 18 and 21 October), and which also includes freebies with a complimentary minibar, continental breakfast for up to two guests and Vino Y Pintxos (happy hour at Monster Kitchen and Bar with two glasses of wine per room and tapas). Quote the PETAA discount code: PETA181018

Other options
Alivio Tourist Park offers villas, cabins and motel rooms at 20 Kunzea Street, O’Connor ACT 2602  Email: [email protected] Phone: 02 6247 5466 (5 km from venue)