Webinars

Live cast and recorded

Stay in the loop with PETAA webinars for members. Our new series will explore tips and topics relevant to your day-to-day work: the practical ins and outs of teaching English, language and literacies in the classroom. We have an exciting range of presenters and discussion areas lined up to deliver to you wherever you are.


Each webinar will run 45 minutes, and the live cast will take place over lunchtime, where you can participate in a Q&A with the guest host. If you can’t make the live session, recordings will be accessible for members from this page.

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PETAA webinars are free and exclusive to members — if you’re not a member:  JOIN US HERE

Please note: PETAA webinars are not accredited professional learning.

Engaging Children with Literacy through Drama, with John Nicholas Saunders

Live cast on Wednesday 29 April 2020 | 12:30pm–1:15pm AEST

John Nicholas Saunders is the Director of Education and Community Partnership at Sydney Theatre Company.

Initially a Drama and English teacher, John has extensive experience in Arts, English and Literacy Education and has taught in primary, secondary, tertiary and community contexts. He has held positions Head of Department: The Arts at Southern Cross Catholic College; Senior Curriculum Co-Writer with the Queensland Studies Authority; Board member of Playlab Press; Associate Academic at Australian Catholic University; President of Drama NSW and Drama QLD; Education Consultant to the Brisbane Festival and guest lecturer at The University of Sydney, Western Sydney University and University of New South Wales; Chair of the Australian Major Performing Arts Group (AMPAG) Education Network and Drama Curriculum Advisor to ACARA.

He currently holds positions as President of Drama Australia and Chair of National Advocates for Arts Education.

John is an Honorary Associate at The University of Sydney where he has recently completed his PhD exploring the impact of drama-based pedagogy on English and literacy learning.

John Nicholas Saunders

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Reading Writing Prompts: Making the most out of picture prompts for composing narrative, with Dr Katherine Bates

Live cast on Tuesday 24 March 2020 | 12:30pm–1:15pm AEDT

Images are powerful communicators of story and used richly in and out of school. As such, it is understandable why current curriculum mandates the inclusion of the visual mode in teaching and learning cycles from the early years. However, reading images in the visual prompts provided in writing assessment contexts may not come naturally to all participants, nor may the prompts provided engage all viewers.

This webinar addresses the notion that students provided with opportunities to develop skills in examining snapshot visual narratives may interact with prompts more deeply and thus spend more time on composing a story than unpacking the prompt potentials. It is suitable nationally for teachers of Foundation to Year Six.

For additional reference see Katherine's PETAA Paper 207: Making the most out of picture prompts for writing in assessment contexts (member resource)

Katherine Bates and visual image of Figure from PETAA Paper 207

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Literature and latte, with Jennifer Asha

Live cast on Wednesday 26 February | 12:30pm–1:15pm AEDT

Grab a coffee and dive into quality texts. In this webinar, Jennifer will lead you through a tour of quality children’s literature. Discuss texts (including multimodal texts) that are perfect for the F–6 classroom, with hot tips on programming these rich works into your classroom within the Australian Curriculum: English. This session will help you spend less time searching for quality resources and more time getting into the heart of teaching, using quality children’s literature.

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The Strathclyde Three Domain Model: rethinking the pedagogic process, with Professor Sue Ellis

Live cast Tuesday 18 February | 12:30pm–1:15pm AEDT

INTERNATIONAL GUEST! Your opportunity to hear from UK Professor Sue Ellis from Strathclyde University Scotland, co-author of the influential Joseph Rowntree Foundation report on Closing The Attainment Gap In Scottish Education. Before joining Strathclyde University, Professor Ellis worked in Primary Schools in West Sussex and in the east end of London. She is Co-Director of the Centre for Education and Social Policy. Don't miss this opportunity to broaden your perspective and spend time with an expert. The recording for this event includes a download PDF of the presentation slides for PETAA members.

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