Writing thre Future: PETAA Professional Learning Intensive and Showcase

Writing the Future Presenters

Associate Professor Robyn Cox

Dr Robyn Cox is currently Associate Professor of Literacy Education at ACU National, Strathfield campus. Prior to this she was Principal Lecturer at the University of Worcester, UK and a member of the executive committee of the United Kingdom Literacy Association (UKLA).

Robyn has also held positions at Universities in Australia, Singapore and Brunei Darussalam. She is the author of several international journal articles in the field of literacy research and has been involved in teacher education in four countries over a 20-year period. She is well known for her commitment to the development of a strong professional knowledge base in initial teacher education and remains dedicated to bringing accessible educational research and theory to teacher education students. Robyn’s interest also lies in teacher professional development and she is currently President of PETAA.

Dr Misty Adoniou

Dr Misty Adoniou teaches undergraduate and post graduate teacher education courses in Language and Literacy. She has received numerous teaching awards, including an OLT National Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning and the Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Teaching Excellence.

Misty was the lead writer for the national English as an Additional Language Teachers Resource which accompanies the Australian Curriculum and has served on several national advisory boards. She is on the Board of Directors of TESOL International – a teachers association representing over 100 teachers’ associations around the globe. She has served as the President of two international TESOL Affiliates; TESOL Greece and the Australian Council of TESOL Associations.

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Author Louise Park

Louise Park writes books for children under her own name as well as several secret identities including H. I. Larry, Mac Park and Poppy Rose. She loves writing books with action and grand adventures and is the author of the best-selling series Zac Power Test Drive, Bella Dancerella and Star Girl—soon to be a television series. She is also the co-author of Boy vs Beast.

Louise loves nothing better than taking students on huge adventures and helping them to craft action-packed stories of their own.

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Pauline Jones

Dr Pauline Jones is Associate Professor, Language in Education in the School of Education and is the Co-ordinator of the Graduate Language and Literacy strand. She is also Convenor of Professional Learning in the School of Education. She teaches educational linguistics, classroom-based research, English curriculum and policy in undergraduate and postgraduate courses. Her publications cover a range of topics including teacher expertise with respect to language and literacy, oral language in the classroom, online dialogue, metalinguistic awareness and functional language/semiotics.

Her research interests include dialogic teaching, functional linguistics/semiotics, teachers’ knowledge about language and multimodality. Pauline completed a Doctor of Philosophy at the University of New South Wales and her research investigated the nature and role of oral language in classroom learning with particular emphasis on the literacy outcomes for disadvantaged students. She is currently leads ‘Transforming Literacy Outcomes (TRANSLIT)’ $350,000 research project investigating the nature of students’ literacy experiences at key points in schooling from Foundation to Senior Secondary. Pauline is also Chief Investigator on an ARC funded project investigating the use of student generated multi-modal texts in tertiary science classrooms.

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Sue Whiting, author

Sue Whiting lives and works in a small coastal village south of Sydney. She has written numerous books in a variety of genres: fiction and nonfiction, picture books through to YA, including the best-selling The Firefighters, and the award-winning A Swim in the Sea. Her latest book, Missing, is a middle grade mystery/suspense novel for readers 10+.

Sue was Publishing Manager and Senior Commissioning Editor at Walker Books Australia for ten years, before leaving in 2016 to concentrate on her writing and to work from her home as a freelance editor, writing coach and mentor.

A former primary school teacher with a special interest in literacy education and children’s literature, Sue is a highly experienced speaker who loves sharing her passion for story and storytelling, reading and writing with people of all ages.

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Bronwyn Parker (top) and Helen Harper

Dr Bronwyn Parkin is an adjunct lecturer in Linguistics at the University of Adelaide and a literacy consultant with a long history of working in the area of literacy with Aboriginal and low socio-economic students. For many years, she was a Literacy Development project officer in the Literacy Secretariat, SA Department of Education. Her Applied Linguistics PhD was titled Scaffolding Science, a study into scientific literacy development of students in a low socio-economic classroom. Together with Dr Helen Harper from the University of New England, she was the 2016-2017 recipient of a PETAA research grant, Scaffolding academic language with educationally marginalised students.

Dr Helen Harper is a Senior Lecturer in English, Literacies and Languages Education at the University of New England. She has previously worked as a lecturer and mentor in literacy education, as a linguist in remote Indigenous communities, and as a teacher of English as an Additional Language. Most recently she has collaborated with primary and secondary teachers in disadvantaged urban and remote schools to apply principles of scaffolding language and literacy across the curriculum. In 2016 Helen was a co-recipient, with Bronwyn Parkin, of the Primary English Teaching Association of Australia (PETAA) Research Grant.

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Professor Robyn Ewing

Professor Robyn Ewing AM, Sydney School of Education and Social Work, University of Sydney, is a former primary teacher who is passionate about the role that quality arts processes and experiences can and should play in learning. Her teaching, research and writing include a focus on using drama with literature to enhance students’ English and literacy outcomes. She is an Honorary Associate at the Sydney Theatre Company where she works in partnership on School Drama, a Visiting Scholar at Barking Gecko Children’s Theatre, a member of the Australian Film, Television and Radio School (AFTRS) Council, board member of WestWords and a former president of PETAA and ALEA.

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Author Deb Abela

Deb Abela is an Australian author of children's books, most notably the Max Remy, Super Spy series, Grimsdon and Teresa A New Australian. She has been writing for 15 years and from a background as a TV writer/producer, has won many awards for her books including the USBBY Outstanding International Book Award, KOALA, YABBA, Aurealis and Speech Pathology Awards and the Maurice Saxby Award for services to children’s literature.

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Beverly Derewianka

Dr Beverly Derewianka is a Professorial Fellow at the University of Wollongong, Australia. Beverly has worked as a teacher in primary, secondary and adult contexts and has been a teacher educator for nearly thirty years. She has played a key role in syllabus development both in Australia and internationally. Her research interests include the relationship between research, policy and practice as well as genre theory, and a functional approach to grammar and literacy development. Her best known teacher publications are Exploring How Texts Work and A Grammar Companion for Primary Teachers, both published by the Primary English Teachers Association of Australia. More recently she has written Teaching Language in Context with Pauline Jones (OUP) and School Discourse (Continuum) with Frances Christie, tracing the development of writing from childhood to late adolescence in the areas of English, History and Science.

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Morris Gleitzman

Morris Gleitzman is a bestselling Australian children’s author. His books explore serious and sometimes confronting subjects in humorous and unexpected ways. His titles include Two Weeks With The Queen, Grace, Doubting Thomas, Bumface, Give Peas A Chance, Extra Time, Loyal Creatures, Snot Chocolate, and the series Once, Then, Now, After, Soon and Maybe. Morris lives in Sydney and Brisbane, and his books are published in more than twenty countries.

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