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Exploring the 2016 CBCA Short List

About the writers of the units of work

Jennifer Asha

Jennifer Asha is a literacy educator with a passion for helping children become literate in technologically and visually rich environments and has been involved in several publications and research projects in these areas. Jennifer works in schools to support teachers in taking on the Australian Curriculum: English and to promote the use of quality literature to teach all aspects of literacy. Jennifer has tutored and lectured at the Australian Catholic University and University of Sydney in a variety of literacy teaching units. She is an author on the English for the Australian Curriculum website and the Lest We Forget website resource. Jennifer wrote the units for the 2012, 2013, 2014 AND 2015 Teachers' Guide to the Children's Book Council of Australia Book of the Year Awards, Picture Book category.

Helen Cozmescu

Helen Cozmescu has worked as a classroom teacher, university lecturer and education officer. She is currently working as a literacy leader at a primary school in Melbourne’s west, lecturing at the University of Melbourne and acting as an educational consultant to secondary schools.  In these roles, she is able to share the love of language, literacy and literature with teachers and students. Helen was involved in writing for past PETAA's past CBCA Guides.  She has authored a unit of work for PETAA's Literature Singles and was a writer for the Lest We Forget units.

Margo Daly

Margo Daly is a high school English teacher working in regional NSW. She is the author of four Junior Secondary units for Global Words: English for a Global Education, and has written units for CBCA guides and for PETAA’s Literature singles. She has a BA (Communications) from the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS), majoring in Literary Theory and Writing, an MA (Writing) from Sheffield Hallam University (UK) and a Bachelor of Teaching (Secondary English) at Charles Sturt University. Margo has taught narrative writing and creative non-fiction at UTS and travel writing and creative writing at the University of Sydney, Centre for Continuing Education and at the NSW Writers’ Centre. She has taught creative writing in the community, at schools and for home school groups. Margo has published short stories, personal essays and travel writing. She is the co-editor of Wild Ways: New Stories about Women on the Road and Gas and Air: Tales of Pregnancy, Birth and Beyond.

Amanda Nicholls

Amanda Nicholls is the Leader of Learning - Literacy and a Foundation/Prep teacher at an inner-city school in Melbourne. After working for 15 years in the IT industry, she returned to study primary teaching, graduating with distinction from Deakin University in 2010. Her major elective stream was in children’s literature, and in 2009 was one of the first undergraduates to present a paper at the ACLAR (Australasian Children’s Literature Association for Research) conference.  She has written units for the Early Childhood category for 5 years, and this year is organising her school's first Writer's Festival, a whole school celebration of books and writing.  Amanda loves using quality picture books as a source of rich teaching and language experiences across the curriculum, and fostering a love of reading and books with her students.

Amanda Worlley

Amanda Worlley is a teacher librarian who is passionate about using quality children’s literature for teaching and learning and has a special interest in multiliteracies and using information and communication technologies (ICTs). Amanada wrote the Year 4 unit for the English for the Australian Curriculum website; Years 5 and 6 unit of work 'Remembering the Past through Symbols' for PETAA's Lest We Forget, ANZAC project; Unit of work for Reading Australia Project and 2015 PETAA CBCA Guide.

The PETAA Teachers’ Guide to the CBCA Book of the Year Awards

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