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Expression of Interest - School based PL for Term 1 2022
Register your expression of interest to work collaboratively with PETAA in Term 1 2022 to design workshops and courses tailored to your particular school context.

When: January 27 – December 29, 2022
Focused PD : Reading Comprehension  for Years F-2
For STAFF MEETINGS! Presented online by Dr Bronwyn Parkin. Comprehending written text is the purpose of reading. Yet comprehension, and particularly the ability of students to infer, is an ongoing concern for many teachers.  This is the first of three online seminars focussing on different year levels: F-2,3-4, 5-6.

When: March 30 – December 30, 2022
Where: ON DEMAND
Focused PD: Reading Comprehension  for Years  3-4
For STAFF MEETINGS! Presented by Dr Bronwyn Parkin. Comprehending written text is the purpose of reading. Yet comprehension, and particularly the ability of students to infer, is an ongoing concern for many teachers.  This is the second of three online seminars focussing on different year levels: F-2,3-4, 5-6.

When: March 30 – December 30, 2022
Where: ON DEMAND
Focused PD: Reading Comprehension  for Years 5-6
For STAFF MEETINGS! Presented by Dr Bronwyn Parkin. Comprehending written text is the purpose of reading. Yet comprehension, and particularly the ability of students to infer, is an ongoing concern for many teachers.  This is the third of three online seminars focussing on different year levels: F-2,3-4, 5-6.

When: March 30 – December 30, 2022
Where: ON DEMAND
Focused PD: Grammar 101- Part 1 and 2
For STAFF MEETINGS    An introduction to the authentic teaching of grammar. Part 1- The grammar story and Part 2 How is grammar useful and relevant? Recorded and on demand. These short, focused sessions are designed to provide quality PD to you and your colleagues where and when it is needed. Designed in short grabs for staff meetings, it is a cost-effective way for all teachers to access the same information and provides an opportunity for diving deeper into professional... Details
When: April 1, 2022 – April 1, 2023
Where: ON DEMAND
Focused PD: Grammar 101- Part 3A
For STAFF MEETINGS   An introduction to the authentic use of grammar- Part 3A Grammar in the early and middle years. Recorded and on demand. These short, focused sessions are designed to provide quality PD to you and your colleagues where and when it is needed. Designed in short grabs for staff meetings, it is a cost-effective way for all teachers to access the same information and provides an opportunity for diving deeper into professional... Details
When: April 1, 2022 – April 1, 2023
Where: ON DEMAND
Focused PD: Grammar 101- Part 3B
For STAFF MEETINGS   An introduction to the authentic use of grammar- Part 3B Grammar in the upper primary years. Recorded and on demand. These short, focused sessions are designed to provide quality PD to you and your colleagues where and when it is needed. Designed in short grabs for staff meetings, it is a cost-effective way for all teachers to access the same information and provides an opportunity for diving deeper into professional... Details
When: April 1, 2022 – April 1, 2023
Where: ON DEMAND
Online: Going Meta - Enabling rich talk about writing
Presented and moderated by Professor Debra Myhill, and comprising 5 distinct modules, this comprehensive course looks at what is meant by metalinguistic understanding, how to plan writing lessons which foster understanding of language choices and how to generate metalinguistic talk in your classroom. It explores metalinguistic modelling of choices in writing and unpacks writing as a craft. Each module will involve reference to research and underlying understandings combined with a... Details
When: June 1 – July 1, 2022
Where: Online
Online: Play-based language and literacy learning
Presented and moderated by Dr Margery Hertzberg and Dr Leonie Arthur. Play-based learning is seeing a resurgence in the classroom and is especially beneficial with literacy and language learning. This practical course will provide teachers with a range of strategies to plan for, scaffold and assess play-based language and literacy learning.

When: June 6 – July 4, 2022
Where: Online
Online: Supporting EAL/D students in our classrooms 3
Presented by Dr Jennifer Hammond and Maya Cranitch. Supporting EAL/D students in our classrooms is a three part course designed to address the contributions and educational needs of diverse EAL/D students in Australian schools, including those who have recently arrived and who may be from refugee backgrounds. Drawing upon principles and practices of EAL/D pedagogy to support mainstream and EAL/D teachers in planning and implementing programs that meet the needs of EAL/D students in... Details
When: June 6 – July 4, 2022
Where: Online
Online: Joint construction — Informative
Presented by Joanne Rossbridge, this course is designed to develop knowledge and metalanguage to explore how to support students in the joint construction of informative texts. Choice of model texts will be considered by looking at examples from subject areas such as History, Science and Geography. Teachers will be provided with ways to read model texts in order to identify a focus on language choices across a range of informative texts. Links between modelling, reconstruction and... Details
When: June 6 – July 4, 2022
Where: Online
Online: Launching spelling through reading and writing
Presented by Robyn Wild. While most Foundation teachers don’t use formal spelling programs or include weekly Friday dictations into their literacy routines, the teaching of spelling is their core business. So, what are they doing? Join us while we see and hear how children are introduced to words, letters and letter patterns during shared reading and shared and interactive writing, and then use this information as they create their own texts. This course is designed for teachers F-3... Details
When: June 20 – July 18, 2022
Where: Online
Webinar: Jan Latta on her books and adventures

Free For Members Only

Jan will talk about how she created her books and some of her adventures with wild animals. She will explain why she used ‘real’ photographs instead of illustrations.  She has photographed orangutans in Borneo, tigers in India, leopards in Sri Lanka, chimpanzees in Uganda (for Dr Jan Goodall) pandas in China and 11 times to feature all the African animals.  Jan was the first author to create a special free video for each book so students could see the ... Details
When: June 23, 2022

Focused PD: Teaching Language through Climate Change

How can we introduce language-focused science in the primary school? How can a classroom teacher use specialist science teacher knowledge to improve understanding about climate change and literacy outcomes?

Presented by Dr Bronwyn Parkin, the purpose of this course is to help you identify language goals for your students within the all-important science topic of climate change. These language goals are set beyond what students can already do, to help with language... Details
When: June 27, 2022 – January 1, 2023

Bev Derewianka in Perth : PETAA's 50th Anniversary
Conjuring poetry from language with Prof Beverly Derewianka.    To nourish the imagination, we know that children must voraciously devour good poetry. But beyond the sheer pleasure of poems, we need to remember that it is language that breathes life into poetry. So how does language transform the ordinary into the extra-ordinary? We’ll be exploring the resources that poets draw on in fabricating their poetic worlds – from figurative devices such as metaphor and imagery through to the ... Details
When: June 29, 2022
Where: Perth