Exploring the 2015 CBCA Short List
About the writers of the units of work
Jennifer Asha is a literacy educator with a passion for helping children read for meaning 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 in a variety of literacy teaching units and currently works at the University of Sydney. She is an author on the English for the Australian Curriculum website and the Lest We Forget website resource for PETAA. Jennifer also wrote units of work for the 2012, 2013 and 2014 Teachers' Guide to the Children's Book Council of Australia Book of the Year Awards, Picture Book category.
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, where she shares the love of language, literacy and literature with teachers and students. She also works as an education consultant. In this role, she explores the way language works, with secondary teachers. Helen was involved in writing for the CBCA 2014 Guide, she has authored a unit of work for PETAA’s Literature Singles and was a writer for the Lest We Forget units.
Margo Daly is the author of four Junior Secondary units for the website resource Global Words: English and Geography for Global Citizenship 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) from 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 is a Foundation/Prep teacher from 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. 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 is a teacher librarian and classroom teacher 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 and a Years 5 and 6 unit of work 'Remembering the Past through Symbols' for PETAA's Lest We Forget, ANZAC project .
The PETAA Teachers’ Guide to the CBCA Book of the Year Awards