PETAA Leading with Literacy conference 2020: Reading to Write

Friday 6 and Saturday 7 November 2020 | Aerial Function Centre, Sydney

We intend to run the conference face-to-face as planned on 6-7 November in Sydney. However, if preventive restrictions are in place due to coronavirus (COVID-19) in November, the event will still be hosted online. We are committed to bringing you these two days of engaging, illuminating professional development while following strict health, hygiene and safety measures as advised by the NSW Government.

This conference will focus on the importance of the reading and writing connection, of ‘reading to write’ as part of literacy instruction.

  • What is the relationship between reading and writing (and talking and listening)?
  • What role does reading play in learning to write?
  • How can teachers integrate reading into the teaching of writing?

With expert speakers, inspiring keynotes, and integrated learning sessions broken into two streams — one for school leaders and one for classroom teachers — this conference will show teachers how to integrate reading into the teaching of writing to maximise student achievement and create stronger writers.

Program highlights

Ursula Dubosarsky will present a Children’s Laureate Address — as a conference preview read our Focus on ... interview with Ursula on Reading to write.

Other speakers include:

  • Misty Adoniou on linking reading and writing
  • Dr Jon Callow on reading to write multimodal texts
  • Joanne Rossbridge on teaching grammar through writing
  • Dr Pauline Jones and Dr Helen Harper on the relationship between reading, writing and discourse
  • Jennifer Asha on quality literature
  • Dr Bronwyn Parkin on pedagogy for literacy
  • Julie Hayes on what principals need to know about literacy
  • Tim Warwick and Eron Chapman on planning a whole school literacy program
  • Dr Gill Pennington on reading, writing, and EAL/D students
  • Professor Alyson Simpson on comprehending literary texts

Attending this two-day conference will contribute 13 hours of NESA Registered PD addressing 1.2.2, 1.5.2 and 2.2.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.

Interested in exhibiting at PETAA 2020?

We have a limited number of spaces available. Download our 2020 Exhibitor and Sponsor brochure to find out more.

Official Conference Publishing Exhibitor


Official Conference Sponsor

The Children's Book Council of Australia


Aerial Function Centre UTS
Building 10
Level 7/235 Jones St, Ultimo NSW 2007

Aerial Function Centre UTS


Friday November 6 and Saturday November 7
Extra early bird until 1 July
Early bird until 11 September
Regular 2020 
Non-Member  $550  $620
Professional Member
 $470  $520  $580
Professional Member Student
 $420  $450

Morning tea and lunch are included both days.


SPECIAL GROUP OFFER: Book 4 places and get fifth place free! Email us if you wish to take up this offer.