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This page is for temporary public access for non-members of PETAA, especially just now to resources that can help support the educational community through the COV-19 pandemic. Consider membership to have access to both live cast and recorded PETAA webinars.

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Read for Your Life! with Ursula Dubosarsky

Live cast on Thursday 10 September 2020

Watch the conversation with award-winning author and Australian Children’s Laureate 2020–2021 Ursula Dubosarsky to explore the power of reading in a young person’s life, and the important role teachers and libraries can play in inspiring a lifelong love of reading.

This event was held in partnership with PETAA and the Australian Children's Laureate Foundation.


Te Rito Toi: Helping teachers and students return to school after COVID-19, with Professor Peter O'Connor

Live cast on Thursday 7 May 2020

Professor O’Connor is an internationally recognised expert in making and researching applied theatre and drama education.

Te Rito Toi is a suite of resources that help teachers work with children when they first return to school following major traumatic or life changing events. It does that by providing research informed practical classroom activities and lesson plans to help children better understand their changed world and to begin to see themselves as being part of the promise of new and better futures.

In this webinar, Peter beautifully encompassed and embodied the heart of Re Tito Toi to provide insight into how and why, Te Rito Toi came to be, along with a live demonstration of some of the amazing resources available on the site and how they can be used by teachers, school leaders and students, as students begin to return to school following COVID-19.

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Reading with your child, with Jennifer and Samuel Asha

Recorded on Thursday 23 April 2020

In this short video, Jennifer Asha, renowned literacy expert and experienced classroom teacher, shares tips and tricks for parents who are reading and learning with their children at home during the Coronavirus pandemic. Jennifer covers ideas for engaging your child with literature through Talking, Reading, Writing and Making. Download a document below that provides this approach for five picture books in the 2020 CBCA shortlist.

Jennifer Asha is a literacy educator with a passion for helping children become literate in technologically and visually rich environments. She works in schools to support teachers in the use of quality literature in best practice literacy education. Jennifer teaches at the Australian Catholic University and University of Sydney in a variety of literacy teaching units. She wrote the units for the Teachers' Guide to the Children's Book Council of Australia Book of the Year Awards, Picture Book category 2012-2020 and is the presenter and moderator of face-to-face and online courses for PETAA.