Alex Wharton is Head of Middle School at Carinya Christian School, Gunnedah. Alex is an English Teacher and has written extensively with regards to teaching and learning resources for subject English, and has presented at local, state and national conferences for English Teachers.
In 2014, Alex won a Premier’s English Teachers Association Scholarship and travelled to the United States in 2015 to research famous American novels including To Kill a Mockingbird, The Great Gatsby, Of Mice and Men and Catcher in the Rye.
In 2019, Alex became the Copyright Agency’s first Reading Australia Fellow for Teacher of English and Literacy. Alex’s research project is titled The Missing Peace and will be an analysis of the Australian literary representation surrounding the First Nation and non-First Nation colonial experience. In doing so, Alex will explore best practice around teaching Indigenous literature in the classroom.
Other confirmed presenters for the conference include:
State Library of NSW, Librarian Indigenous Engagement
Growing up in Sydney, Melissa Jackson is of Bundjalung descent with family links to the Baryulgil area near Grafton, New South Wales. Melissa has worked in various NSW government departments before starting work at the State Library of New South Wales in 1991. She has a background in teaching and librarianship and has a Master in Indigenous Language Education from the University of Sydney.
Ground-breaking exhibitions like “Living Language” do not happen without the guidance and direction of Community. Melissa, who is one of the curators of this exhibition, will be sharing how the Library’s extensive consultation with language champions has made this exhibition a brilliant fusion of library collections and lived community experiences.
Freelance writer and educator, based in Melbourne.
Heather is conscious of the fact that early readers make life-long readers and takes every opportunity to play matchmaker with books and children. She is also a read aloud advocate who delights in reading to children and adults and in helping parents turn their children into enthusiastic readers.
Judith recognises the special relationships many students build with their school librarian, helping them view their library as a safe place – a learning environment where they are able to explore ideas and be themselves free of judgement from others. She has studied Bibliotherapy and Youth Mental Health First Aid, and believes that the school library can be one of many exciting and colorful pathways to building and maintaining good mental health and resilience for young people struggling with life pressures.
Teacher Librarian and an adjunct lecturer at the School of Information Studies, Charles Sturt University.
and Dr Kasey Garrison
Senior Lecturer, School of Information Studies, Charles Sturt University.
Lee and Kasey will focus on using fiction and literary nonfiction in areas other than English, for the Cross Curriculum Priorities and General Capabilities. Their presentation will look at locating and providing examples of genres in topic areas across the curriculum in the form of graphic novels, picture books, fiction and literary non-fiction as well as digital literature.
Teacher Librarian, Botany Public School & Kingsgrove Public School
Creating informative, meaningful and interactive learning spaces through Library Displays is her passion. Winnie will be sharing ideas on what her displays are about, where she gets her inspiration, and presenting her 2020 ideas for you to use, or as inspiration for you to take your displays to the next level.
Chair, Australian Reading Hour Committee and CEO of Hachette Australia & New Zealand
Passionate about promoting the benefits of reading to all Australians, Louise will be suggesting how teacher librarians can take part in Australian Reading Hour 2020. The Australia Reads Committee are planning a much broader and diverse range of activities to promote books, authors, reading and writing throughout September this year.
Co-ordinator of Diverse Learners, Our Lady of Good Counsel, Forestville and Post Graduate Research student at UNSW
Gifted students benefit from thought-provoking and language-rich literature to engage their enquiring minds and develop their social-emotional learning skills. Janet will outline how the school-wide cluster grouping model is used to extend literacy enrichment opportunities to gifted students across the school. Ideas for selecting and teaching quality literature will be discussed. Feedback and work samples from the students themselves will also be presented.
School Library Association of NSW through the Professional Teachers’ Council NSW is endorsed to provide the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) Registered Professional Development for teachers accredited at Proficient, Highly Accomplished, and Lead levels.
Completing Reach Out Through Reading on 7 March 2020 will contribute 4 hours 30 minutes of NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) Registered PD addressing 2.4.2, 3.3.2, 6.2.2 and 7.4.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.
Thank you to our event sponsor: The State Library of NSW