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The Teen Reading in the Digital Era research program at Deakin University has released the preliminary research findings of the Teen Reading survey and links to the research that have been published from the project. You can access the preliminary findings here.
SLANSW members that engaged in sessions during 2022 related to this project may be particularly interested. If you wish to find out more about the Teen Reading Project you can access a wealth of information via: https://teenreading.net/
In this new blog post, SLANSW Management Committee member, Fabian Amuso, shares strategies to ascertain the age of a school library’s collection. As Fabian concludes, however, caution is required in the use of such strategies as the sole criterion for collection development, especially in secondary school libraries where “ageing” texts that are no longer published may remain relevant in subjects such as English and Modern/Ancient History.
To read the full blog post by Fabian Amuso, click here and login to your Member Portal.
Resourcing the Curriculum - Selecting First Nations Resources
In this online meetup Krystal Gagen-Spriggs will present on the new module being added to the CSU Resourcing the Curriculum subject - Selecting First Nations Resources. This topic is so important for all Teacher Librarians and Library staff who are involved in developing collections to support the new curriculum.
Krystal Gagen-Spriggs is a PhD Candidate and Lecturer with the School of Information and Communication Studies at Charles Sturt University. She has a background in teacher librarianship and secondary school education. Krystal is passionate about the role of the teacher librarian, school library advocacy and the promotion of reading for pleasure. Her PhD research aims to understand the factors that affect the teacher librarian’s influence on reading cultures in schools.
Register now via: Resourcing the Curriculum - Selecting First Nations Resources
Susanne Gervay goes where ‘angels fear to tread.’ She is an author and activist who advocates for peace, inclusion and feminism, through story. In her latest book, The Edge of Limits, she goes further and reveals the reality of CONSENT. Susanne is an ambassador for Room to Read, Patron of Monkey Baa Theatre, heads The Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators (ANZ), and Role Model for Books in Homes. Her literature ‘demonstrates with great power that we can teach our children profound truths and timeless values.’ Professor of English, D.R. Pattanaik, Banaras Hindu University.
Susanne will be presenting on “Search for Identity is the Journey” at SLANSW's The Strength of Story Professional Learning Summit, 4 March 2023. Registrations open soon: Events
Jantiena Batt is a school leader working as Director of Early Childhood Projects in the ACT Education Directorate. She has worked in a range of settings and sectors including education and care services, OSHC, preschool, schools and, as a literacy and numeracy coach over the last 20 years. In 2022, Jantiena received the Reading Australia Fellowship for Teachers of English and Literacy, supported by the Copyright Agency’s Cultural Fund.
Jantiena will be presenting on “Sharing stories - is your response story driven or issue based?” at SLANSW's The Strength of Story Professional Learning Summit, 4 March 2023. Registrations open soon: Events
Edwina West is an English Teacher from Oakhill College in Castle Hill, Sydney. She has a great personal interest in the benefits of reading, not only academically but also personally and socially. This has been the inspiration for her Reading Australia Fellowship research which centres around Aliteracy - the worrying and growing trend of actively choosing not to read. Edwina has investigated how Australian literature can help to combat Aliteracy, focusing on what teachers can do about this persistent issue.
Edwina has been the Coordinator of Student and Staff Development where she was responsible for developing professional learning experiences for teaching staff and for providing enrichment experiences for students with high academic potential. Previously, Edwina also held the role of Assistant Leader of Learning (English) at Brigidine College in Randwick, as well as English and HSIE teaching roles in NSW public schools. After a year of parental leave in 2022, Edwina has moved back into the classroom full-time in 2023 where continues to foster a love of reading in her students.
Edwina will be presenting on "Aliteracy and Australian Fiction" at SLANSW's The Strength of Story Professional Learning Summit, 4 March 2023. Registrations open soon: Events
Wondering what SLANSW has planned for 2023?
Check out the 2023 Professional Learning Calendar.
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Members-only can register for Flexible Blended Learning Courses, each semester (fee-based).
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Contributed by Kellie Nash, Teacher Librarian and SLANSW Regional Representative (North Western & Slopes)
A conversation between a Year 9 and a Year 12 student comparing the book, Pachinko by Min Jin Lee and the Pachinko television adaptation created by Soo Hugh, explores the question: Is the television adaptation of the book a good idea?
To read the full blog post by Kellie Nash, click here and login to your Member Portal.
Shaun Tan: multi-talented, internationally renowned award-winning Australian author, illustrator and filmmaker.
Contributed by Pooja Mathur, Teacher Librarian and SLANSW Vice-President, Operations
Personally, I feel inspired, motivated and energised after engaging in professional development events. They, in turn enrich my thought process, planning, development and implementation of lessons.
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