Archive for August 2015

Interview with EPAAs keynote speaker, Jan Owen

Jan Owen. Image credit: Adam Haddrick for Dumbo Feather

Jan Owen. Image credit: Adam Haddrick for Dumbo Feather

We are delighted to announce that Jan Owen, CEO of the Foundation for Young Australians (FYA), will be our keynote speaker at this year’s awards. The FYA connects young people, governments and business through a range of initiatives designed with and for young people to deliver change across Australia. Together with young people, FYA seeks to influence and shape education and career pathways, transform worldviews and lead communities in innovative ways.

Innovation in education is one of the core values of the Educational Publishing Awards Australia, and so we look forward to welcoming Jan to the awards next month. Here, Jan reflects on how the world looks to young Australians today, and the education requirements of the future.

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A new EPAAs judging perspective

With the exception of the Publisher of the Year awards, the Educational Publishing Awards Australia (EPAAs) are peer-judged. The judging panel comprises a number of experienced publishing professionals across the Primary, Secondary and Tertiary sectors, and each year they undertake the huge task of evaluating the wealth of print, digital and blended resources submitted to each category. There are three panels, one for each sector, and they judge independently over a three week period. On the final day, the three panels convene to decide on overall winners.

This year, we decided to bring a different perspective into the judging process, and invited three judges from outside the educational publishing industry to join the panel:

  • Primary: Lynne Bury worked in education for over 30 years, including classroom teaching as well as team and school leadership roles. She worked with the Victorian Department of Education & Training as a project officer and senior policy officer, and was involved curriculum support and development.
  • Secondary: Alistair Harkness left his previous career as a mechanical engineer to become a Secondary school teacher. He currently teaches Physics at Hoppers Crossing Secondary College, VIC.
  • Tertiary: Tracy O’Shaughnessy is the Program Director for the Graduate Diploma in Editing and Publishing at RMIT. She was previously a trade publisher for 20 years, specialising in illustrated publishing.

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