Keynote introduction : Yasodai Selvakumaran

One of two keynote speakers for the online Educational Publishing Awards ceremony this year is a western Sydney humanities teacher who is the first Teacher Ambassador for the New South Wales Department of Education. Her students call her Ms Selva. 

Yasodai Selvakumaran at school in Rooty Hill

Yasodai Selvakumaran has been teaching at Rooty Hill High School for ten years where the student population spans more than 40 language backgrounds. Yasodai juggles classroom teaching with leadership positions, such as her current role as acting Head Teacher Mentor supporting and inducting beginner teachers. In the following interview Yasodai shares her experience transitioning teaching online, how she chooses topical and relevant learning resources for her students, and touches on where she is dedicating her energy to see change in the sector through greater stakeholder involvement.

What has it been like for your school and Covid? Have there been any blessings in disguise with the disruption to online learning?

Transitioning to teaching online during the pandemic highlighted just how important adaptability is in teaching. My colleagues and I learnt what worked and what didn’t work online quite rapidly at each phase. New lessons in the transition when we went to back to face-to-face learning were found too. My passion for teaching has become stronger despite the challenges. I’ve been energised by the pace of teacher collaboration which I’ve never seen before, and it’s on-going. From working with colleagues in my school to teacher forums online nationally and internationally, teachers are continuing to seek out professional learning and to support each other to do the best for students.

With the diversity of your student community, how do you go about selecting resources for your students? What are you ultimately looking for?

With the nature of Humanities teaching, I integrate contemporary events with texts that cover historical, sociological and anthropological content. I supplement published texts with relevant media links to create case studies reflective of what is current in the discipline. I sometimes adapt a planned lesson that morning, depending on what is in the news! Resources that link directly to the diversity of my students or present opportunities for a transnational historical link or cross-cultural study are particularly useful. Inquiry based suggestions in resources are fantastic as the nature of open-ended questions and debates spark new strategies and enables me to further personalise the learning and offer choice to my students. I also look for resources that cater for different levels of learning to help differentiate in the classroom.

What have you found to be most helpful in resources you have used or are using?

I always find it helpful when there is an overarching narrative that captures an explanation with engaging visuals, key terms and questions that are ‘chunked’ down appropriately and visually not too far from the sources and written text. (This is to deter students from flicking through multiple pages to find their ). I look for tasks that enable critical and creative thinking and enable the teacher to adapt tasks for the needs of their students. I also find it helpful when the curriculum links are clear to a range of case studies that link directly to outcomes and syllabus content.

Where would you like to see resources improving to be more reflective of your students? How do you see that being achieved?

I would like to see resources improving to include broader case studies and ‘untold’ stories that reflect the diversity in Australia today. I see this being achieved with broadening narratives to include more examples from a number of perspectives and backgrounds and context links to other parts of the world.This is crucial to develop empathy and broader worldviews. It also presents opportunities for more of our students to see themselves and reflect on experiences that they can relate to. I would also like resources to consider the various literacy levels of students to ensure that language is academic and the layout of texts are accessible, especially in the junior secondary years.

Covid-19 and the Black Lives Matter movement have presented two topical subject areas to draw from in your classes. How do you do incorporate fast emerging topics into your lesson plans when traditional resources may not be available to work from?

As an example, last term my colleagues in Society and Culture re-designed an assessment task for the Year 11 topic of Personal and Social Identity to consider the impact of COVID-19 this topic. Students were asked to publish a Time magazine type feature article that compared the impact of COVID-19 on personal and social identity in Australia with another culture or country of their own choosing. We then mapped lessons in class that included: “Language of the pandemic: public health or panic?” and teachers modelled writing that explored the impact COVID-19 had on our own lives for students to consider their own.

For my Year 12 Society and Culture class, I was teaching the topic of Hip hop as a focus study last term for Popular Culture. Black Lives Matter in the media enabled us to link and explore the power of protest songs today and throughout History. This term, I am teaching the topic of Social Inclusion and Social Exclusion and have programmed media case studies and academic journals that link directly to Black Lives Matter in the United States of America with the impact it is having around the world, including in Australia. Traditional resources still played a crucial role for background information, theoretical explanations, teaching key vocabulary and drawing links to historical, sociological and anthropological case studies.

You were a Global Teacher Prize finalist last year – big congrats! It’s been stated on the GTP website that you would like to, in the long term, “lead greater sharing of what teachers and schools are currently doing to work effectively with stakeholders, including governments, students, and parents.” Can you see educational publishers being added to this list of stakeholders? What benefits could you see with all stakeholders better working together?

Thank you so much. It was an incredible opportunity and I’m thankful for everything that has come since as well including the opportunity to speak at the Education Publishing Awards.

I absolutely see educational publishers being a part of this as a crucial link in connecting curriculum and pedagogy. Stakeholders working together in publishing can ensure that resources reflect current approaches in Education and current scholarship in disciplinary understandings.

Professor Lee Schulman speaks about “what counts as knowledge in a field and how things become known” when speaking on signature pedagogies. I believe the power of publishing is in fostering empathy, and individual and collective belonging and wellbeing, as we promote the knowledge, skills and dispositions our students need.

To hear more from Yasodai, be sure to tune into the Educational Publishing Awards when they screen on 3 September. Bookmark this page to tune in!

Announcing the speakers for the 2020 (virtual) Educational Publishing Awards Australia

As the 2020 EPAA awards celebration approaches, we are proud to announce two inspiring speakers who will be joining us on the night.

Tamil Sri Lankan–born teacher and leader Yasodai Selvakumaran teaches at Rooty Hill High School in Western Sydney. This culturally and linguistically diverse school, based in an area with socio-economic challenges, has been named one of Australia’s 40 most innovative schools in 2016 and 2017. In her short career, Yasodai has already garnered an array of accolades, including the 2014 Australian Council of Educational Leadership Mary Armstrong Award for Outstanding Young Educational Leader, a place on The Educator Australia’s 2017 Rising Stars list, and the Australian Teaching Fellowship for 2018.

Jane Doyle is the K–2 Teaching and Learning Coordinator and Literacy Support teacher at Dominic College in Tasmania. Establishing a range of initiatives, such as a K–6 Japanese language program, the Mamma Margaret Kitchen Garden program, and a parent–teacher literacy and numeracy program, Jane has developed many resources and programs to support students and the school community. In 2018, she received the Pearson Award for Teacher of the Year, and she was also recognised at the Australian Scholarships Group National Excellence in Teaching Awards.

To hear from these innovative leaders in education, we invite you to join us for the 2020 Educational Publishing Awards, to be held online in a free digital event on Thursday 3 September, with thanks to our major sponsor The Copyright Agency.

The 27th Educational Publishing Awards Shortlist


Announcing the 27th Educational Publishing Awards Australia (EPAA) shortlist.

Organised by the Australian Publishers Association and sponsored by Copyright Agency, the prestigious EPAAs recognise excellence and innovation within the educational publishing industry.

We would like to thank those who submitted their titles for consideration.

Many thanks also go to our fantastic judging panel, and, finally, a big congratulations to those shortlisted.

As we take the awards ceremony online this year, we invite you to join us in celebrating at our free digital event on Thursday 3 September 2020. Details to follow.

Educational Publishing Awards Australia 2020 Shortlist



ALSO! A friendly reminder that the 2020 Mike Horsley Award nominations are also open. You can use nominate using this form.

Primary Award Categories 


Student Resource – Arts/Science/Humanities/Social Sciences/Technologies/Health and Physical Education/Languages 

Design and Technologies: Project Based Learning – Box

R.I.C Publications


Our Land, Our Stories

Sally Lawrence, Lisa Fuller, Josie, Orlando and Shae et al.

Cengage Australia partnered with AIATSIS


Playing with Collage

Jeannie Baker

Walker Books


Yarn Circles Wellbeing Cards

Krystal Randall and Sharlene G. Coombs

Knowledge Books Software


Student Resource – English (Literacy/Literature/Language)

Effective Spelling

Christine Topfer, Emma Warren and Bethany Woolnough

Nelson – A Cengage Company


History of the First Australians 3 – ‘Our Stories’

Sharlene G. Coombs et al.

Knowledge Books and Software


PM Benchmark Literacy Assessment 1

Annette Smith, Jill MacDougall, Debbie Croft et al.

Nelson – A Cengage Company


Student Resource – Mathematics (Numeracy) 

A shortlist for this category will be announced at the Educational Publishing Awards ceremony.


Teaching Resource (Primary)

Design and Technologies: Project-based Learning

R.I.C Publications


InitiaLit-Foundation, InitiaLit-1 and InitiaLit-2

MultiLit Pty Ltd


Tocal Farms picture books and supporting resources

Jo Hathway and Jess Green

NSW Department of Primary Industries


Reference Resource

Exploring How Texts Work: Second Edition

Beverly Derewianka

Primary English Teaching Association Australia (PETAA)


Teaching with Intent 2: Literature-based literacy teaching and learning

Dr Bronwyn Parkin, Dr Helen Harper

Primary English Teaching Association Australia (PETAA)


Educational Picture or Chapter Book

Fauna: Australia’s Most Curious Creatures
Tania McCartney

National Library of Australia (NLA Publishing)


Love Your Body

Jessica Sanders

Five Mile Press


One Careless Night

Christina Booth

Walker Books Australia


The Dingle Dangle Jungle

Mark Carthew, Dave Atze

Ford Street Publishing



Aunty Joy Murphy, Andrew Kelly, Lisa Kennedy

Walker Books Australia




Student Resource – Junior –  English/Humanities/Languages/Arts/Technologies/Health and Physical Education

Ganz Klasse!

Edda Kampues, Sarah May, Jenny Jeffery et al.

Nelson – A Cengage Company


Jacaranda Humanities Alive 7-10 series for the Victorian Curriculum 2e – Print & learnON

Robert Darlington et al.



Jacaranda New Concepts in Commerce New South Wales Curriculum 4e Print & learnON

Stephen Chapman et al. 



Oxford Big Ideas Humanities & Social Sciences 7-10 WA Curriculum Skills and Activities Books

Leo Conti, Kirstin Woodard, Anna Griffin et al.

Oxford University Press Australia & New Zealand


Welcome to Country youth edition

Marcia Langton

Hardie Grant Travel


Student Resource – Junior – Mathematics/Science

Cambridge Science for the Victorian Curriculum

Victoria Shaw, Kerrie Ardley, Eddy de Jong et al.

Cambridge University Press


Good Science

Emma Craven, Rebecca Cashmere, Haris Harbas et al.

Matilda Education


Pearson Stage 4 & 5 Skills and Assessment books

Zoe Armstrong, Tracey Fisher, Laurence Wooding et al.



Student Resource – Senior – Mathematics/Science

Chemistry for Queensland Unit 1-4 Student Workbooks

Carloyn Drenen, Philip Sharpe, Kate Adriaans

Oxford University Press Australia & New Zealand


Jacaranda VCE Chemistry 1 Units 1&2 2E + studyON and Jacaranda VCE Chemistry Units 3&4 2E + studyON

Neale Taylor, Angela Stubbs, Robert Stokes et al.



Nelson QMaths 12 Essential Mathematics

Sue Thomson, Judy Binns

Nelson – A Cengage Company


New Century Physics for Queensland Units 1-4 Student Workbook

Deanne O’Callaghan, Richard Walding, Graham Anderson et al.

Oxford University Press Australia & New Zealand


Psychology for Queensland Units 1-4 Student Workbook

Joey Saunders, Melissa Rossiter

Oxford University Press Australia & New Zealand


Student Resource – Senior – English/Humanities/Languages/Arts/Technologies/Health and Physical Education

Analysing and Presenting Arguments Units 1-4 Student book + obook assess, Analysing and Presenting Arguments Units 1-4 Student obook assess, Analysing and Presenting Arguments Units 1-4 Teacher obook assess.

Ryan Johnstone

Oxford University Press Australia & New Zealand


Jacaranda Key concepts in VCE Health and Human Development 6e

Andrew Beaumont, Meredith Fettling et al.



Quoi de neuf? Senior

Annabel Gassmann, Philippe Vallantin et al.

Pearson Australia


Year 12 English: Western Australia

Adam Kealley et al.

Insight Publications


Teaching Resource (Secondary)

A shortlist for this category will be announced at the Educational Publishing Awards ceremony.


Reference Resource

Australian Student’s Oxford Dictionary

Mark Gwynn

Oxford University Press Australia & New Zealand


Macmillan Global Atlas for Australian Students Fifth Edition Student Book + Digital

Rob Berry, Lorraine Chaffer, Katrina Spencer

Matilda Education Australia


Tertiary and TAFE


Scholarly Non-Fiction Book of the Year

A River with a City Problem

Margaret Cook
University of Queensland Press



Samia Khatun
University of Queensland Press


White Tears/Brown Scars

Ruby Hamad

Melbourne University Publishing


Tertiary (Wholly Australian) Teaching and Learning – print 

For the Love of Language

Kate Burridge, Tonya N. Stebbins

Cambridge University Press


Integrated Marketing Communications

Max Winchester, Peter Ling, Lara Stocchi et al. 

Oxford University Press Australia & New Zealand


Public Relations and Strategic Communication

Karen Sutherland, Saira Ali, Dr Umi Khattab

Oxford University Press Australia & New Zealand


Tertiary (Wholly Australian) Teaching and Learning  – blended learning

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education, 3rd edition

Kaye Price, Jessa Rogers

Cambridge University Press


An Introduction to Accounting: Accounting in Organisations and Society 1e with MindTap

Craig Deegan



Financial Accounting 9e

Craig Deegan

McGraw Hill


Teaching the Arts, 3rd edition

David Roy et al.

Cambridge University Press


Tertiary (Wholly Australian) Teaching and Learning – digital only

Study Ready Orientation

Chris Swan, Naomi Holding, Kathy McInnes

La Trobe University in partnership with Didasko


The Didasko Learning Portal, featuring ‘Working with Others’
Chris Swan, Kathy McInnes
La Trobe University in partnership with Didasko


Tertiary (Adaptations) Teaching and Learning  – print or blended learning 

Contemporary International Business in the Asia Pacific Region

Alain Verbeke

Cambridge University Press


Essentials of Corporate Finance 5e

Rowan Trayler, UTS, Gerhard Hambusch, UTS, Charles Koh, UTS, et al.

McGraw Hill


Health Assessment and Physical Examination 3e with MindTap

Pauline Calleja, Karen Theobald, Theresa Harvey et al.



MGMT4 with MindTap

Chuck Williams, Alan McWilliams, Rob Lawrence et al.



Primary and Middle Years Mathematics: Teaching Developmentally

John van de Walle, Amy Brass, Sharyn Livy et al.

Pearson Australia


Tertiary (Adaptations) Teaching and Learning – digital only

Essentials of Economics

Glen Hubbard, Anne M. Garnett, Philip Lewis et al.



MindTap for Human Resources Management 10e

Alan Nankervis, Marian Baird et al.



MindTap for Understanding Nutrition 4e

Ellie Whitney, Tim Crowe, Adam Walsh et al.



TAFE & Vocational Education Teaching and Learning – print or blended learning 

Supporting Education 3e with MindTap

Karen Kearns



SITHCCC012 Prepare poultry dishes

Australian Training Products


TAFE & Vocational Education Teaching and Learning – digital only

BSBCUE301 Use multiple information systems

Australian Training Products


Honey: Harvesting and Extracting 

Tocal College, NSW Department of Primary Industries




With thanks to our major sponsor The Copyright Agency

Educators, librarians and booksellers – you’re invited!

Calling all teachers, librarians and booksellers: rate your favourite educational publisher.

The Educational Publishing Awards Australia celebrate excellence and innovation in educational publishing. The event recognises publishers who are creating cutting-edge, groundbreaking and pedagogically sound resources for teachers and students. The most coveted awards on the night are decided by the votes of our partners in education: educators, librarians and booksellers (that’s you!).

If you buy, sell or use educational resources such as textbooks, we want you to cast your vote and help decide this year’s Australian Primary and Secondary Publishers of the Year.

And then, wherever you are, we welcome you to tune in to see if they take out this year’s major prizes at the Educational Publishing Awards Australia.

Please complete this short survey to have your say about Australia’s educational publishers. You’ll be asked to rate these publishers on five areas: product quality, field services, company services, marketing and innovation. The survey should take no longer than 10 minutes. The survey closes on Friday 10 July 2020 at 11:59pm AEST.

To say thank you, your survey response will also automatically put you in the draw to win a $500 David Jones gift card, or one of two Australian Book Industry Award prize packs (a pile of new books!).

The survey will ask for your email address to ensure we only receive one response per person. However, the survey data is completely anonymous. The awards are organised by the Australian Publishers Association. If you have any issues with the survey, please contact

Thank you for completing the survey, and we look forward to bringing you an exciting online celebration in September! As we take the awards ceremony online this year, we invite you to join us in celebrating at our free digital event on Thursday 3 September 2020. Proudly sponsored by the Copyright Agency.

For more information about the Educational Publishing Awards, follow us on Twitter.

2020 entries are now open (now extended)

Entries are now open for the 2020 Educational Publishing Awards. Australian educational publishers can submit learning resources published between 1 April 2019 and 31 March 2020.

The 28th Educational Publishing Awards Australia will be held as a special digital event, due to current circumstances. Save the date to join us virtually on Thursday 3 September 2020.

The 2020 Educational Publishing Awards are now open for entries.

The call for entries is open now:

Nominations must be submitted by Friday 5 June 2020, now extended from the original closing date of 29 May.

Please read the conditions of entry and judging criteria before submitting your nomination here.

Publishing companies of all sizes are welcomed to enter. Whether you are submitting from a traditional publishing company, a small publisher or a start-up company, we are excited to receive your submission.

Award categories include Primary, Secondary, and Tertiary, TAFE and Vocational Education, as well as the Primary and Secondary Publishers of the Year.

Browse the full list of 2020 awards categories here, and view last year’s winners here.

How do I enter?

Entries are made via this digital platform. Please note that judging will be conducted remotely due to social distancing requirements, so please provide your resource in a digital format. You can also consider providing a short video walkthrough or introduction to accompany your entry.

Head to this link to read the criteria for each category and follow the prompts to submit your learning resource.

Judges for 2020

Judging of the awards is a rigorous process for all involved. Returning to the role of Chief Judge for the fifth year in a row is Professor Angela Carbone, Associate Dean (Learning Innovation), Faculty of Science, Engineering and Technology at Swinburne University of Technology. An overall winner for each sector (Primary, Secondary and Tertiary and TAFE & Vocational) will be selected by the Chief Judge from the category winners.

Save the date

Save the date for a special digital Educational Publishing Awards, to be held online on Thursday 3 September 2020. Stay tuned for more details.