The connection between Australian educators and publishers, who create learning resources for the classroom, was last week celebrated at the Educational Publishing Awards of Australia in Melbourne.
Twenty-three winners were announced across three broad categories of primary, secondary and tertiary education.
The big winners of the evening were PLD – a learning and literacy organisation and Oxford University Press (OUP) who were awarded Primary and Secondary Publisher of the Year respectively, as voted by Australian teachers.
Director of PLD Diana Rigg was thrilled that her organisation won the award being the first time they were nominated. “We create tools for primary educators to enhance literacy development in young children and we’re so grateful to be recognised by teachers across the country,” Ms Rigg said.
Daniel Aspinall from OUP was really proud of his workplace being named Secondary Publisher of the Year for the second year in a row. “What we do is for teachers and students and to better education in Australia overall. It’s a team effort, we work with many people to bring resources to the classroom and we’re really pleased with the award,” he said.
Keynote speaker for the event, TV presenter and primary school teacher, Shelley Ware, shared with more than 200 individuals in attendance her personal story of needing quality, engaging texts as a young person with literacy difficulties, and as a teacher, and as a parent of a child with similar reading difficulties that she faced.
In her speech, Ms Ware reinforced teachers’ love of good educational resources and the joy teachers feel when a new package arrives from publishers sharing new materials.
Ms Ware also shared her journey in becoming an educational resource author — starting with being asked to prepare ten lessons for Sunshine Classics’ Teachers Notes, which was shortly updated to 130 lessons.
Along with Shelley Ware, awards were presented by Adam Suckling from the Copyright Agency who were the major sponsors of the event, as well as President of the Australian Publishers Association and Schools Director of Oxford University Press, Lee Walker.
Award winners were selected by a panel of judges led by Associate Professor Angela Carbone from Swinburne University.
Images from the event can be sourced here.
View the full list of winners.
Presenter for NITV-SBS footy show, Marngrook, Shelley Ware is today announced as the keynote speaker at the Educational Publishing Awards of Australia.
A proud Yankunyjatjara and Wirangu woman from Adelaide, South Australia, Ms Ware is a trained educator with 20 years experience in the classroom, and author of Teaching Notes for the Sunshine Classics digital and print literacy program.
Convener of the Schools and Education Publishing Committee for the Australian Publishers Association, Brendan Bolton, from Cengage Education, says he is thrilled that Shelley Ware is the keynote.
“Ms Ware will share her experience as a teacher, author and leader in literacy advocacy,” Bolton said.
Ms Ware says she loves talking about football and its culture, but raising awareness for high-standard education is another of her passions.
“I’m honoured to speak to educational publishers and teachers at this event. I know first-hand the critical role quality learning resources are for the literacy of students across the nation,” Ware said.
“And I am also aware of the immense efforts involved in developing an educational resource that is relevant, effective and enjoyable for both teacher and student.”
Ms Ware coordinated a literacy intervention program for four years and is an ambassador for Indigenous Literacy Day.
More than 200 educational publishers and teachers will hear Ms Ware speak at The Arts Centre, Melbourne, on 20 September 2018.
Awards will be presented for learning resources from the Primary, Secondary and Tertiary sectors.
Judging of the awards has been coordinated by a committee led by Swinburne University’s Associate Dean of Learning Innovation, Professor Angela Carbone.
The Educational Publishing Awards of Australia will celebrate their 25th year with this event, which is coordinated by the Australian Publishers Association.
APA Media Contact: Alex Christopher, 02 9281 9788
Learn more about teacher and keynote, Shelley Ware.