The lead up to the end of the financial year is a good opportunity to build your library with the specials that are available.
It is also a great time to subscribe to those organisations that you have been meaning to get around to, because you know they will support you in your work.
All subscriptions and purchases for educational purposes are tax-deductible, as well as being a great source of support materials, ideas, resources and inspiration.
Here are some of the best offers from two of the best professional organisations. They are not-for-profit, have no vested interests, and are focused on supporting teaching and learning, and the professionalism of all teachers. They provide expertise to government and other professional concerns. They have their focus on the bigger pictures of literacy, language and learning.
Membership of each is offered in a range of options.
PETAA is a national, not-for-profit professional association supporting primary school educators in the teaching and learning of English and literacies across the curriculum.
PETAA has a range of professional membership options. Read more about becoming a PETAA member
Individual: $165, 2-year $324
Student membership: $80 for a year.
What you get:
- three PETAA new release books(print or digital)
- three PETAA papers published during 12-month membership, plus access to the entire digital collection
- access to high-quality, classroom-ready units of workand special projects
- annual PETAA Teachers’ Guide to the shortlisted titles in the Children’s Book Council of Australia Book of the Year Awards
- Whole School Teaching Units (a new one every term)
- special projects, eg Lest We Forget project, and Resources for Reconciliation and Sustainability
- free, member exclusive webinars
- discounts on online professional learning, annual conference, and additional publications.
PETAA are currently having an END OF FINANCIAL YEAR sale for members, but it is so easy to join, you can get the benefit of these special prices too. 50% off RRP on 16 titles, before 30 June 2021.
Some information about PETAA’s annual conference:
October 15-16 2021 (both face-to-face at the Aerial Function Centre in Sydney and livestreamed online)
- English and literacy teaching strategies for students with a diversity of backgrounds, cultures, experiences, identities and abilities
- Methods for teaching diverse children’s literature meaningfully and thoughtfully
- Tips and processes for building your confidence and capacity for teaching all learners
- Support for improving classroom engagement and student outcomes
ALEA is an independent professional association dedicated to literacy and English language learning from early childhood through all stages of schooling and tertiary education contexts. ALEA recognises the critical role literacy plays in learning and communicating in all curriculum areas, and for effective participation in society.
ALEA also has a special offer for current members – 50% off all publications, reduced from $29.95 to $15.00 each including postage while stocks last, and until 30 July 2021. Purchase publications here
ALEA also makes it easy, and attractive, to join, with this special offer for new members:
Join ALEA by 30 June 2021 and receive two quality professional texts, free of charge! Join ALEA here.
Contact Wendy Bean at firstname.lastname@example.org to receive your free books. Please include in the following in your email:
- ‘Membership Offer’ in the subject line
- New membership number
Titles chosen, postal address and mobile number (view publication list)
Basic membership includes most member benefits, Practical Literacy: the Early and Primary Years and the choice of one other ALEA journal mailed 3 times per year.
Student/Retired membership: $48
ALEA’s three key journals for ALEA members, which are published 3 times per year:
- Australian Journal of Language and Literacy (AJLL)
- Literacy Learning: the Middle Years (LLMY)
- Practical Literacy: the Early and Primary Years (PLEPY)
Comprehensive membership includes all three journals
Members can access previous journal editions in the Member Area.
The 2021 ALEA National Conference is to be held in Brisbane on 7-9 July, titled Challenge & Change: Contemporary Literacy and English Teaching’.
Our conference theme asks us to: consider the changing nature of our practices; bring a critical eye to our work; and think creatively about how to build a future for literacy and English teaching …
If you are able to get away – and you might feel you need to – register now.
The support and guidance of other educators is critical to our growth and development in this, currently fraught, field of literacy. Literacy’s, and our language’s, horizon has been repeatedly reduced to a poor, confined series of isolated compartments.
Robert Macfarlane’s introduction to the 2014 publication of Nan Shepherd’s marvellous The Living Mountain give the words to talk about possibilities:
Man patiently adds fact to fact, but such epistemological bean-counting will only take you so far. … Greater understanding of the mountain’s [here read ‘the language’s] interrelations only serves to finesse the real into a further marvelousness …
And, quoting Shepherd, ‘The more one learns of this intricate interplay … the more the mystery deepens’.
Shepherd, N. (2014) The Living Mountain UK: Canongate