Pre-Conference Institutes

Thursday 6 July

Register for one or more of the four Pre-Conference Institutes on Thursday 6 July to spend half a day working with one of our international presenters.

9.00am-12.00pm: Pre Conference Institute 1 with Troy Hicks

Audience: Grades 7 to 12

Mixing Sources, Amplifying Voices: Crafting Writing in a Digital Age

As the inputs continue to multiply, how can we help students find, evaluate, and synthesize information from a variety of sources? More importantly, how can we help them craft digital writing in effective ways, utilizing the information that they have found to develop multimedia texts? Bring your favourite device, because in this interactive workshop we will explore a variety of web-based tools and mobile applications to help students mix together a variety of sources and amplify their digital voices.

9.00am- 12.00pm: Pre Conference Institute 2 with Linda Hoyt

Audience: K to 6

Taking Charge of Informative Texts

Learning that occurs in an atmosphere where learner talk, shared thinking, and collaboration abounds is learning that encourages vocabulary development, enhances engagement, and deepens comprehension. Engagement, motivation, and a sense of wonder make excellent partners, especially when they are consciously applied across the curriculum. In this session, the focus will be on multi-modal strategies for gathering and synthesizing information then sharing what you learned in innovative ways.

1.00-4.00pm: Pre Conference Institute 3 with Cris Tovani

Audience: Grades 7 to 12

When Reading is Challenging: Using Workshop Model to Assess, Plan, and Differentiate for Students’ Literacy Needs

Many teachers wonder how will they cover content and also provide time to practice high-level thinking that is demanded of 21st century learners. As students move through the grade levels, the amount of academic reading increases and becomes more rigorous. Adolescent readers don’t always know how to negotiate difficult text. Often they quit and rely solely on the teacher to tell them what they need to know.

Workshop Model is a planning and assessing structure that allows students time to engage in critical thinking so that the teacher can differentiate for a wide variety of needs. During this pre-conference workshop, Cris Tovani will share how she uses Workshop Model to assess, plan, and teach students strategies to access complex text. Participants will examine student work and take away ideas that will help them meet more of their students’ literacy needs.

1.00-4.00pm: Pre Conference Institute 4 with Steven Layne

Audience: Grades 3-10

Tips for Engaging Writers in the Primary and Secondary Years

“There is nothing more difficult to teach than writing – even for people who write well themselves.” Award-winning author and educator Steven Layne has been sharing that sentiment for years, and now he has developed a wide range of dynamic and practical strategies to support writing instruction and engage writers in primary and secondary school classrooms. Participants will have an opportunity to explore ways to increase writing fluency, develop focused writers and manage effective writing assessment in this fast-paced workshop.

Registration costs

$90 per Pre Conference Institute for a conference delegate
$180 per Pre Conference Institute for a non-delegate
Includes morning or afternoon tea.

Venue: Wrest Point Hotel and Convention Centre

Conference Updates

    30th Nov 16

    Registrations are now open!

    Registrations for the 2017 AATE/ALEA national conference are now open. Our friends Evelyn and Jasmine from Ogilvie High School in Tasmania have a message about registrations - see below.

    See all the details, including early bird and member discount offers on the Conference Registration Page.




    7th Sep 16

    We have our own Conference YouTube Channel!

    We're pleased to report that the AATE/ALEA national conference has its own YouTube channel.  There's lots to see already, and we will be progressively loading more resources from current and past conferences. Click the YouTube icon to go straight there.