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2024 Literature Evening for Primary, Middle years and SACE students

  • 22 Feb 2024
  • 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
  • Concordia College Middle/Senior School Library, 24 Winchester St, Highgate
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  • Virtual attendance option
  • Virtual attendance option.


Want to know how to build reading engagement and stamina for your primary/middle years students? How to support your SACE students to unlock text connections that make for powerful, insightful exploration of writing. Take a look at what’s new and what’s trending in Childrens and Young Adult publishing. This event is for school library staff, english teachers and primary school teachers.

Location: Concordia College Middle/Senior School Library, 24 Winchester St, Highgate

Cost: Members price $20 | Non-Members price $25

Registrations close Monday 19th Feb


For SACE/Senior Secondary

Session 1: Connecting Texts: How not What
Presenter: Tony Shillitoe
*In person and Live Streamed via Zoom*

SACE students notoriously connect texts by story and theme and lack the confidence or knowledge to unlock text connections that make for powerful, insightful exploration of writing. This session focuses on how writers across all kinds of texts and genres are connected by the art and craft of writing, and aims to encourage educators to assist students to consign superficial story and theme to a summary paragraph in any connected text response and get on with exploring real connections.

About Tony Shillitoe
Tony Shillitoe has worked extensively with and beside students and teachers in State, Private and International schools, and at university and TAFE. In days of yore, he was on SAETA Council, the English Curriculum Committee, and co-wrote curriculum and courses for SACE, the IBMYP, Flinders University and Adelaide TAFE. Tony is an author of young adult and fantasy novels and short stories with a variety of publishers.

Session 2: Secondary: Trends, bestsellers, upcoming releases, and books with meaty themes.
Presenter: Angela Eckerman
*In person and post-event recording available*

What was selling/popular in 2023 and why it was popular, plus what is coming out this year for YA.

About Angela Eckerman
Angela started out in childcare before becoming a primary school teacher and teaching ESL in South Korea for four years. When she returned to Adelaide, she qualified as a teacher librarian. She has worked for ALS Library Services for over 10 years, working with publishers, and school and public libraries to curate collections that delight library users. To keep up to date with great books, she reads everything, and reads between 150 and 200 books a year. Tonight she'll be looking at sales data to talk about what was trending last year and will also share what publishers will be publishing this year.


For Primary/Middle Years

Session 1: Primary/Middle: Trends, bestsellers, upcoming releases, and "just great books".
Presenter: Angela Eckerman
*In person and 
post-event recording available*

What was selling/popular in 2023 and why it was popular, plus what is coming out this year for primary and middle years.

About Angela Eckerman
Angela started out in childcare before becoming a primary school teacher and teaching ESL in South Korea for four years. When she returned to Adelaide, she qualified as a teacher librarian. She has worked for ALS Library Services for over 10 years, working with publishers, and school and public libraries to curate collections that delight library users. To keep up to date with great books, she reads everything, and reads between 150 and 200 books a year. Tonight she'll be looking at sales data to talk about what was trending last year and will also share what publishers will be publishing this year.

Session 2: Unlocking the Power of Reading Stamina
Presenter: Tracey Grice
*In person and Live Streamed via Zoom*

Are your students struggling to focus during independent reading time? Do you want to cultivate a love for reading while enhancing engagement and comprehension skills in your classroom? In this session we will explore proven strategies to build and sustain students’ attention during independent reading with adaptable techniques for all year levels. You’ll learn how to create an engaging and focused reading environment that promotes longer, more meaningful sessions and proactive classroom management strategies that support the development of reading stamina in your students.

About Tracey Grice
Tracey is a literacy consultant, creator of the Writers Read Podcast and is passionate about teaching reading. She has worked as a classroom teacher, a curriculum leader, an advisor to AISSA and CESA schools, and has lectured across several SA universities. Tracey has worked internationally with schools - facilitating professional learning workshops and keynoting conferences. She is currently leading whole school change in reading pedagogy in several South Australian schools.

Tea and coffee on arrival with a light supper during the event.


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