ETAWA State Mini-Conference & Early Career Teacher Mini Conference 2024
Keynote Speaker GRAHAM AKHURST
Graham Akhurst is an Aboriginal writer and academic hailing from the Kokomini of Northern Queensland. He is a Lecturer of Australian Indigenous Studies and Creative Writing at the University of Technology Sydney. His debut YA novel Borderland was published October 1, 2023 with the University of Western Australian Press.
He is a board member for the First Nations Artists and Writers Network and for Varuna: Australia’s Writing House. He is a contributing editor at Kweli Journal based in New York City and on the editorial board of Impact Studios. He has published in Kweli and J Journal for fiction, Mascara Literary Review, and Westerly for creative non-fiction, and the Australian Book Review, Cordite, VerityLa, Off the Coast (Maine, America), Red Ink (Arizona State University Press) Australian Poetry Journal, Artlines, Meanjin, and Island Magazine for poetry. He was poet of the week for the Australian Book Review in April 2016.
Graham has been a featured reader or keynote speaker many times both domestically and internationally including Dhaka Literary Festival (Bangladesh), and Kweli Children’s Literary Festival (New York City). He was a participant of the Australia Council for the Arts Future Leaders Program in 2018. Graham was a participant on the Aurora International Study Tour in 2015.
He was valedictorian of his graduating year at The University of Queensland (2014) and completed his writing honours with a first class result at UQ (2015). He has an MPhil in Creative Writing from UQ funded by an APA scholarship (2019). He was named the first Indigenous recipient of the Fulbright W.G Walker award as the highest ranked postgraduate Australian applicant (2019). The Fulbright award funded his studies at Hunter College CUNY where he was awarded an MFA in Fiction (2021). He also received the Nomad Two Worlds Foundation Indigenous Arts Scholarship from the American Australian Association and a second Australia Council of the Arts Grant for Professional Development. He is the recipient of a Robert Sykes Scholarship and the Ian Potter Cultural Foundation Scholarship as well as a Creative Writing Scholarship from Hunter College. Graham lives and works on Gadigal Country and is currently writing his second major project a novel in stories.
Keynote Speaker CARA SHIPP – AATE National Fellow
Cara Shipp is a Wiradjuri/Welsh woman (descending from the Lamb and Shipp families in Central Western NSW) and is currently Head of Senior School, Years 10-12, at Silkwood School on the Gold Coast, QLD. She has previously run alternative educational programs for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students; held Head Teacher English/HASS/Languages positions; and served as President, Vice President and Editor with the ACT Association for the Teaching of English (ACTATE) and AATE National Council. Cara has completed a Master of Education focusing on Aboriginal literacy and regularly presents at local and National conferences on incorporating First Nations perspectives into the English curriculum.
Pamela Chatfield is an experienced educator, having taught at all levels of education. She is a former English teacher and an associate principal. She led her school to become national finalists in the Narragunnawali Awards for Reconciliation Action Plans in schools in 2021. She is now the Education Manager at Reconciliation WA.
Travis Dragon and Connor Francois
Travis and Connor are English Teachers at Bob Hawke College who are disrupting established teaching practice to improve student outcomes and ensure students are prepared for their chosen future pathway. With a combined ten years of experience in public education, Travis and Connor are interested in exploring and experimenting with how we can teach English differently to meet the needs of our learners.
Elliot Stone is an English and Literature teacher at Mazenod College, Lesmurdie. He is a member of the Digital Literacy Team in his school and has presented on the use of various digital technologies within SEQTA to all staff members. Within his personal mission statement, he has a commitment to the purposeful use of digital technologies within the English classroom.
Dr Kylie Sturgess
Dr Kylie Sturgess is a lecturer in Global Media and Communication at Murdoch University and tutors in Education at Curtin University. Much of Kylie’s research focuses on narrative, podcasts, media education, and philosophy. Her research is published in Personality and Individual Differences, The Conversation, and The Bloomsbury Handbook of Radio.
Dr Melanie Hindley
Melanie is a highly experienced educator who has taught English in regional and metropolitan Western Australia in both government and independent sectors. She holds a PhD based on research into curriculum leadership. Melanie is currently teaching and co-ordinating English programs at Hale School, writes for educational publications and regularly presents at state and national conferences to share her expertise in the teaching of English to young people.
Claire qualified as a secondary English and History teacher in 2001. In more recent years, Claire has been teaching in the tertiary sector, having taught Literary and Cultural Studies courses at Curtin University and now specialising in Literary Studies and Creative Writing at the University of Western Australia. She has also been a WACE and ATAR Examiner of the English and Literature courses and has served as Chief Marker for both of these courses. In addition, Claire is also the Chief Investigator on The Big Picture Project: Subject English across Secondary and Tertiary Education in WA, a joint project between UWA and ETAWA.
Jack Doyle has been teaching for three years and is currently an English teacher at Rossmoyne Senior High School. He has taught a wide range of classes including Year 11 ATAR and multiple extension programs. His love for English grows as he moves into his fourth year of teaching as a course leader.