Peter Botsman Award 2017

 

 

 

 

 

Kathleen Macdonald

has committed to more than 30 years in state schools in north Queensland and has played a significant role in supporting curriculum and pedagogy in her region, having been HOD English at Tully State High School for the past 21 years.


Kathleen has played a leading role in her region, beginning with her Master of Education on rural education. She overcomes the tyranny of distance by regularly contributing to English in Australia, involving her own school in trials and pilots for new curricula, working as district panel chair, contributing to rewrites of syllabus and unit material as well as being a lead marker for external exam trials. Her sharing nature and generous spirit are evident in the way she thinks nothing of spending a day, or driving a four-hour round trip, to guide new HODs through the Queensland system as well as generously sharing her resources around the state.

Kathleen's curriculum leadership skills are impressive. She clearly demonstrates the belief that the weakest students need the strongest teachers by regularly taking the most challenging classes in her own school. She shares her infectious passion for classic literature, inspiring her teachers and students to 'catch' the love of English. Her achievements, as HOD, include the championing of innovative pedagogical approaches such as LTLTR, Anita Archer's explicit teaching and a wide range of structured approaches to spelling and reading. Under her direction, Tully High hits well above its weight in terms of English, NAPLAN results and reading improvement.

Kathleen's influence is wide. Her regional organisation and leadership of professional development of English teachers is highly regarded. Kathleen has organised an extensive range of PD in Cairns for English teachers at Student Free Days and ETAQ events. She also takes opportunities to connect with researchers. Kathleen literally goes the extra 300 km or more to absorb, and later apply, a wide range of research in person. A pedagogical coach, she leads staff capacity building sessions in literacy to upskill teachers from all subject areas. In her district cluster, Kathleen has also built strong networks of support for primary teachers, as well as mentoring countless teachers who have gone on to take up leadership roles.

Kathleen has also developed strong relationships with local Jirrbal elders by, in the 1990s, enabling the teaching of local language in Year 8 English units, engendering a deep understanding of and empathy with the local indigenous community.

With an incisive, analytical mind, balanced by compassion, humour and humility, Kathleen is a talented educator who is a most worthy recipient of the Peter Botsman Award.

Upcoming Events

May Masterclass 2021

THE CHALLENGE OF TEACHING ANALYSIS: DO WE NEED TO CHANGE OUR PRACTICES? Teaching the process of analysing texts in order for students to produce a spoken or written response remains amongst the most exciting and difficult challenges we face as a community of English teachers. Most recently, the high-stakes nature of unseen examinations fo...

Category:   Master class
Start Time:   9:00 AM
Date:   Saturday 15th May 2021
Venue:   University of Queensland (tbc)
Phone Enquiries:   0455464000
Email Enquiries:   adminofficer@etaq.org.au


JCU Spectacular

Join Dr Claire Hansen for a two-hour session on teaching Macbeth. We'll dive into an exploration of the language of Macbeth and teaching strategies to engage students with Shakespeare's Scottish play.  The workshop will also explore learning activities for Macbeth created by the Shakespeare Reloaded project. This session will...

Category:   Seminar
Start Time:   9:00 AM
Date:   Saturday 22nd May 2021
Venue:   ZOOM
Email Enquiries:   adminofficer@etaq.org.au


Grammar Day

A grammar workshop will be held at Elanora State High School  on Saturday 29 May 2021 to assist attendees to develop their understandings of grammar in order to fully comprehend and to effectively teach the Australia Curriculum: English (AC:E). Also highly relevant to Years 11 & 12. This will be an updated re-run of the activity ...

Category:   Workshop
Start Time:   9:00 AM
Date:   Saturday 29th May 2021
Venue:   Elanora State High School
Email Enquiries:   adminofficer@etaq.org.au


Teacher event - external assessment

The second series of pre-external examination events will be held for teachers on Saturday 31 July as a face-to-face event and online. Recorded materials will remain available to all participants online until the examination week in October. Date Claimer giving further information is available for download ...

Category:   Seminar
Start Time:   9:00 AM
Date:   Saturday 31st July 2021
Venue:   TBC
Phone Enquiries:   0455464000


Student event - external assessment

Flexible modes  of delivery will allow you and your students to engage with the materials at a time that suits you.  Once again this event will be fully online to cater for all members and their students. This year the materials will come to you live in the afternoon of  Wednesday 8 September and again in the morning of Saturda...

Category:   Student (and teacher) Event
Start Time:   3:00 PM
Date:   Wednesday 8th September 2021
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Venue:   Online
Email Enquiries:   adminofficer@etaq.org.au


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