Peter Botsman Award 2021 - in school category

Adam Davy

Adam Davy, the Head of English at Kelvin Grove State College, is responsible for leading the design and implementation of curriculum that has challenged and inspired more than 2600 students across years 6-12. A key member of the English Faculty at the college since 2007, after becoming Head of Department in the English Faculty in 2012, Adam has modelled innovative leadership, defined by his personal belief in the power of compassion, collegiality and creativity.
He has made significant, ongoing contributions to Queensland's broader education journey, through his advisory role in the QCAA's development of the new English syllabus suite, as a co-presenter at several QCAA syllabus in-service workshops around Brisbane, and as a Lead Endorser. His keen interest in the design of challenging and innovative curriculum has been inspirational as he leads the development and implementation of learning and assessment programs for senior English, Literature, Essential English, English as an Additional Language, and English and Literature Extension, and the subsequent revision of the middle years English curriculum to best support vertical alignment. His expertise, experience and insight have instilled his teaching team with great confidence, and he regularly inspires with his explicit commitment to the challenges associated with truly innovative curriculum design and pedagogical practices.
Adam is the architect of the unique EXCELeration program that offers young learners the opportunity to accelerate their learning in the English learning area, whilst simultaneously cultivating their love of the literary arts, and nurturing their growth as writers, thinkers and performers. His students' contribution to Queensland's literary arts landscape is noteworthy. For example, in 2019 and 2020, students from the program were formally recognised as Brisbane Writers Festival Youth Ambassadors. Students have also achieved success in a range of high-profile events such as the SlammED! poetry slam, the John Marsden and Hachette Australia Prize, the Kid's Cancer Council Write a Book in a Day project, and the IEU/ETAQ literary competition.
In addition, Adam:
was instrumental in introducing the role of English Captain at his school. Like traditional student leaders in fields such as sport, the English Captains provide inspiration and guidance to the student population
co-founded the school's Slamasaurus initiative, a collective of creative young arts enthusiasts as young as 11.
designed and implemented biennial student tours to the UK and Melbourne, Australia's very own UNESCO City of Literature
ensured students have direct engagement with local and internationally renowned artists
contributes to ETAQ and AATE events across the country, sharing his unique insight with others on topics close to his heart.
Beyond school, Adam directly contributes to the Australian Arts Community through his role as a Board Member of the Australian Film Classification Review Board, and as an independent author.
Queensland's education landscape continues to benefit from Adam's many and varied contributions, and he is a worthy recipient of the Peter Botsman Award.


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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)
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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
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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
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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
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