Peter Botsman Award 2016

 

Grace Loyden

Grace Loyden has made a significant contribution to English education in Queensland. Grace has spent the last decade teaching English in the outback town of Mount Isa. A Head of Senior English early in her career, Grace has had a significant role in mentoring beginning English teachers. In the isolated environment of north Queensland, she has worked tirelessly to keep herself abreast of research and development in English education, and has built capacity in her colleagues, by devoting hours of her own time to support her colleagues through moderation and professional learning communities. Grace has been the recipient of ETAQ bursaries, and often travels extensive distances to attend professional development in the area of English education. She has, indeed, worked hard to overcome the tyranny of distance.
Grace has also been very active in supporting her students in public speaking competitions as well as giving her students authentic writing opportunities by supporting them to write book reviews for journals on English teaching. She is a passionate advocate of her subject with students keen to show their appreciation of her work.
Grace is innovative in her leadership in English in her school. She has designed an elective using the structure of a Short Course in English that has resulted in supporting year 10 students many of whom are indigenous to pass English for the first time since enrolling in high school. She has also revolutionised the means of submission of multimodal assessment in her school, resulting in a dramatic increase in outcomes in both English Communication and Authority English. Grace has also been instrumental in a wide range of professional development around literacy in her school.
Grace's expertise has been recognized beyond Mount Isa as she has been a district review panelist for a number of years and is currently on the Expert Writing Team for the new English syllabus. She has been a QCS Test Writing Task Marker and has been a marker for the External Exam Trial for English.
Grace is currently studying her Masters in Education at QUT and is researching the extent to which tacit knowledge informs teachers' application of standards in English.
Her contributions to quality English teaching both in her own school and beyond make Grace Loyden a deserving recipient of this award.

Upcoming Events

Short Stories - Year 11

Emma Monfries and Kiri Lucas will present some practical activities and observations from Unit 2: Texts and Culture.  With these activities, students can conceptualise in concrete ways the relationship between place and culture, for example, through layered maps, and to convey this in texts such as short stories.  Students can a...

Start Time:   9:00 AM
Date:   Saturday 15th February 2020
Venue:   Ryan Catholic College
Email Enquiries:   trish.purcell@bigpond.com


An Afternoon with Christine Hills

The Darling Downs Branch will present an Afternoon with Christine Hills and the Collins Writing Program on Wednesday, 26 February, 2020. Afternoon tea will be served from 3:15 to 3:45 pm. This workshop will allow teachers and school leaders an opportunity to: Explore elements of grammar that are central to good writing and align w...

Category:   Seminar
Start Time:   3:15 PM
Date:   Wednesday 26th February 2020
Venue:   St Ursula's - Toowoomba
Email Enquiries:   trish.purcell@bigpond.com


March Seminar 2020: Diving Deep into Story

Literature is the lifeblood of the English classroom and we all endeavour to make our classrooms creative spaces, helping students to experience the pleasures of responding to and creating literature. This seminar will explore diverse ideas related to creativity in English. The keynote address will be presented by Assoc. Professor Kim Wil...

Category:   Seminar
Start Time:   8:10 AM
Date:   Saturday 21st March 2020
Venue:   Griffith University TBC
Phone Enquiries:   0455464000


Early Career Conference 2020: Diving Deep into Teaching

This event for teachers in their first firve years of teaching and those who are new to the teaching of English will submerge you in a new, colourful, and enchanting world where you can engage with your peers. it is also a 'not to be missed' event for preservice teachers.  For those who are interested in offering a presentati...

Category:   Seminar
Start Time:   9:00 AM
Date:   Saturday 9th May 2020
Venue:   To be confirmed


May Masterclass 2020: Diving Deep into Feedback

This event will offer participants an opportunity to streamline their skills in assessment for learning, moderation and quality feedback processes at a series of workshops for teachers of years 7 -12 to be presented by colleagues and academics. The program will be available by Tuesday 9 April and registrations will open on that day. R...

Category:   Master class
Start Time:   8:30 AM
Date:   Saturday 16th May 2020
Venue:   To be confirmed


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