Peter Botsman Award 2011

Michelle Ragen

Michelle Ragen is an outstanding teacher of English whose innovative curriculum design and delivery encourage students to fully engage in a range of traditional and contemporary literacies.  She is a generous professional who works tirelessly to ensure she is abreast of the current research in her field.

Beyond her own classroom, Michelle is highly committed to helping to inspire and provide opportunities for the professional development of other teachers.   At a school level, she empowers other English teachers by modelling best practice teaching and learning and by creating units of work which encourage student engagement and subject area mastery. In addition, her own tertiary studies in librarianship and her present action research project that focuses on the reading practices of adolescents, have helped to generate innovative curriculum developments and professional reflection among her peers.

A member of the ETAQ Management Committee since 2007, Michelle has actively sought to contribute positively and productively to the Association on a number of levels: as book sales convenor, as a frequent workshop presenter, as a member and Chair of the Professional Development Sub-committee, as a convenor of PD activities, and as a member of the steering committee planning the AATE/ALEA National Conference to be held in Brisbane in 2013.

Michelle’s generosity in the sharing of her time and work at local, state and international conferences has been substantial. Her presentations at various seminars and conferences and at the International Boys’ School Coalition Conference, held in London this year, are evidence of her firm belief in the vital importance of supporting the wider English teaching and learning community.

As an English teacher and as a teacher-librarian, Michelle consistently models professionalism, inspires collaboration, affirms others and plays a leading role in leading her peers through the rapidly changing landscape that is the 21st Century English classroom.

Upcoming Events

JCU Spectacular

"Double, double toil and trouble": Creative Writing and Macbeth Professional Development Workshops
Dr Emma Maguire and Dr Claire Hansen

In this double workshop PD session, join Dr Emma Maguire for a one-hour workshop on creative writing, and Dr Claire Hansen for a one-hour session on teaching Macbeth. Discover the essential e...

Category:   Workshop
Start Time:   9:00 AM
Date:   Saturday 25th July 2020
Venue:   Online
Email Enquiries:   adminofficer@etaq.org.au


Diving Deep into External Assessment

Student (and teacher) event: Diving Deep into the Analytical Essay Pre-recorded materials open to registered participants from 3pm,  with live discussion in half hour blocks from 4pm - 5:30pm. Live discussions will primarily relate to Writing the Analytical Essay, but students will be free to ask questions about their selected texts....

Category:   Student (and teacher) Event
Start Time:   3:00 PM
Date:   Wednesday 9th September 2020
Venue:   Online
Phone Enquiries:   0455464000


Diving Deep into the Analytical Essay for teachers

The Teacher workshop  Pre-recorded workshop open to registered participants, with live discussion from 11am - 12pm.
Final Preparation for the EA will explore: the advice provided in Writing the Analytical Essay; giving quality formative feedback to students; trouble-shooting common problems.
After the event: The pre-recorded teac...

Category:   Workshop
Start Time:   9:00 AM
Date:   Saturday 12th September 2020
Venue:   Online
Phone Enquiries:   0455464000


SCCC Resource sharing

Andrew Snee and the Senior English staff at  Southern Cross Catholic College would like to share some of the teaching strategies and modelling/scaffolding resources that have been implemented and devised for the demands of general English. From analysing representations of prejudice and alienation in literary texts to creating engaging im...

Category:   Seminar
Start Time:   9:00 AM
Date:   Saturday 17th October 2020
Venue:   Southern Cross Catholic College


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.  This event will be re-scheduled for term 4 ...

Category:   Seminar
Start Time:   9:00 AM
Date:   Saturday 24th October 2020
Venue:   Griffith University, Mt Gravatt campus
Venue Address:   176 Messines Ridge Rd, Mount Gravatt QLD 4122


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