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

Literature Spectacular

Graham Joseph from Ryan Catholic College will present a workshop designed for teachers who are thinking about introducing Literature, delivering Literature for the first time or looking to review their Literature course in the near future. In the first part of the workshop, we will explore a framework for delivering a Literature course that c...

Category:   Workshop
Start Time:   9:00 AM
Date:   Saturday 13th February 2021
Venue:   ZOOM
Email Enquiries:   adminofficer@etaq.org.au


March Seminar 2021: Challenge and Change: Doing things differently

We are delighted to announce that we will be back with face to face professional learing events in 2021 - usual format but wtih some important changes: the March Seminar will be a full day event; the AATE-ALEA National Conference will be held in Brisbane in July and consequently there will not be a state conference. Other events for the year ...

Category:   Seminar
Start Time:   9:00 AM
Date:   Saturday 13th March 2021
Venue:   Iona College
Venue Address:   85 North Road, LINDUM
Phone Enquiries:   0455 464 000


Grammar at Hervey Bay

A grammar workshop will be held at Hervey Bay State High School 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 conducted in both 2018 and ...

Category:   Workshop
Start Time:   9:00 AM
Date:   Saturday 27th March 2021
Venue:   Hervey Bay State High School
Venue Address:   56 Beach Road, Hervey Bay
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

ETAQ will be conducting another of the very successful grammar days on Saturday 29 May 2021.  If your school would like to host this event, please contact Admin Officer.

Category:   Workshop
Start Time:   9:00 AM
Date:   Saturday 29th May 2021
Venue:   To be advised


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