Meet Tori Shaw, Secondary Science Teacher and EPAA judge

Science teacher and secondary resource co-author, Tori Shaw, this year joined the EPAA judging panel. We got to know her a little better and what she learnt in judging the learning materials that were submitted in this year’s awards.   Tell us a little about your teaching career. What do you teach and what do…

Meet Thuong Du from Cambridge Uni Press

The judging is finalised and preparations are being made for the Educational Publishing Awards shortlist announcement and awards ceremony. The EPAAs this year will be broadcast via YouTube on 9 September. One member of the SEPC, who oversee the EPAA, is Thuong Du, Publishing Manager at Cambridge University Press. Thuong has been with the company…

McGraw Hill, winners of the 2020 Outstanding Tertiary Resource

The Educational Publishing Awards of Australia were founded on celebrating innovation and research and this year those principles were put to the test. While educational publishers have deftly accelerated their digital offerings during the pandemic, the future looks set to bring more transformation in the way tertiary publishers, in particular, support educators and learning.  We…

Peter van Noorden : 2020 Mike Horsley Award recipient

We spoke with Peter van Noorden, formerly of Oxford University Press, who was recently recognised for his service to the sector at the Educational Publishing Awards of Australia as 2020’s Mike Horsley Award recipient. Peter shared with us how he determines success in a learning resource, how he sees COVID-19 impacting the sector long-term, and…

Introducing our second keynote : Jane Doyle

When Jane Doyle started teaching online to her kindergarten students in the early days of the pandemic, never did she think it would result in seeing intimate shots of the insides of their noses and throats as they became curious with webcam technology. “I never thought I might need to be an ear, nose and…

Keynote introduction : Yasodai Selvakumaran

One of two keynote speakers for the online Educational Publishing Awards ceremony this year is a western Sydney humanities teacher who is the first Teacher Ambassador for the New South Wales Department of Education. Her students call her Ms Selva.  Yasodai Selvakumaran has been teaching at Rooty Hill High School for ten years where the…

The first Mike Horsley Award recipient – Peter Stannard

In September 2019, the educational publishing community awarded the first Mike Horsley Award in memory of the man who established the EPAAs and inspired so many. The inaugural recipient is Queensland-based author, publisher and teacher, Peter Stannard of Firefly Education who we hear from below.  Read Peter’s reflections on the progression of his career and some highlights, and also the thoughts of…

Agile and dynamic: independent educational publisher serving educators and students in new markets

Mizz De Zoysa-Lewis is the Managing Director of Insight Publications – an independent educational publisher that specialises in resources for teaching English. Although traditionally focused on the Victorian market, the company recently launched its first dedicated resource for the Western Australian market. We spoke to De Zoysa-Lewis about the impetus for this interstate expansion and the values…

Science teacher on educational publishing with Tina Bean

In this post, we interview secondary science teacher, Tina Bean, on the value of quality educational resources in the classroom.    How long have you been a teacher and what inspired you to become one? I have been a teacher for 10 years. I retrained to become a teacher because I wanted to give kids…

Interview with Keynote Speaker, educator and Reading Australia fellow Alex Wharton

Alex Wharton is one of two keynote speakers at this year’s Educational Publishing Awards. He is Head of Middle School at Carinya Christian School, Gunnedah. Prior to this current role which still includes significant classroom teaching, he has served as an English Teacher and Head Teacher of English for a combined total of 10 years….

IT and Mathematics teacher choice on educational publishing products, with Jeff Nicholson

In this post we interview IT and Mathematics teacher, Jeff Nicholson, on what aspects of educational resources he looks for to utilise in his classroom.  How long have you been a teacher and what inspired you to become one? I’ve been a secondary school teacher since 2005. I teach IT and Mathematics. Before that, I…

Interview with keynote speaker, educator and Principal, Lian Davies

Lian Davies is an educator and leader with a passion for global educational systems and strategies focussing on student centred learning. Lian has worked in both Scottish and English schools in the UK, developing her leadership skills while navigating a new country and education system she became an Assistant Principal and Acting Principal in NZ in 2011. Lian moved to…