Connect with stories and storytelling

Is there any childhood without stories? Stories and storytelling are an integral part of being human, and have been for thousands of years. Using books and stories as part of our work with young children presents immense opportunities for learning, in so many ways. This Connect Event will help educators explore these opportunities and navigate the pedagogic tensions of intentional teaching and child-led play.

The event will also focus on:
• cultural stories and the intersection between culture and language
• curriculum connections and pedagogic possibilities in literacy and storytelling
• latest research and practice
• the use of stories in advocacy and inclusion
• the role of the author and publication
• community-based opportunities beyond the classroom.


Registration rates

ECA members receive a discount for this event. To sign up for ECA Membership, please click here.

Registration Type Total
ECA Member $95.00
Non-Member $110.00
Service Pack—three tickets for three people to attend one event* $255.00
($85.00 per ticket)

All registration fees are inclusive of GST.
*Current packages available until Thursday 20 August 2020.

Register here

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Date and time

Friday 23 October 2020

9.30 am to 3.00 pm Australian Eastern Daylight Time (AEDT)


Program

Time (AEDT) Session
9.30 am–
9.50 am
Acknowledgement of Country, welcome message and program overview
Dr Kate Highfield, Early Childhood Australia
9.50 am–
10.20 am
Keynote address by David Kleeman, Dubit Limited
10.20 am–
10.25 am
Move to concurrent sessions
10.25 am–
10.55 am
Theresa Ardler, Gweagal Cultural Connections

The importance of Aboriginal stories and their meanings

 

Dr Stacey Campbell, Queensland University of Technology

Teaching phonics and early years literacy through shared story book reading

Catharine Hydon, Hydon Consulting

Embedding storytelling into play

10.55 am–
11.20 am
Morning tea break
11.20 am–
11.50 am
Theresa Ardler, Gweagal Cultural Connections

The importance of Aboriginal stories and their meanings

Dr Stacey Campbell, Queensland University of Technology

Teaching phonics and early years literacy through shared story book reading

Catharine Hydon, Hydon Consulting

Embedding storytelling into play

11.50 am–
11.55 am
Move to main stage
11.55 am–
12.25 pm
Panel discussion: Storytelling, literacy and reading
Facilitator: Dr Kate Highfield
Panel members:
♦ 
Ursula Dubosarsky, Australian Children’s Laureate Foundation
♦ Louise Denoon, State Library of Queensland
12.25 pm–
12.45 pm
Educator perspectives: Phonics or whole language
Host: Dr Kate Highfield
12.45 pm–
1.30 pm
Lunch break
1.30 pm–
1.35 pm
Welcome back
Dr Kate Highfield
1.35 pm–
1.55 pm
Presentation by Laura Stone, ABC
ABC Kids Early Education
Connecting with storytelling through digital media
1.55 pm–
2.25 pm
Keynote address by Jessica Smith, Happy News Kid
The beauty in difference
2.25 pm–
2.30 pm
Move to group discussion session
2.30 pm–
2.50 pm
Group discussion session
2.50 pm–
3.00 pm
Closing remarks
Dr Kate Highfield
3.00 pm Close of event

Please note: changes to the program can be made at any point at discretion of the event organisers.


Facilitators and speakers

Dr Kate Highfield

Dr Kate Highfield

Dr Kate Highfield

Kate Highfield is the General Manager of Professional Learning and Research Translation at ECA. As part of this role, she explores effective technology integration and use, with a focus on its potential effects on learning (for adults and children), pedagogy and play. Kate has spent over two decades working as a classroom teacher and as a teacher educator and researcher at several universities, including Swinburne, Macquarie and Charles Sturt. Her current research (supported by a range of grants and linkage projects) explores the impact of technology, as a tool, on young children, parents and educators.

 

 

Catharine Hydon

Catharine Hydon

Catharine Hydon

Catharine Hydon is the Director and Principal Consultant at Hydon Consulting. She has a master’s degree in early childhood education and extensive experience in the early childhood sector—beginning her career as a kindergarten teacher and progressing to lead roles in a range of services. Catharine has been a member of ECA for many years and is currently the Co-chair of ECA’s Reconciliation Advisory Group. She is also a member of the ECA Code of Ethics Working Group and has co-authored the recent implementation guide, Ethics in Action.

 

 

David Kleeman

David Kleeman

As a strategist, analyst, author, speaker and connector, David Kleeman has been leading the children’s media sector in developing sustainable, child-friendly practices for 35 years. He began this work as president of the American Center for Children and Media. David is now the Senior Vice President of Global Trends for Dubit, a strategy/research consultancy and digital studio. David is on the boards of PRIX JEUNESSE (Chair), the National Association for Media Literacy Education (VP) and the Children’s Media Association. Back when travel wasn’t restricted, David sought best practices in children’s entertainment worldwide. He has spoken (and, more importantly, listened) on six continents.

 

Jessica Smith

Jessica Smith

Jessica Smith

Jessica Smith is a former Paralympic swimmer, motivational speaker, author and advocate for diversity and inclusion. Jessica was born missing her left forearm, suffered a serious burns accident as a toddler, and overcame depression and anorexia in her teens. Since retiring from her international swimming career, she has dedicated her life to raising awareness around diversity and disability. As a mother of three, Jessica was inspired to write a series of children’s books about disability and acceptance, as she herself grew up with limited resources on these topics. Jessica is also the Co-founder and Producer of Happy News Kids, an online news platform delivered for children by children aged four to seven years.

 

Theresa Ardler

Theresa Ardler

Theresa Ardler 

Theresa Ardler is a Traditional Owner and Director of Gweagal Cultural Connections. She is an experienced and qualified researcher and her work is focused on Aboriginal education, spirituality and culture. Most recently, Theresa was the Research Indigenous Liaison Officer at Australian Catholic University, but for most of her career she was principally employed as an Aboriginal cultural educator across various schools. Theresa holds several degrees, including a Master of Religious Education, a Bachelor of Education (K-12) and a Bachelor of Laws besides an Associate Diploma in Child Science. She has also been the recipient of numerous prestigious awards and has presented on Aboriginal culture and spirituality at several national forums.

 

Dr Stacey Campbell

Dr Stacey Campbell

Dr Stacey Campbell

Stacey Campbell is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Early Childhood and Inclusive Education at Queensland University of Technology. She has extensive early childhood teaching experience, having worked in education for over 10 years as a teacher and director in NSW preschools, long day care centres and the early years of school. In addition to her early childhood teaching qualifications, she has a master’s degree in children’s literature and PhD in early childhood literacy. Stacey’s research is focused on early childhood literacy, including phonics, oral language, children’s literature as well as parent and teacher play-literacy beliefs and practices.

 

 

Ursula Dubosarsky

Ursula Dubosarsky

Ursula Dubosarsky

Ursula Dubosarsky is an Australian writer. She has written over 60 children’s books—including novels, picture books, mysteries, puzzle books, poetry and non-fiction—and has won many prizes across Australia. Internationally, Ursula has been nominated for both the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award and the Hans Christian Andersen Award. She is the current Australian Children’s Laureate for 2020–2021.You can find out more about Ursula and the Laureate movement at http://ursuladubosarsky.squarespace.com and www.childrenslaureate.org.au.

 

 

Louise Denoon

Louise Denoon

Louise Denoon

Louise Denoon is the Executive Director of Public Libraries and Engagement at State Library of Queensland. She has more than 25 years’ experience working with cultural institutions. Louise is passionate about working with communities and unleashing the potential of galleries, libraries, archives and museums to meet the challenges of the 21st century.
The Public Libraries and Engagement team delivers a bold and lively program of exhibitions, events, workshops and learning. The team works with the local government to ensure all Queenslanders have access to a contemporary public library service.

 

 

Laura Stone

Laura Stone

Laura Stone

Laura Stone is the Early Childhood Education Producer at ABC Kids and is responsible for its online Early Education platform, which launched in February 2020. She has previously worked in the production and delivery of professional development programs for early childhood educators at Macquarie University, and as a child studies teacher and workplace assessor for TAFE New South Wales, building on her experience as an early childhood teacher and team leader at Boundary Lane Children’s Centre in Sydney. Understanding the unique perspectives and priorities of educators, children and families, Laura advocates for world-class ABC Kids content. She believes Australia’s youngest citizens have the right to exemplary education, including access to high quality digital resources.