stella2.0 returns to VATE: Wed 18 Nov, 2015

Well, we’ve finally got there. stella2.0 is back.

We are happy to report that registrations are very strong for the first of three stella2.0 workshops. It looks like the VATE PD room will be at maximum capacity.

We’re looking forward to welcoming back past stella2.0 faces and meeting new ones.

Focus of Workshop 1: ‘Creativity in (English) teaching and learning’

Creativity has become a ‘buzz word’ in educational settings. Governments, curriculum documents, researchers, schools and teachers talk about creativity, but they’re often meaning quite different things. The aim of our first workshop is to share, through talking and writing, our experiences and understandings of creativity in our diverse educational contexts (English/literacy or otherwise).

Some key details

  • Venue: VATE PD Room: 1/134–136 Cambridge Street, Collingwood
  • 5.00-5.30pm: Registration
  • 5.30pm: Workshop begins
  • Pizza and wine available from 5pm. So come along and relax, mingle and eat before the workshop begins
  • Bring your own writing materials – digital or pen and paper
  • 8.00pm: Finish


In preparation for the workshop we’ve chosen two readings that present quite differing approaches and perspectives on creativity. Workshop participants are invited to view and read them. We’re hoping these will help to focus our thinking and writing during the workshop:

  1. Robinson, K. (2006). ‘Do schools kill creativity?’ TED Talk.

This TED talk has been accessed online almost 36,000,000 times. The text on the website describes the talk in the following way: “Sir Ken Robinson makes an entertaining and profoundly moving case for creating an education system that nurtures (rather than undermines) creativity.”


  1. Doecke, B., Parr, G., & Sawyer, W. (2014). Rethinking creativity in English classrooms.

This chapter considers different ways to think about creativity in places such as English classrooms (but also other places). It draws attention to some rich traditions of creative English education in Australia and overseas, and presents a vision of creativity in English teaching that is both ordinary and extraordinary.

Thinking ahead

In the lead up to the first workshop, we invite participants to think about creativity in their own contexts or classroom in relation to these readings. The two focus questions below might help (we’ll also be using them in the workshop):

  1. What does creativity look like in your context or classroom?
  2. How do you and your colleagues make space for creativity in your work as teachers/educators?


See you at the workshop!