The Victorian Association for the Teaching of English (VATE) is partnering with faculties and schools of education in an ongoing project that investigates the influence of standards-based reforms on the work of English teachers and English teacher educators in Australia. The project is called stella2.0
stella2.0 draws inspiration from the internationally esteemed STELLA project – Standards for Teachers of English Language and Literacy in Australia. The original STELLA project brought together English teachers and teacher educators from across Australia in 1999 to talk and write about their work, and to develop the first set of discipline-based professional standards in the country.
Fourteen years later, in 2013, the first stella2.0 workshops brought English teachers and teacher educators together again to talk and write about their work. The resulting professional learning community connected powerfully with the original STELLA spirit from 1999, but also showed how professional and academic environments have changed for English teachers and English teacher educators in the previous decade.
In 2015-16, with funding support from VATE, the stella2.0 project continues with three new writing workshops addressing key contemporary issues in English teaching:
- Wed 18 November 2015: Creativity in contemporary English classrooms
- Wed 20 January 2016: English teachers as writers
- Wed 24 February 2016: English standards: 50 years on from the Dartmouth conference
If you’d like to know more about the stella2.0 project you can:
- read some of the research publications written about the project
- browse some of the writing from the workshops in 2013
- contact Graham Parr or Scott Bulfin.