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25 years of the Educational Publishing Awards of Australia

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Good educational resources make the lives of teachers easier and are created by hard working educational publishers whose efforts will be celebrated in the 25th Educational Publishing Awards of Australia on Thursday 20 September 2018.

More than 200 educators and educational publishers will come together at The Arts Centre in Melbourne this week to toast another year of high-standard educational materials for Australia’s roughly four million school students, and roughly 1.3 million tertiary students plus TAFE/vocational learners.

Keynote speaker at the awards, TV presenter and primary school teacher, Shelley Ware knows doubly well how involved and crucial educational learning resources are, having authored Teacher Notes for literacy and regularly chosen learning materials for her classroom.

“Good educational resources engage students. Teachers fully rely on them, and they are a part of the big picture to inspire students to have a lifelong passion to read and learn,” Ms Ware said.

“As a writer I learnt so much about the valuable role of and immense skill of editors and also the timelines in the publishing process, and as a teacher I look for good quality, interesting, children-friendly texts - they’re vital for the classroom,” Ms Ware continued.

Schools and Educational Publishing representative on the Australian Publishers Association’s Board, Brendan Bolton said, “Many educational publishing staff previously worked as teachers, and publishers always consult classroom educators to inform the development of a new product. Publishers work closely with curriculum bodies to produce relevant and timely resources as well.

“Learning resources can take anywhere from 18 months to 3 years to create”, Bolton said, “and when we do our job well, it's great to know we're helping teachers do the important work of bringing their classrooms to life.”

Twenty-three awards will be presented across primary, secondary and tertiary education.


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