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2015 Penguin Teachers’ Academy Catalogue

 

2015 Catalogue

We are delighted to announce that our Penguin Teachers’ Academy Educational Resource Catalogue for 2015 has arrived and is ready to be shared with all of you.

This year our team have created a catalogue that features a selection of the very best of our titles, linked to their cross curricula priorities, arranged by suggested year level and teaching resources available. You can browse an example here PTA_2015_AsiaSecondary

If you would like to claim your free copy of our 2015 Penguin Teachers’ Academy Catalogue, please fill out the form below and we shall happily send one out to you.

 

 

 

 

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#notsilent

On Tuesday 14 April, Penguin Random House will be commemorating the 70th anniversary of Anne Frank’s death alongside The Anne Frank Trust.

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Anne Frank’s story offers us a poignant insight into one of the darkest periods of history, yet also offers inspiration for new generations to make our world a better one. This young girl refused to be silenced by her oppressors and instead documented her every thought and feeling while in hiding from the Nazis for two years, until she was captured and sent to her death at Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in the spring of 1945.

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So what exactly is #notsilent?

Instead of a one minute’s silence to commemorate the end of Anne Frank’s short life, we are inviting people to read a one-minute passage from Diary of a Young Girl out loud at any time on or after Tuesday 14 April.

We encourage you to record your own extract and share it, to inspire others to speak out against injustice and take a moment to remember Anne Frank. We have a selection of passages suitable for a one minute reading to choose from, you can choose one yourself, or you can read something you have written about your own life and hopes. You can start or end your reading by explaining why you want to do it.

For teacher resources and to find out how you can get involved here.

 

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Creative Schools: Revolutionizing Education from the Ground Up

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Ken Robinson is one of the world’s most influential voices in education, and his talk, ‘How Schools Kill Creativity’, is the most viewed in the history of TED. In this empowering, ground breaking book, he sets out his vision for how we can transform our industrial model of education to better meet the needs of the 21st century, not through political reform, but by changing the way we use it.

Creative Schools looks to people who are already revolutionizing education for examples of how creativity can flourish despite the framework of standardization: the teachers who are making better use of lesson time by redefining homework; the schools which have pioneered projects and partnerships to bring to life the practical aspects of learning, from building real cars to managing their own towns.

Creative Schools will publish on April 22nd 2015. Read an extract HERE.

‘Creative Schools is one of those rare books that not only inspires and brings a new sense of possibility to the goal of transforming education, but also lays out an actionable strategy. Ken Robinson is leading a daring revolution to change how we understand schools, learning, and most importantly, the passion and talent of our students. This is a global game-changer and I’m in.’ Brené Brown, PH.D., author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Daring Greatly

‘Creative Schools is wonderful and enjoyable. It makes us rethink what real schooling, learning, and creativity means.’ Malala Yousafzai, author of I Am Malala and Nobel Prize Laureate

‘Ken Robinson’s Creative Schools offers a brilliant and compelling vision for what education must become. His powerful call to action cites wonderful examples where the education of the future is happening today. Don’t miss this important book!’ Tony Wagner, author of Creating Innovators and The Global Achievement Gap and Expert In Residence at Harvard University’s Innovation Lab

‘Make me care. Sir Ken and Lou turn these three words into a mantra for the future of education. We don’t do education to students, we do it with them. I hope every teacher and every parent reads this.’ Seth Godin, author of Stop Stealing Dreams

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New Books for April 2015

Its publication day here at Penguin and we are delighted to share with you these beautiful new books, perfect for your classrooms and libraries!

9780670077441A River by Marc Martin  

There is a river outside my window.

Where will it take me?

So begins an imaginary journey from the city to the sea. From factories to farmlands, freeways to forest, each new landscape is explored through stunning illustrations and poetic text from this award-winning picture-book creator.

Why I Love Footy by Michael Wagner, Illustrated by Tom Jellett 9780670077878

There are a bazillion reasons to love footy! These are just my biggest ones…

There’s the big tackles and amazing marks. There’s wearing the scarf and singing the song. But whether your team wins or loses, from the opening bounce to the final siren, the very best thing about footy is that we do it together.

9780143308355Do You Love Dogs by Clair Hume and Dave the Dog  

Do dogs dream?

Does tail-wagging always show that a dog is happy?

Is a pug really related to a wolf?

Can a dog be trained to ride a horse?

For thousands of years, dogs have been our best friends. They’ve kept us company, entertained us and even saved our lives.

In this fun and fascinating book, Clair Hume (with the help of her dog, Dave) explores all sorts of remarkable facts and stories about dogs. Do You Love Dogs? will help you understand more about the wonderful world of our canine companions. You’ll probably end up looking at them in a completely different way!

‘The way Clair (and Dave) share the world of dogs is truly awesome. This book is a delight – the perfect read for dog lovers of all ages.’ Vickie Davy, Director of PetRescue

Ten per cent of the author’s royalties for this book will be donated to PetRescue.

New Boy by Nick Earls  9780143308393

Adjusting to a new country and a new school was never going to be easy for Herschelle. The food is strange, it’s so different to South Africa and, worst of all, no one understands the Aussie slang he’s learnt on the web.

But it’s the similarities that make things really hard. Herschelle will have to confront racism, bullying and his own past before Australia can feel like home . . .

A moving, funny new novel by one of Australia’s best-loved authors.

9780670078684 (1)The Greatest Gatsby by Tohby Riddle  

Introducing a new, visually engaging way of presenting grammar. Appealing to the senses and the emotions with colour, texture, humour and drama, this book seeks to make the subject of grammar not only more intelligible to more people, but more memorable.

 

Loyal Creatures (Special Edition) by Morris Gleitzman  9780670078882

1914. War. Did I want to volunteer with Daisy? Course I did. When I told Dad he tried to wallop me round the head with a canvas bucket. ‘You’re fifteen,’ he said.

In the deserts of Egypt and Palestine young Frank experiences all the adventure he ever wanted, and a few things he wasn’t expecting. Heartbreak, love and the chance to make the most important choice of his life. From Gallipoli to the famous charge at Beersheba, through to the end of the war and its unforgettable aftermath, Frank’s story grows out of some of the key moments in Australia’s history.

The powerful story of a young man’s journey towards his own kind of bravery.

 

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EVENT – Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution

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Join Jamie Oliver in his Food Revolution when he brings it to the stages of the Opera House on March 29. It’s going to be a fun-filled show for the whole family with Jamie cooking on stage, entertaining and inspiring kids to cook from scratch.

Tickets are selling fast so don’t miss out!

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Creative Schools Competition Winner Announcement!

WINNER ANNOUNCEMENT!

A very big thanks to all of you who took the time to share your ideal creative school with us on Twitter as part of our #CreativeSchoolsComp. We are delighted to announce our winners. Congratulations to DiKidman (@ddkitten), whartonag (@whartonag), giselle (@gissiebella), Nick Maniatis (nickmaniatis_ed), Craig HB (@hildebrandburke)

9780241188330Creative Schools: Revolutionizing Education from the Ground Up by ROBINSON KEN & ARONICA LOU

Ken Robinson is one of the world’s most influential voices in education, and his talk, ‘How Schools Kill Creativity’, is the most viewed in the history of TED. In this empowering, ground breaking book, he sets out his vision for how we can transform our industrial model of education to better meet the needs of the 21st century, not through political reform, but by changing the way we use it.

Creative Schools looks to people who are already revolutionizing education for examples of how creativity can flourish despite the framework of standardization: the teachers who are making better use of lesson time by redefining homework; the schools which have pioneered projects and partnerships to bring to life the practical aspects of learning, from building real cars to managing their own towns.

This is your chance to win one of 5 copies to give away. Entering is easy, follow the steps below.

  • Follow the official Penguin Teachers’ Academy Twitter account at
    https://twitter.com/PenguinTeachers and be following it at the time of judging;
  • Post a tweet telling us about your ideal creative school to win a copy of Creative Schools by Ken Robinson and Lou Aronica and
  • Tag the response with hashtag #CreativeSchoolsComp.

Full Terms and Conditions

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March 2015 Professional Development Days Program Announcement

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Our Professional Development Days for teachers, librarians and educational support staff are back by popular demand. Join us on March 26th and 27th 2015 at Library Docklands in Melbourne, to hear from an unprecedented line-up of illustrators and authors and take home free books and teaching resources!

Cost is $50.00 + GST ($55.00 per person, per day)

Download the full program –  PTA_PD_flyer_26_27_MARCH
RSVP HERE

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