Term 2 meeting will be held on Wednesday 6th May @ 4.00pm
Location: Gleneagles Secondary College
Reema Blvd, Endeavour Hills VIC 3802
Please RSVP Moller.Lynne.L@edumail.vic.gov.au
Telephone: 03 9708 1319
Theme: Exploring The STELLA Prize.
Guest Speaker: Bec Kavanagh
Stella Prize Schools Program coordinator
Studio 706, 37 Swanston St
The Nicholas Building
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About the Stella Prize
The Stella Prize is a major literary award celebrating Australian women’s writing.
The prize is named after one of Australia’s iconic female authors, Stella Maria ‘Miles’ Franklin, and was awarded for the first time in 2013. Both nonfiction and fiction books by Australian women are eligible for entry.
The Stella Prize seeks to:
- recognise and celebrate Australian women writers’ contribution to literature
- bring more readers to books by women and thus increase their sales
- provide role models for schoolgirls and emerging female writers
- reward one writer with a $50,000 prize – money that buys a writer some measure of financial independence and thus time, that most undervalued yet necessary commodity for women, to focus on their writing
Free professional development sessions are available to teaching staff at schools. Held by Bec Kavanagh, Stella Prize Schools Program coordinator, these sessions will introduce and expand on the ideas and activities encompassed in the education kit, and suggest ways to incorporate them into the classroom.
- 57% of children’s books published each year have male protagonists; 31% have female protagonists
- Over its 57-year history, the Miles Franklin Literary Award has been won only 16 times by a woman
- 68.5% of the Victorian Year 12 English Prescribed Texts for 2014 were by male authors
We often discuss literature as a mirror in which readers can see their lives reflected back at them, or as a window through which we can glimpse and start to understand the lives of others. But what happens when you can’t see yourself at all in the reflection? Or, as is often the case for boys, all you see out the window are others just like you?
Unconscious gender bias is at work when women, who make up half of our society, are under-represented in our major literary prizes, in the pages of our literary journals and on school book lists.
Stella Prize Schools Program professional development sessions discuss the importance of addressing gender bias at a school level, and look at ways that teachers and library staff can incorporate the Stella Prize Schools Program into their teaching.
Bec Kavanagh will discuss gender bias and gendered reading patterns in detail – using statistics, anecdotal evidence and her own experience in developing the schools program. She will show several videos that address issues around gendered thinking and marketing (and links for these will be provided to teachers following the session for use in the classroom).
Based on discussions with teachers on their specific requirements, Bec will offer ideas on how the Stella Prize Schools Program can be incorporated into individual classrooms or curriculum. She is also able to make specific text recommendations.
Teachers will be encouraged to think about changes they could make to address gender bias (such as discussing issues with students, changing the layout of libraries, introducing new classroom texts) and should expect to leave the session feeling inspired to make changes in their classroom and school.
The information in this session is relevant to teachers of both boys and girls, as both are affected by gendered reading (and this will be discussed in the session too). The session can be tailored to particular student levels, if desired.
- Unconscious bias
- Gendered marketing of books
- The effects of gendered reading on our writing, attitudes & sense of self
- Critical reading/thinking
- Text suggestions
- Impact on both boys and girls of gendered reading and marketing
- Why readers need to see people like themselves and unlike themselves in books
- The gender bias in YA as well as adult literature
- Text suggestions
- Ways to change in-school marketing
- Questions to help evaluate reading
- How to incorporate discussion of gender into the classroom in a way that is meaningful and relevant to both teachers and students
Looking forward to a fruitful session with everyone.