How school libraries can improve engagement with the differentiated learner

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This morning seminar is for primary and secondary teacher librarians and others who are responsible for school library services and/or involved in learning and teaching programs. As part of the government Special Needs Plan for VIT registration, teachers are now required to build their capacity to teach learners with disability. Whilst considering one’s teaching context and characteristics and needs of our learners participants will have the opportunity to learn about Dyslexia in reading and how data contributes to building a better understanding of the learner. In addition, there will be a workshop to explore how a collection development rubric can assist in determining the health of the school library.

  • Date: Saturday 26 August 2017, 9.00am until 1.00pm
  • Venue: McAuley Resource Centre, Academy of Mary Immaculate, 88 Nicholson Street, Fitzroy 3065
  • Parking: Information about parking will be forwarded after registration. There will be signs to McAuley Resource Centre.
  • Contact: Susanne Graetsch or Anne Girolami [Convenor]



Early Bird
Member (ALIA/VCTL): $77.00
Non-member: $110.00
Student or ALIA Retiree: $55.00

Standard fee applies after Friday 11 August 2017
Member (ALIA/VCTL): $88.00
Non-Member: $121.00
Student or ALIA Retiree: $66.00
Please note all registration will attract a 7% service fee.  This will be displayed upon payment.



8.30am  Registration

9.00am  Keynote address Dyslexia in Reading – what we need to know
Keynote speaker: Kelly-Jane Winter, Westbourne Grammar, Truganina
During this session Kelly-Jane will engage participants on understanding Dyslexia in reading and how to support students.

10.00am  Guest speaker: Using data to inform our reading programs
Speaker: Julia Petrov, St Patrick’s College, Ballarat
In this session Julia will discuss how using data can aid our understanding of students as readers. Specific references to the On Demand tool by VCAA will be made.

10.30am  Morning tea

11.05am  Workshop: Determining the health of the school library collection
Pru Mitchell, Manager, Information Services, ACER
The workshop will explore the collection rubric devised for the updated policy and procedures manual.

12.45pm  Plenary
Wrap up of seminar, completion of evaluation forms and collection of Certificate of Participation.

1.00pm  Finish


REGISTRATION CLOSES Friday 25 August 2017, 12pm
After this time, email Susanne Graetsch on



ALIA Group Event
Saturday 26 August 2017 9:00am to 1:00pm
Contact details
Susanne Graetsch