Festival of Teaching 2017

Sharing success: shaping our future

The 2017 Festival of Teaching was held on Saturday 26 August at the Casuarina Senior College in Darwin. 250 delegates attended including 44 presenters, 26 trade displays and 2 keynote speakers. Minister of Education, the Honourable Eva Lawler opened the full day festival, followed by a key note address from Mr Mark Collard of Playmeo and another from Dr Joseph Lo Bianco. Delegates had 39 informative and interactive workshops to choose from, delivered by NT teaching associations. During morning tea and lunch breaks delegates networked and browsed trade displays.

The Festival of Teaching Steering Committee made up of representatives from NT teacher associations delivered the festival with funding from PTANT and the Department of Education. The following associations joined forces to host the festival;

ATESOL - Association of Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages

ACHPER - Australian Council for Health Physical Education and Recreation NT

ALEA NT - Australian Literacy Educators Association Top End

BETANT - Business Education Teachers’ Association NT

CEANT - Career Educators Association of the NT

HEIA NT - Home Economics Institute of Australia NT Chapter

LTANT - Language Teachers' Association of the Northern Territory

STANT - Science Teachers Association of the Northern Territory

AENT - The Art Educators of the Northern Territory

NTAEGT -The NT Association for the Education of the Gifted and Talented

ETANT - English Teachers' Association of the NT

GHANT - Geography and History Teachers' Association of the NT


Teaching associations funded remote delegates travel via PTANT grant funding and provided quality workshops in their area of expertise.

The festival is a biannual event and each festival grows with quality deliverables and interest from remote and urban teachers including, government schools, non-government schools and corporate education sectors.

The festival delegates commented;

“Lots of information, short time. Excellent integrated demo. Great take home resource.”

“I learned a lot of teaching strategies with regards to arts integration in Mathematics.”

“I got a lot of new and innovative ideas from this workshop, and even started planning a new LAP so I could add some of what I learnt into my assessment schedule.”

“Engaging and insightful - plenty of new ideas and Mark inspired me to look at the learning environment in a new way.”

“The best 50 minutes I ever spent on any PD. I already practice most of the strategies, however, to see it being modelled and also alternative methods to practise these strategies was just amazing.”

“Well organized and delivered with good resources.”

“The book we received is great!”

To view the 2017 Program Guide and read about workshops click here

2017 Festival of Teaching Gallery
2017 Festival of Teaching Gallery
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