Festival of Teaching 2021



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The Festival of Teaching, coordinated by the Professional Teachers’ Association of the NT (PTANT) and Member Associations, is a one-day biennial event offering educators professional development across the curriculum and all levels of schooling.

On Saturday 28 August, educators will gather at Palmerston College to make the most of the Festival’s professional learning program, including:

  • Two keynote speakers
  • workshops spanning the curriculum; and
  • Trade displays providing access to educational organisations and resources.

This was the fifth PTANT Festival of Teaching. The goal of the Steering Committee is to deliver the preeminent professional learning event of the year for NT teachers. For more information please email or phone 89449324. 


Karen Young 

Founder of ‘Hey Sigmund’


Dr Miriam-Rose Ungunmerr Baumann AM

Aboriginal activist, educator and artist

Karen began her career as a psychologist in private practice, and has worked extensively with children, teens and families. She has a Masters in Gestalt Therapy and has lectured at post-graduate level.

Karen is now a sought-after speaker and consultant, working with schools, government bodies, parent groups, and child and adolescent focused organisations both in Australia and abroad to educate, build resources, implement procedures, and support the professional development of staff. Her areas of expertise particularly include child and adolescent anxiety, trauma, attachment, and neurodevelopment.

She is regularly invited to comment by Australian and international media, including ABC Radio, The Project, and Parenting Magazine New Zealand. Her recent projects include working with Plan International Australia to create resources for parents in response to the Australian bushfires and the COVID-19 pandemic.

Karen is the founder of ‘Hey Sigmund’, an internationally popular online resource that attracts millions of readers each year. The website provides contemporary, research-driven resources to support the mental wellness of children and adolescents. She is the author of three books, including the international bestseller ‘Hey Warrior,’ which assist children to understand and manage anxiety. Her books have been translated into several languages and have sold more than 150,000 copies worldwide.

Dr Miriam-Rose Ungunmerr Baumann AM is an Aboriginal elder from Nauiyu and a renowned artist, activist, writer and public speaker.

In 1975, Miriam-Rose became the Territory's first fully qualified Aboriginal teacher. As an art consultant for the Department of Education, she visited schools through the Top End, advocating for the inclusion of visual art as part of every child's education.

Through her professional and creative life, Miriam-Rose has remained dedicated to maintaining the cultural independence of her people and being a spokesperson for the Aboriginal worldview. In recognition of her leadership, she was awarded a Member of the Order of Australia medal and an Honorary PhD in Education from Charles Darwin University.

Miriam-Rose later became the principal of the Catholic school in her home community before being appointed to the Federal Government's advisory body, the National Indigenous Council. In 2013, she established the Miriam Rose Foundation, to bridge the divide between Aboriginal culture and mainstream society —driving reconciliation at a grassroots level.


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Darwin NT 0801

Phone: 08 8944 9324

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