Penny Charles: Make ’em laugh. Make ’em cry. Make ’em understand?

Penny has many years of experience teaching children and adults of all ages. She began as a teacher of English, Drama and Social Studies and quickly discovered how skills learnt in each of these areas could improve learning in the others.

Workshop brief: Make ’em laugh. Make ’em cry. Make ’em understand?
Do you have ideas to share? A project to realize? A point of view to explain? Would you like to improve your communication skills and engage a wider audience? With help from Maureen Hjorth and Paul Gannon, this workshop will explore what helps and hinders how well others understand our messages. See what can work and what definitely does not. A chance to see strategies in action and to also hone your own skills!

While living in the ACT, she undertook a range of social justice advocacy roles, as well as providing support to welfare and community organisations through planning, mediation and leadership and by volunteering in emergency assistance. Later she worked in educational policy at Territory and national level, developing and implementing curriculum, professional development programs and Australian education policy. She always preferred to embrace a wide range of stakeholders and used a variety of communication strategies, including what was then cutting edge information technology, to engage, excite, and bring about consensus.  Now living near Gloucester, Penny loves her involvement in a variety of organisations and enjoys the diversity of opportunities to help in the community.