Janine advocates for inclusive and representative screen stories that engage children, affirm their identities, and build empathy in the classroom and beyond. This focus is emphasised in the learning content, programs, and experiences she produces and in her outreach to teachers and schools. Before joining the ACTF, Janine taught in a range of educational settings locally and abroad.
National Curriculum Manager
1 November 2023
My Place tells the story of an Australian community from the perspectives of children who lived there over time. Both the picture book and TV series have become embedded texts in Australian classrooms.
19 October 2023
Adolescence is an important time for all young people to explore and establish their personal and social identities. In authentic portrayals of teens on screen, young people see characters navigating relatable issues. Co-viewing this content opens opportunities for dialogue among families, enabling teens to consolidate their understandings, share their ideas and ask questions.
10 August 2023
How can we best support the education, wellbeing and development of Australia’s children? The ACTF recently joined representatives from a broad range of organisations to consider this question and provide recommendations which will inform the Australian Government’s forthcoming Early Years Strategy.
8 September 2022
Both the picture book and the My Place television series have become embedded texts in Australian classrooms, capturing the imaginations of students and teachers alike. ACTF National Curriculum Manager Janine Kelly explores the educational legacy of the My Place story.
27 July 2022
Jointly presented by the Australian Association for the Teaching of English and the Australian Literacy Educators’ Association, the ‘Hearts, Minds, Stories: Landscapes of Learning’ conference was held in Darwin earlier this month. Here, the ACTF Learning team reflects on the event from the perspectives of sponsor, exhibitor and presenter.
23 November 2021
International Day of People with Disability is held annually on 3 December to increase public awareness, understanding and acceptance of people with disability, and to celebrate their achievements and contributions. The following children’s content and resources will support teachers in guiding classroom conversations on disability, inclusion and accessibility.
26 October 2021
Presented by the ABC Education and the ACTF, the 2021 My Place Competition asked Year 3-6 students to reflect on and write about how people of diverse backgrounds helped to shape their communities.
10 August 2021
A record number of students attended our recent ACMI Education x ACTF webinar with My Place author Nadia Wheatley.
19 November 2020
By focussing on children from our past, living history series Are You Tougher Than Your Ancestors? develops young people’s knowledge of Australian history, their national identity, and an understanding of their own capabilities.
8 September 2020
In a recent virtual learning event, schools went behind the scenes with the cast and creator of The Unlisted. Students learnt about the making of this thrilling drama series, from ideation to production to broadcast.
6 February 2020
For school starters and their families, there is a range of quality Australian programming which explores the environment, routines and expectations of primary school.
22 October 2019
With young people having unprecedented access to inappropriate content, children’s television is well-placed to contribute to the sex ed conversation.
13 September 2019
Our virtual learning experiences highlight the ACTF’s role in media, culture and education.
26 August 2019
Local content has the power to shape children’s personal identities, their collective national identity, and their relationships with others.
16 August 2019
Quality local content provides vicarious experiences that build children’s intercultural understanding, explains ACTF Curriculum Officer Janine Kelly.
2 April 2019
ACTF Education's live webinars enable teachers and students Australia-wide to connect with industry professionals and expertise, regardless of their school’s location. In our most recent video conference, students from around the country met First Day writer / director Julie Kalceff, and lead actress Evie MacDonald. Here's what was discussed in this compelling Q&A.
16 December 2018
Why is it that Australian preschoolers spend their hot December days watching snowy fields and frosty snowmen on TV, when we’re really spending our holidays around barbecues, at the beach, or playing cricket in the backyard? This festive season, we’re wishing for more local experiences of Christmas represented on screen.
15 October 2018
Ludo Studio’s delightful animated preschool series Bluey premiered on ABC Kids this month, and my four-year old daughter is its second biggest fan. Following me. Parents of Australia, here are five reasons why you will genuinely enjoy Bluey as much as your children will.