Professional Learning Calendar in Education 2014

We are a leading provider of professional learning for the education community, delivering programs designed to support the development of professional knowledge and skills.

The calendar below lists our current plans for conferences, short courses and workshop days in 2014, with links to registration pages. In addition to advertised events, we can tailor courses to your needs and deliver them at your school. To discuss this further, please contact Nina Goodwin.

Supervising teachers who mentor preservice teacher-education students from the Faculty of Education and Social Work may elect to redirect their professional experience mentoring payment towards the cost of these programs. Please contact the Office of Professional Learning for details of this option. If you are interested in mentoring a Sydney University student teacher, contact Director of Professional Experiences Dr Tony Loughland on 9351 6287.

February

Mon 24
9am–3pm

Designing rich assessment tasks for secondary mathematics
Presenters: Judy Anderson and Stuart Palmer

The new secondary mathematics syllabus for Years 7–10 requires teachers to design and implement rich tasks (integrated teaching, learning and assessment activities). This workshop will enable participants to evaluate examples of rich tasks for a range of topics in the new syllabus.

Cost: $264

Registrations closed

March

Fri 28
9am–3pm

Teaching reading and writing for middle years syllabus requirements
Presenter: Bill Spence

Research consistently shows that students' learning plateaus in the middle years of schooling. One cause that can be readily addressed by teachers is the increased literacy demands of middle years' syllabuses. This course enables teachers to: articulate the reading and writing skills and understandings required by students to access content and achieve syllabus outcomes in their subject areas; expand and enhance the teaching of the reading and writing required for learning in their subject areas; and use a range of strategies to support and develop students' reading and writing skills.

Cost: $264

Registrations closed

April

Wed 23
9am–3pm

Secondary mathematics curriculum alumni conference
Organiser: Judy Anderson
Speaker: Merrilyn Goos

FREE event but please remember to register using the online form, so that catering can be arranged.

The aim of this inaugural conference is to develop learning networks of preservice teachers, mathematics teachers, mathematics teacher educators and mathematicians. Particular focus will be given to the role of mathematics teachers; current issues in the teaching and learning of mathematics; curriculum developments and initiatives; new resources and technologies; reflecting on practice and the role of research in progressing mathematics teaching and learning in schools; and career pathways in teaching mathematics.

Cost: FREE

Registrations closed

May

Fri 2
9am–3pm

Embedding the creative arts in the curriculum
Presenter: Robyn Ewing

A practical workshop that explores how quality arts experiences can be meaningfully integrated across the primary curriculum.

Cost: $264

Registrations closed

Fri 16
9am–3pm

Implementing the new K–6 science syllabus
Presenters: Louise Sutherland, Christine Preston

This one-day workshop will provide opportunities for primary teachers to discuss the differences between the current and the incoming syllabus. A combination of presentations and practical sessions will assist teachers in building their programs to meet the content and outcome requirements of the new syllabus, and to enhance student enjoyment and knowledge in science across the stages from Early Stage 1 to Stage 3.

Cost: $264

Registrations closed

June

Fri 13
9am–3pm

From My Place to Australians All
Presenter: Nadia Wheatley

This one-day workshop will introduce you to a way of thinking about history that has "country" at its centre and "story" as its expression. Please join us for the exploration of our Australian historical, environmental, geographical and artistic past, present and future. For teachers of Stages 2 and 3, this holistic, cross-curricular professional learning day will be invaluable in addressing a range of standards across KLAs including (but not limited to) English, history, geography, and the creative arts.

Cost: $264

Registrations closed

Mon 23 & Tue 24
9am–4pm

Successful Learning Conference 2014
Great Expectations: standards and adjustments
Related webpage:
Certificate in Educational Studies
(Learning Support)

This annual conference focuses on the provision of quality education for students K–12 who experience difficulties learning in a mainstream classroom setting. Participants may attend the conference as a stand-alone event or as part of the Certificate in Educational Studies (Learning Support).

Cost: two days $495 | one day $275

Registrations closed

July

Thu 17 & 31
4.30–7.30pm

Certificate in Educational Studies (Learning Support) (workshops 1 & 2 of 5)
Presenter/academic coordinator: David Evans
Related webpage:
Successful Learning Conference 2014

This program examines in detail the theories, policies and practices that promote quality literacy and numeracy learning outcomes across a range of KLAs for students identified as experiencing difficulties learning in a mainstream classroom setting. Specific focus is placed on teachers working collaboratively in teams to develop individualised programs and processes to assist these students. Attendance at the Successful Learning Conference 2014 forms part of this certificate program. Teachers outside the wider city metropolitan region can attend the five evening workshops by videoconference. Participants may optionally undertake assessment to have their coursework accredited towards postgraduate studies. (Additional fees apply.)

Cost: $1400 (includes two-day conference registration)

Registrations closed

Fri 25
9am–3pm

Aboriginal education workshop
Presenters: Cathie Burgess, Rae Carlson

Aboriginal education is often a difficult area to address in schools because teachers typically have little educational or personal experience of Indigenous settings.

Despite their commitment to Aboriginal education, they worry about getting it wrong and offending Aboriginal people.

Many teachers struggle with the fact that they are not ‘expert’ in this area. This course will help allay those fears by covering key basics such as:

  • community consultation and engagement
  • teaching Aboriginal students
  • the national cross-curriculum priority of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures
  • appropriate resourcing.

Teacher knowledge and understanding of their local Aboriginal community and ability to work with this community is a key determinate in success with Aboriginal students and ability to deliver authentic and engaging curriculum. This course will present ways in which participants can approach Aboriginal education from this standpoint with sessions delivered by experienced teachers, community members and academics with long-term experience in a variety of settings.

Cost: $264

Registrations closed

August

Thu 14 & 28
4.30–7.30pm

Certificate in Educational Studies (Learning Support) (workshops 3 & 4 of 5)
Presenter/academic coordinator: David Evans

This program examines in detail the theories, policies and practices that promote quality literacy and numeracy learning outcomes across a range of KLAs for students identified as experiencing difficulties learning in a mainstream classroom setting. Specific focus is placed on teachers working collaboratively in teams to develop individualised programs and processes to assist these students. Attendance at the Successful Learning Conference 2014 forms part of this certificate program. Teachers outside the wider city metropolitan region can attend the five evening workshops by videoconference. Participants may optionally undertake assessment to have their coursework accredited towards postgraduate studies. (Additional fees apply.)

Cost: $1400 (includes two-day conference registration)

Registrations closed

Fri 22
9am–3pm

Commemorating WWI: a child's perspective
Presenters: Kate Smyth, Helen Proctor, Alyson Simpson

The years 2014–2018 mark the centenary of World War I. This one-day workshop for K–6 teachers focuses on a child's perspective of the war. Using background information, primary and secondary sources, and literary texts, participants will investigate the contribution that children, schools and communities made to the war effort. Drawing on research that explains how young children make sense of the past, participants will investigate how to plan for historical understanding. A pedagogic model that is based on historical inquiry underpins this approach.

Cost: $264

Workshop flyer
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Mon 25
9am–3pm

Embedding the creative arts in the curriculum
Presenters: Robyn Ewing, Robyn Gibson,
Victoria Campbell

Through a series of concurrent practical sessions, this interactive workshop day will explore how quality arts experiences can be meaningfully integrated across the primary curriculum to considerably enhance the educational outcomes of children.

All participants will have the opportunity to experience all sessions on the day, and all activities can be easily adapted for use in the classroom. Some of the day’s activities will draw from valuable resource texts, written and edited by our presenters, and we will endeavour to have copies available for purchase on the day at a discount.

Proposed workshop sessions:

  • Enhancing deep literacy understanding through drama – The use of educational drama strategies with quality children’s literary texts can deeply enhance students’ English and literacy outcomes. This session will employ a range of drama strategies such as hotseating, sculpture and still image as to study several contemporary picture books. We will discuss how such activities invariably engage and motivate students but at the same time lead them to deeper learning and understanding. Come prepared to get involved and have fun!
  • An exemplar about shapes – This hands-on session will use Anthony Browne’s (2003) "The Shape Game" as a springboard into the authentic integration of literacy and the creative arts.
  • Storytelling in the classroom – When teachers and students bring stories to life in the classroom something powerful happens. Imaginations are engaged, purposeful talking and listening occurs, and deeply reflective learning spaces are created. This session will demonstrate how oral story enhances narrative understanding, stimulates students’ literacy development and builds critical thinking skills.

Cost: $264

Workshop flyer
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September

Thu 11
4.30–7.30pm

Certificate in Educational Studies (Learning Support) (workshop 5 of 5)
Presenter/academic coordinator: David Evans

This program examines in detail the theories, policies and practices that promote quality literacy and numeracy learning outcomes across a range of KLAs for students identified as experiencing difficulties learning in a mainstream classroom setting. Specific focus is placed on teachers working collaboratively in teams to develop individualised programs and processes to assist these students. Attendance at the Successful Learning Conference 2014 forms part of this certificate program. Teachers outside the wider city metropolitan region can attend the five evening workshops by videoconference. Participants may optionally undertake assessment to have their coursework accredited towards postgraduate studies. (Additional fees apply.)

Cost: $1400 (includes two-day conference registration)

Registrations closed

October

Fri 24
9am–3pm

Aboriginal education workshop
Presenters: Cathie Burgess, Rae Carlson

Aboriginal education is often a difficult area to address in schools because teachers typically have little educational or personal experience of Indigenous settings.

Despite their commitment to Aboriginal education, they worry about getting it wrong and offending Aboriginal people.

Many teachers struggle with the fact that they are not ‘expert’ in this area. This course will help allay those fears by covering key basics such as:

  • community consultation and engagement
  • teaching Aboriginal students
  • the national cross-curriculum priority of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures
  • appropriate resourcing.

Teacher knowledge and understanding of their local Aboriginal community and ability to work with this community is a key determinate in success with Aboriginal students and ability to deliver authentic and engaging curriculum. This course will present ways in which participants can approach Aboriginal education from this standpoint with sessions delivered by experienced teachers, community members and academics with long-term experience in a variety of settings.

Cost: $264

Workshop flyer
(pdf, 365kB) ...