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Professional learning in education

Supporting professional development for teachers and leaders
We design and deliver quality professional learning for the education community, supporting and developing teacher professional knowledge, practice and skill, and addressing the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers.

The University of Sydney's School of Education and Social Work is endorsed to provide NESA Registered Professional Development for teachers accredited at Proficient Teacher and Highly Accomplished Teacher.

Online and in-school programs

Some of our NESA-accredited professional development courses are offered as a combination of face-to-face classes at host schools with online participation and assignments. These include:

If you successfully complete both modules of a two-module course you may choose to have your work assessed for accreditation towards a Master of Education.

Tailored in-school courses

We can tailor programs and courses specifically to your school's needs and deliver them at your workplace. Modules can be adapted for delivery at staff-development days and in other customised modes, and may qualify for NESA professional development accreditation.

To discuss this further, please email Nina Goodwin.

Education resources

Below is a range of useful resources from some events held by the Office of Professional Learning.

The role of phonics in learning to be literate  (pdf, 580KB)

Talking about code-breaking and other emergent literacy practices

  • Presenters: Pauline Jones, Lisa Kervin and Jessica Mantei, University of Wollongong

Morphemes won't leave phonemes alone – the essential role of meaning when teaching phonics

  • Presenter: David Hornsby, education consultant

Teacher knowledge and implications for the classroom

  • Presenter: Marie Emmitt, Australian Catholic University

Successful Learning Conference: Life-long learning outcomes: Data, curriculum and instruction

26-27 June 2017 

Keynote speakers
  • Professor Lisa Monda-Amaya, Department of Special Education, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, "Using multi-tiered systems of support to create environments that address the needs of all learners"  Download slides (pdf, 2.9MB)
  • Dr Bree Jimenez, consultant in special-education pedagogy and research with Mater Dei, Camden, NSW and honorary associate with Sydney School of Education and Social Work, "Data-based decision making: a key to success for ALL!" Download slides (pdf, 5.5MB)
Featured speakers
  • Dr Kristy Goodwin, consultant, speaker, author and children's digital wellness researcher,"Teaching the iGen: how instructional approaches need to change in the 21st century" Download slides (pdf, 94MB)
  • Professor Genevieve McArthur, Head of Department and Clinic Director, Department of Cognitive Science, Macquarie University, "Reflecting critically on the evidence-base of interventions for poor readers" Download slides (pdf, 6.4MB)
  • Associate Professor Iva Strnadová, Deputy Head of School (Research), School of Education, University of New South Wales, "Transitions to and from high schools for students with disabilities: evidence-based practices to support students’ academic and social skills, and self-determination" Download slides (pdf, 42MB)
  • Dr Lorraine Hammond, School of Education, Edith Cowan University, "Getting them to remember: teaching students to recall literacy and numeracy concepts and skills through the use of fast-paced daily reviews and engagement norms" Download slides (pdf, 2.4MB)
  • Dr Bree Jimenez, consultant in special-education pedagogy and research with Mater Dei, Camden, NSW and honorary associate with Sydney School of Education and Social Work, The University of Sydney, "Embedded instruction: supporting individualised learning goals within the mainstream lesson" Download slides (pdf, 2.17MB)

Successful Learning Conference: In a changing landscape – working together for quality education

27-28 June 2016 

Keynote speakers
  • Dr Ben Clarke, Research Associate Professor, Centre on Teaching and
    Learning, University of Oregon, "Building systems to support mathematics instruction for all students" Download slides (pdf, 3.7MB)
  • Associate Professor Pamela Mims, Associate Dean of Research and Grants, Clemmer College of Education, East Tennessee State University, "A philosophical and evidence-based basis for including students with disabilities in the general education curriculum" Download slides (pdf, 14.6MB)
Featured speakers
  • Dr Ben Clarke, Research Associate Professor, Centre on Teaching and Learning, University of Oregon, "Thinking smart about assessment: lessons from the IES mathematics practice guide" Download slides (pdf, 433KB)
  • Associate Professor Pamela Mims, Associate Dean of Research and Grants, Clemmer College of Education, East Tennessee State University, "A philosophical and evidence-based basis for including students with disabilities in the general education curriculum" Download slides (pdf, 3.1MB)
  • Dr Anne Bellert, lecturer, School of Education, Southern Cross University, "Refining practice in a changing landscape: effective re-teaching" Download slides (pdf, 775KB) and handout (pdf, 445KB)
  • Dr Kristy Goodwin, consultant and Honorary Associate, Institute of Early Childhood, Macquarie University, "Healthy digital kids" Download slides (pdf, 6.9MB)
  • Dr Sofia Mavropoulou, senior lecturer in special and inclusive education, School of Education, University of New England, "Facilitating the social engagement of students with autism spectrum conditions in inclusive environments" Download slides (pdf, 1.5MB)
  • Dr Michelle Villeneuve, senior lecturer and co-stream leader, Disability and Development stream, Centre for Disability Research and Policy, University of Sydney,"Collaborative action for effective integration of therapy support services at school" Download slides (pdf, 857KB)
Workshops
  • Fiona Eastley, NSW Centre for Effective Reading, and Gillian Bale, NSW Department of Education "Vocabulary instruction and working with students with language difficulties" Download slides (pdf, 1.2MB)
  • Christine Mackey and Carolyn Mee, Sound Scouts "Turning up the volume on hearing needs schoolwide, using Sound Scouts" Download slides (pdf, 2.7MB)
  • Criss Moore and Janey Walker, NSW Department of Education "Vocabulary development for individuals, the class and the whole school" Download slides (pdf, 611KB)
  • Meredith Longfield, Nowra Christian School, and Lynelle Campbell, Association of Independent Schools of NSW "Five habits of highly effective numeracy teachers" Download slides (pdf, 2.6MB)