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Jun 29, 2023 | 04:30 PM - 06:00 PM
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander curriculum
Description:The Victorian Government and the First People's Assemebly of Victoria are currently engaged in negotiations for a Treaty. This is a monumentally significant process in the history of Victoria and Australia. Every Victorian teacher has a responsibility to be informed about this process and to work with their students and the school community to understand the process, how to contribute when opportunities arise and to plan for the implications of the Treaty once finalised. This session will cover the treaty process, the resources available to schools and the community and the opportunities for communities to participate in the process. It is an important session to understand more about Aboriginal Lore, Law and Cultural Authority.
Course Length: 1.5 hours
Presenter: Allira Dryden
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Jul 03, 2023 | 10:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Description:This session brings together the teaching strategy of metacognition with the emerging research on neuroscience. In its simplest form metacognition teaches students about their own thinking and their own learning and thereby promotes greater control over their own learning. Teachers who are informed about the research on neuroscience develop a more complex understanding of the influences on student learning. Those teachers are better placed to support all students to become independent learners, from those who have experienced trauma through to gifted students. This full day session draws on the practical experience of a leading teacher who has successfully implemented these approaches in their classroom and includes substantial discussion, exploration and question time. The aim for the session is that you will leave with new resources and/or an implementation plan for your classroom.
Course Length: 5 hours
Presenter: Roland Lewis
Jul 04, 2023 | 10:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Gifted and talented students
Description:Teaching a class that contains one or more gifted students creates many exciting opportunities for teachers but also poses some challenges to planning engaging lessons. Differentiating effectively will help ensure gifted students are catered for and presenting lessons that allow multiple entry points will also stimulate thinking. This session will examine pedagogy that is most effective, how to ensure the curriculum is relevant and explore practical strategies that can be implemented in the classroom to support gifted students.
Presenter: Dr Jane Wenlock
Jul 05, 2023 | 09:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Communicating as a leader
Description:Leaders have a responsibility to generate healthy and productive relationships with the parent community. Healthy relationships lead to increased parent involvement in the child's education and supportive relationships with teachers. In this session, the presenter, who has researched extensively in this field, will outline a guiding framework for school leaders in engaging parents. The session will set out successful practical strategies that the presenter has implemented in their school.
Course Length: 3 hours
Jul 06, 2023 | 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Teachers have a professional responsibility under AITSL standard 2.4.2 to promote Reconciliation with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. As teachers we have a unique opportunity to advance Reconciliation in what we teach and how we teach about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cutures in the lead up to the Voice referendum. In this session the presenter will provide background on the history that has led us to the Uluru Statement and the referendum on a Voice to Parliament. The presenter will explore the issues and outline the teaching resources available for the classroom. This session will focus on primary classrooms. For teachers in NSW, completing Steps to Reconciliation will contribute 2 hours of NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) Accredited PD in the priority area of Aboriginal education and supporting Aboriginal students/children addressing standard descriptor 2.4.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.
Jul 06, 2023 | 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Description:Teachers have a professional responsibility under AITSL standard 2.4.2 to promote Reconciliation with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. As teachers we have a unique opportunity to advance Reconciliation in what we teach and how we teach about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cutures in the lead up to the Voice referendum. In this session the presenter will provide background on the history that has led us to the Uluru Statement and the referendum on a Voice to Parliament. The presenter will explore the issues and outline the teaching resources available for the classroom. This session will focus on secondary classrooms. For teachers in NSW, completing Steps to Reconciliation will contribute 2 hours of NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) Accredited PD in the priority area of Aboriginal education and supporting Aboriginal students/children addressing standard descriptor 2.4.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.
Course Length: 2 hours
Presenter: Emerson Zerafa-Payne
This course will give you credit towards the First Nations advocate badge.
Jul 20, 2023 | 06:00 PM - 07:30 PM
Description:Character strengths are a significant initiative emerging from the positive psychology movement. When used thoughtfully they can make an important contribution to student wellbeing. In this workshop the presenter will introduce the character strengths, demonstrate the mechanism for identifying them and explore with participants how the strengths can be incorporated into your regular classroom teaching strategies.
Presenter: Kristy Elliot
Jul 20, 2023 | 06:00 PM - 07:00 PM
Secondary literacy and numeracy,Instructional strategies
Description:All teachers need to build their capability to support the development of students' writing skills. If you have students who are reluctant writers this session will have new techniques that you can trial in your classroom with those students. Adding to your repertoire of techniques can help you become more effective in your work. The presenter is an experienced secondary literacy teacher who will present five techniques that they use when they encounter reluctant writers. The focus is on practical classroom ready techniques that you can readily implement in your classroom, whatever subject you are teaching.
Course Length: 1 hour
Presenter: Laura Zinghini
Jul 27, 2023 | 10:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Staff wellbeing,Student wellbeing
Description:Schools play an important role in developing the social and emotional competencies in students that contribute to student wellbeing. Leaders in schools also have a responsibility to support the wellbeing and the dignity of those people working in the school; leaders, teachers, administrators, support staff and grounds and maintenance staff. Finding the common ground between wellbeing for staff and students can reduce workload and increase the effectiveness of wellbeing approaches. This full day course will support wellbeing leaders to develop practical, effective and sustainable approaches to wellbeing.
Course Length: 6 hours
Jul 27, 2023 | 06:00 PM - 07:00 PM
Description:Formative assessment and feedback are closely linked, (more than is the case with summative assessment). With formative assessment teachers are seeking to give frequent and low stakes feedback (potentially several times in a lesson). When done effectively formative assessment and feedback encourage students to focus on their own learning and improvement, rather than success or failure. In this session the presenter, who has experience working with both primary and secondary students, will share their approach to formative assessment and feedback, including tasks that can be used across the curriculum. During the session participants will be encouraged to share their own formative assessment tasks, creating a pool of ideas for each person to takeaway for their own classroom.
Presenter: David Innes
Aug 03, 2023 | 04:30 PM - 06:00 PM
Description:This course addresses the basics of behaviour management, examining the role that content, relationships and teaching and learning strategies play in creating a conducive, positive learning environment. This session is designed to support teachers in strengthening their approach to classroom management. The focus will be on what to think, say and do to address the minor or irritating or off-task behaviours that minimise learning time in the classroom.
Presenter: David Vinegrad
Aug 03, 2023 | 06:00 PM - 07:00 PM
First Nations students,Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander curriculum
Description:This is the first part of a two part workshop. If you attend this session you should also attend STLN2332 on 24th August. In part one, the presenter will outline yarning circles; what is a yarning circle, their use as a learning experience and their potential for the contemporary classroom. Participants will be encouraged to explore opportunities for the inclusion of yarning circles in their own teaching approaches.
Presenter: Dr Al Fricker
Aug 08, 2023 | 10:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Description:Incorporating Indigenous perspectives effectively into the curriculum is beneficial to all students as well as First Nations students. This presentation will support you to engage effectively with First Nations pedagogical approaches. The focus will be on the use of Yarning Circles; the presenter has developed a structured approach to allow for yarning circles as a pedagogical approach in a formal classroom and the 8 ways pedagogy. The 8 ways pedagogy evolved from a research project involving educators, university staff and local Aboriginal communities. It is ‘a culturally safe point of entry for teachers to begin engaging with Aboriginal knowledge and cross-cultural dialogue in the community’. This course will increase your understanding and knowledge and provide practical examples for the classroom. You will also be given some ideas of where to find additional professional reading and teaching resources to support your practice.
Aug 10, 2023 | 04:30 PM - 06:00 PM
Description:Students with dyscalculia will encounter difficulties with maths and numeracy tasks. Not every student who experiences difficulty with Maths or numeracy will have dyscalculia, but it is helpful to understand the condition and to make an informed decision about whether additionlal assistance is needed for the student. In this session, the presenter will outline typical indicators of a student who is experiencing dyscalculia; some effective strategies for supporting the student in the classroom; and the session will also highlight specialist organisations and resources that can be accessed for further support. This session will also be helpful for Education Support Staff who may be working one to one or with small groups.
Presenter: Judi Humberstone, Melbourne University
Aug 10, 2023 | 04:30 PM - 05:30 PM
Description:All teachers are engaged in the moderation process, whether formally as part of senior school assessments or informally across a team of teachers. It is helpful for teachers to know and understand the principles of moderation practices that are used to make assessments comparable in a standards-referenced system. It is also helpful understand the benefits of moderation for improving teaching practice, for assessing student work and reporting accurately, clearly and respectfully to parents and carers. At the end of this session, participants should feel more confident about engaging in formal and informal moderation processes in their own school and externally.
Aug 10, 2023 | 06:00 PM - 07:30 PM
Description:There are times when all classes get off track; routines are lost, relationships are strained, and tiredness sets in. This session focuses on strategies that a teacher can implement to get things back on track for the whole group. As the trained and skilled person in the room the teacher has the responsibility to initiate the change; restoring relationships is always the first place to start. The session will use examples of working with secondary students. The presenter has an international reputation for working on classroom management strategies with experienced teachers and graduates.
Aug 10, 2023 | 06:00 PM - 07:00 PM
Description:In this session the presenter will explore teaching techniques that you can use to support students who are struggling with Maths. The presenter an experienced teacher and Maths leader in his own school will present ideas that you can use to promote engagement with mathematical concepts among students who are struggling with the subject. The techniques covered may include Maths literacy, Maths games, practical exercises to consolidate skills and numeracy ideas that can be used across the curriculum that support the development of the core Mathematical proficiencies. If you have exhausted your own toolkit of ideas. come along and engage with some new ideas and resources. The focus will be on upper primary.
Presenter: Iain Reed
Aug 17, 2023 | 06:00 PM - 07:30 PM
Understanding student backgrounds,Managing individuals’ behaviour
Description:There has been an increase in the numbers of students who are suffering from anxiety in today’s classrooms. Early reports suggest that this level of anxiety may increase as students respond to the COVID pandemic. Feelings of anxiety will prevent students from engaging in learning or achieving their potential. These barriers can be frustrating for the teacher and the student and can often lead to the student removing themselves further from the learning community. In this course the presenter will explore techniques that you can use when you are working with students who suffer from anxiety, helping you to re-engage the students while they deal with their condition. An important session for teachers and it will also be helpful for Learning Support Officers working one to one or with small groups of students. Completing Managing the learning of students with anxiety will contribute 1 hour and 30 minutes of NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) Accredited PD in the priority area of Student/child Mental health addressing standard descriptor 4.2.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.
Aug 17, 2023 | 06:00 PM - 07:00 PM
Description:Every curriculum decision we make, including the texts we use in our classroom, makes a difference to student learning. When we make conscious choices about the texts we use, and how we teach with those texts, we make a statement about what is important to us as a teacher. In this session the presenter, an award wining teacher who has published widely on the role of schools in promoting democracy, will outline how they make choices about the texts they use in the classroom. This can include the books we use in English classrooms, the textbooks across any subject, the visual and audio material we select, and the short extracts from media sources and other printed material. This session is about how you make a difference in your curriculum choices.
Presenter: Steven Kolber
Aug 24, 2023 | 04:30 PM - 05:30 PM
Description:All teachers are now familiar with the construction of rubrics for assessment. In this session the focus will be on extending that skill to construct analytic and holistic rubrics that assess non-cognitive skills, including higher order thinking skills.
Course Length: 1 hours
Aug 24, 2023 | 06:00 PM - 07:30 PM
Description:This is part 2 of a two part workshop. To participate effectively in this course you need to have completed STLN2331 as a live or on-demand recording. This is an experiential course in which you will participate in a yarning circle led by the presenter. All attendees will be encouraged to be active participants, using cameras and microphones. If you are uncomfortable with those requirements, this may not be the course for you.
Aug 30, 2023 | 04:30 PM - 05:30 PM
Secondary literacy and numeracy
Description:There is some anecdotal evidence that boys in secondary settings are reluctant readers. If this is the experience in your classrooms then this session will have some strategies that you can trial. The presenter is an experienced secondary literacy teacher and they will work through five techniques that they have used when they encounter reluctant readers. The focus is on practical classroom ready techniques that you can readily implement in your classroom, whatever subject you are teaching.
Presenter: Brendan Tollit
Aug 30, 2023 | 06:00 PM - 07:30 PM
Description:Teachers are now asked to collect a lot of data, but interpreting and using that data to inform teaching practice can be challenging. In this session, the presenter, will explore the literacy data that is typically available to primary teachers and how that data can be used to modify teaching approaches. The emphasis of the session will be on understanding how the data can be used to inform the curriculum planning decisions that you make and the day to day interactions you have with students. The focus is on practical classroom ready techniques that you can readily implement in your literacy teaching.
Presenter: Dr. Selena Fisk
Aug 31, 2023 | 06:00 PM - 07:00 PM
Differentiation ,Secondary literacy and numeracy
Description:We have all encountered students who excel as writers and those who are keen to develop as mature writers. It is rewarding when we experience the creativity and skill of students who produce high quality imaginative, informative or persuasive writing. In this session, the presenter will present five techniques they use when they encounter gifted and talented writers in their classroom. The presenter is an experienced secondary English teacher with postgraduate qualifications in working with gifted and talented students. The focus is on practical classroom ready techniques that you can readily implement in your classroom, whatever subject you are teaching.
Presenter: Bernadette Sheedy
Description:Students' numeracy development will be enhanced if teachers and parents are working in partnership (as happens with literacy and home readers). However, many parents have low levels of confidence in numeracy and Maths. In this session an experienced primary teacher and school leader will outline some approaches that they have used to increase parent confidence and to bring parents into the numeracy partnership. There are opportunities to work with parents to raise numeracy skills across the school - but this session will focus on working with parents of students from Foundation to Grade 3.
Sep 07, 2023 | 04:30 PM - 05:30 PM
Description:Teachers understand that in each class they have high ability students who require particular attention to support their ongoing academic development. Catering to this group is part of a teacher's commitment to differentiation. However, research shows that this group of students can miss teacher time as the needs of other students seem more pressing. In this course, an experienced primary teacher will demonstrate some key numeracy strategies and some practical numeracy tasks that can be readily implemented in the upper primary classroom.
Presenter: Michaela Epstein
Sep 25, 2023 | 09:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Inclusive practice and individual learning plans
Description:When teachers understand students, their cultural and linguistic background, their gender identity and its impact on them, the significant experiences that have shaped them e.g. the presence of trauma, the experience of disability or a learning disorder, then teachers can shape an inclusive environment that promotes high quality learning opportunities for all. It is a complex task to know all students but there are school procedures and weekly and daily routines that you can implement that build your knowledge of students and create a respectful classroom environment. In this session the presenter will explore different routines and practices that teachers can use to create a more inclusive classroom culture.
Sep 25, 2023 | 01:30 PM - 04:30 PM
Understanding student backgrounds
Description:What happens when students in our class become disengaged? What is within our control as a teacher to respond to the disengaged student? In this session the presenter will explore some of the common manifestations of disengaged students and then suggest different approaches, to re-engage those students in the learning community. The key, as with so many behavioural issues, is preventative strategies and then restorative approaches once things have gone awry. This is a course for teachers who believe that all students not only have a right to learn but they want to learn, and that our challenge as teachers is to find ways to connect them to a learning community.
Sep 26, 2023 | 09:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Building and leading a team
Description:To improve leadership in schools we need to better understand how to lead together. We need to be intentional about leadership and reflect on how leadership applies in the unique context of the school in which we are working. This requires each leader to be explicit about how they lead, about their leadership intentions and their focus. In this workshop, the presenter, the former director of the Bastow Leadership Institute and the author of a new leadership book on 'Ecosystem Leadership', will share his knowledge and experience about how being explicit about our leadership intentions and focus can contribute to a more effective and collaborative leadership team.
Presenter: Neil Barker
Sep 26, 2023 | 01:30 PM - 04:30 PM
Secondary literacy and numeracy,Instructional leadership
Description:Leaders in secondary schools can drive school wide improvement in student literacy through literacy leadership. This session outlines the ways this process can be conducted in a secondary setting to maximise impact for staff and students. The presenter will describe planning processes, potential action plan and tools for measurement of success. Participants will have the opportunity to learn from one a literacy leader with experience in a range of contexts. The presenter will make use of a current case study and will reflect on processes while the case study is in progress, it is a good opportunity to promote planning and reflection among literacy leaders in all secondary settings. Next year TLN can bring to you the final outcomes.
Presenter: Kate Cash
Oct 11, 2023 | 06:00 PM - 07:30 PM
Description:Teachers are now asked to collect a lot of data, but interpreting and using that data to inform teaching practice can be challenging. In this session, the presenter, will explore the numeracy data that is typically available to primary teachers and how that data can be used to modify teaching approaches. The emphasis of the session will be on understanding how the data can be used to inform the curriculum planning decisions that you make and the day to day interactions you have with students. The focus is on practical classroom ready techniques that you can readily implement in your numeracy teaching.
Oct 12, 2023 | 05:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Description:Lesson observation and feedback can be powerful means of supporting teachers to understand and enhance their own teaching practice, but implemented poorly they can be destructive to cultures of trust within schools. Models such as Quality Teaching Rounds have demonstrated positive signs of success in improving teacher confidence and efficacy across NSW schools and is now being investigated in other states including Victoria and Queensland. This workshop will explore the research behind observation and feedback models as a tool for teacher professional learning, using practical examples from the use of QTR and other observation models in different school settings. School leaders will gain insight into how to implement such models in ways that enhance both teacher practice and the professional learning culture of schools.
Presenter: Dr Claire Golledge
Oct 12, 2023 | 06:00 PM - 07:00 PM
Feedback,The profession of teaching
Description:Reflection is an important element of teaching practice and job satisfaction. It provides an opportunity to celebrate your successes and to consolidate your own learning for the next school year. It also encourages us to take the time to consider where things did not go well and identify how we can improve our teaching. In this session the presenter will lead you through a series of reflective questions prompting you to identify where your work on relationships in the classroom made a positive difference to student learning and how you might keep building on your success for 2024.
Pastoral and wellbeing leadership,The profession of teaching
Description:Reflection is an important element of leadership practice and personal wellbeing. It provides an opportunity to celebrate your successes and to consolidate your own learning for the next school year. It also encourages us to take the time to consider where things did not go well and identify how we can improve our own leadership. In this session the presenter will lead you through a series of reflective questions prompting you to identify where your wellbeing leadership made a positive difference and how you might keep building on your success for 2024.
Oct 19, 2023 | 02:00 PM - 07:00 PM
Description:Teachers in 21st century classrooms are challenged to ensure that all students can achieve success. The challenge is increased when students in the classroom have learning disabilities. All teachers need the opportunity to increase their knowledge about the major learning disabilities and to broaden their teaching strategies to differentiate to meet the needs of all students in the classroom. In this program one of Australia's leading teachers on working with students with learning disabilities will outline approaches to self-regulation and sensory processing, behavioural issues, and knowledge acquisition, experienced by those students with learning disability. There will be a focus on ASD and ADHD. It is a practical, classroom focused course. Completing Differentiation for students with a learning disability (ASD and ADHD focus) will contribute 5 hours of NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) Accredited PD in the priority area of Students/children with Disability addressing standard descriptors 1.6.2, 4.1.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.
Presenter: Belinda Webb
Oct 19, 2023 | 04:30 PM - 05:30 PM
Description:Commercial publishers have supplied detailed step by step programs and resources to guide primary schools in the implementation of their literacy programs. It is important that teachers using these resources continue to exercise their professional judgement and expertise. No resource, however intricate in its design and detail, can replace the deep knowledge of the student that a teacher holds nor the understanding of the context in which the teacher is working. In this session the presenter, a classroom teacher and researcher, will explore the teacher as 'curriculum-maker' and how teacher knowledge and skills can be used in conjunction with commercial programs.
Presenter: Philip Poulton
Nov 01, 2023 | 05:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Description:Schools need high quality leadership to lead teams through the story of the students represented by the data that they are collecting. This leadership workshop will establish the importance of teams using data to analyse the impact of their work on student learning outcomes. The course will explore how to lead a team to identify helpful data and how that data can be used across a cohort of students whether that be an age group e.g. Year 6 or Year 9 or a curriculum area e.g. Mathematics. It is a course designed for leaders but will also benefit classroom teachers who are not yet in leadership roles.