Centre for Professional Learning program

Course Date

Course

Closing Date

Venue

Course fee

Monday August 11

Writing K–6

August 4

Newcastle

100

Tuesday August 12

Grammar K–10

August 5

Newcastle

100

Thursday August 14

Maths 7–10

August 7

Surry Hills

100

Monday August 18

Teaching Students with Special Needs in Mainstream Classes

August 11

Blacktown RSL

100

Monday August 25

Music K–6 (partnership with the Regional Conservatorium)

August 18

Surry Hills

100

Wednesday August 27

Music K–6 (partnership with the Regional Conservatorium)

August 20

Dubbo

100

Friday August 29

Music K–6 (partnership with the Regional Conservatorium)

August 22

Wagga Wagga

100

Monday September 1

Classroom Management through Effective Teaching

August 25

Blacktown RSL

0

Thursday September 4

Implementing Science K–6 (partnership with the University of Sydney)

August 28

Blacktown RSL

100

Monday September 8

Embedding Creative Arts (partnership with the University of Sydney)

September 1

Surry Hills

100

Wednesday September 10

Implementing Science K-6 (partnership with the University of Sydney)

September 3

Surry Hills

100

School Holidays September 22—October 7

Thursday October 9

Teaching Students with Special Needs in Mainstream Classes

October 2

Newcastle

100

Tuesday October 14

History 7–10

October 7

Blacktown Library

100

Thursday October 16

Classroom Management through Effective Teaching

October 9

Newcastle

0

Monday October 20

Reading/Writing the Middle Years (partnership with the University of Sydney)

October 13

Blacktown Library

100

Tuesday October 28

Embedding Creative Arts (partnership with the University of Sydney)

October 21

Blacktown Library

100

Friday November 7

Equity Conference — “Equity! Now More Than Ever”

October 31

Surry Hills

100







Apply online at www.cpl.asn.au/apply.

Reading and Writing for the NSW English K–6 Syllabus for the Australian Curriculum

This course is designed for teachers who wish to deepen their knowledge of the new NSW English K—6 Syllabus. This workshop will engage participants in an examination of syllabus outcomes for reading and viewing and writing and representing, text sets and the key processes of responding and composing. Participants will need to bring a copy of the new syllabus.

Target participants: Teachers K–6

Reading and the NSW English K–6 Syllabus for the Australian Curriculum

This course is designed for teachers who wish to deepen their knowledge of the NSW English K–6 Syllabus. The course will engage participants in an in-depth examination of syllabus outcomes for reading and viewing, text sets and the key process of responding. Participants will plan a short unit based on texts of their own choice. Participants will need to bring a text to plan their unit of study and a laptop computer.

Target participants: Teachers K–6

Writing and the NSW English K–6 Syllabus for the Australian Curriculum

This course is designed for teachers who wish to deepen their knowledge of the NSW English K–6 Syllabus. This course will engage participants in an in-depth examination of syllabus outcomes for writing and representing and the key process of composing. Participants will plan a short unit based on texts of their own choice. Participants will need to bring a text to plan their unit of study and a laptop computer.

Target participants: Teachers K–6

Equity Conference — “Equity! Now More Than Ever”

“Equity! Now More Than Ever” is a major conference for teachers and educational leaders in school communities with high concentrations of students from low socio-economic status (SES) families. Teachers and educational leaders in schools will partner with academics and experienced teachers to share practical ways to work with students, staff and communities to improve learning.

Honorary Professor Susan Groundwater-Smith will outline ideas for supporting equity programs K–12 and Professor Wayne Sawyer, Dr Catherine Attard and Associate Professor Geoff Munns will present experiences and findings from the University of Western Sydney’s “Fair Go Project”.

Presenters from schools will expand on ideas that have been successfully applied in low SES school settings, both primary and secondary. They will explore the themes of student decision-making, whole school change, expectations for the learner and connecting with the community. Presenters will also reflect on matters of educational leadership and explore how school culture can support innovative teaching.

Target participants: Teachers and educational leaders K–12 catering for the needs of students from low SES families.

Teaching Grammar, Punctuation and Vocabulary for the NSW English K–10 Syllabus for the Australian Curriculum

This course is designed for teachers who wish to deepen their knowledge of the NSW English K–10 Syllabus with a particular focus on teaching grammar, punctuation and vocabulary and the key processes of responding and composing. This course takes a hands-on approach to the age-old problem of teaching students to apply the conventions of accurate spelling and grammar in their writing. Participants will plan a short unit based on texts of their own choice. Participants will need to bring a text to plan their unit of study and a laptop computer.

Target participants: Teachers K–10

An Introduction to the Mathematics K–6 Syllabus

This course is designed for teachers who wish to begin their investigation into the primary component of the NSW Mathematics K–10 syllabus. The course will engage participants in a preliminary navigation of the new document, a discussion of the characteristics of 21st century learners and the implications for their teachers. Teachers will delve into the outcomes and explore in a practical and interactive manner how to plan and program using the new syllabus.

Target participants: Teachers K–6

Classroom Management Through Effective Teaching

This course focuses on the key concern of classroom management through the essential development and use of effective teaching strategies. Highly-experienced teachers present the course in partnership with younger teachers who specialise in mentoring and teacher improvement.

The course provides participants with practical strategies and deeper understanding of the theory and practice of good management and good teaching. The course has whole group discussions and also breaks up into specific primary and secondary workshops.

Target participants: Teachers in the earlier stages of their careers

Teaching Students with Special Needs in Mainstream Classes

This course provides participants with a snapshot of the priority focus areas to be considered when addressing the needs of students with disabilities and special needs. The course provides understanding and strategies to engage students through adjusted planning, teaching and behaviour support.

The relevant Disability Standards are outlined to participants and ideas developed about how to adjust and accommodate teaching and learning programs, teaching strategies, behaviour management and assessment for diverse learners.

Target participants: Current or future teachers of mainstream classes catering for students with disabilities or special needs.

Lifting Achievement in years 7–12

This course focuses on developing approaches to improve student performance in public high schools. Professor Wayne Sawyer, who has conducted extensive research in this area, is joined by senior, experienced teachers to share demonstrated, successful strategies and ideas for lifting achievement levels. The course focuses on what individual teachers can do, what faculties can do and what whole school approaches are most successful.

Target participants: Classroom teachers and teachers in promotions positions in secondary schools.

Music K–6

The Music K–6 course is offered in partnership with the Association of NSW Regional Conservatoriums; with trainers Graham Sattler and Judith Marriott being highly experienced Music Educators and professional learning facilitators.

This course is designed for all teachers who wish to use music as an element of their classroom practice. It will also explore the NSW Creative Arts K–6 Syllabus, specifically strategies for achieving music outcomes in the classroom. Catering for early stage 1 through to stage 3, the course will investigate and explain in a simple and straight forward fashion the five musical concepts: duration, pitch, dynamics, structure and tone colour through performing, organising sound and listening.

Participants will explore how singing, the use of musical instruments and technology can be utilised to support teaching and learning. Teachers will delve into practical methodologies as they learn how to integrate voice, instrument and movement. The integration of music into other subject areas will be explored.

Target participants: Teachers K–6

Maths 7–10: Supporting Teachers with the New Syllabus

The Maths 7–10 course is a practical approach to exploring the new Board of Studies syllabus recently released as the NSW contribution to the Australian Curriculum.

Participants will look closely at the new syllabus and examine the implications it has for teaching practice in the future and to discover what is “new” about the new syllabus. There will be a particular emphasis on assessment for learning devoted to working through straightforward and successful approaches to task design and backward mapping.

While there will be a clear emphasis on what latest research is showing to be most effective teacher practice, the course, led by experienced classroom practitioners, will centre on providing teachers with practical ideas and practical support. As part of this goal all course participants will be requested to bring along their laptop and some simple, practical and successful ideas that they might share.

The course will blend presentations from skilled teachers with workshops and groups that will allow participants to share and explore Maths 7–10.

Target participants: Teachers 7–10

History 7–10: Supporting Teachers with the New Syllabus

This course will provide teachers with an understanding of the new 7–10 History Syllabus and approaches which will enhance the quality of History teaching. It will examine the issues of implementation of the new syllabus, outline support that teachers can access and provide opportunity to enrich history classrooms.

Presentations will include work on teaching the historical skills and concepts of the syllabus and making the most of the Australian Curriculum History Units. Additionally, ideas will be considered around using sources and evidence in History 7–10, exploring the range of sources, along with analysis skills and developing historical thinking.

There will also be a focus on assessment which will include designing worthwhile tasks, maximising engagement, consideration of the question of plagiarism and providing students with effective feedback. Further sessions will be devoted to assisting and encouraging students to write in History 7–10 and developing a range of teaching strategies for the classroom.

The course will be presented by Dr Jennifer Lawless, History Inspector for Board of Studies Teaching and Educational Standards NSW (BOSTES), a senior marker and examiner for the HSC, an expert in syllabus development and highly experienced teacher and presenter, and Kate Cameron, a deeply experienced classroom teacher and History head teacher with a distinguished record in curriculum development, History publishing and support and leadership for teachers.

Target participants: Teachers 7–10

Australian Curriculum: Preparing to Implement the New Science K–6 Syllabus in 2014/2015

The national Australian Curriculum in Science is in the process of being implemented in NSW through new syllabuses developed by the Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards NSW (BOSTES). In NSW primary schools, implementing the new K–6 syllabus is optional in 2014. From 2015 the new syllabus will replace the old across all year groups.

This one-day workshop will provide opportunities for primary teachers to discuss the differences between the current and the incoming syllabus.

Target participants: Teachers K–6
September 4 — Blacktown
September 10 — Surry Hills

Embedding the Creative Arts in the Primary Curriculum

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 discounted rate.
Target participants: Teachers K–6
September 8 — Surry Hills
October 28 — Blacktown

Teaching Reading and Writing in the Middle Years: Meeting Syllabus Requirements in Stages 3 and 4

Research consistently shows that students’ learning plateaus in the middle years of schooling. One factor for this, that teachers can readily address, is the increased literacy demands of middle years’ syllabuses. This course enables teachers to:
−articulate the reading and writing skills and understanding 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;
−use a range of strategies to support and develop students’ reading and writing skills.
Target participants: Teachers working in stages 3 and 4
October 20 — Blacktown

Go to www.cpl.asn.au to register