New courses expand Centre for Professional Learning portfolio

Kathy Deacon
Director, Centre for Professional Learning

A new course, Effective Decisions for Successful School Leaders, is being offered this year by Federation’s Centre for Professional Learning (CPL) along with an expanding suite of courses concentrating on the NSW syllabuses, aligned with the Australian Curriculum.

The new course is designed for current and aspiring school leaders, encompassing the various components of decisions critical to the role of a school leader at any level. The presenter, Peter Johnson, has had an extensive and diverse career with the Department of Education.

The 2016 CPL Program will also cover other parts of the curriculum and perspectives including the creative and performing arts, Aboriginal education, educational leadership, support for students with special needs and support for early career teachers.

Many of the popular 2015 courses will be offered once again. The major English 7–12 Conference, “Freshen Up. Simplify. Look Again — Teaching to inspire creative, curious and critical minds” is scheduled for August 12.

Federation Representatives and all schools have received further detailed information about the Semester 1 courses and CPL events. Members can apply for courses and conferences and make inquiries through the Centre’s website.

A $150 fee will apply to most courses and conferences. The Early Career Teachers and the Classroom Management through Effective Teaching courses, which are dedicated to early career teachers, will continue to be fee-free. Schools are, as is customary, asked to meet the relief costs incurred by teachers attending professional learning courses.

All financial members of the NSW Teachers Federation are eligible to apply to attend CPL courses. Courses and conferences are registered and accredited by the Board of Studies Teaching and Educational Standards NSW (BOSTES) and all time spent at courses and conferences counts fully for maintenance of accreditation at Proficient Teacher level.

Courses are conducted face-to-face as well as online. Venues for courses include Surry Hills, Blacktown, Newcastle in the Hunter, Parkes in the Central West of NSW, Wagga Wagga in the Riverina, Tamworth, Lismore and other locations. The CPL will continue to extend the geographical reach and forms of its presentations.

Carly-Jane Boreland has commenced as the Assistant Director of the CPL. This position also incorporates the role of Editor of the Journal of Professional Learning, JPL. Denis Fitzgerald will continue as JPL Editor throughout 2016 during this transition period.

Carly-Jane is an experienced teacher who has taught in government high schools in Wollongong and south west Sydney. She has been highly engaged in professional work on behalf of Federation and was previously a member of the BOSTES Quality Teaching Council and is currently on the BOSTES Initial Teacher Education Committee and the Years 11–12 History Curriculum Committee.

Carly-Jane is a Head Teacher HSIE and LOTE, a HSC marker, is a deeply respected CPL presenter and has previously written for the JPL. She is the winner of the 2015 Eric Pearson Study Grant.

Federation and the professional development arm of the union, the CPL, appreciate the continued support of members. The CPL will continue to consolidate and expand professional support for teachers in 2016.