Packed lineup of CPL courses draws members

Kathy Deacon
Director, Centre for Professional Learning

A card learning game at a popular CPL mathematics course

The Centre for Professional Learning (CPL) conducted 18 courses throughout February and March in Surry Hills and Blacktown. The courses have been focusing on supporting the implementation of the mathematics, English, history and geography syllabuses.

The popular fee-free course, Classroom Management through Effective Teaching, attracted 120 early career teachers to the Surry Hills venue and will be repeated in Blacktown on May 16. The Early Career Teachers course is being conducted on April 6 in Surry Hills and is designed to support teachers in the first two years of their career. Leading Aboriginal Education in Your School continues to be popular and will be conducted for a second time on May 13.

The online program offered in partnership with Musica Viva, Music Education Skills for the Primary Classroom, is being undertaken during terms 1 and 2 with at least half the participants coming from regional NSW.

The two online courses, Language for Organising Text in English K-10 and Coming to Grips with Grammar in English K-10, are also being undertaken by members from across NSW and are being offered in partnership with Wollongong University.

The inaugural offering of Effective Decisions for Successful School Leaders was conducted on March 7. This course is designed for school leaders and aspiring school leaders, encompassing the various components of school decisions critical to the role of a school leader at any level. Enrolments for the May 16 course in Surry Hills are currently being accepted. The presenter of this course is Peter Johnson, who previously had an extensive and diverse career with the NSW Department of Education.

Comments from course participants include:

“A very practical course that will help me in real-life situations”

“I found most useful going through various scenarios and then having the opportunity to develop my personal decision-making process”

“The presenter was wonderful, engaging and knowledgeable”

“There was great information supporting an explicit decision-making process”

“The day was well structured and I gained insights into making decisions and justifying those decisions”.

In term 2, the CPL will offer courses at venues in Surry Hills, Blacktown, Wagga Wagga, Tamworth and in the Hunter. All members are advised to apply as soon as they can for any CPL event. The easiest way to locate all information and to make an application is to visit the CPL website.

CPL activities are only open to financial members of the union and scores of teachers have joined or upgraded their union membership in order to be eligible to apply to attend courses and conferences. CPL courses will contribute five hours of QTC Registered professional development.

Centre for Professional Learning program for term 2