CPL 'makes' history with several courses in Riverina

Kathy Deacon
Director, Centre for
Professional Learning

Standing, from left: Presenters Kate Cameron and Jennifer Lawless, William Power (Murray HS), Jessica Alvey and Mikhaila Williams (James Fallon HS), Michelle Groth (Temora HS). Seated, from left: Laura Winter (Barellan CS), Tara Buckley (Lockhart CS) and Erin Sheppard (Cootamundra HS)

The Centre for Professional Learning conducted six courses in the Riverina recently, and participants said they appreciated the opportunity to take up high-quality training in their region.

Jenny Williams, Sandra Rowan and Mary-Ellen Betts from Trio Professional Learning took primary teachers through three courses to support the implementation of the Mathematics and English Syllabus documents.

One course, Teaching Grammar, Punctuation and Vocabulary for the NSW English K-6 Syllabus, supported teaching students to apply the conventions of accurate grammar in their writing. This course will be conducted in Lismore and Blacktown in term 3.

Professor Wayne Sawyer, Jane Sherlock and Joanne Jarvis delivered the Lifting Achievement 7-12 course to secondary teachers at Wagga Wagga RSL. The presenters shared successful strategies and ideas for lifting achievement levels. The course focused on what individual teachers can do, what faculties can do and what whole school approaches are most successful. In term 3 this course will be offered in Surry Hills and Newcastle.

Kate Cameron and Dr Jennifer Lawless skilfully presented the History K-6 Integrating Geography course and History 7-10 Quality Programming and Assessment. The secondary history course strengthened teachers’ understandings of quality programming and assessment practices and built their capacity to develop, evaluate and review their own programs and assessment activities for the NSW History 7-10 syllabus. These history courses will be offered in term 2 in Tamworth and in Lismore in term 3.

Comments from participants of the History 7-10 Quality Programming and Assessment in Wagga Wagga were very positive:

“The training was wonderfully useful. The presenters were informative, approachable and worthwhile. The opportunity to network with other Riverina teachers was incredibly useful” — Erin Sheppard, Cootamundra High School.

“It was great to have access to such high-quality professional development in a regional area. It will really benefit our students and teaching practice” — Jessica Alvey, James Fallon High School.

“It was an excellent chance to network and collaborate with other teachers in a meaningful way. Having the opportunity to share ideas and information about history programming and assessment will give my teaching practice clear direction” — Carli Stark, Tumut High School.

“It was fantastic and inspiring and I learnt a lot of new things. Kate and Jennifer were wonderful presenters” — Michelle Groth, Temora High School.

“It was fantastic to have such renowned experts come to us with relevant and useful information. It was an awesome opportunity to create a task that we can take back and share with our colleagues and students” — Mikhaila Williams, James Fallon High School.