Professional development opportunities for members

Kathy Deacon
Centre for Professional Learning

The Centre for Professional Learning (CPL) continues to widen professional learning opportunities for members in regional areas by offering courses in the Central West of NSW in Parkes, in Lismore, the Hunter, the Central Coast, Albury and Queanbeyan in terms 3 and 4.

Courses have already been conducted in Wagga Wagga, Tamworth and Parkes.

The forthcoming courses will continue to concentrate on the rollout of the new NSW syllabuses. Additionally, however, the CPL program will contain programs that cover other parts of the curriculum and perspectives.

Courses on offer in semester 2 have expanded to include History K-6 Integrating Geography, Developing Dialogue about Texts in Secondary Schools, Digital Storytelling in History Stages 3 and 4, Communicating Science 7-12, Teaching Poetry K-6, Effective Decisions for Successful School Leaders and Teaching Students to Write Imaginative, Informative and Persuasive Texts K-6. Courses will also be offered in Surry Hills and in western Sydney in Blacktown.

The CPL is continuing the partnership with the Association of NSW Regional Conservatoriums (ANSWRC) to provide high-quality professional learning to support primary teachers who wish to use music as an element of their classroom practice.

The Leading a School Choir in Primary Schools and Music K-6 courses will be conducted. ANSWRC presenters, with a wealth of music education expertise, will deliver the courses in Surry Hills, Lismore, Albury and the Central Coast.

Coming to Grips with Grammar in English K-10, Going Further with Grammar in English K-10 and Resources for Organising Texts in English K-10 are professional learning opportunities being offered as online modules by the School of Education at the University of Wollongong in partnership with the CPL.

Successful completion of all three modules may enable participants to apply for academic credit to the postgraduate coursework program within the university’s Education program.

The University of Sydney in partnership with the CPL will offer three courses: Teaching Creatively in Primary Classrooms, Mentoring and the new course, Science and Technology to go! Engaging Activities, Assessment and Reporting K-6. Mentoring is for teachers who wish to build their skills in mentoring early-career and pre-service teachers.

Musica Viva, in partnership with the CPL, will once again offer an online course Music Education Skills for the Primary Classroom. This is a general introduction to music education in the primary school, aimed at non-specialists. Throughout the course a Musica Viva instructor is available to provide support and guidance and a forum is also conducted to allow for questions and answers to be posted. Many teachers from regional areas have completed the course and it has been highly evaluated by participants.

A major conference for teachers and educational leaders, the Environmental Education Conference K-12 — Empowering Students to Create a Better Future will be conducted in November. Academics, teachers and educational leaders in schools will share research and practical ways to implement the cross-curriculum priority of sustainability.

All CPL courses are endorsed by the Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards (BOSTES) and the NSW Teachers Federation is endorsed to provide QTC Registered Professional Development for teachers accredited at Proficient Teacher. All financial members of Federation are eligible to apply to attend CPL courses and conferences. Members are able to access course and conference information and enrol in courses at the CPL website.