The scope of the Centre for Professional Learning’s courses in 2017 will continue to concentrate on the ongoing rollout of the new NSW syllabuses, which are aligned with the Australian Curriculum and the new Stage 6 syllabuses in History, Science, English and Mathematics.
Additionally, the CPL Program will include course offerings which 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 2016 courses will be offered again this year, including the major English Stage 6 Conference and a Multicultural and Social Inclusion Conference, which are both scheduled for Term 3. The CPL will hold an inaugural conference for primary teachers focusing on the teaching students in Early Stage 1.
New courses designed for school leaders and aspiring school leaders will be presented by Peter Johnson, who previously had an extensive and diverse career with the NSW Department of Education. A Practical Approach to the Performance and Development Framework is intended for principals, executives and teachers in schools, who are required to engage with the Performance and Development Framework from the perspective of the role of supervisor and/or being supervised. The Managing Difficult Situations in Schools course will examine the various challenges of school leadership, in the context of difficult situations that may arise for school leaders. Professional Writing for Principals, Executives and Teachers is intended to provide participants with a sound knowledge of the basics of writing to the various audiences which may be the focus of their letters, submissions, emails, newsletters, policy/procedural documents and other written communication.
The Journal of Professional Learning (JPL) builds upon the work of the CPL. The JPL contains a range of articles from the highly practical and immediately useful, to those that explore large educational issues and theories that might be of interest and relevance for teachers now and in the future. The JPL is in three sections: For your Classroom, For your Staffroom and For your Future, reflecting the various emphases of the publication. Contributors range from practising classroom teachers, senior school-based educators and highly respected, leading education academics. Each edition is sent electronically to all financial members of the union and forms part of the union’s diverse support for members. In 2017, the JPL will publish two editions; in Term 1 (out now) and in Term 3.
The JPL was archived and catalogued into the Australian National Bibliographic Database by the National Library of Australia in 2016. Reading JPL articles contribute to teacher-identified professional learning hours for Maintenance of Accreditation and meeting professional learning goals under the Performance and Development Framework. The JPL can be accessed via this link.
Federation Representatives and Principals in all schools have received further detailed information about the 2017 courses and CPL events. Members will be able to apply for courses and conferences and make any enquiries through the Centre’s website. In 2017, course fees are $180 for one-day courses and $200 for conferences. Courses dedicated to early career teachers will continue to have the fee waived. In the usual fashion, schools are asked to meet the relief costs incurred by teachers attending their professional learning courses. All financial members of the NSW Teachers Federation are eligible to apply to attend CPL courses. Courses are registered and accredited by the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA), formerly the Board of Studies Teaching and Educational Standards NSW, and all time spent at courses counts fully for maintenance of accreditation at Proficient Teacher.
Courses are conducted both in person and online. Venues for 2017 courses include Surry Hills, Blacktown, Newcastle in the Hunter, Parkes in the Central West of NSW, Kiama, Coffs Harbour, Queanbeyan, Wagga Wagga in the Riverina, Tamworth and other locations. The CPL will continue to extend the geographical reach and forms of its presentations.
The NSW Teachers Federation and the professional development arm of the union, the CPL, are appreciative of the continued support of members. The CPL will continue to consolidate and expand professional support for teachers in 2017.
Kathy Deacon is the Director of the Centre for Professional Learning and Carly Boreland is the Assistant Director for the Centre for Professional Learning and Editor of the Journal of Professional Learning