Centre for Professional Learning program

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Course content

Improving your Pedagogy with Assessment in English K–6

This course will enable participants to explore assessment in the NSW English syllabus. Teachers will examine assessment for learning, assessment as learning and assessment of learning.

Participants will explore how to practically implement aspects of assessment in their classrooms. They will look at the power of feedback, learning intentions, success criteria and learning goals to improve student learning as part of the teaching, learning and assessing cycle. Designing rich assessment tasks will be a focus.

Target participants: Teachers K–6 who wish to deepen their understanding of assessment and the NSW English syllabus for the Australian Curriculum.

Navigating the NSW Mathematics K–6 Syllabus

This course is designed for teachers who wish to investigate the components of the NSW mathematics syllabus. Participants will engage in a preliminary navigation of the syllabus and the implications for teaching. Teachers will delve into the outcomes and explore in a practical and interactive manner how to plan using the syllabus.

Target paticipants: Teachers K–6 who wish to develop a deeper understanding of the NSW K–6 mathematics syllabus.

Teaching Reading and Writing K–6 using the NSW English K–6 Syllabus

This course is designed for teachers who wish to deepen their knowledge of the NSW English K–6 syllabus. This workshop will engage participants in an examination of syllabus outcomes for reading and viewing and writing and representing. There will also be an examination of text sets and the key processes of responding and composing.

Target participants: Teachers K–6 who wish to develop a deeper understanding of the NSW English K–6 syllabus.

Leading Aboriginal Education in Your School — Relationships, Partnerships and Growth

This course is designed for principals and aspiring principals leading the implementation of Aboriginal Education in school communities. Participants will reflect on the importance of explicit leadership to support the implementation of the existing Aboriginal Education Policy (2008, NSW Department of Education and Communities) in the context of various and relevant NSW and federal government policies.

There will be an exploration of the different ways to meet the challenges often associated with the implementation of whole school change with a focus on the importance of relationships and partnerships.

Our presenters, who are highly experienced in varied leadership roles in the DEC, will explore practical examples of ways to build cultural knowledge and understanding in schools and will assist participants to develop an action plan within the six domains of the DEC's Aboriginal Education Policy.

Target participants: Principals and aspiring principals, leading the implementation of Aboriginal Education in school communities.

Classroom Management through Effective Teaching

This course focuses on the key concern of classroom management through the essential development and use of effective teaching strategies. Highly-experienced teachers present the course in partnership with younger teachers who specialise in mentoring and teacher improvement.

The course provides participants with practical strategies and deeper understanding of the theory and practice of good management and good teaching. The course has whole group discussions and also breaks up into specific primary and secondary workshops.

Target participants: Teachers in the earlier stages of their careers.

Maths 7–10 Supporting Teachers with the New Syllabus

The course provides a practical approach to exploring the new Board of Studies syllabus recently released as the NSW contribution to the Australian Curriculum.

Participants will look closely at the new syllabus and examine the implications it has for teaching practice in the future and to discover what is “new” about the new syllabus. There will be a particular emphasis on assessment for learning and on sharing useful ideas to support teachers in the classroom.

Time will also be devoted to working through straightforward approaches to task design and backward mapping.

While there will be a clear emphasis on what latest research is showing to be most effective teacher practice, the course, led by experienced classroom practitioners, will centre on providing teachers with practical ideas and practical support. To achieve this goal, all course participants will be requested to bring along their laptop and some simple, practical and successful ideas that they might share.

The course will blend presentations from skilled teachers with workshops and groups that will allow participants to share and explore Maths 7–10.

Target participants: Teachers of Maths 7–10 who wish to develop a deeper knowledge and understanding of the new syllabus.

Lifting Achievement in Years 7–12

The course focuses on developing approaches to improve student performance in public high schools. Professor Wayne Sawyer, who has conducted extensive research in this area, is joined by senior, experienced teachers to share demonstrated, successful strategies and ideas for lifting achievement levels.

The course focuses on what individual teachers can do, what faculties can do and what whole school approaches are most successful.

Target participants: Classroom teachers and teachers in promotions positions in secondary schools.

History K-6 Supporting Teachers with the New Syllabus

This course provides an overview of the new K-6 History syllabus and the exciting opportunities it offers to engage students in learning. This course aims to clarify what history is and how history “works”, at levels appropriate for K-6 learners.

With this as a foundation course participants will engage in “hands-on” activities to analyse historical sources. Dr Jennifer Lawless will examine the use of a range of historical sources to support teaching and learning and analyse how historians use these sources and integrate them into historical writing and thinking. There will be an exploration of how to support students in the research process.

Engaging in these activities will help build teacher confidence and will generate a multitude of ideas for the classroom.

Kate Cameron will discuss a range of teaching and learning activities which use artefacts, images or spoken or written texts to develop students’ skills in the areas of language, literacy and literature. Special attention will be paid to visual literacy.

The course will introduce readily available resources to support the K–6 History syllabus and will encourage participants to share resources they have found useful. There will also be an opportunity to discuss issues and concerns relating to the implementation of the K-6 History syllabus.

Target participants: Teachers K-6 who wish to develop a deeper understanding of the new syllabus.

Australian Curriculum: Preparing to Implement the New Science K–6 Syllabus in 2014/2015

(Partnership with the University of Sydney)

The national Australian curriculum in Science is in the process of being implemented in NSW through new syllabuses developed by the Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards NSW (BOSTES). In NSW primary schools, implementing the new K–6 syllabus is optional in 2014. From this year the new syllabus will replace the old across all year groups.

This one-day workshop will provide opportunities for primary teachers to discuss the differences between the current and the incoming syllabus. A combination of presentations and practical sessions will assist teachers in building their programs to meet the content and outcome requirements of the new syllabus, and to enhance student enjoyment and knowledge in Science across the ES1 to S3 stages.

Target participants: Teachers K–6

History 7–10 Supporting Teachers with the New NSW Syllabus for the Australian Curriculum

This course will provide teachers with an understanding of the new 7–10 history syllabus and approaches which will enhance the quality of history teaching.

It will examine the features of the new syllabus and the flexibility it offers in programming and teaching. It will also examine the pedagogy underpinning the new syllabus, particularly the historical skills and concepts, and accessible resources available to support implementation.

There will be a focus on the use of sources and evidence in History 7–10. There will be an opportunity to examine a range of sources, apply source analysis skills and examine how these important skills can develop students’ literacy and historical thinking.

There will also be a focus on assessment and the importance of integrating assessment into teaching and learning, including strategies for designing worthwhile tasks, minimising opportunities for plagiarism and providing students with effective feedback.

The course will be presented by Dr Jennifer Lawless, former History Inspector for BOSTES, an expert in syllabus development, and experienced teacher and teacher educator, and Kate Cameron, former Senior Assessment Officer for Human Society and its Environment (HSIE) for BOSTES, an experienced teacher, head teacher and teacher educator.

Both Jennifer and Kate have distinguished records in history publishing and providing professional support for teachers and both have received awards for their contributions to history education.

Target participants: Teachers of History 7–10 who wish to develop a deeper knowledge and understanding of the new syllabus.

ONLINE — Coming to Grips with Grammar in English K–10

This module is the first of a series of three modules making up the Knowledge about Language Unit. Successful completion of all three modules in this unit may enable participants to apply for academic credit to the Postgraduate coursework program within the School of Education at the University of Wollongong (UOW).

This online module is being offered by the School of Education at the University of Wollongong (UOW) in partnership with the NSW Teachers Federation - Centre for Professional Learning (CPL).

Target participants: Teachers K-10

ONLINE — Going Further with Grammar in English K–10

This module is second in a series of three modules making up the Knowledge about Language unit. Successful completion of all three modules in this unit may enable participants to apply for academic credit into the Postgraduate coursework program within Education at the University of Wollongong (UOW).

This online module is being offered by Education at UOW in partnership with the NSW Teachers Federation — Centre for Professional Learning (CPL).

Target participants: Teachers K–10

ONLINE — Resources for Organising Texts in English K–10

This module is the third in a series of three modules making up the ‘Knowledge about Language’ unit. Successful completion of all three modules in this unit enables participants to apply for academic credit into the Postgraduate coursework program within Education at the University of Wollongong (UOW).

This online module is being offered by Education at UOW in partnership with the NSW Teachers Federation — Centre for Professional Learning (CPL).

Target participants: Teachers K–10

Teaching Reading and Writing Years 3–6 using the NSW English K–6 Syllabus

This course is designed for teachers who wish to deepen their knowledge of the NSW English K–6 syllabus. This workshop will engage participants in an examination of syllabus outcomes for reading and viewing and writing and representing. There will also be an examination of text sets and the key processes of responding and composing with a focus on Stage 2 and Stage 3.

Target participants: Teachers of students in years 3-6 who wish to develop a deeper understanding of the NSW English K-6 syllabus.

Go to www.cpl.asn.au to register.