An involved discussion at the Grammar K–10 course.

Participants praise CPL courses

Kathy Deacon
Director, Centre for Professional Learning

Centre for Professional Learning (CPL) course participants are giving positive feedback about their experiences.

Teachers attending the Writing and Reading K–6 courses commented:

  • Thank you for the opportunity to take part in a course. The presenters were passionate about their topic.
  • One of the most valuable sessions was in the afternoon when we programmed, as well as the focus on the need to use quality texts.
  • This is one of the most useful courses I have been on.
  • I found all aspects of the course extremely informative and relevant. It was explicit and easy to understand.
  • I enjoyed the course immensely. I have been a little overwhelmed with how to program from the new syllabus and I now have more clarity.

So far in term 1, the CPL has conducted courses to support the implementation of the NSW English Syllabus for the Australian Curriculum in Writing and Reading for K–6 and Grammar K–10. A course has also been conducted as an introduction to the new NSW Mathematics K–6 Syllabus. Demand for the courses resulted in maximum participant numbers with some courses exceeding the available space.

Lifting Achievement in Years 7–12 course on March 21 (applications have already closed) and the Early Career Teachers course to be held in Surry Hills on April 3 (applications close March 27) have also attracted many applications.

The English conference to be held on March 28, titled 2015 and beyond — the new Stage 6 English Prescriptions, is a major conference for all involved in the teaching of HSC English. Every conference participant will receive a substantial package of digital (on USB) and printed material. This event has attracted hundreds of applications from secondary and central schools from across the state and will be held in Federation’s auditorium.

In term 2 the CPL will repeat most of the courses offered in term 1 at venues in Blacktown. 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 at 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.

The CPL’s semester 2 program is expanding significantly with an increase in the number of courses to be offered in Blacktown and Newcastle. The CPL is finalising three new regional venues where it is intended that courses will also be offered in semester 2. A major equity conference will be held in Sydney on November 7 and is being designed to support the enhancement of learning environments for schools working with low socio-economic status communities. Discussions are also continuing with universities and online experts to develop professional learning opportunities for teachers in regional and remote areas of the state.