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Professional learning calendar

Courses for education and social work professionals
View our wide range of short courses, workshops and conferences, which are delivered online, at your school or workplace, or on campus at the University of Sydney.

During COVID-19 restrictions our commitment to the education and social work communities is to continue to provide quality professional learning opportunities. In order to maintain the safest environment in which to do this, our programs will be available for participation by Zoom-only, until further notice. Further dates for events listed below will be published as, and when, they are known. Read more about the University’s advice regarding COVID-19.

 


Assessment Literacy for Teachers: modules 1–6

Mode of delivery: self-paced online Professional Learning
Further details: webpage
Course enquiries: nina.goodwin@sydney.edu.au
Cost: $330 per module

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Description: The Centre for Educational Measurement and Assessment, in the Sydney School of Education and Social Work, has developed a suite of fully online PL modules focusing on Assessment Literacy for Teachers. Any number of modules may be studied, in any order. Each module can be completed in 4-6 hours and provides Teacher Professional Development, addressing Proficient Teacher Standard Descriptors from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers. The modules have been designed for primary and secondary teachers and will soon be complemented by a suite of modules on Data Literacy, which are currently being designed by the Centre Director, Professor Jim Tognolini. As well, the centre is planning to develop modules for teachers in middle and senior leadership roles. The Assessment Literacy modules support teachers’ engagement with, and understanding of, assessment and the use of data to inform teaching and learning. After successfully completing all six modules, teachers will be eligible to undertake an extension assessment module for an additional fee. Successful completion of the complete program is equivalent to the University of Sydney postgraduate unit of study Assessment Literacy for School Teachers (EDPZ6011); your statement of completion may be used to apply for credit toward a Master of Education program.

The modules in this series are not individual higher-education awards and not qualifications recognised under the Australian Qualifications Framework.
 


Action Research: modules 1 & 2


Dates: Modules will be offered and delivered on demand upon enquiry.
Venue: Online by Zoom
Presenter: Deb Talbot
Further details: Download flyer (PDF 265KB) | Webpage
Cost: $770 per module

Description: The Action Research modules have been designed to meet the needs of teachers seeking to learn about and conduct their own action research project in their local context. They are professional learning for teachers seeking to maintain the level of Proficient Teacher as described in the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers, as well as for teachers who wish to build an evidence base before applying for to be recognised at the Highly Accomplished level. The Highly Accomplished Teacher level requires that teachers assemble evidence that they can support and assist less experienced colleagues with all aspects of professional knowledge, practice and professional engagement. Compiling evidence of these skills is a component of this course. Each module will provide 20 hours of professional development at the Highly Accomplished Teacher level, comprising 5 x two-hour workshops plus 10 hours of project time developing a portfolio and conducting a professional learning project. The module requires that participants must attend all online synchronous sessions and successfully complete all assigned task. Completion of Action Research Module 1 is a prerequisite for enrolment in Action Research Module 2.

 


Mentoring: one-day online workshop

Date: Friday, 7 May 2021
Time: 9am–4pm
Venue: Online by Zoom
Presenter: Deb Talbot
Further details: Download flyer (PDF, 527.7KB)
Cost: $297

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Description: This one-day online workshop introduces in-service teachers to the research-based continuum of mentoring - from mentoring as supervision to mentoring as collaborative professional learning. The Australian Professional Standards for Teachers require that Highly Accomplished Teachers be able to demonstrate with evidence that they are able to support and assist less experienced colleagues with all aspects of their professional knowledge, practice and professional engagement. To do this effectively and in such a way as to support the professional learning of both the experienced and the novice teacher requires understanding of the unique opportunities and challenges presented by mentoring philosophies and practices. This online workshop is designed to provide a foundation from which teachers might further develop their mentoring practices, including the collection of evidence, for accreditation at Highly Accomplished.
 


Aboriginal Education Matters: An Introductory Workshop

Date: Friday, 14 May 2021
Time: 9am–3pm
Venue: Online by Zoom
Presenter: Cathie Burgess and Aboriginal Studies Association Executive
Further details: Download flyer (PDF, 602KB)
Cost: $297

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Description: Aboriginal education is often a difficult area to address in schools because teachers typically have little educational or personal experience of Indigenous settings. Despite their commitment to Aboriginal education, teachers worry about getting it wrong and offending Aboriginal people. Many struggle with the fact that they are not an ‘expert’ in this area. This course will help allay those fears by covering key basics such as:

  • community consultation and engagement
  • understanding and teaching Aboriginal students
  • appropriate resourcing
  • practical activities to introduce Aboriginal perspectives into specific subject areas.

A key determinate in success with Aboriginal students is teacher knowledge and understanding of their local Aboriginal community and ability to work with this community. By working with the community, teachers will also be able to deliver a more authentic and engaging curriculum.

This course will present opportunities to discuss Aboriginal education issues across school contexts with sessions delivered by experienced teachers, community members and academics with extensive experience in a variety of settings.
 


Conversations About Texts: Module 1 – Literary Texts

Dates:  (Wednesdays) May 19; June 2, 16 & 23;  July 14 & 28
Time: 4.30–6.30pm
Venue: Online by Zoom
Presenters: Kathy Rushton and Joanne Rossbridge
Further details: Download flyer (PDF, 431KB) | Webpage
Cost: $660

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Description: Develop the skills to teach grammar in a way that your students will gain an understanding of the basics and learn practical ways to implement their knowledge. The focus of Conversations About Texts is on teaching grammar in the context of imaginative, informative and persuasive texts in primary school and the middle years. Over six evening workshops we will explore the teaching of texts as the context in which grammar is taught to support meaning. Knowledge about grammar is only useful if students use it to read and write, and recognise how authors, including themselves, can use language to make meaning. Presenters Kathy Rushton and Joanne Rossbridge have worked as TESOL teachers and consultants in classrooms and recognise a growing need in the teaching of grammar to support implementation. At the same time, they are aware that many participants will review their own grammatical knowledge or address grammar for the first time.

 Session outlines:

  1. Talking and listening – What's the difference? (Grammatical intricacy and lexical density)
  2. Reading – What's going on? (The verbal group)
  3. Reading – Who and what? (The noun group)
  4. Writing – Where? When? How? (Adverbials and Theme)
  5. Writing – Creating joint and independent texts (Sentence structure)
  6. The third voice in your classroom – Using quality literature (Nominalisation and Theme).


Successful Learning Conference

Dates: 21 June 2021
Times: 9am–4pm
Venue: Online by Zoom
Keynote speakers: Sarah R. Powell, Associate Professor, Department of Special Education, College of Education, The University of Texas at Austin, US
Further details: Download flyer (PDF, 594KB) | Webpage
Cost: $297

Description: This annual conference focuses on issues and developments in the provision of quality education for students K–12, in particular, for students whom teachers are providing adjustments. In 2021, we will be focusing on implementation of educational practices that are inclusive of students with a range of educational, social and emotional needs. The conference will engage with research outcomes that examine and demonstrate education practices that can be used with fidelity, and professional wisdom, across differing curriculum areas, and year levels. Specific focus will be given to literacy and numeracy, communication and social competence, Aboriginal and Indigenous education, assessment and decision-making, behaviour and social skills, technology, students’ mental health and trauma informed practice. Presentations and workshops will be given by teachers, consultants, community-based personnel and academics, from metropolitan and rural locations in NSW, interstate and overseas.

Participants may attend the conference as a stand-alone event or as part of the Educational Studies (Learning Support) Program which includes five additional workshops held on Thursday evenings (4.30pm to 7.30pm) in July, August and September.
 


Successful Learning Conference Day 2 masterclass: How to design and deliver effective Mathematics intervention

Date: 22 June 2021
Time: 9am–3pm
Venue: Online by Zoom
Presenter: Sarah.R. Powell, Associate Professor, Department of Special Education, College of Education, The University of Texas at Austin, US
Further details: Download flyer (PDF, 372KB)
Cost: $297

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Description: In this masterclass, we focus on the design and delivery of mathematics intervention. Although our focus is evidence-based practices for students aged 5–14 years, the information may apply to other students as well. First, we will determine critical mathematics content, identify evidence-based practices, and put together an instructional platform. Then, we will examine how to best deliver mathematics intervention, focusing on explicit instruction, precise language, and multiple representations in addition to building fluency and developing problem-solving skill. Come learn to design and deliver effective mathematics intervention! Session outlines:

  1. Design of intervention and use of explicit instruction
  2. Tools to deliver intervention
  3. Word-problem strategies for intervention

Professional practice supervision for practitioners in human, health, community and social services

Dates: April 29; May 6; May 13 (course delivery over 3 sessions)
Time: 9.30am–12.30pm
Venue: Online by Zoom
Presenter: Suzy Velkou
Further details: Download flyer (PDF 272KB)
Cost: $445
 

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Description: This nine-hour program (delivered over three half-day workshops) is directly relevant to all human service workers aiming to develop their skills in the provision of supervision that promotes ongoing development of professional skills and knowledge.

The online workshops present a model of critically reflective professional practice supervision. It invites participants to consider supervision processes, strategies and skills that are critical to effective professional practice and growth in a range of practice settings.

At the completion of this course you will be able to:

  • understand basic theory of professional practice supervision
  • demonstrate a knowledge of the key elements of supervision
  • develop an understanding of supervision processes that are critical to the enhancement of professional practice and the appropriate strategies and skills to implement them
  • understand the critical factors in building a positive supervisory relationship including the role of critique and structuring safety
  • understand the importance of organisational culture in fostering good supervisory practice
  • reflect on the role of supervision in building and maintaining ethical practice
  • critically reflect on their own supervisory experience and develop goals for future practice.
     

Professional practice supervision for practitioners in human, health, community and social services

Dates: 7, 14 & 21 October 2021
Time: 9.30am–12.30pm
Venue: Online by Zoom
Presenter: Suzy Velkou
Further details: Download flyer (PDF 272KB)
Cost: $445
 

Register

Description: This nine-hour program (delivered over three half-day workshops) is directly relevant to all human service workers aiming to develop their skills in the provision of supervision that promotes ongoing development of professional skills and knowledge.

The online workshops present a model of critically reflective professional practice supervision. It invites participants to consider supervision processes, strategies and skills that are critical to effective professional practice and growth in a range of practice settings.

At the completion of this course you will be able to:

  • understand basic theory of professional practice supervision
  • demonstrate a knowledge of the key elements of supervision
  • develop an understanding of supervision processes that are critical to the enhancement of professional practice and the appropriate strategies and skills to implement them
  • understand the critical factors in building a positive supervisory relationship including the role of critique and structuring safety
  • understand the importance of organisational culture in fostering good supervisory practice
  • reflect on the role of supervision in building and maintaining ethical practice
  • critically reflect on their own supervisory experience and develop goals for future practice.

Contacts


Nina Goodwin

Project coordinator
Address
  • Professional Learning Sydney School of Education and Social Work Education Building A35 The University of Sydney NSW 2006

Rachel Payne

Project coordinator
Address
  • Professional Learning Sydney School of Education and Social Work Education Building A35 The University of Sydney NSW 2006